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Canaan Dog – An Ancient Breed

Canaan dogs are an ancient dog breed.  They are also known as the Bedouin Sheepdog.  They are native to the Middle East where  Canaans today are more common in Israel and Palestinian. This dog breed may have witnessed the oldest biblical stories.  Petroglyphs of dogs dating thousands of  ago appear on rocks in Saudi Arabia.  These dog[fusion_tooltip title=”A petroglyph is an image created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading, as a form of rock art.”] petroglyphs[/fusion_tooltip] closely resemble the Canaan dog.

Canaan dogs come in white, sandy, brown and black, with a number of patterns and varieties.  Their eyes are dark and slightly slanted. They usually weigh from 35 to 55 pounds. Their bodies are strong and they have moderately deep chests. Their tails are bushy and curls over their backs when they are alert. Canaan dogs are 10 to 24 inches tall.

About the Canaan Dog

Canaan Dogs are resourceful, intelligent and highly trainable. They are able to survive on their own.  That may be the reason they have been around so long.  This breed needs a securely yard for play. Caanans are natural watch dogs.  They are  highly protective and have the courage to take on just about any challenge. They are leary of strangers, children and other animals, but are very devoted to its family.

The Canaan Dog is clever and can learn to track, herd and compete in obedience trials. Their herding instincts, however, are not as strong as some other herding breeds such as the Border Collie. They also make good watchdogs.

The Canaan Dog is a double coated breed.  Thee top coat is straight and about 2 inches long. Their undercoat is thick and helps keep the dog warm during cold weather. Their coat colors  vary from black, red, sandy, and many shades of brown.  They need regular brushing, and bathing only when absolutely necessary.

The Canaan Dog breed is  recognized by most, if not all, of the world’s kennel clubs. There are Canaan dog clubs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, France, and Israel.

The Canaan dog is the national dog breed of Israel. Canaans are a [fusion_tooltip title=” “pariah dog,” is feral canine that date back to pre-Biblical times “]pariah[/fusion_tooltip] type dog. The Canaan dog has long been very common in the Southern Levant region, from Sinai to Syria.

Canaans need training to control their barking.  They also needs strong leadership as it can be aggressive toward dogs. However,they are very friendly with people they know well. This is not the best breed with children.

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