Illustration of Canaan Dog

The national breed of Israel, the Canaan Dog has its roots in the Pariah Dog of the Middle East, and which was gradually domesticated from 1935 when selective breeding programmes were developed to stabilise type. The breed comes in a variety of colours. Numbers in the show ring remain small. The Canaan Dog has been used by Israel's military forces as mine detectors and by the Red Cross.

The Utility Breed Group

This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.

The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.

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