Canaan dog

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the   Canaan dog   is a dog of medium size, robust, writable in a square, of strong and balanced build. The differences between male and female dogs are quite clearly marked in the Canaan Dog.



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Hair type Short
Origin Israel
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 27 kg From 50 cm to 60 cm
Male From 20 kg to 27 kg From 50 cm to 60 cm
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History of the breed

The race of   Canaan dog   was developed on the basis of wild dogs from the Near East . Formerly, this dog was bred for the care and defense of animals and dwellings . The first structured breedings were led by Rudolphina Menzel from the end of the 1940s. After her death, it was the breeder Myrna Shiboleth who took over and helped to perpetuate and improve the breed. From the 1960s, subjects were exported to the United States, Italy and Great Britain. The Canaan Dog breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on November 23, 1966.

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Physical features

His coat: straight, tight, hard in texture and short to medium in length. The outer coat is associated with a very dense and tight undercoat.
Its color: sand to red-brown, white, black or variegated. With or without mask, which must be symmetrical.
His head: harmoniously proportioned, almost wedge-shaped, of medium length, giving an impression of width due to the low attachment of the ears. The skull is moderately flattened, larger in most males. The stop is marked. The nose is black, the lips tight and the jaws articulated like scissors or pincers.
Its ears: set low, well erect, rather short and broad, rounded at their end.
His eyes: rather oblique, almond shaped, dark brown in color.
His body: as long as it is high (at the withers). The withers are well extended, the back straight, the loins muscular, the chest well let down and moderately broad, the ribs well sprung and the belly raised.
Its tail: high set, carried rolled up on the back and covered with abundant hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Canaan dog   is a lively dog, always ready to defend and defend himself, but without disproportionate aggression. Attentive and particularly suspicious of strangers , he is a good watchdog and is protective of his family , humans or animals. Extremely attached to his master, the Canaan Dog shows off his docility and his lively character.

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The Canaan Dog is known to be easy to train . Obedient and devoted to his master , he likes to please the latter, who must reserve him an education made of firmness, but also of gentleness.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Canaan Dog can adapt to an urban living environment if it benefits from sufficient outings and daily activities. Rather than in an apartment, he will prefer to live in a house with a large fenced garden . It is suitable for any type of family, in which it will know how to be affectionate and protective.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Canaan dog   is a healthy dog, which tolerates difficult climatic conditions quite well, especially thanks to its double and dense coat. Natural selection has helped shape a hardy and resilient dog. There is no predisposition to any particular disease in this breed apart from hip dysplasia.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 10 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Canaan Dog is, on average, between 12 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Canaan dog is subject to 2 moults per year during which it can lose a lot of hair . The rest of the year, hair loss continues, but to a lesser extent. Apart from this point, its maintenance does not present any particular difficulty.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week at least. During periods of moulting, brushing should be done more frequently to remove the amount of dead hair.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Canaan Dog is between 700 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Canaan Dog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Canaan dog   is a dog that needs a lot of activity and attention . It is essential to offer him long walks every day.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1966


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