The Canaan Dog Club of America

AKC Parent Club of the Breed

The Canaan Dog Club of America

The CDCA is a non-profit organization whose primary objective is to encourage and promote the breeding of pure-bred Canaan Dogs and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.  The CDCA was formed in 1965 with the arrival of the first four Canaan Dogs to the United States.

Latest News

10th Anniversary AKC All Breed Agility Trial, May 2019
May 16-19, 2019, T. Ed Garrison Arena, Pendleton, SC. Indoors on dirt. Judges: Clyde Closson and Dave Hirsch. Trial Chair: Dan Haddy. Premium: 
2019 CDCA National Specialty
The 2019 CDCA National Specialty was held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Franklin, Tennessee, as part of the four-day all-breed Music City Cluster, sponsored by Purina. Best of Breed: GCHS CH Pleasant Hill Avram of Carters Creek.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 Award Winners
Special congratulations to MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Dave Pohl
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DOG OF THE YEAR: "Salina", (Ch Eastland's Salina So Special CGC RN); owners: Cynthia Dodson, David Golden, and Annette Israel
2020 CDCA National Specialty
The 2020 CDCA National Specialty will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Ohio, in conjunction with the Clermont County Kennel Club all-breed shows.
Desert Bred Canaan Dog Registry Study
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Are you thinking about getting a Canaan Dog?

If so, first read our CDCA information package, which contains valuable information on the Canaan Dog. We hope it will answer most, if not all, of the questions you may have regarding Canaan Dogs. You may also want to read two helpful articles, one which covers What a breeder can do, what a breeder shouldn't do, and what a buyer should do , and another about puppy buyer etiquette . Then, get the FAQs: read our Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Canaan Dog. When your questions have been answered, you can find a breeder, or find a Canaan Dog that needs a new home through the Canaan Dog Rescue Network .

Other Information

What is it like Living With a Senior Canaan Dog? Carrie Franz-Cabrera wrote a column for the AKC Gazette telling us all about her experiences.

What chilling effect is the “animal rights” movement having on purebred dogs? It's “A Gathering Storm” .

The relationship between veterinarians and breeders is obviously crucial and is under pressure from rescue groups, animal rights activism, and a general anti-breeding, anti-purebred attitude. This article, “Vets vs. Breeders: Partners or Enemies?” , includes interviews with veterinarians and others who promote good breeding and the value of purebred dogs and urge clubs and fanciers to do the same.