Get to know the Canaan Dog
All you need to know about the breed
With a first-rate work ethic, the Canaan Dog has transformed from their beginnings as a faithful watchdog to their present-day role as faithful companion, with many years in the Negev Desert in between. As the national dog of Israel, this breed is commonly found there and in surrounding countries and regions, including modern-day Jordan, Lebanon, and the Sinai Peninsula.
They are known as a ‘pariah dog’, one that comes from a line of non-domesticated medium-sized dogs that live near humans and are used mostly as watchdogs, characterised by a highly alert nature and very quick gate. The Canaan Dog is always on the go, and will step into their role as watchdog with aplomb.
Given their huge smarts and independent behaviour, the Canaan Dog will at times attempt to get their way and dominate an unwitting owner. Make sure that your dog knows who rules the roost. And that it is you. As with many breeds, strong puppy training for the Canaan Dog will be most effective. The longing, inquisitive stare given off by this vivacious breed is sweet, but it’s more to ask what’s next on the agenda than anything else. Where are you doing, who will be there, and can I come along??!
Because of their beginnings as a wild dog in the desert, the Canaan Dog is incredibly self-sufficient, thus can be very wary of those new to his realm and protective of the family and other animals in it. Despite this, the breed can grow into an affectionate and devoted domestic buddy with a high intelligence and highly responsive nature that enables them to catch on quickly, each and every time.
2 facts about Canaan Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Canaan Dog