Belonging to the AKC’s Herding Group, Canaan Dogs are intelligent, watchful, and confident dogs that make wonderful family pets. They have an ancient heritage dating back to biblical times in Israel and were originally used to herd and guard livestock. If you want to know more about Canaan Dogs, please read on. The following breed information will help you decide if a Canaan Dog would be a good fit for your family.
Canaan Dogs are medium sized dogs, standing 19-24 inches tall and weighing around 35-55 pounds. The average life expectancy of a Canaan Dog is 12-15 years.
Canaan Dogs are moderately playful and affectionate with family members. They retain some independence but can get along well with other dogs. A Canaan Dog can be patient and tolerant with young kids provided there is proper socialization around kids as a puppy.
While not overly friendly with strangers, Canaan Dogs are not aggressive. They, however, can be aloof with strangers and are territorial. Canaan Dogs have a strong protective instinct (they were bred to protect livestock) and are highly vigilant and alert by nature. As a result, Canaan Dogs make very good watchdogs.
This is a moderately adaptable breed that can adjust to some changes in routine. A Canaan Dog is a good choice for apartment dwellers but this dog does not do too well if left alone for long periods. Novice pet owners might want to consider other breeds because Canaan Dogs can be quite dominating of unsuspecting or inexperienced owners. Canaan Dogs can tolerate hot weather extremely well and cold weather moderately well.
It is fairly easy to train a Canaan Dog with a reward-based approach because they are intelligent and responsive. Canaan Dogs have moderate energy levels and mental stimulation needs. Outdoor exercise or training for dog sports are a good way to use this dog’s energy in a positive way. Prospective owners of Canaan Dogs should know that they are highly vocal and bark a lot.
The Canaan Dog’s short, smooth, double coat requires occasional baths to stay clean and healthy. The coat sheds a lot, especially during the annual shedding season, so that’s something to be keep in mind. These dogs are not heavy droolers.
All in all, Canaan Dogs are robust, lean, agile, active, and vigilant canines that can be quite vocal but are generally docile natured. They can be territorial and are extremely confident and clever, so they need an owner who won’t be easily dominated.
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