Canaan Dog Breed Information

Canaan Quick Facts
Breed Group: Herding
Origen: Israel
Nickname: Kelev K'naani
Weight: 35-55 lbs
Height: 19-24 inches
Color(s): White with mask with or without additional color patches, or solid color with or without white trim.

Canaan Appearance

The Canaan is a medium-sized athletic dog, with an alert and inquisitive expression. They are square proportioned with a moderate substance that combines strength, agility and endurance. They have a wedge-shaped head with dark brown almond shaped eyes. The ears are erect and set low. The tail is bushy, set moderately high and curls when the dog is in 'alert' mode. 

The Canaan has a double-coat. The outer coat is harsh, lying flat with a slight rough and the undercoat is straight and soft, lying flat. The undercoat is thick and can resist even the harshest of temperature changes. The most common colors are white with mask with or without additional colors or solid color with or without white trim. The weight of the Canaan is around 35-55 pounds and the height is around 19-24 inches.

Canaan Temperament

The Canaan is an intelligent, reliable and obedient breed. They are always devoted and willing to please. They are good at learning new things, adapting to new circumstances with strong survival instinct. They are very good with children within the family, but may be wary of other children. They are aloof toward strangers and protective of its family. The Canaan is generally good with other household pets and dogs but may be aggressive toward strange dogs. They should be well socialized, preferably when is going to be around young children or other people that they don’t know. This breed has an excellent sense of hearing and a great sense of smell and could detect approaching intruders from far away.

Is Canaan the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Canaan will do okay in an apartment if enough exercise is provided but will do best as a house dog with access to at least an average-sized yard. This is an active and energetic breed that needs good workout everyday. His needs could be met on a long walk on leash, herding exercises or a vigorous game in a safe area. The Canaan could live outside in warm to cool climates as long as they have access to house to spend some time inside with the family. They are happy when had a job to do, specially herding, and enjoy being challenged with new tasks.

Canaan Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Canaan is around 12-13 years.

Canaan Health problems

The Canaan is a relatively healthy and there are not major concerns or hereditary problems associated with this breed. He is considered one of the healthiest and hardiest breeds. As with all breeds the Canaan will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy.

Canaan Care and Grooming

The Canaan is a very clean breed with no doggie smell. They are easy to groom. His double coat needs brushing and combing one a week, but more often when shedding. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions.

Canaan Shedding

The Canaan is a heavy shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.