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.

What's New?

2018 CDCA National Specialty
The 2018 CDCA National Specialty will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, May 29 - June 4, 2018. The show premium is now available, as well as entry information for the herding instinct test. Information about the Judges Education seminar, ringside mentoring, and hands on workshop is also available. Reserve your seats at the Banquet today!
2017 CDCA National Specialty
The 2017 CDCA National Specialty was held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 16 - 23, 2017.
Desert Bred Canaan Dog Registry Study
Volunteer to help with the study.

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CD Health Survey

The Canaan Dog Health survey is a joint effort of the CDCA and the ICDCA clubs (AKC and UKC parent clubs, respectively). Please participate and share far and wide! Open to all CDs around the world!


Join Canaani-L, the Canaan Dog mail list, a worldwide discussion forum.

Visit the CDCA on Facebook.

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.