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Canaan Dog


Some say the Canaan dog has roots in Biblical times; that their direct ancestors were used by the Hebrews for herding in the land of Canaan. Having lasted so long, it comes as no surprise that the Canaan dog is a natural survivor. They are athletic, alert and incredibly quick learners. They are defensive, but not necessarily aggressive, and can fit nicely into a home with small children if given proper leadership and regular exercise.

Adult Size

  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Herding Group

Coat Length

  • Short Coat
  • Very Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat
  • Hard Coat


  • Black
  • Gold
  • Liver
  • Red
  • Tan
  • White


  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Energetic
  • Highly Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 17-20″
  • 21-23″
  • 24-26″

Full Grown Weight

  • 36-40lbs
  • 41-45lbs
  • 46-50lbs
  • 51-55lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed
  • Very Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Great First Dog!

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather
  • Does Well in Hot Weather
  • Thrives in Hot Weather
  • Tolerates Hot Weather Well

Good With Children?





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