The character of the Canaan Dog is based on their instinct for survival
and sense of territoriality. They are extremely vigilant and alert, quick
to react; distrustful of strangers, both human and animal; and strongly
defensive but not naturally aggressive. Their first reaction, when confronted
with an intruder is not to attack but to stay out of reach and bark continuously.
Canaans of both sexes may be aggressive with other dogs, particularly
in their own territory. Canaan Dogs are extraordinarily devoted and amenable
to training but consider themselves the equal of those with whom they
live. Canaans raised with children are very gentle with and extremely
protective of them. Disqualification:Viciousness or extreme shyness. Wariness
has great survival value, so Canaans often back off slightly when approached
by a stranger. This aspect of Canaan temperament should not be penalized.
However, dogs displaying extreme shyness, panic, or fear-biting should
be disqualified. There is no place for this in domestic stock.
Alert, quick to react, distrustful of strangers, strongly defensive
but not naturally aggressive. Vigilant not only against man but other
animals as well. Extraordinarily devoted and amenable to training.
Alert, vigilant, devoted and docile with his family. Reserved and aloof
with strangers. Highly territorial, serving as a responsive companion
and natural guardian. Very vocal, persistent. Easily trained. Faults--Shyness
or dominance toward people.
are also intelligent and diligent scavengers