The Canaan Dog is a pariah dog that has survived in the desert region of Israel for thousands of years. It is believed that the Hebrews used these dogs breed in biblical times to herd and guard their flocks and encampments. Some are still used by Bedouins and Druse for this purpose today. In Europe and North America they are companion dogs and compete in dog sports such as conformation, agility and obedience. Dogs were an elemental part of ancient Middle Eastern communities where they were used to herd and guard the flocks of sheep that were a man’s wealth. Known as Kelef Kanani, Hebrew words meaning Canaan Dog, those primitive dogs survived for thousands of years into the modern era and still retain the traits that allowed them to live in harsh desert conditions.
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Today’s Canaan Dog has the same smooth coat, prick ears and bushy tail as their ancestors and no doubt the same alert, watchful, inquisitive nature that made them a well-regarded herding dog. This agile dog can change directions quickly and moves at a brisk trot, covering ground more rapidly than you can imagine. Besides Their pleasing form and graceful movement, the Canaan Dog is blessed with an endearing and responsive personality although their heritage of desert survival gives them a certain degree of independence. Life in an apartment with several short daily walks is as agreeable to them as living in a suburban home with a yard and three noisy kids. While this breed is active, its energy level isn’t excessive. And the Canaan Dog’s territorial nature makes them unlikely to stray far from home. Although like any dog they should be protected from traffic and other dangers by a fenced yard. This is a versatile breed.
They draw the line only at jumping into a cold lake to retrieve a bird. Today’s Canaan retains primitive herding skills and some have been herding-tested with excellent results. The Canaan’s herding instinct is not as powerful as that of neither some other breeds nor it does the single-mindedness of certain sporting breeds. Few Canaan’s will retrieve a ball a hundred times in a row. In behavior, as in appearance the Canaan is a moderate. Nonetheless, this is a dog that requires firm but loving handling as well as early socialization in puppyhood to counteract tendencies toward aloofness and aggression toward other dogs. Experienced dog owners will find the Canaan easy to train but first-timers can have their hands full. A confident attitude and the help of a good trainer can ease the way. This intelligent dog responds best to motivational techniques such as food rewards, praise and play.
Conclusion: Canaan and you
They are easily bored with repetitive training and require a challenging and creative learning environment. It’s also important to provide him with strong, firm leadership. A Canaan who decides they are in charge instead of you will make their own decisions about who is allowed onto their property and this can lead to serious behavior problems. Canaan Dogs are considered highly reactive, an excellent survival trait. Reacting quickly when confronted with something new and being cautious or suspicious in new situations can save a dog’s life and are among the reasons the breed survived to the present day.