Canaan Dogs


Canaan Dogs

Ratings by owners.
| Breed Reviews By Breed | Review a Breed
Canaan Dog Home Page



Average rating


Breed Notes

The Canaan Dog was bred to herd and guard flocks in the Middle East. Cave drawings from as early as 2200 B.C. depict dogs that resemble the modern Canaan Dog. They are considered to be the National Dog of Israel and have served as guard and messenger dogs for the Israeli army. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1997.
The Canaan Dog is an inquisitive, loyal and loving member of his family but aloof with strangers. Because of their guard qualities, they tend to bark more than some owners appreciate. They move with athletic agility.
The head of the Canaan dog is longer than wide and is wedge-shaped when viewed from above. The drop off between the skull and muzzle (stop) is slightly accentuated. The length of muzzle is slightly longer than the length of the skull. The bite is scissors. The nose is dark to liver, depending upon coat color. The eyes are dark to hazel, depending upon coat color also. They are almond shaped and set at a slight slant. The ears are erect, medium to large and set moderately low, making the head look wider than it is. They have a slightly rounded tip. Ear motion contributes to facial expression. The neck is well arched. The topline is level with a slight arch over the loin. The chest is moderately broad and deep. The legs are straight with catlike feet. Good reach and drive of the legs is important. The tail is set moderately high and may be curled over the back when the dog is excited. It should be long enough to reach the hock. The coat is double with a straight, soft, short undercoat that lies flat to the skin. The outer coat is straight, harsh and also lies flat. It is between one-half and one-and-a-half inches in length. There is a slight ruff and the tail is bushy. There are two coat patters. One is predominantly white with large body patches of color. A mask of the same color as the patches is desired. The second is a solid color, with or without white trim. Color may range from black through all shades of brown. Gray or brindle are not accepted colors. Average height is between eighteen and twenty-five inches. Average weight is between thirty-five and fifty-five pounds.


ellen@canaandogsofanacan.com of UK writes:

A wonderful dog for people who love and respect a natural dog.
The Canaan Dog is one of the few natural breeds left in the world. Designed by nature to survive, they are very intelligent, healthy and loyal to their pack (which would be their human family in a domestic situation). Wary of strangers, they are not in the least a dangerous dog. They are excellent watchdogs &shyp; not attack dogs &shyp; and are wonderful with young children, even when they are not your children. Their survival instinct and natural intelligence has not been bred out of them, which makes them easily trained, though easily bored as well. They adapt well to the routine you give them &shyp; not demanding of exercise, but happy to take all you wish to give them. Loyal, loving companions, happy to be sit quietly with you, they make fantastic companions for those who respect and love a natural dog.



| Breed Reviews By Breed | Review a Breed
Canaan Dog Home Page
Dogs Online