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By Christina Miller Canaan Dog Club of America, Inc. - Judge’s Education Chair


ot everything you have heard about the Canaan Dog is true. Th ey are not feral beasts that would rath- er bite you than look

t "MMPXJOH UIF FOUSZ UP HBJU BSPVOE the ring once prior to examination is the f irst key thing you can do. This allows the entry to become familiar with its surroundings. It also affords the inexperienced handler a moment to settle down. t 1MFBTF BMMPX B CJU PG UJNF GPS UIF IBO - dler to stack their entry. Try to avoid direct eye contact with the entry during this time. Once the entry is stacked and ready, approach with confidence – not dominance. It is best to approach at an angle – not directly from the front or side and NEVER from the rear. t 0ODF XJUIJO DMPTF QSPYJNJUZ  JU OFWFS hurts to exchange pleasantries with the handler. Th is helps the entry to realize his handler is comfortable with your proximity, thus he should be comfort- able as well. Th is can also ease a nervous handler, in turn relaxing the entry. t 'JSTU DPOUBDU PG UIF FOUSZ  BTTVNJOH the entry is relaxed and you are com- fortable, should be a gentle hand under the chin. Th is allows the entry to feel VOUISFBUFOFE"GFXLJOEXPSETUPUIF

at you. Quite the opposite is true. Th ey would much rather flee this situation than face confrontation. Th e past decade has seen vast improve- ments in temperament in the ring. Th is improvement is due to breeder’s improv- ing temperament, more experienced han- dlers, positive ring experience and proper socialization of the dogs. Granted, there is always room for improvement and there are a few things you can contribute to this improvement. Th ere are many key things you can do in your ring to set a wary or inexperienced Canaan Dog at ease. If you have judged sight hounds, you should have no trouble with a Canaan Dog in your ring. Th is breed is very alert and in tune to their sur- roundings. Th ey are naturally aloof with strangers, but have a strong desire to please their handler. “The past decade HAS SEEN VAST IMPROVEMENTS IN TEMPERAMENT IN THE RING.”

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entry and a gentle scratch at this junc- ture can go a long way with this breed. t %P OPU CF UBLFO BCBDL JG UIF IBOEMFS asks to present the bite to you. Th is should not reflect on you opinion of the entry’s temperament. Th ere are many well tempered Canaan Dogs that just don’t like strangers in their mouth. Th is could have stemmed from a bad expe- rience as a puppy or additional factors. If you are going to examine the bite, please take care not to cover the entry’s eyes as you perform your inspection. t 8JUI NPTU $BOBBO %PHT  PODF ZPV get past the initial approach and head examination – the rest is a piece of cake. You may find a Canaan Dog turning its head to watch you com- QMFUF ZPVS FYBN 1MFBTF EP OPU UBLF this head turn as an act of aggression. Most experienced handlers will gently hold the muzzle while you examine the rest of the body. t 8IJMFFYBNJOJOHUIFCPEZVTFBmSN  but not heavy, touch. Th is is another opportunity for kind words and gentle scratches to reassure the uneasy entry. Try not to hover or lean over the dog during you exam. Th is could lead to the dog feeling cornered or trapped. "T XJUI BOZ CSFFE  NBMFT EPOU MJLF cold hands on their nether regions and females are just plain silly when they are in season. 8IBU TIPVME ZPV EP XJUI BO VOSVMZ $BOBBO%PHJOZPVSSJOH 'JSTU QMFBTFUSZ to assess if it’s really the entry or an inex- perienced handler. If you feel the handler

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is a novice, and the entry is not aggres- sive or overly shy, please take a moment PSUXPUPHVJEFBOENFOUPS"TXFBSFOPU a popular or populous breed, we find we SFDSVJUNBOZmSTUUJNFEPHTIPXGPMLT" gentle word and a good experience will bode well for our sport. If you truly have an aggressive or overly shy entry that you cannot examine – you MUST excuse the entry. Th e excusal of extreme improper temperament is something that must be done. Most handlers will be hurt and embarrassed by the excusal. If you can, please o ff er a kind word. Canaan Dogs, especially young ones, BSFWFSZJNQSFTTJPOBCMFBOEOFWFSGPSHFU" positive ring experience will leave a lasting impression – such is true for the opposite. 1MFBTFUBLFUIPTFDPVQMFPGFYUSBNPNFOUT to provide a positive experience. "T B UFTUBNFOU UP UIPTF XIP IBWF worked hard to improve temperament and image of the Canaan Dog in our sport: the well trained, socialized and well handled Canaan Dog will be a joy to have in your ring.

5. Moderation and soundness. Moderate angulation resulting in soundness.  /PCJMJUZ BOE HSBDF " OPCMF QSFTFODF and graceful movement should drip from this breed.  $VSMFEUBJM8IFOFYDJUFEUIF$BOBBO Dog tail should curl over the back. One full curl is desired. Sickle tail is acceptable. Th e tail should not curl more than once and/or fall o ff to the TJEF BTBO"LJUB   "MFSU BOE XBUDIGVMɨF $BOBBO %PH is very alert and aware of his surround-

ings. Th ey don’t miss anything going on in their environment.  'MBUMZJOHDPBU)BSTInBUMZJOHEPVCMF coat of short to medium length. Under- DPBU BDDPSEJOH UP TFBTPO 'FBUIFSJOH present on neck and thighs. Open coats are undesirable as they are ine ff ective in the elements.  /BUVSBMOFTTɨJT CSFFE IBT TVSWJWFE GPSTPG ZFBSTPO UIF GSJOHFPG DJWJ - lization. Th eir keen senses and survival instinct have allowed them to thrive in these conditions.

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