Canaan Dog

Primitive dogs survived for thousands of years!


Country of Origin: Israel, Jordan, Lebanon

Dog Group: Herding dog breeds

Origin of Name: The Canaan Dog, also known as Canaanic Dog, the Israel Canaan Dog, the Kanaanhond, the Kanaan Hund, the Kelef Kanani, the Kelef K’naani and the Pariah Dog, is the National Breed of Israel and dates back to Biblical times where it was used as a sentry and herd dog for nomadic people.


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Tendency to Bark:


Life span: 12 to 15 years

Availability: Rare

About Canaan dog:
The Canaan Dog is a medium purebred known for being aggressive, alert, intelligent, and protective. The most common colors for Canaan Dogs are black, black and tan, gray, and red. To keep it healthy, it will need to get exercise regularly. Known to be multi-talented, the Canaan Dog participates in a wide variety of activities such as agility, competitive obedience, guarding, herding, military work, police work, and tracking.

The Canaan Dog is an ancient breed dating back to 2200 to 2000 B.C. It was the sentry and herd dog of the Israelites, performing similar functions in encampments of nomadic Bedouins. Canaan Dogs were plentiful until the Romans drove the Israelites out of the Holy Land almost 2000 years ago.

The breed first came to the United States in 1965, when Ursula Berkowitz of Oxnard, California, imported four Canaan Dogs in hopes of establishing the breed in this country. The Canaan Dog Club of America was formed in 1965, and the breed ultimately was fully recognized by the American Kennel Club as a member of its Herding Group in 1997.

Catalina’s Felix to the Max became the first Canaan Dog to compete in the Herding Group at the Westminster Kennel Club show. He’s still a rare breed, ranking 150th among the 155 breeds and varieties registered by the AKC.

Visits to Groomer-Low



Tolerance to heat- Basks in it

Tolerance to cold- Need warmth

Exercise Requirement-Lots

Under Coat-Yes

Colour- Liver, Black, Cream, Red, Tan, Golden

Coat Type-Dense, Harsh and Rough

Hair Length-Flowing

Hair Density-Dense

Canaan Dog are extremely healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Canaan Dog will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.

Hip Dysplasia

Eye Problems

Skin Allergies

A gentle breed with energy to spare, the Canaan Dog loves to run, but will happily pack it in at the end of the day for a nice relaxing nap by the fire. Canaans are an incredibly agile breed, able to completely change direction on a dime, even at high speeds. Alert, vigilant, devoted and docile with his family. Reserved and aloof with strangers.

Training & Intelligence
Their intelligence makes them highly trainable, but their independent nature and difficulty with motivation can make Training difficult, which might not be suitable for a first time dog owner. Patience and perseverance are required to adequately train it. Professional obedience schools can also be helpful.

Litter Size- 4 to 6 puppies (approximately)

Complication in Breeding-No

Canaan Dog are healthy and sturdy breed . Generally a dog takes around 18 months to reach his or her full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are a first timer at breeding then taking a vets help.

Canaan Dog Profile


Affectionate with Family


Difficult to train
Independent nature

Litter Size

4 to 6 puppies (Approx.)


Easy to groom
Minimum grooming Require



Veterinarian Visits


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