The Canaan Dog is very intelligent and a loyal and natural watchdog. Canaans are a primitive breed, a breed that has retained its natural qualities without generations of human interference. Because of this lack of selective breeding, the temperaments and behaviors within this breed can differ markedly. Canaans retain many characteristics which helped them survive in the harsh deserts of the Middle East, where they are from. There, they were employed to guard flocks and camps. Hence, in your home, they will be highly territorial, and their definition of their territory's borders might differ from yours. Their territory, as they see it, might include the dog park, your neighbors' yards, and the road you live on. They have an excellent sense of hearing and a superb sense of smell. They can detect approaching intruders from far away. They are extremely alert at all times, and they are highly reactive. They think for themselves and make decisions by themselves. The Canaan has a high prey-drive. They will chase, kill, and possibly consume small animals and should not be invited into a home with small pets such as hamsters and ferrets. They will chase cats they don't know, but many Canaans live peacefully with cats they do know. Canaans are smart. They are good at learning new things, adapting to new circumstances, and solving problems. If they get bored, they can become destructive. They are used to living within a pack hierarchy and will need that level of security in your home too. They will do anything for a trustworthy pack leader, but if you are not that person, your Canaan will try to be. This can lead to dominance and even aggression. It is imperative that a Canaan parent take a leadership role. Early socialization and obedience training is necessary. They need socialization because they are suspicious of people and places they don't know. And socialization for the first few months of life will not be enough. Canaans go through a specific "fear period" during adolescence, during which they especially need to be exposed to new people and places. They also need to be socialized around other dogs. Canaans tend to be dog aggressive, particularly towards dogs of the same sex. Canaans are tolerant, gentle, and playful with children and very protective of them when raised with them. The more socialized the dog, the better he will be around children. This is a highly trainable and versatile breed. You can teach a Canaan Dog to do just about anything. And Canaans are quick to housetrain. These are sensitive dogs who are attuned to the moods and emotions of their humans. They are loving, loyal, devoted, and docile with their families. They need to live as part of the family and thrive on attention. They love to snuggle up beside you on the couch. And though they will tell you they can sleep all day, they do need a few walks each day. They also like to run, but they are sprinters, not long distance runners. They are athletic and agile and excel at herding, tracking, obedience, rally, and agility competitions. Basically, they enjoy all outdoor activities and exercise. This breed likes to bark, and can also howl, moan, and "talk." While some are problem barkers, most Canaans can be trained to keep their vocalizations under control.
Canaan Dog Training
The Canaan Dog is intelligent and quite easy to train. He learns new commands quickly at an above average rate.
Canaan Dog Shedding
The Canaan Dog is a very heavy shedder. He sheds an awful lot of hair! You'll find hair all over your home, stuck to everything! You'll probably even find it in the butter!
Canaan Dog Grooming
The Canaan Dog only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds excessively you may find yourself brushing him daily to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.