Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog

Breed Description +

Inquisitive, loyal and loving with his family, the Caanan Dog is a breed that moves with athletic agility. Today, he is successful in the herding, obedience, agility and conformation arenas. This breed has two color patterns: either predominantly white with a mask, with or without additional patches of color, or solid colored with or without white trim. They are alert, vigilant, devoted and docile with their family but can be reserved and aloof with strangers. They are highly territorial, serving as a responsive companion and natural guardian. They are a very vocal and persistent breed. This breed can be easily trained.
  • AKC Name:

    Canaan Dog

  • Common Name(s):

    Kelev K'naani

  • AKC Group:


  • Genetic Group:

    Middle East and African

  • Observed Weight:

    36-64 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    39-55 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 19 - 24 in


Canaan Dogs are believed to be one of the oldest breeds in history, dating back to ancient times. Canaan Dogs originated in Israel as a guard and herding dog, protecting the camps and flocks of the Israelites. During the second century, the Romans drove out the Israelites as well as the Canaan Dogs. Along with the Hebrew population, the Canaan Dogs sought refuge in the Negev Desert. For centuries the Bedouins have used the Canaan Dog to herd and hunt and it is because of this that the breed managed to survive until the 1930's when Dr. Rudolphina Menzel used the feral "pariah dogs" to develop a breed that could guard remote Jewish settlements. They were first brought to the United States in September 1965 by Ursula Berlowitz. The Canaan Dogs were admitted to the AKC as a Miscellaneous Class in June 1989. Although still relatively rare in the United States, the breed is slowly growing in popularity and often serves as seeing-eye and therapy dogs.

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