Breed History / Description

The national breed of Israel, the Canaan Dog has its roots in the Pariah Dog of the Middle East, and which was gradually domesticated from 1935 when selective breeding programmes were developed to stabilise type. The breed comes in a variety of colours. Numbers in the show ring remain small. The Canaan Dog has been used by Israel's military forces as mine detectors and by the Red Cross.


Agile, alert and highly intelligent. 


Confident and vigilant. Aloof with strangers. Steady and loyal to owners.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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