Canaan Dog

Other names : Palestinian Pariah Dog, Bedouin Sheepdog

Photo: adult dog of Canaan Dog breed
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Life expectancy

The Canaan Dog has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 20 and 24 in
Male Between 20 and 24 in

Adult weight

Female Between 40 and 55 lb
Male Between 40 and 55 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown Red Sand
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Canaan Dog costs between £700 and £1200

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More details about the Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog: Origins and history

The Canaan is a very ancient breed. Their remains have been uncovered by archeologists in and around Israel, and many believe that the Canaan was revered as a sacred animal. This was common for many desert dwelling tribes, as such animals helped them hunt and herd livestock that sustained the wider community. The first Western breeding programmes didn’t start until 1934 and by 1953 the Canaan was being used as a guide dog, a police dog, and a companion dog. Although they can make excellent pets, they’re still relatively unknown outside of the dog breeding community. 

FCI classification of the Canaan Dog

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 6 : Primitive type

Training a Canaan Dog

In the right hands, these dogs are easy to train. The Canaan is an intelligent animal that thrives on having a firm but fair handler. 

Canaan Dog: Purchase price

The initial cost of a Canaan Dog puppy is between £700 to £1,200. The average cost to keep one of these dogs (including vet bills, insurance, and food) is between £50 to £100 a month.

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