Dog Distinctions

Mar 07, 2018

To the Editor:

A friend of a friend notified me of the article about the Robbins and their rescue dogs (“Love Saves Lives: Couple Gives Canaan Dogs New Life,” 3/28).

As the president of the Canaan Dog Rescue Network (CDRN), the only 501c3 rescue devoted to purebred Canaan dogs in North America and recognized by the Canaan Dog Club of America Inc. and the American Kennel Club, I would like to take the opportunity to add some additional info regarding the breed of Canaan dogs.

In the 1930s, the Drs. Menzel established the breed using re-domesticated pariah dogs. This land race of dogs that would be used to develop the breed of dog called a Canaan dog has existed for thousands of years in Israel and closely surrounding areas. Because Canaan dogs have a common canine phenotype (square build, medium-sized, prick ears, curled tail), many mixes are labeled a “Canaan dog.”

Few if any feral/street dogs, also known as baladi dogs, have any Canaan dog in them. A baladi dog is no less deserving of a loving home than any other dog, but they are not Canaan dogs simply because they live in the same region. An analogy I use is that not all snakes that are found in the desert southwest are Western diamondback rattlesnakes simply because they look like a snake and are in the desert.

As an established, recognized breed of dog, a Canaan dog will have a known pedigree. There are approximately 500 to 600 Canaan dogs in the U.S. with a worldwide population estimated to be around 2,000.

Carrie Franz, president, eastern U.S. coordinator

Canaan Dog Rescue Network


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