The Canaan dog, known in Israel as Kelev Kna'ani and other Levantine countries as Kaleb Kana'an is a breed of pariah dog recognized as Israel’s national breed. It may have existed in the eastern Mediterranean seaboard for millennia, as referenced in ancient carvings and drawings. There are only about 2,000 Canaan dogs across the world, mostly in Europe and North America.

The Canaan dog is a typical primitive dog in appearance. It is a medium-sized square built dog, with a wedge-shaped head, medium-sized, erect and low set ears with a broad base and rounded tips. Its outer coat is dense, harsh and straight of short to medium-length. The undercoat should be close and profuse according to season. Color ranges from black to cream and all shades of brown and red between, usually with small white markings, or all white with colour patches. Spotting of all kinds is permitted, as well as white or black masks.
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Bologna, Italy

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History of breed
The Canaan dog began in ancient times as a primitive feral in ancient Canaan, where the Canaanites lived, roughly corresponding to the region encompassing modern-day Israel, Palestinian territories, Lebanon, and the western parts of Jordan.

This dog is one of the oldest, dating back to biblical times. The caves of Einan and Hayonim are sites in which the oldest remains of dogs have been found (more than 10,000 years ago). In the Bible there are a number of references to roaming dogs and dogs that worked for man.  

Collection of wild Canaan dogs has become very difficult. Many of the Canaan dogs living in the open were destroyed by the Israeli government in the fight against rabies. The spread of the human population into areas that were formerly isolated, along with their pet dogs, has resulted in the loss of the natural habitat of the Canaan.
Temperament
Canaan dogs have a strong survival instinct. They are quick to react and wary of strangers, and will alert to any disturbances with prompt barking, thus making them excellent watchdogs. Though defensive, they are not aggressive and are very good with children within the family, but may be wary of other children or defensive when your child is playing with another child. They are intelligent and learn quickly, but may get bored with repetitive exercises or ignore commands if they find something of more interest.

Health
In general, the Canaan dog does not suffer from known hereditary problems. Although the breed is one of the healthiest.

Breed recognition
The Canaan dog was first recognized by the Israel Kennel Club in 1953 and by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) in 1966. The first accepted standard was written by Dr. Menzel. The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom officially recognized the breed in December 1970. In 1986, the first Canaan dogs were brought to Finland from Sha'ar Hagai Kennel, in Israel. The Canaan Dog is today recognized by all the world's kennel clubs and is being bred in many countries. There are breed clubs in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Finland, Germany, France, and Israel.

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The natural habitat of Canaan Dog - the Negev Desert of Israel

L'habitat naturale del Canaan Dog - il Deserto del Negev in Israele
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Type varies somewhat between the lines of other Canaan dogs and those found in Israel and the rest of the world.

Size Males:
Height: 19–24 inches (50–60 cm)
Weight:35–55 pounds (18–25 kg)

Size Females:
Height: 18–20 inches (45–50 cm)
Weight:33–44 pounds (15–20 kg)

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August 27-28, 2015
 the new litter
of 7 great and
healthy puppies:
3 males and
4 females

cucciolata 2015