Dog Breeds - Canaan Dog

Breed :       Herding
Weight:      Male: 45-55; Female: 35-45 lbs
Height:       Male: 20-24; Female: 19-23 inches
Color(s):    It is mainly white with mask with or without additional color patches, or any solid color with or without white trim.

Canaan Dog Breed Information:
Canaan dog is an ancient breed which had originated in the Middle East in 2200 B.C. Earlier it was a rare breed but now it is known all over Israel, Western Europe, England, and the United States. They had been used to as herding and guarding dogs for the Israelites. Even during World War II, it was widely used for guarding, tracking, and patrol. In the present world, the Canaan dogs still do the above mentioned tasks.
This breed of dogs has strength, stability and is of medium-size. This is an extremely adjustable breed which retains subsistence and persistence. They are sporty, feline, and devoted workers. They become attentive immediately due to their strong smelling and hearing senses. 

Even though, they are considered to be an ancient breed, they are extremely brainy, dedicated and affectionate. They become very affectionate towards their family and extremely suspicious and cautious of strangers. They work best in a family where there are older considerate children and wont do well if left alone for a long period of time. This breed is not suitable for a household which has same gender dogs, cats, or other household pets because they will attempt to perform their herding task on anything and everything that moves. This breed is not suitable for new and casual dog owners. This dog does not require maintenance very often, just once a week brushing is sufficient. However, they do require extra care during seasonal shedding and bathing or dry shampooing should only be done when required.

Canaan dog has double coat with the outer one being rough, flat and short and the internal coat being soft and thick. The coat comes in 2 varieties, white with mash and solid colored with or without white trim. Solid colors include black, sandy, red, liver and all shades of brown.

Canaan Dog have a slow progress in maturing. They are independent and stubborn breed and thus and experienced owner and trainer is necessarily. They must be taught to obey commands and socialize when they are still young. Training of this breed needs to be done in a firm, respectable, fair, patient and consistent manner; however it must be kept in mind that they will not follow any command which is harsh or heavy-handed. They are adventurous dogs because of which repetitions bore them.

This dog breed needs a big amount of tiresome physical exercise along with mental stimulation because of which working, herding, and family play sessions are extremely beneficial to them. This breed because of its strength and power makes an excellent exercising companion. Normally they work best in a large area where they can run free, but can also survive in apartments provided they are given sufficient exercise, attention and stimulation.

Canaan Dog Health and Diseases:
Canaan dogs are not prone to hereditary problems; however they suffer from a number of health problems and dog diseases which include:
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Eye problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Luxating Patella
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Progressive Retinal Atropy (PRA)
The average lifespan of this breed is 12 to 15 years.