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Canaan Dog


General Information - Canaan Dog


Group:
Non sporting

Size:
large

Lifespan:
12-15 years

Exercise:
high

Grooming:
very low

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
high

Area of Origin:
Israel

Date of Origin:
ancient times

Other Names:
Kelef K'naani

Original Function:
livestock guardian



History

The Canaan Dog, also called the Kelef K'naani, traces its ancient origins back to 2200-2000 BC in Israel where it was used to guard livestock from jackals and other predators. It is one of the few natural breeds left, and still counts a few wild or semi-wild members in the Middle East. Its modern, true-breeding form began in 1935 through the efforts of Dr. Menzel and her husband, in Jerusalem. It has recently become better known outside of Israel, finding favour in the USA and in Europe.

Temperament

If raised with children or other pets, the Canaan Dog will have a natural protective instinct and will be devoted to watching over them. Canaan Dogs are very attached to their owners and adults will grieve if placed with a new family. Canaan Dogs are highly trainable, dependable and obedient and highly territorial.

Upkeep

This is a very work-oriented breed. It needs a lot of physical and mental activity every day to satisfy its quest for work. It can live outdoors in temperate to cool climates, but it enjoys being with its family inside as well. This is a dog that cannot live in an apartment and that should preferably have ready access to a yard. Its coat needs brushing or combing weekly.