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?

The Canaan Dog Club of America, Inc. is pleased to announce a major donation to the Institute of Canine Biology for their Canaan Dog Population Genetics Analysis Project. We hope this large donation will help “jump start” this project and inspire other Canaan Dog clubs and fanciers to contribute as well. In addition, the club is helping researcher Carol Beuchat, PhD, collect and prepare pedigree information for this project. (Read the press release.)

The CDCA will hold AKC all-breed Agility trials May 8-11, 2014, indoors on dirt at T. Ed Garrison Arena at Clemson University in Pendleton, South Carolina. Judges: Bonnie McDonald and Kellie Verrelli. All levels STD & JWW offered ALL 4 days! FAST offered on Thursday & Friday. T2B offered on Saturday & Sunday. Premiums can also be downloaded from

The CDCA will hold its 2014 National Specialty Show on June 18-23, in North Branch, Minnesota. We hope you can join us! More details available on the 2014 Specialty page.

Many of the attendees at the 2013 National Specialty Weekend; Special Guest AKC Chairman of the Board Alan Kalter (standing row, most left)

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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 Memorial and Top Dogs Slideshows for 2011 and 2012 are available for sale for $5 per DVD, free shipping. Proceeds from this year's sale will go to the Donor Advised Fund for Canaan Dogs at CHF (Canine Health Foundation). In the future, proceeds will rotate to various CDCA committees.


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.

Your Questions Answered

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.

Are you thinking about getting a Canaan Dog? Get the FAQs: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Canaan Dog, then find a breeder, or find a Canaan Dog that needs a new home through the Canaan Dog Rescue Network.

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

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