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Canaan Dog

The Canaan dog is medium sized with a square build, and a short to medium length dense coat that has a profuse, thick undercoat in colder seasons. Spitz-like in appearance with a tail curled over the back when excited or on the move, the Canaan dog comes in a variety of colours. 

12 – 15 years
A variety of colours, from sandy to red-brown, white, or black in colour with white markings, or white with coloured patches. Spotting is also permitted.
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Canaan dog breed can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

Did You Know? 

  • During excavations of the Ashkelon Dog Cemetery, the largest known animal cemetery in the ancient world, 700 dog skeletons were found which were anatomically similar to the modern Canaan dog. The cemetery dates back to fifth to third centuries BC, suggesting the Canaan dog type is very old indeed. It is likely the dogs were revered as sacred animals at the time, associated with a particular deity and buried individually and with some care. 
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