Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom
PROPOSED REVISED CANAAN DOG BREED STANDARD

As discussed, voted on and accepted by the membership of The Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom at a Special General Meeting held on the 16th November 2003.

This document is based heavily on Dr Menzel's "Pariahunde", with some references to Myrna Shiboleth's book, "The Israel Canaan Dog" and to her judging guidelines, written for the Israel KC. The proposed revision of the standard has not been made with the intentions of bringing any changes to the type model for the Canaan Dog as described by Dr Menzel. Rather the revisions expand upon and clarify some points in our current Kennel Club Interim standard that have caused confusion. Even more importantly, we wish to ensure the genetic health of the breed.

The membership stands by its mission statement, "TO PROMOTE THE INTERESTS OF THE CANAAN DOG IN GREAT BRITAIN AND SAFEGUARD THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS UNIQUE BREED."


General Appearance
It should be emphasised that a Canaan Dog should look like it has potential for survival in the desert. It is a medium-sized, well-balanced, square dog of the pariah dog type. The dog should not be exaggerated in any way. There should be a strong distinction between the sexes, with males looking masculine and bitches looking feminine.

Characteristics
Alert, agile, quick to react, highly intelligent and amenable to training, but its survival instinct should remain its strongest drive.

Temperament
Wary of strangers. Highly territorial. Always vigilant. Affectionate and extraordinarily devoted to its family.

Head and Skull
Skull well proportioned, wedge shaped of medium length, appearing broader due to low set ears. Skull somewhat flattened between ears, with some width allowed in powerful male heads. Stop shallow but defined. Length from muzzle to stop approximately equal to length from stop to occiput. Muzzle is sturdy, of moderate length and breadth. Jaws should be strong, lips tight and darkly pigmented. Nose ideally black; but a “snow nose” is acceptable according to season.

Eyes
Dark brown, almond shaped and obliquely set, with black rims.

Ears
Medium sized, erect, manoeuvrable and set low with broad base, slightly rounded at the tip. Tipped ears not to be penalised in dogs up to 12 months of age.

Mouth
Full dentition, with scissors or level bite equally acceptable.

Neck
Muscular, of medium length without throatiness. Should give a well-balanced, elegant appearance to the dog.

Forequarters
Well laid muscular shoulder, elbows close to body. Medium boned. When viewed from the front forelegs straight. Pasterns slightly sloping.

Body
Square, and strong, but not bulky, displaying athletic build and agility. Withers well developed, back level, loins muscular, chest moderately broad and deep, extending to the elbows. Ribs well sprung. Belly well tucked up. Moderate angulation. Balance is essential.

Hindquarters
Powerful, broad muscular thighs. Second thigh well developed. Hocks well let down. Legs straight when viewed from behind. Strong buttocks, lightly feathered.

Feet
Strong, round and cat like with hard pads and strong, hard nails of any colour.

Tail
Set high, with a thick brush, carried curled over back when at attention. When carried up, the tail should not curl to either side of body, or lie flat against its back. Flexible, used for balance when on the move.

Gait/Movement
Effortless, natural, ground-eating trot. Should demonstrate marked agility and stamina with no wasted motion. Correct movement is essential.

Coat
Outer coat dense, harsh and straight of short to medium length, with manes desirable in males. Undercoat close and profuse according to season.

Colour
The coat can be either solid in shades of white, sand to red-brown, or black; or it can be white with patches of any of the aforementioned colours. Both solid and patched dogs can be with or without a mask. If masked, the mask should be symmetrical and cover both eyes. A black mask is permitted on all colours. White markings are permitted on all colours. Brindle is not permitted.

Size
Height 50-60 cms (20-24 ins). Weight 18-25 kgs (40-55 lbs). Dog should be athletic in build and weight should be proportionate to height. Due to slow maturation in the breed, young dogs up to 2+ years of age may typically appear somewhat rangy.

Faults
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault, as well as anything that would detract from the dog's potential for survival as a desert animal. The seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

  
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