The Canaan Dog may not be well-known or common in the US, but in the Middle East, it’s known to everyone. It’s even the national dog of Israel! It’s medium-sized, with a wedge-shaped head and a double coat. The outer coat is harsh and dense to protect it from the weather. They come in all kinds of colors and marking, though most associate with the Canaan Dog with being a very light fawn color.
Canaan Dogs are very intelligent and active. They can often compete in agility because they’re fast and will learn whatever you want to teach them. Patience and consistency are key with training, as it is with any dog. Some Canaan Dogs do exhibit herding instincts, so it’s something to be aware of, as they may want to chase and herd children and small animals.
Canaan Dog – A Distrust Of Strangers
The main thing to remember with a Canaan Dog, however, is that they very much distrust strangers. They can be very defensive when around a new person, which is often mistaken for aggression. As with any dog, you should socialize them well as puppies. Make sure every experience with a stranger is a positive one by having the stranger provide treats. Despite this, it’s important to simply acknowledge that your Canaan Dog may never be the most sociable pup.
It’s important to remember that not everyone has to greet your dog. If someone wants to say hi to your on-leash Canaan Dog, it’s fine to politely say no and move on. They are very alert and react quickly, so it’s something to remember when in public with them. Keep them feeling safe by not allowing every stranger to greet them. They’ll thank you for it in the long run and be a loyal best friend of a dog.