7: Non Sporting
Level: moderate - high
Function: Camp and flock guardians of the Bedouins
Alert, quick to react, distrustful of strangers, strongly defensive
but not naturally aggressive. Vigilant, not only against man but
other animals as well. Extraordinarily devoted and amenable to training.
for: Experienced handles & families.
Not Many in Australia, if any.
10 - 12 years
50 - 60 cm. (20" - 24")
Males can be considerably larger than females.
18 - 25 kg (40 - 55 lbs)
Desert colours - sand, gold, red, cream - are most typical
of the breed. White, black, or spotted, with or without mask. If
masked, mask must be symmetrical. Black mask permitted on all colours.
White markings are permitted on all colours: "Boston Terrier" patterns
Undesirable colours, Black and Tan, Brindle, Grey and tri-colour
Outer coat dense, harsh and straight, of short to medium length.
Undercoat close and profuse
Appearance: A medium sized, well balanced, strong &
square dog resembling the wild dog type. Head is well proportioned,
blunt wedge shape of medium length, with almond shaped slightly
slanted, dark brown eyes. Ears are triangular shaped & erect.
Tail is high set, thick brush carried curled over the back.
The Canaan Dog is an ancient breed
resembling the wild dog type which has survived in Israel through
at least 4000 years of history. These pariah dogs which lived on
the fringes of civilization and were frequently used by the Bedouin
as flock and camp guardians.
In 1934, Dr. Rudolf and Prof. Rudolphina Menzel immigrated to Israel,
then known as Palestine. They undertook the study of pariah dogs
and the Canaan Dog in particular, becoming the driving force behind
its preservation. Prof. Menzel bred and trained Canaan Dogs, primarily
for military work. In 1965, Prof. Menzel exported four Canaan Dogs
to the United States where they became the foundation stock for
American and Canadian Canaan Dogs.
They are extremely vigilant and alert, they are quick to react and
distrustful of strangers, both human and animal. When confronted
by an intruder at first is not to attack but to stay out of reach
and bark continuously. They may be aggressive with other dogs, particularly
in their own territory.
They are extraordinarily devoted and amenable to training but consider
themselves the equal of those with whom they live. When raised with
children they are very gentle with and extremely protective of them.
This breed matures slowly both physically and mentally and individual
dogs may not reach their prime until as late as four years of age.
a brush once a week while in coat is all they need, and a bath when
needed. They shed coat twice a year and it's a good idea to get
a stripping comb and remove all the dead hair.
They enjoy exercise and are very agile and athletic. They will adapt
to however much exercise they are given, whether they are indoors
or out. It is advisable that they are given at least one good long
run every day.
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