Non-sporting Breeds

Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog
Pedigree Points
Recognized: CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 19 -23 in (49.5-60cm)
Weight: 40-55 lb (18-25kg)
Coat: Medium to long, straight, and harsh; undercoat visible in winter
Color: Sandy to reddish brown, white, or black; harlequin (black and/or blue-gray patches on a white background)

The Canaan Dog is an indigenous breed of Israel that is said to have been developed through the selective breeding of the semi-wild Pariah dogs of the Middle East. A fine guard and protector of livestock, the Canaan has also proved its worth as a guard dog and as a messenger in the Israeli army. Other uses have been as a guide dog for the blind and as a search and rescue dog. There are two varieties of Canaan Dog, one collie-like and the other Dingo-like, the latter being more heavily built. The Canaan is alert, home loving, and loyal to its family. It has a distrust of strangers and will faithfully guard the humans and animals entrusted to its care, standing its ground if called upon to do so. It needs regular grooming with a brush and comb.
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