Canaan Dog

Inquisitive, loyal and loving with his family, the Canaan Dog is a breed that moves with athletic agility. Today, he is successful in the herding, obedience, agility and conformation arenas. This breed has two color patterns: either predominantly white with a mask, with or without additional patches of color, or solid colored with or without white trim.

  • Personality: Alert, vigilant, territorial; docile with family, aloof with strangers
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Smart, quick, and responsive, Canaans enjoy work that provides mental and physical challenges
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Height: 20-24 inches (male), 19-23 inches (female)
  • Weight: 45-55 pounds (male), 35-45 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

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The Canaan Dog is the national breed of Israel.

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  • General Appearance

    The Canaan Dog is a pariah dog type that is naturally alert, inquisitive and watchful.  He is mistrustful of strangers and unfamiliar environments, yet loyal and loving with his family.  A square dog of medium size, moderate and balanced without extremes, showing a clean outline.  The moderately angulated Canaan Dog moves with athletic agility and grace in an efficient, ground-covering endurance trot.  He has a wedge-shaped head with low-set erect ears, a high set brush tail that curls over the back when confident, and a straight, harsh, flat-lying double coat.  There is a marked distinction between the sexes.

  • Head

    Elongated, the length exceeding the breadth and depth considerably. Wedge-shaped, when viewed from above. Slightly arched when viewed from the side, tapering to stop. The region of the forehead is of medium width, but appearing broader through ears set low to complete an alert expression, with a slight furrow between the eyes.  Muzzle-Tapering to complete the wedge shape of the head. Length equal to or slightly longer than the length of the skull from the occiput to stop. Whisker trimming optional. Nose - Darkly pigmented or varying shades of liver, harmonizing with coat color. Lips - Tight with good pigmentation. Bite - Scissors.

  • Body

    Neck - well arched. Balance to body and head and free from throatiness. Topline - Level with slight arch over the loins. Body - Strong, displaying athletic agility and trimness. Chest -Moderately broad and deep, extending to the elbows, with well-sprung ribs. Loin - Well-tucked up. Short, muscled flanks. 

  • Forequarters

    Shoulders moderately angulated. Legs straight. Pasterns flexible with very slight slope when viewed from the side. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet - Catlike, pads hard, pigmentation harmonizing with nose and eye rims. Nails strong, hard, pigmentation harmonizing with either nose and eye rims or coat.

  • Tail

    Set high. When confident tail will be carried curled over the back, either in a curl or sickle, with one full curl being the ideal. When extended, the bone shall reach to the hocks.

  • Coat

    Double coat. Outer coat-straight, harsh, flat-lying. Outer coat of medium length on body, shorter on front part of the legs and head; longer on ruff, tail, top of withers and back of thigh. Ruff more pronounced on males.  Thick brush tail tapering to a pointed tip.  Undercoat - soft and short with density varying with climate.  Excessively long outer coat that masks the clean outline of the dog is undesirable as is any trimming that alters the natural appearance of the dog.

  • Expression, Eyes & Ears

    Expression - Alert, watchful and inquisitive. Dignified. Eyes-Dark, almond-shaped, slightly slanted. Varying shades of hazel with liver-pointed dogs. Eye rims darkly pigmented or of varying shades of liver harmonizing with coat color. Fault - Unpigmented eye rims. Ears- Erect, medium to large, set moderately low, broad at the base, tapering to a very slightly rounded tip. Ears angled very slightly forward when excited. A straight line from the inner corner of the ear to the tip of the nose should just touch the inner corner of the eye and a line drawn from the tip of the ear to the tip of the nose should just touch the outer corner of the eye. Ear motion contributes to expression and clearly defines the mood of the dog. Major Fault - In the adult dog, other than erect ears. Stop - Slightly accentuated.

  • Hindquarters

    Moderately angulated. In balance with forequarters. Straight when viewed from the rear. Thigh musculature well-developed, moderately broad. Hocks well-let-down. Dewclaws must be removed. Feet and nails as in fore-quarters.





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