Canaan Dog

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 7in - 2ft 0in
Weight: 35-55lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount5/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount5/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance5/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Canaan Dog Information

Canaan DogIf you want an ancient, exotic dog no one else in your town is likely to have, the Canaan dog is for you. Amazingly, the Canaan dog dates back to Biblical times, from the Land of Canaan, around 2,000 B.C. It is currently the national breed of Israel.

This breed has exceptional athleticism and agility. But with his strong personality, the Canaan Dog needs a strong leader. When trained properly, he is an exceptional pet. Undertrained dogs can bark frequently and be slightly aggressive in nature, so it’s best to commit time to his teachings when he is a young.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Canaan Dogs be apartment dogs?

Canaan Dogs aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Canaan Dogs be left alone?

While Canaan Dogs prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Canaan Dogs good with kids?

Canaan Dogs can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Canaan Dogs friendly with strangers?

Canaan Dogs tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Canaan Dogs get along with other dogs?

Although Canaan Dogs will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Canaan Dogs bark a lot?

Canaan Dogs are known to bark quite often. This can be irritating for owners who aren't expecting it and they may require some training to limit the amount of barking.

Do Canaan Dogs shed a lot?

Expect a lot of sheeding from Canaan Dogs. You'll need to brush their coat often or have the vacuum ready.

Do Canaan Dogs need a lot of grooming?

Canaan Dogs don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Canaan Dogs need a lot of exercise?

A Canaan Dog will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Canaan Dogs easy to train?

Most Canaan Dogs are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Canaan Dogs handle cold weather?

Although Canaan Dogs can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Canaan Dogs handle hot weather?

The Canaan Dog does quite well in hot conditions. They enjoy the heat and sun, just make sure they're given water as needed.

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