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.

What's New?

2016 National Specialty

More information about the 2016 CDCA National Specialty is now available. Plan your visit to upstate New York, September 27 - October 2, 2016.


Canaan Dog lovers celebrated FIFTY YEARS of Canaan Dogs in the United States at the Canaan Dog Club of America, Inc., National Specialty, held in Tucson, Arizona. Your hosts, the Western States Canaan Dog Club, thank you (and the rest of us thank them)!

The cornerstone of the week long celebration was the National Specialty held in the courtyard of the host hotel on Thursday November 5th 2015.


Volunteer to help with the Desert Bred Canaan Dog Registry Study.


CD Health survey: A joint effort of the CDCA and the ICDCA clubs (AKC and UKC parent clubs, respectively) - please participate and as share far and wide! Open to all CDs around the world!


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.

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Your Questions Answered

Are you thinking about getting a Canaan Dog? 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. 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.

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”.


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