Canaan Dog Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
Recognised by the Kennel Club since 1970 , the Canaan Dog is regarded as the National dog of Israel, a Pariah dog of the Middle East. He is a breed of considerable antiquity with ancient rock carvings found in Israel depicting him. The Canaan Dog Breed Standard is based on the FCI for the time being as there is a lack of unanimity amongst current breeders on what breed characteristics should be aimed for, particularly in coat colour.
What is agreed, however, is that the Canaan Dog is a square, medium sized dog measuring between 20 – 24″ and used for his guarding qualities; Bedouins and Druse people have long used Canann Dogs as guards but do not breed them, instead taking dogs from feral litters. His coat is harsh and of short to medium length and colours permitted are shades of red, white, black or spotted, with white markings allowed on all colours. Grey, brindle, black and tan or tricolours are considered undesirable.
Loyal to his owners, alert and intelligent the Canaan Dog is a natural guard and is aloof with strangers. The breed clubs should be able to give you some more information and let you know at what shows you are likely to be able to see some examples of the Canaan Dog.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.