The Federation Cynologique Internationale (F.C.I.) Standard
28th November 1985
STANDARD OF THE ISRAEL CANAAN DOG
General Appearance: A medium sized, well balanced, strong and
square dog resembling the wild dog type. Strong distinction between the
Head: Well proportioned, blunt wedge shape of medium length, appearing
broader due to low set ears. Skull somewhat flattened. Some width allowed
in powerful male heads. Stop shallow but defined. Muzzle sturdy, of moderate
length and breadth. Jaws should be strong. Lips tight. Nose black.
Ears: Erect, relatively short and broad, slightly rounded at the
tip and set low.
Eyes: Dark brown, slightly slanted, almond shaped. Dark rims essential.
Mouth: Full dentition with scissors or level bite.
Neck: Muscular, of medium length.
Body: Square, withers well developed, back level, loins muscular,
chest deep and of moderate breadth, ribs well sprung. Belly well tucked
up. Moderate angulation. Balance is essential.
Forequarters: The shoulder should be oblique and muscular, elbows
close to the body. Forelegs perfectly straight.
Hindquarters: Powerful, well bent stifles. Hocks well let down.
Strong buttocks, lightly feathered.
Feet: Strong, round and catlike with hard pads.
Tail: Set high, thick brush carried curled over the back.
Coat: Outer coat dense, harsh and straight, of short to medium
length. Undercoat close and profuse.
Colour: Sand to red-brown, white, black, or spotted, with or without
mask. If masked, mask must be symmetrical. Black mask permitted on all
colours. White markings are permitted on all colours: "Boston Terrier"
patterns are common. Grey, brindle, black-and-tan, or tricolour are unacceptable.
Desert colours- sand, gold, red, cream- are most typical of the breed.
Weight and size: Height 50 - 60 cm. (20 - 24 in.), males may be
considerably larger than females. Weight 18 - 25 kg. (40 - 55 lb.)
Gait: Quick, light and energetic trot. Should demonstrate marked
agility and stamina. Correct movement is essential.
Character: 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.
Faults: All deviations from the standard of the breed. All faults
in body structure which constitute a deviation from the norm of a well
built dog; anything that would detract from his potential for survival
as a desert animal.
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicules
fully descended into the scrotum.