A solidly built, average size spitz type dog.
The History Of The Canaan Dog
The Canaan Dog is also known as the Kelef K'naani and originated in Israel around 2000 BC.
The Canaan dog has lived in what is now known as Israel for thousands of years. Its ancestors were believed to be wild pariah dogs that were later domesticated to guard flocks of sheep and goats.
In 1935, Dr Menzel began the Shaar Hagai Kennels in Jerusalem and set about refining the breed. In fact the majority of dogs registered as Canaan Dogs have pedigrees lines back to her kennels. They are still a rarity in the United States. The Canaan Dogs are exhibited in the miscellaneous classes at American Kennel Club shows.
Description Of The Canaan Dog
The Canaan Dog is a square well proportioned dog with a bushy tail carried curled over it’s back and is not altered. The ears are broad, with rounded tips, carried erect and not altered.
The breed averages 19 - 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs around 35 - 55 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The Canaan Dog is very clean with no doggie odor. It is easy to groom by combing and brushing weekly. They are seasonally heavy shedders.
Temperament and Cannan Dog Training
The Cannan Dog responds well to positive training. During training plenty of variety is necessary as they quickly get bored with repetitive tasks. They are a highly intelligent breed and excel at obedience, agility, tracking and similar trials where quick thinking is required. They often do very well in herding trials as well.
They are natural guard dog but with a calm and devoted nature.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Canaan Dog is around 12-15 years.
The Canaan Dog is a very healthy breed with one of the lowest rates of hip dysplasia.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Canaan Dog is suited for life in an apartment if given enough exercise. They are fairly active indoors and prefer an average sized yard. Unlike many spitz type dogs it can handle extremes of temperature, so it is capable of living outdoors.
This is a working dog that needs lots of exercise. Ideally a long jog or a strenuous play time, followed by a challenging training session.
For More Information on the Canaan Dog
To get more information, check out the Canaan Dog web site:
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Long lived and very healthy. Although not popular at the moment in the US they can be a most rewarding dog.
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