Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Israel
Group: Working dog
Height: 18-24 in.
Weight: 40-55 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 years
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes with children they know
Good with other pets: may be aggressive with same sex dogs

What is the origin of the Canaan Dog?

The Canaan Dog is native to Israel and was bred from wild dogs. Once known only in the Middle East, it has become popular in the U.S. as well as Europe.

What does the Canaan Dog look like?

The Canaan Dog is a medium size dog. 18-24 inches tall and weighing about 40-55 lbs. The long muzzle ends in a black nose. Eyes are almond shaped, ears erect. The medium length tail is held high. The coarse coat is medium length with a thick undercoat. Colors are shades of brown, black, white with red, brown or black markings.

What is the temperament of the Canaan Dog?

The Canaan Dog is bold and highly intelligent. It learns quickly and easily. While it is gentle with people it knows, the Canaan Dog is mistrustful of strangers. Early training and socialization help to prevent behavior problems from developing.

What is the Canaan Dog used for?

The Canaan Dog is an excellent watchdog and will guard livestock as well as its home and family. During wars in Israel it was used to carry messages over rocky desert areas and to search out any wounded. It has been trained as a guide dog for the blind and works very well in obedience and agility trials. The Canaan Dog is a loving, loyal family companion.

Possible Health Issues

Epilepsy, hypothyroidism.


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