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Featured Breed : Canaan Dog

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Canaan Dog

Life Span:~12-15 years
Litter Size: 4 to 6 puppies
Country of Origin: Israel

Size: Height: 19-24 inches (48-61 cm.) Weight: 35-55 pounds (16-25 kg.)

Coat: The Canaan Dog is double-coated. The outer coat of Canaan Dog is straight, dense, hard, short-to- medium length hair while the undercoat is fitting, dense, profuse and downy in texture. The neck and major body parts are well-furnished with dense hair, which is protective in cold weather and upon unexpected attack.



History: The origin of Canaan Dog could be traced to 4000 years of history ago if we believe this dog resembles the wild dog type. In 1934, Dr. Rudolf and Prof. Rudolphina Menzel immigrated to Israel and started their study of Canaan Dog and they became the driving force for preservation of this breed. In 1949, Dr. Menzel Started to train Canaan dogs as guide dogs for the blind based in his Institute for Orientation and Mobility of the Blind. In mid-1900s, wild Canaan dog collection has all but ceased because most of the Canaan dogs living in the open were destroyed in the fight between Israeli government against rabies.

Health Issues: In general, the Canaan dog does not suffer from known hereditary health problems as the other breeds do. Though being one of the healthiest, the Canaan dog sometimes still suffers from hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and cryptorchidism, etc.

Temperament: The Canaan Dog has been considered to possess good virtues such as dependability, obedience, agility, herding ability, adventurous nature, intelligence, strength, and loyalty. They are good team workers and they respond to positive, motivational, encouraging training if there are new challenges during the process. However, they will get bored very soon with monotony and repetition.



Activity: As active and athletic dogs, Canaan Dog enjoys a plenty of daily exercises and will not be happy for just sitting all day long. Adequate mental and physical challenges among with challenging training session will be more desirable for them.
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