Canaan Dog

The Canaan Dog is a pariah dog that has survived in the desert region of Israel for thousands of years.

The Canaan Dog is docile, vigilant, alert, and devoted to his family.

He’s aloof toward strangers, although he should never be shy or aggressive. He’s also highly territorial.

His territoriality makes the Canaan Dog a good alarm dog. He will bark at anyone who comes to the door, stepping down once he knows you have things under control.

That’s if he considers you the leader of the pack. If he doesn’t, he may try to take over and make his own decisions about who’s welcome and who’s not.

You must be a strong leader when you live with a Canaan Dog.

Canaan Dog Puppies – Before You Buy…

A brown and white Canaan sitting on some leaves
The Canaan Dog loves running.

What Price are Canaan Dog Puppies?

The price of Canaan puppies is between $800 to $1,200.

How to Find Reputable Canaan Dog Breeders?

Look for a breeder with lots of experience. Reputable breeders have a breeding plan that focuses on health, temperament, and socialization.

The best way to find a breeder is to check out good-looking dogs and ask the owners which breeder they get them from.

Other good strategies are to go to performance events like agility and rally.

While you are there, talk to the dog handlers and dog owners. Just make sure they are not too busy to answer your questions.

Also, check websites and publications of the breed’s national registries and parent clubs.

Get advice and recommendations from dog groomers, dog walkers, veterinarians, rescue workers, and members of local training clubs and kennel clubs.

A reputable breeder wants to cover their expenses and not make a living selling dogs.

They should encourage you to visit their facility and not ask to meet you someplace convenient to exchange money and puppy.

Scared, antisocial, or weak-looking dogs are serious deal-breakers.

Never purchase a dog from breeders who don’t let you visit their home and spend some time with their puppies.

Make sure any breeder you deal with screens their puppies for genetic problems and shows you the paperwork.

They should answer your questions with no hesitation or condescension, and they educate you about the breed.

They don’t push the sale and help you make the right decision, even if it means you don’t end up buying a dog.

They will also agree to give advice and support for the dog’s lifetime if you do buy a dog.

3 Little-Known Facts About Canaan Dog Puppies

  1. These dogs were used to herd and guard flocks of sheep.
  2. The Hebrew words for Canaan Dog are ‘Kelef Kanani’. These primitive dogs survived for thousands of years and still retain the traits that allowed them to live in harsh desert conditions.
  3. Today’s Canaan Dog has the same smooth coat, prick ears, and bushy tail as his ancestors.

Physical Traits of the Canaan Dog

A front view of a Canaan
The Canaan Dog is an incredibly agile breed.

Canaan Dogs are medium-sized, strong dogs who have long and bushy tails that curl over at the back.

They have wedge-shaped heads with black noses and almond-shaped eyes with dark rims. Their ears are erect, but they sit low on the head and taper in shape from base to tip.

Their double coat protects them from the extreme temperatures of the desert. They may be white with a mask, or white with large patches of color. They may also be a solid color.

Solids range from black to brown, sandy, red, or liver. The solid brown or tan Canaan Dog sometimes has black shadings.

Grooming these dogs is quite easy. Twice a year, the Canaan Dog will shed more heavily, and brushing may become more frequent.

This breed is clean and does not have a doggie odor. The ears should also be checked regularly for signs of irritation.

The teeth should be brushed regularly to keep good gum health and fresh-smelling breath.

How Big is a Full-Grown Canaan Dog?

Male Canaan Dogs are about 20 to 24 inches tall and weigh 45 to 55 pounds.

Females are smaller at 19 to 23 inches in height. They weigh 35 to 45 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Canaan Dog?

The life expectancy of the Canaan Dog is 12 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Canaan Dog

Besides his pleasing form and graceful movement, the Canaan Dog is blessed with an endearing and responsive personality.

A Canaan Dog loves his family and adapts well to many living situations.

While this is an active breed, his energy level is not extreme. His territorial nature makes him unlikely to stray, although he should be protected from dangers by a fenced yard.

This is a versatile breed. He is smart, quick to learn, and ready to participate in almost any doggy activity.

This is a dog who needs firm but gentle handling, as well as early socialization to address his tendencies to be aloof and aggressive.

Experienced dog owners will find the Canaan Dog easy to train. But first-timers can have their hands full.

A Canaan Dog who decides he’s in charge instead of you will make his own decisions about who is allowed onto his property, and this can lead to serious behavior problems.

Canaan Dogs are highly reactive, which is a strong survival trait.

He reacts quickly when faced with something new. Being suspicious or cautious in new situations can save a dog’s life.

He is an excellent and vocal watchdog, so be prepared for some barking.

He will bark to let you know of someone’s presence, but he will keep his distance and watch what is going on.

Canaan Dogs love being around children, treating them as a part of the pack.

They also do well with other small pets in the household that they are raised with, including cats.

While he’s loyal and affectionate, the Canaan Dog isn’t a glutton for attention. He’s capable of keeping himself entertained.

This doesn’t mean that he should not be given attention because he still loves all the human interaction that he can get.

Like any other dog, Canaan Dogs are social animals who enjoy being with their people. They make wonderful companions and protectors.

If you appreciate the unique traits of this breed and can live with a primitive breed, the Canaan Dog may be the ideal dog for you.

The Canaan Dog’s Diet

A Canaan lying down on the floor
The Canaan Dog is never shy or aggressive.

The Canaan Dog has little nutritional needs but manages to stay in great shape. How your dog looks and acts, depends largely on what he eats.

Being a carnivore, your Canaan Dog should be fed a regular diet of good high-quality food. Try to stay away from foods with artificial and chemical preservatives.

Your Canaan Dog should be fed at the same time each day. You should control his eating schedule.

Give him 15 to 20 minutes to eat and drink. If he doesn’t eat it, pick it up and refrigerate it until the next feeding time.

Dogs that are allowed to nibble all day long at their leisure not only develop poor eating habits but often become fat and lazy.

He should be fed in the morning and in the evening. Puppies may be fed more often and have available water at all times.

There are many good quality dog foods available on the market. The more natural you can get, the better your dog will be fed.

When looking at the ingredients on the dog food bag, make sure at least 1 or more of the top 5 ingredients is meat.

If possible, stay away from foods that have corn, wheat, or soy as these tend to cause food allergies.

How Much Exercise Does a Canaan Dog Need?

The Canaan Dog has an incredible drive to work, and they will be unhappy without sufficient mental and physical exercise.

Expect to walk or jog with your Canaan Dog twice a day. Practice training and provide an outlet for their energy whenever possible.

Apartment life is okay for these dogs if you can provide opportunities for exercise.

Canaan Dogs can live outdoors, and they do best in a house with a yard. Even as outdoor dogs, they need training, exercise, and daily interaction.

If this breed doesn’t get enough exercise and mental stimulation, they can become high-strung and destructive.

Canaan Dog Health and Conditions

The Canaan Dog is typically a healthy breed, but this dog can also suffer from osteochondritis dissecans, luxating patella, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, cryptorchidism, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, and hypothyroidism.

My Final Thoughts on the Canaan DogA Canaan looking to the side

The Canaan Dog loves running, but he will happily tone it down at the end of the day for a nice and relaxing nap.

Canaan Dogs are an incredibly agile breed, able to completely change direction on a dime, even at high speeds.

They are light-footed and clean. They don’t smell like a dog, and they make very wonderful housemates.

Farmers like Canaan Dogs for their ability to herd, and families like them for their companionship.

Always alert and vigilant, they make excellent non-aggressive watchdogs.

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