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Canaan Dog


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Dog Breed Group
Herding Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Life Expectancy
10 - 12 years 
Sandy to reddish brown, white or black; harlequin. 
Medium to long, straight and harsh; close lying, undercoat visible in winter. 
Exercise Needs
Needs regular vigorous daily exercise on a leash. 
Intelligent, resourceful 
Good with Children
Good with children and other pets. 
Grooming Needs
Regular, but minimal bathing, brushing and combing. Keep nails trimmed, ears cleaned and whiskers trimmed. 
Average Size - Male (in)
19 - 24 
Average Size - Female (in)
19 - 24 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
35 - 55 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
35 - 55 
Health Issues
Healthy natural breed.v
Living Conditions
City or country; house, apartment or condo. 

Breed Description

The Canaan Dog is a medium-size, robustly made, spitz-type dog. He he has been indigenous to the region encompassed by modern Israel for centuries. The Canaan Dog is reserved with strangers but makes a good companion dog that is loyal and affectionate to his family. Soft and eager to please, he is also needs to know the rules of the house or he can become manipulative. He has been used as a guide dog for the blind and as a search and rescue dog.

Breed Infobits

He is a distinct breed which has survived in the desert since pre-biblical times.

Used to guard and protect livestock, he was also a messenger dog in the Israeli army.

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