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Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog Characteristics: The faithful and spirited Canaan Dog is a breed of medium sized dog, classified as a member of the Herding Dog Group (AKC:1997). The Canaan Dog, is characterized by its powerful, elegant appearance with a wedge-shaped head and alert expression. Other characteristics include dark, black rimmed, almond shaped slanting eyes; low set, erect ears with rounded tips, a high set, bushy tail, curled over the back  and an energetic gait.

The temperament of the Canaan Dog can be described as Devoted, Alert, Vigilant. The coat type of the Canaan Dog is described as straight, harsh coat in assorted colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Canaan Dog demonstrated the desired traits of a Farm Dog and is known by its nick name the "Dog from the Land of Canaan". The origin of the Canaan breed was in Israel where it was developed in the Ancient Times.

Canaan Dogs Breed Group and Type - Herding Dog Group (AKC:1997): The Canaan Dog is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Herding Dogs Group (AKC:1997).

Other names for the Canaan Dogs: The Canaan Dog is known by the nickname of the "Dog from the Land of Canaan". Other names for this breed of dog include the Kelef K'naani (taken from the Hebrew word 'Kelef' meaning "dog" and 'K'naani' meaning "of Canaan"), the Kanaanhond and the Israeli Pariah. N.B. The word "Pariah" refers to a mongrel, a half-wild dog of uncertain breeding, common in the villages and towns of the Far east and south Asia.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Canaan Dog" derives from its country of origin in Israel in the Biblical Land of Canaan.

Canaan Dogs History and Origin: The country of origin of the Canaan Dog breed was in Israel during the Ancient Times. Similar dogs were found in Ancient Egypt, the Philistine region of Crete and in Phoenicia that covered Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria. Drawings found on the tombs, dating 2200-2000 B.C., at Beni-Hassan, an Ancient Egyptian cemetery site, depict dogs which show an unmistakable resemblance to the modern day Canaan Dog. The Canaan Dogs were used as sentries, as trackers and to protect and control livestock and were imported by Phoenician traders across the Far East.

The Canaan Dog is one of the Spitz type dogs descended from wolves and ancient pariah or mongrel dogs of the Far East. Like all spitz type dogs the Canaan Dog has retained a wolf-like appearance, with a pointed muzzle and ears, a thick coat and a high carried tail that curls up and over the dog's back.

The Canaan developed the ability to survive on less water and food and water than most breeds and has an unusual ability to disperse heat. This made the Canaan Dog highly useful in the hot, dry climate of the Far East. The Canaan Dogs were introduced to the United States during the mass immigration period of the late 1800's by the "New Immigrants" including  east Asian and Jewish people.

Canaan Dogs Modern History: The modern history of the Canaan Dog moved on and the breed is now used as a family pet and companion. The Canaan Dog was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1997.

Canaan Dogs Height: This breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 19 - 24 inches (48 - 61 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Canaan Dogs Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 35 - 55 pounds (16 - 25 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

Canaan Dogs Coat Type: The coat type is described as straight, harsh double coat.

Canaan Dogs Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Black, Golden, Liver, Red, Cream and Tan. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors. The word "liver" signifies any shade from yellow to brown.

Canaan Dogs Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Canaan Dog is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the Canaan Dog is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.

Canaan Dogs Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4-6 puppies. Canaan Dog puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Canaan Dog puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Canaan Dogs Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Faithful, Devoted, Alert, Vigilant and Spirited.

Canaan Dogs Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Canaan Dog requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a fluid, energetic, strident gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.

Canaan Dogs Diet: A fully grown Canaan Dog should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Canaan Dogs Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Canaan Dog breed include Eye Problems . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Canaan Dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Canaan Dogs Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Canaan Dog breed is 12-14 years.

Canaan Dogs Male Dog Names: Male names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Canaan breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Canaan names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Duke *** Lucky *** Sam *** Shadow *** Rogue *** Sabre *** Charlie *** Rusty *** Casey *** Murphy *** Felix *** Gaius *** Rufus.

Canaan Dog Female Dog Names: Female names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dogs. Our top choice of good female Canaan Dogs names are Dixie *** Sugar *** Juno *** Bella *** Duchess *** Vicki *** Zara *** Ruby *** Sassy *** Bobbi *** Chloe.

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