19 – 24 inches
35 – 55 pounds
12 – 15 years
Black, liver, gold, cream, tan, red
Family, companion, watchdog
Cautious, intelligent, devoted, alert, quick
The Canaan Dog is the national dog of Israel. It’s a medium-sized dog that stands up to 24-inches tall when fully grown. It has a straight but rough coat that comes in many colors and patterns. It has erect ears, dark almond-shaped eyes, and a high set tail. Artifacts depicting the Canaan Dog go back at least 4000 years. In the year 70, roman soldiers destroyed Jerusalem scattering the dogs into the desert, where they had to fend for themselves for nearly 2000 years.
Canaan Puppies – What You Should Know Before You Buy…
How Much Do Canaan Puppies Cost?
The cost of a Canaan Dog ranges from $1,500 to $2,000, depending on which breeder you use and the current demand. Pet quality dogs that must be spayed or neutered are the cheapest, while showing quality dogs and breeding rights will cost more. Some breeders may also run tests to make sure the puppy is healthy, which can cost more, and obtaining the parents can also increase the cost. If the price is an issue, you can try searching the local animal shelters for this bred, where you can sometimes find them at a significantly reduced cost.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Canaan
1. There are drawings of the Canaan Dog on tombs more than 2,000 years old.
2. The Canaan Dog was forced to fend for itself in the harsh desert climate for more than 2,000 years.
3. The Canaan Dog was brought back from the wild to patrol modern Israeli borders because of its ability to survive the harsh desert environment.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Canaan
The Canaan Dog is an athletic breed that moves with a quick trot. It’s perfect for agility courses and making quick turns at high speed. They are shy around strangers and make great watchdogs, but they are not aggressive, preferring to stay out of reach and barking. A strong prey drive can cause them to chase small animals, and it can get destructive when bored or left alone too long.
Canaan Dogs are very smart and can learn many tricks, but they often use their intelligence to develop their own will and will stubbornly pursue self-interests at times. They like to be part of a pack, and you’ll be required to play the role of the alpha.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
Canaan Dogs make great family pets and are very devoted to each family member. It’s best to socialize them early with children so they can get accustomed to their small size and aggressive playstyle. They make great watchdogs and will be vigilant about keeping your home safe while never becoming aggressive, even when frightened.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
Canaan Dogs might have some trouble getting along with household pets if not properly socialized from a young age. Canaan Dogs have a strong prey drive and hunting for their food is in their genes. Even with plenty of socialization, they will tend to chase squirrels and rabbits that enter your yard. In most cases, it’s probably better to keep the Canaan Dog as a single pet.
Things to Know When Owning a Canaan Dog
Here is a list of things to consider before purchasing a Canaan Dog.
Food and Diet Requirements 🦴
The Canaan Dog is a medium-sized active dog that requires a good amount of food but can become overweight if it doesn’t get enough exercise. We recommend a food with chicken, turkey, or salmon listed as the top ingredient. Hard kibble is better than wet food because it can help clean your cat’s teeth by scraping away tartar and plaque.
Daily Exercise Requirements 🐕
The Canaan Dog is used to having an active day, so you can expect to spend at least 30-minutes per day being active with your pet. They enjoy morning and evening walks and playing fetch, but if your dog gets many small animal visitors, it will get some exercise chasing them around.
The Canaan Dog is a smart breed that should have no trouble learning new tricks and accomplishing tasks. That is if you can keep them interested in the training session. This breed tends to pursue self-interests and may quickly become bored when training. Positive reinforcement with plenty of treats and praise is the best method to keep them focused. Keep your training sessions to 5 or 10 minutes max and hold them at the same time every day. Consistency is just as important as positive reinforcement to get the most out of your training sessions.
The Canaan Dog will require some moderate grooming in the form of frequent brushing, especially during the shedding season. They have a double coat that you will need to brush every day when they are shedding and every few days at other times. They don’t tend to get dirty, and doggy odor is low, so you won’t need to bathe them too often, but you will need to clip the nails and brush their teeth as often as possible.
Health and Conditions 🏥
The Canaan Dog is a healthy breed, but let’s look at some health problems known to affect it in this section.
Male vs Female
The male Canaan Dog is considerably larger than the female in weight and height, but there is very little difference between them in temperament or behavior.
The Canaan Dog is a wonderful house pet for adults and older children. It’s a great watchdog and will be a loving companion to children if properly socialized as a puppy. They are not well suited to life with other pets, especially small pets, but you can usually get them to cohabitate if you socialize them plenty early in life. They are very expensive, but that’s because there are very few breeders, so your chances of getting a high-quality, healthy dog are very good.
We hope you have enjoyed our look into this unique and somewhat rare breed, and we have convinced you to purchase one for your home. If you have found it helpful, please share this complete guide to the Canaan Dog on Facebook and Twitter.
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- Canaan Puppies – What You Should Know Before You Buy…
- How Much Do Canaan Puppies Cost?
- 3 Little-Known Facts About the Canaan
- 1. There are drawings of the Canaan Dog on tombs more than 2,000 years old.
- 2. The Canaan Dog was forced to fend for itself in the harsh desert climate for more than 2,000 years.
- 3. The Canaan Dog was brought back from the wild to patrol modern Israeli borders because of its ability to survive the harsh desert environment.
- Temperament & Intelligence of the Canaan
- Things to Know When Owning a Canaan Dog
- Male vs Female