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Canaan Dog Breed Notes 2012

(As submitted by Ellen Minto to DOG WORLD and unedited.

Submitted 19th December 2012

With no CCs on offer, there is not much to encourage the rare breeds into the ring, especially taking into consideration the rising cost of entries and travel. This is why it is so important to have a friendly atmosphere and to encourage social interaction at shows. I'm afraid the fun element has all but been forgotten, and if you can't make it fun to go to a show, why go?

The competitions offered by various sponsors are the only 'titles', so to speak, that a rare breed owner can aim for. So I am very pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 competitions as follows:

Top Dog - ANACAN ISSACHAR, owner/breeder: Ellen Minto
Top Puppy - ANACAN MORNING GLORY, owner/breeder: Ellen Minto
Top Stud Dog - AM CH HA'ARETZ HAYYIM FOR ANACAN (Imp USA), owner: Ellen Minto, breeder: Bryna Comsky
Top Brood Bitch - ANACAN GLORY BEA, owner/breeder: Ellen Minto
Top Dog Breeder (3rd year running) - MRS ELLEN MINTO

As my back problems (spinal degeneration) prevented me from handling my Canaans myself this year, I owe a debt a gratitude to all that have helped me show the dogs – my friends, Jan McLeod, Diane Clark and Matt Garnham, and especially my husband, Richard without whom none of this would have happened.

As mentioned earlier in the year, the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom instituted its own championships based on the same criteria as KC championships as a way to encourage people to show their Canaan Dogs. This year two bitches fulfilled the criteria to become club champions: my Anacan Happy Anni at Paignton & District on 7th August and Chaniah De Solemel Avec Nizzana (Imp Fra), owned by Ivan Kaye, Alison Byrne & Anne Barclay at SWKA on the14th October. Congratulations! Let's hope this encourages others to get their dogs out there more frequently.

There will be several new exhibitors and Canaans in the ring in the coming year and I think we will see some real competition. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing the breed going from strength to strength.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show was held in Orlando, Florida with Canaan Dogs exhibited on the 16th December. There were 4 entered this year and the results were: BOB - GCH CH Pleasant Hill Magnum Of Samara, Breeder: Donna Dodson, Owner: Pamela Stacey Rosman (Bruce F Schultz PHA, Agent). BOS was GCH CH Rivroc Lycm Own Dream Bsnatch Rsndog, Breeder: Christina Miller/Ethan Miller/Amanda M Pough/Judy M Rosenthal, Owner: C. Miller & Ethan Miller & Merry Carol Houchard. Select Dog, Best Bred-By &Award of Merit went to CH Tahoe's Sirius Black N White, Breeder: Noelle Renteria/Robin Prince, Owner: Robin C Prince & Noelle M Renteria. Congratulations to the dogs and their owners.

Submitted 6th December 2012

BUBA is the last championship show of the year that gives classes for the breed. This year's judge, Mr Ken Bartlett (Dwilencia), drew an impressive entry of 15 Canaans. Unfortunately, there were 7 absentees, but he still had a bigger entry than has been seen all year. Mr Bartlett's choice for BD & BOB was my American import, Am CH Ha'Aretz Hayyim For Anacan. RBD went to Hayyim's son, my Anacan Issachar ('Izzy'). BB was my Anacan Sheeza Gem ('Ruby'), with RBB going to a Hayyim daughter, Anacan Talia My Treasure ('Astor'). This was a first show for both 'Astor' and her owners, Simon Demetriou and Manuela Herrera, so an excellent result which I believe will result in us seeing more of them in the ring. As it is the holiday season we had decided beforehand to have a little party to celebrate Christmas and make the show a social event for Canaan owners. So we had a table filled with savoury bites, cakes, and drinks and lots of lively chat. Mr Bartlett was invited to join us after his lunch break, which he did, and I everyone said that they enjoyed themselves. Though he did not gain a placement, Hayyim went on to represent the breed very well in the BIS ring and had a lot of compliments from ringside. Raising the breed profile is the goal when one stays for Group, and I think the goal was accomplished.

I had some wonderful news in that my Anacan Happy Anni (a Hayyim/Ruby daughter) is the first Canaan Dog in the UK to get a hip score of 0/0. Her mother, and my Anacan Kefira both held the record for the best hip scores (each getting 2/2) until now. I am over the moon.

Submitted 29th November 2012

News from the States - GCH Pleasant Hill Magnum of Samara has just set a breed record. At the Canada Del Oro Kennel Club under judge Mr. Lowell K. Davis 'Magnum' won a Herding Group 1st to give him his 100th Herding Group placement, including 17 Herding Group wins! 'Magnum' was bred by Donna Dodson (AKC Breeder of Merit), owned by Pamela Rosman & Richard Vulliet, DVM, and handled by Tara Schultz, Sire: Ch. Lahat Me Shaar Hagai, Dam: Ch. Jealou Hum'nbird Whoopedoo. Congratulations to this handsome dog (white with black patches) who is also a multiple Westminster BOB winner and multiple BIS winner at the Canaan Dog Club of America National Specialties. This is wonderful PR for the breed as well. Were it only possible for the breed to be taken as seriously over here.

The following is from Amanda Pough, President of the Canaan Dog Club of America, Inc. – “A reminder to all Canaan Dog owners...help CDs around the world and take the health survey which can be found at www.offa.org/surveys/survey_canaan.html. This Health Survey is being conducted jointly by the Canaan Dog Club of America (CDCA) and the Israel Canaan Dog Club of America (ICDCA). Information received will help us in recommending health-related research and developing owner/breeder education programs. In order to preserve the welfare of the breed we love, we invite all Canaan Dog owners to participate in this project.”

“Survey responses will be recorded and analyzed for the clubs by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). All responses to the survey are completely anonymous and confidential. Anonymously compiled survey results will be made available on the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals web site, and may be reported in the newsletters and on the web sites of the CDCA and the ICDCA. Please complete a separate survey for each Canaan Dog you have owned, whether living or deceased. After submitting your responses, start a new survey for the next dog you are reporting. Whenever possible, please use a veterinarian's diagnosis. If you are unsure of the scientific or veterinary name of a condition, please list the common name or description in the “other” blanks that are available in the survey. You may skip questions which are not applicable, or for which you do not know the answer.”

“Please pass the word to other Canaan Dog owners to complete the survey for their dogs. Your responses provide invaluable information for preserving the overall health and well-being of the breed.”

Submitted 21st November 2012

The Dog Law Seminar given by Trevor Cooper, and hosted by The Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom, on the 17th November was very worthwhile. Trevor is as good as I had heard he is -- an excellent speaker -- entertaining as well as informative. He shared a wealth of knowledge on what every responsible dog owner should know. It is important to keep informed because ignorance of the law is no defense and we do want to keep our dogs, and ourselves, safe from any sort of prosecution. More changes in the law are coming, and Trevor updates his seminars as these changes come in, so the CDC of the UK intends to have him again in about a year's time. I would highly recommend that my readers avail themselves of one of Trevor's seminars. Be sure to check out his website, www.doglaw.co.uk

After the seminar, several of us went for a pub meal and the discussion turned to Canaan Dogs, of course. We agreed that if the breed is to be preserved and progress it is important that every dog possible be made available for breeding if needed. With so many good Canaans going into pet homes due to the lack of interest in exhibiting and breeding them, this becomes difficult. In the US there are breeders who try to get buyers to allow them to show the dog for them and even to allow them to use the dog/bitch for breeding purposes. Some even write this into their sales contracts, which in reality is unenforceable and I personally think, unreasonable. I would be surprised if any person purchasing a dog for companion purposes only would be happy to agree to this anyway, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to ask, at least of those purchasing a male. We also agreed it was important to bring in new lines in a coordinated fashion. By that we mean by bringing in lines that will benefit as many breeders who are willing to work together for the good of the breed as possible. While several bitches have been imported in recent times, we still could use some new dogs for them to be bred to. All this costs a lot of money. Space for keeping the dogs needed is another big consideration, especially for people like me who keep all their dogs for life, as Canaans do generally tend to live a long life. What we really need are a some new people with a similar view to come into the breed.

On the 27th May 2000 the CDC of the UK hosted the first International Working Party with the idea of sharing information on health and working together in the manner mentioned above. Unfortunately, due to egos and politics we did not get the cooperation we had hoped for and there was never a follow-up meeting. Perhaps it is not too late to try again?

Submitted 15th November 2012

Richard has been in charge of the Canaan Dog booth at Discover Dogs ever since its inception. He cannot wait for the event to come around as he just loves telling the public about the breed. While I sat home and kennel sat, the dog-loving public who went to Earl's Court this past weekend was illuminated about the breed's character and temperament by Richard, Simon Demetriou, Manuela Herrera, Martin Moulding, Natalie & Stephen Leader and Liz de Boisgelin. Canaans, 'Max', 'Astor', 'Laila' & 'Eva' did a great job of captivating the public (especially the children) with their good looks and wonderful temperaments. Richard told me it was quite busy, but perhaps not as busy as in past years. Several people demonstrated keen interest in the breed and most importantly, a lot more know of the breed's existence. This year the breed booths were put in alphabetical order, by breed name, and this proved unsatisfactory for a lot of the spectators. Many were looking for breeds by group - the way the booths had been set up in the past. Someone interested in terriers, for example, did not wish to have to go up and down all the aisles in order to view all of them. Richard brought this to the attention of one of the KC reps, so hopefully it will once again be set up in group order at Crufts' Discover Dogs.

My spinal surgeon has decided against surgery. He said it would be too extensive (muscle dissection, rods and 10 screws), too painful, and entail a 6-month recuperation. He recommended we try one more epidural, which I am set to have on the 3rd December, and if I don't get better results this time, he will send me to a pain management clinic. I don't know how, but I'm determined to be walking straighter and showing my own dogs again next year despite what my surgeon says.

Submitted 31st October 2012

In my last set of breed notes I mentioned that Myrna Shiboleth was due to go to court to fight eviction from Shaar Hagai in October, but she wrote to me afterwards to tell me that the date is now set for mid-November, and she feels the case could go on for years. I will keep you posted when I hear further news.

Bob Hernandez judged Canaans for the first time at SWKA and pulled an entry of 6 with no absentees for a change. BD was my Anacan Issachar ('Izzy'). BB & BOB was awarded to Chaniah De Solemel Avec Nizzana (Imp Fra) – 'Megan', who is owned by Ivan Kaye, Alison Byrne and Anne Barclay. BP & RBB was my Anacan Morning Glory ('Misha') at her last outing as a puppy. It was lovely to meet the new puppy bitch called 'Shelly' (Shalhevet Me Shaar Hagai At Nizzana TAF NAF) that Ivan, Alison & Anne recently imported from Myrna in Israel. The more new blood we can get into this country, the better. Now if only someone would bring in a new male or two.

I've been busy getting my Izzy/Ami puppies ready to leave for their new homes. As I write this, two have already gone, one is going tomorrow and the other two will be gone by the time you read this. Though each home has been carefully vetted with all of the new owners having visited us at least once, and I am very happy with all of them, parting with 'the kids' is always bittersweet. I still get a bit teary as they drive away. You'd think that after all these years (28 in Canaans to be exact), I wouldn't still feel like this, but I think the day that happens is the day I should stop breeding.

I have another appointment with the spinal surgeon on the 7th of this month and there is a good chance that surgery will be recommended this time. Though I would prefer not to go under the knife, there comes a point when you feel you'll try anything to stop the pain and get mobile again. Your prayers are most welcome.

Discover Dogs will be held at Earl's Court on Saturday and Sunday the 10th and 11th of November. Richard has asked me to invite all of you to stop by the Canaan Dog booth to meet him and our 'Max' as well as a number of other Canaans and their humans.

Submitted 11th October 2012

Long time Canaan owner and supporter, Ann Hutchinson, has recently had some major surgery and faces a lengthy recuperation. She rang to assure me that her Canaan, Wulfin, and her Greyhound, Caesar, are being well looked after at her local kennel. I'm sure you join me in wishing her a full and uneventful recovery. If you'd like to send her a get well card, please send them to: Mrs Ann Hutchinson, The Cottage, Floral Loke, Somerleyton, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5QA.

The show season for Canaan Dogs is quickly drawing to a close with classes at only SWKA and BUBA championship shows to come. I am doing my best to encourage a new crop of Canaan owners to get involved in conformation or one of the performance events with their Canaans next year, even on a very modest scale, but only time will tell how successful I am in my efforts. I think that to ensure a healthy future for the breed in the UK it is important for all those who profess to love the breed to put aside personal difference and to work together towards that end. We can accomplish more by working together than by pulling apart.

Myrna Shiboleth (Shaar Hagai, Israel) is due to go to court sometime this month to fight eviction from her home by the Israeli government as it sits in what is now a national forest. As mentioned in these breed notes, a petition was set up earlier in the year by concerned Canaan owners, as amongst other reasons, Myrna is the only person who has brought in new bloodlines from the wild and Bedouin dogs, helping to keep our gene pool diverse. People from all over the world have signed the petition and written letters to the Israeli government. Now it is just wait and see what the outcome will be. Let's hope for a good result, not just for Myrna, but for the breed.IN MY last set of breed notes I mentioned that Myrna Shiboleth was due to go to court to fight eviction from Shaar Hagai in October, but she wrote to me afterwards to tell me that the date is now set for mid-November, and she feels the case could go on for years. I will keep you posted when I hear further news.

Submitted 20th September 2012

Apologies for the lack of breed notes these fast few weeks, but things have been relatively quiet lately.

We had a dry day for Darlington, but the wind was diabolical at times causing the flaps of the marquees and flags outside some of the stalls to flap like crazy (not what you really want when showing) with gusts that nearly pushed one over. We had an entry of 6 Canaans Dogs with 2 absentees. Mrs Jane Lilley presided over the ring with grace and humour. She had an excellent approach to both dogs and handlers and when I watched her judge the stakes classes she made a point of shaking the hands of all who did not place as they exited the ring. This is the sportsmanship and ring etiquette one used to expect to see from a judge, but so rarely do now. Mrs Lilley awarded BD &BOS to my Anacan Issachar ('Izzy') and BP, BB & BOB to Izzy's 'little sister' (repeat breeding) Anacan Morning Glory ('Misha') with RBB going to our Anacan Happy Anni. Back at the benches we had a little celebration for Julie Kelly and Richard Minto's upcoming September birthdays (cake and Pimms) and Julie and I visited all the stalls – something I rarely get a chance to do. Despite the wind, we had a lovely day.

It saddens me that so few people are now exhibiting their Canaans, other than to qualify them for Crufts. I know money is tight – it certainly is for Richard & I – but even if every Canaan owner with a show quality dog went to only a few shows a year there would be a lot more in the ring and we wouldn't be losing the classes we worked so hard to get. While finding good homes for the breed is becoming a bit easier, finding show homes is becoming almost an impossibility. I have a new litter of 5 (all spoken for) and one person, who has owned one of my Canaan before plans to train his for the obedience ring. I am hoping I can talk him, as well as one or two of the other buyers, into the occasional show, but as of this moment they all just want their puppies as pets. Now while all dogs should be much-loved family members first and foremost, our breed is in desperate need of some more show homes to help promote the breed. The rise in the cost of entries and petrol is putting off even die-hard exhibitors, so what can be done to encourage new ones? I'm certainly open to suggestions.

I was very pleased indeed to be informed by Amanda Pough, President of the Canaan Dog Club of America, Inc. that her lovely bitch, Reen (Bandersnatch The Beekeeper's Apprentice) is now an AKC champion. Reen is a collaboration of sorts in that her dam is an American-bred bitch, but her sire is a dog I sent to the US a few years ago, Anacan Beit Shemesh (aka 'Sunny'). Sunny is a littermate to Patrick & Barbara Gold's lovely 'Rosie' (Anacan Shoshannah For Amicitia) who has done so well in the show ring here. I feel a very proud 'granny'.

Just a reminder that the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom is hosting a dog law seminar – What Every Responsible Dog Owner Should Know – to be given by Trevor Cooper, on Saturday 17th November at Stanground Community Centre, Peterborough starting at 2:00 pm. The seminar is open to the public and costs £20 per person. You can download a booking form from the club website's Upcoming Events page, www.canaandogclub.co.uk/upcoming.htm; or by contacting Nik Starmer-Smith,Cooper & Co Solicitors, Canterbury Innovation Centre, University Road,Canterbury, Kent CT2 7FG; Tel: 01227 811988; nik@doglaw.co.uk; or by sending a SAE to me at Anacan Boarding Kennels & Cattery, Little Lane, Irby In The Marsh, Lincs PE24 5AX. Hope to see many of you there.

Submitted 23rd August 2012

Thanks to a lift from Matthew Garnham, I was able to get to WKC. We had a slight panic when we got a flat just 10 miles from Builth Wells and Matt discovered his jack was missing. RAC said they'd be out in 45 minutes, but that would be cutting it very close as Matt had a Lhasa to show. However, some 'angels' showed up in the guise of two Welsh farmers and they assisted us in changing the tire and got us back onto the road so we arrived in good time. There are still a lot of good people out there. Canaan Dog judge, Peter Jolley, drew an entry of 6, but sadly there were 2 absentees. Mr Jolley used his time in the ring to mentor a young lady who is very interested in Canaan Dogs – an idea that would be beneficial to others if judges were willing to do this. BD & BOB was my Anacan Issachar. BB was my Anacan Happy Anni, who had fulfilled the criteria for her Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom Championship at Paignton. RBB went to Patrick & Barbara Gold's Anacan Shoshannah For Amicitia, and BP was my Anacan Morning Glory.

The Canaan Dog Club of America, Inc held their National Specialty on the 26th July in Greenville, South Carolina. The judge was Mr William A Buell II who drew an entry of 59. Results follow: Winners Dog/Best Bred By - D & J HA'ARETZ SAMSON OF SASSAFRAS, owned by Donna L & Jackie Davison; Reserve Winners Dogs – NATURALLY NOAH'S AT EASTLAND, owned by Annette Israel;Best of Winners/Winners Bitch/ Best Puppy - CALIENTE DANGEROUS GALE FORCE WINDS, owned by Rosette Davila-Sargent & Charles H Sargent MD & Linda Clark; Reserve Winners Bitch - RELIC'S LITTLE MISS CAN'T BE WRONG, owned by Amy Preston & Rachel Reams; Best of Breed – GCH PLEASANT HILL MAGNUM OF SAMARA, owned by Pamela Stacey Rosman & Richard Vulliet DVM; BOS - CH PLEASANT HILL HEAVENLY DAZE, owned by Keith & Cheryl Shank & Donna L Dodson; Select Dog/Best Veteran - GCH ROSENDOG'S HE WHO MUST BE NAMED RN, owned by Judy March Rosenthal & Amanda M Pough; Select Bitch - CH RIVROC LYCM OWN DREAM BSNATCH RSNDOG, owned by Christina Miller & Ethan Miller & Merry Carol Houchard. Congratulations to all the winners.

Submitted 16th August 2012

I have had a second set of epidurals this past Monday in the hopes of alleviating the pain from my spinal problems. I am being treated by a top spinal surgeon in whom I have every confidence. I still had some pain on Tuesday, but he had said that I could have pain from the injection sites for a few days. I'm feeling pretty good today as I write this, so hopefully I will be able to have several relatively pain-free months.

There were only 4 Canaans entered at Paignton under judge, Shaun Watson. Richard and I and a few others worked so hard for a number of years to get classes and to get entries up so as to see the breed gain momentum and ultimately CC status. So it saddens us greatly to see entries decrease as they have. Mr Watson, a Terrier man, told me that he holds a FCI all-rounder license and from comments he made, I believe he has made an effort to learn about the breed. BD was awarded to my Anacan Issachar ('Izzy') with BB & BOB going to my red girl, Anacan Happy Anni ('Anni'). My Anacan Morning Glory ('Misha'), who is a repeat breeding of 'Izzy', was BP & RBB. Thank you Mr Watson.

Just a reminder, the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom will be holding a second Fun Day on Saturday, 25th August, 2012, Club, to be held at the home of Stephen & Natalie Leader: 'Tregunna', 28 Aragon Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT17 2QG. Start time is 12:00 noon. RSVP - Tel: 020 8393 8987; Email: canaan.dog@hotmail.co.uk Hopefully, they will be blessed with as good weather and as good a turnout as we had for our Fun Day.

Submitted 2nd August 2012

The Canaaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom has been able to reschedule the Dog Law Seminar – What Every Responsible Dog Owner Should Know, presented by Trevor Cooper of Cooper & Co. It will now be held on Saturday 17th November 2012 at Stanground Community Centre, Whittlesey Road, Peterborough, PE2 8QS. The cost is £20.00 per person. Start time is 2:00 pm sharp and it should end approximately 4:30 pm. You can download a booking form from the Club's website Upcoming Events page, www.canaandogclub.co.uk/upcoming.htm, or by contacting Nik Starmer-Smith at Cooper & Co on 01227 811988; email: nik@doglaw.co.uk.

Julie Kelly has decided to jump on the bandwagon and will be importing an 11-month old, sand-coloured Canaan Dog male from Sweden later this month, Julie will be flying over to collect her new boy from the breeder, Kirsten Hansson. 'Mille', as he is currently known, has some of both my lines and Babrees lines in him, mixed with Velikaya and Shaar Hagai. We wish Julie well with her new boy.

Submitted 19th July 2012

Aplogies for lack of breed notes these last couple of weeks. East of England does not offer classes for Canaan Dogs, but the only two breeds in the AVNSC Utility that are shown there are Canaans and Japanese Akita Inus. The judge, Mr P Clifton, drew an entry of 9, which included 5 Canaan Dogs, but only 3 entries showed up – my two Canaan puppies and 1 Japanese Akita Inu . I suspect this was due to the awful weather. I congratulate the show committee for getting the Saturday show all indoors, but it made for crowded conditions with no benching. We were in the only ring that had no carpeting and the floor was very slippery. Unsurprisingly the Japanese Akita Inu took BB & BOB, but I was pleased with how my girls handled the conditions. BP & RBB went to my Israeli import, Gam Yafa Gam Hakhama Me Yerushalaim Shel Zahav ('Gili'), which made her breeder, Inna Blayvas, very happy.

We were blessed with beautiful weather for the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom's Fun Day, held on our premises on the 15th July. We had 27 people come along to enjoy the camaraderie, the food and the games. The fancy dress competition is always great fun, and this year's theme was The Diamond Jubilee. The winner was Julie Kelly's 'Edson' who came in drag as Queen Elizabeth II, complete with tiara, earrings and lots of bling. Everyone left saying they are looking forward to next year's event.

Helen Steenson, secretary of the British Canaan Dog Society (Proposed), asked me to let you know that the society will be holding their annual rally and match on Saturday, 4th August 2012 at Willowdale Farm, Moyses Bank, Marshland St James, Norfolk PE14 8HD with an 11 am start. There will be a BBQ and raffle, and Novelty Classes as time permits. The judge is Chris Toyton (Merrybriar). Entries £1.00 per class taken on the day from 11 am. The Match starts 12:30 pm. They will also be holding eye testing with Prof Peter Bedford for all breed from 10 am. Standard Test £30 non-members, £28 members. Litter screening £42 for up to 5 puppies, £8.50 each additional puppy. Glaucoma testing (for certain breeds igonionscopy) £43.50. For an appointment contact: Mrs Helen Steenson 07850862953 or email: secretary@canaandog.co.uk

Submitted 27th June 2012

Though the day started out very wet, the sun soon came out to shine on the walkers and dogs that participated in the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom's 6 mile dog walk at Monyash in the Peak District. Richard reported that by the time they came to the end of the walk, the sun and wind had completely dried out all the dogs and walkers. The walk, organized by Natalie Leader just for the fun of it, though difficult at times, was a great success which ended with a delicious pub meal. Everyone who participated said they can't wait for the next one, so watch this space and I'll let you know when and where.

I would like to encourage all Canaan Dog owners to participate in an online international Canaan Dog health survey that is a joint effort of the Canaan Dog Club of America and the Israel Canaan Dog Club of America. It is open to the owners of all Canaan Dogs around the world, and owners need not belong to any club to participate. The information is being held by the Orthopedic Foundation For Animals (OFA), the survey is anonymous, and results can be viewed by everyone. This is an opportunity to get a better picture of the breed's overall health on a world-wide basis, so the more information received the more accurate the information held will be. Information on deceased dogs is also needed. To participate go online to: www.offa.org/surveys/survey_canaan.html

Now to continue with the explanation of some points of the breed standard I started last week. Head and Skull: Well proportioned, wedge-shaped of medium length, appearing broader due to low-set ears. Skull somewhat flattened between ears. Stop shallow but defined. Length from muzzle to stop approximately equal to length from stop to occiput. Nose black. Lips tight and well pigmented. This is all pretty self-explanatory. Correct head shape and ear set make a massive contribution to the breed type. The Canaan's low ear set has a function. Low set ears of the correct length can actually turn around and lie flat against the back of the head, effectively sealing them against the onslaught of sandstorms, during which the Canaan will dig a shallow trench, curl up with ears lying flat and their bushy tail over their nose acting as a filter keeping the sand out. The tips of the ears should be slightly rounded and not pointed and they should never be set upright like those of a GSD.

Correct movement is essential in the breed. The standard says Gait/Movement: Energetic and natural trot. They should cover ground more quickly than expected because there is no wasted movement or wasted expenditure of energy. They should demonstrate athletic agility – ability to turn quickly. To me, it is one of the most important breed traits and of far greater importance than aesthetics.

Coat: Outer coat dense, harsh and straight of short to medium length. Undercoat close and profuse according to season. In the breed you will find dogs whose coats are flatter-lying and those whose coats are more spitz-like and sticky out. This is often confusing to a judge and some give preference to one or the other. Both coats are correct as long as they are of the correct texture and there is a good undercoat according to season as they will moult a few times a year depending on the weather. You will find dogs with both type coats both in the wild and in the top kennels here and abroad and, indeed, in Israel.

If you judge the total Canaan Dog, always remembering that it should look like it could survive in the desert, you should have no problems in choosing the best exhibit on the day.

As mentioned last week, in addition to the one at my house on the 15th July, the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom will be holding a second Fun Day on Saturday, 25th August, 2012, Club, to be held at the home of Stephen & Natalie Leader: 'Tregunna', 28 Aragon Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT17 2QG. Start time is 12:00 noon. RSVP - Tel: 020 8393 8987; Email: canaan.dog@hotmail.co.uk It always is a fun day, so do come along.

Submitted 20th June 2012

Apologies for the lack of breed notes over the last few weeks, but the motherboard went on my computer and I only just got it back from being repaired.

I understand that Alison Byrne will be getting a new puppy bitch from Israel in September. Shalhevet me Shaar Hagai is out of two Bedouin dogs, so will bring needed new lines to the UK. The sire of my new Israeli import, Gam Yafa Gam Hakhama me Yerushalaim Shel Zahav ('Gili') is also out of Bedouin dogs. When looking for genetic diversity you will sacrifice the consistency in type one gets when line breeding, so it will be interesting to see what impact these two bitches will have on type once they are added to the UK gene pool. It is exciting that we can still bring in these new lines and I'm hopeful they will be a positive addition.

As with other breeds, due in part to the financial climate, entries of Canaans at the shows have gone done. Because our numbers are not great to begin with, any decrease has a big impact. In order to be encouraged to spend the money on entries and petrol, one has the right to expect the judge will be informed and fair in their judging. Hopefully those who put themselves forward to judge our breed will not let small entries put them off from learning about the breed and judging them in an informed, positive and encouraging manner. I am going to take the liberty of using these notes to give these judges, and indeed anyone truly interested in the breed, a bit of help in what they should be looking for using sections of the standard. There have been failed attempts to get the KC to allow a revision and amplification of the breed standard to give a better understanding of the breed. It is only at an official breed seminar that one can get the benefit of such amplification, but I will try to give a sufficient summary here of just a few important points.

General Appearance: Medium-sized, well balanced, strong and square. Marked distinction between sexes. On first impression, a Canaan Dog should look like it could survive in the desert. It should have an athletic build and demonstrate athletic grace on the move. It should be in good hard condition with well-toned, but not bulky, muscles. The Canaan Dog should be medium-sized and not large dog. It is not an Akita. It is not a Malamute. It should not be built like one. They should look more like a track star than a body builder. They were built for survival. There is no excuse for one being overweight or in soft condition. If they are too big and too heavy and out of condition, they would find it far more difficult to feed and defend themselves in the harsh environment from which they originate. The Canaan should show no exaggeration in form or movement. The dogs should look masculine without being coarse and bitches should look feminine without being too fine. Bone is moderate and in proportion to the dog's overall size – everything well balanced.

Size: Height: 50-60 cm (20-24 in). Weight: 18-25 kg (40-55 lb). The standard does not differentiate in size between dogs and bitch, though bitches are usually smaller. The ideal dog would be somewhere in the middle of the height standard, but as long as the dog is within the height standard, is typey, well-balanced, strong and square with dogs looking masculine and bitches looking feminine, they are correct. The judge should put up the exhibit that best fits the standard overall and not on their own size preference. You must judge the dog in its entirety and not in parts.

A reminder about the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom's annual Fun Days. The first will be held at our premises, Anacan Boarding Kennels & Cattery, Little Lane, Off Oxlands Lane, Irby In the Marsh, Lincs PE24 5AX on Sunday, 15th April. The theme for this year's fancy dress competition (for the dogs, not the people) is The Diamond Jubilee. Start time: 12:00 noon. Please let us know that you are coming so we have enough to put on the BBQ. Please also bring a savoury or sweet to share and a folding chair to sit on. Looking forward to seeing a lot of 'royal Canaans' and Canaan friends on the day! RSVP to me by the 7th July. I will give you the details on the second Fun Day in August in my next set of breed notes.

Submitted 24th May 2012

There were only 3 Canaans entered at SKC for Mr R Sansom to go over, but at least all were present. Richard took the dogs for me as someone had to stay home to take care of the kennel. We sold a puppy from our last litter to a woman in Glasgow, Fiona Wright, and this was to be a first show for both her and 'Phoebe' (Anacan Glory Road), so we wanted to give her the help and support she needed. Mr Sansom awarded BOB to his BD, my Anacan Issachar. BB was our Anacan Sheeza Gem and BP was Anacan Glory Road. Mr Sansom commented to Fiona that once Phoebe had settled, she moved beautifully. Fiona was over the moon and is planning on her next show, though with two small children – one only 2 years of age – Fiona will not be able to attend many for awhile, she can still hope promote the breed by going as often as is feasible. Good on her.

The World Show in Salzburg didn't fare much better with only 2 Canaan Dogs entered under Israeli judge Agnes Ganami-Kertes. The dog CAC winner was Lancillotto, owned by Alberto Marchesi, Italy. The bitch CAC winner and BOB was Bat Yerushalaim Shel Zahav, owned by Inna Blayvas of Jerusalem. 'Terush', as she is called, was BOB at Crufts this year. She added a German championship title to the many others she has just prior to the World Show. Congratulations to Inna and Terush.

It is a shame that the number of Canaans exhibited is on the decline, but this is true for other breeds as well. Perhaps the show-giving clubs could consider giving discounts on entries of, let's say, 3 dogs or more. That way even if the number of exhibitors is down, that may enable them to give a larger entry. Just an idea.

Submitted 17th May 2012

Martin Moulding rung to let me know that his wife recently lost her long battle with cancer. He had been her carer throughout her illness. I wish to extend our sympathies to Martin and his family on their loss.

Mr. Ernie Patterson drew an entry of 7 Canaan Dogs with one absentee at The National. BD & BOB was my Anacan Issachar with BP & BB going to Diane Collins' Capshulacan Ishkezar. Richard & I couldn't stay for the group due to a prior commitment, so Julie Kelly and her Ziva (Anacan Raven) were left to their own devices. Julie decided to take a look-in at the Canine Good Citizenship ring to see what one had to do, and though she and Ziva had not been through any training for it, decided to give it a go. Well Ziva passed with flying colours and now has her bronze CGC award. Julie was over the moon and I believe she will look into training Ziva for her silver award. I think they deserve a big congratulations on their accomplishment.

At the World Show in Amsterdam in 2002 we had the fortune to meet a Schipperke lady named Carole Luke – a friend of Mary Deats - who had come over from America to watch the show. We invited Carole to join Richard and I and Barbara and Patrick Gold on a few of our outings on the canals and various other places and we really enjoyed her company. Carole and I kept in touch for awhile, but, as often happens, we eventually lost contact. Not that long ago I 'met up' with Carole again through Facebook. At The National I had a nice surprise when Carole's daughter, Lara, who has been interested in Canaan Dogs for years, came over to our bench to say hello and meet our dogs. Lara, who was here visting Mary Deats, told us she has been to Israel to visit Myrna Shiboleth and her dogs and she still would like a Canaan, but her circumstances make it all but impossible for her to have one at the moment. Perhaps someday. We had a lovely chat and we are hoping that Lara and her mum can come back to England together for a proper visit with us, which I will look forward to. It really is wonderful how dogs can bring people together.

Submitted 25th April 2012

I went into Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre to be given epidurals (injections into my spine) on the 16th of April. I cannot praise the care I received enough, but unfortunately, the treatment had very little effect on my back pain caused by a prolapsed disc and a compression fracture. The pain is not quite as acute, but I had hoped for more. The surgeon did tell me they did not work for everyone and that the epidural was as much a diagnostic tool as a treatment. I will be seeing him again in a few weeks when my appointment comes through and we'll see where we go from here. I'm not giving up as my current condition, amongst other things, makes showing dogs very difficult.

Last October I wrote about the struggle that Myrna Shiboleth (Israel) was having in keeping her famous Shaar Hagai kennels open as the Israel Land Authority wants to evict her from the home she has lived in for nearly 42 years because the area around Shaar Hagai is now a national park and they say that one cannot live in a national park. Myrna writes, “When I immigrated to Israel I chose to live in an isolated and derelict spot, with a few buildings that were built by the British during the mandate years, and were abandoned from the time they left. This was my form of Zionism “to breed and preserve the Canaan Dog, the national and natural breed of Israel, and one of the few original breeds still existing in the world, in a place that was also worth preserving.” The Israel Land Authority now says that Myrna must vacate the premises. Since I last wrote about the situation the Facebook petition “Save Shaar Hagai Kennels” has gotten 38,974 signatures, many received after articles about Myrna's situation appeared in THE WASHINGTON POST, among a number of other newspapers and online sites. Israel is a very small country and one has to be extremely wealthy in order to own any sizeable plot of land there, and you cannot keep a number of dogs unless you have the land and no near neighbours. If Myrna has to leave Shaar Hagai, she will have no place to go to with the dogs.

One of the major reasons people have gotten behind Myrna is because she is the only person who has been taking Canaans from the wild and procuring them from the Bedouins and introducing them to the genepool through a process called 'miun' (literally 'sorting') which can only be done by the Israel KC. In this process to be registered in the Israeli Studbook, a dog must fulfil two requirements – he must be judged by a licensed judge of the breed as being at least “Very Good” according to the breed standard. He must then be bred to a fully pedigreed and proven Canaan, and the offspring are then judged for their apparent purity and conformity to type. Judging of wild-born dogs and of their offspring can only be done when they have attained a minimum of nine months of age. Myrna then makes available to the rest of the global Canaan Dog community the results of her efforts and we wish for this to continue as long as possible. Myrna attended one hearing in March and the next is scheduled for October. If you would like to sign the petition to save Shaar Hagai, go to www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-shaar-hagai-canaans/

Submitted 12th April 2012

The Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom held their 12th Annual Single-Breed Open Show on Sunday 8th April. The fact that Easter happened to fall on the show weekend had a slight impact on the entries, but the judge, Mrs Pearl Chadwick (Pearlian) still drew a very respectable entry of 20 dogs for 24 entries with only 1 absentee. Mr Ken Bartlett stewarded for Mrs Chadwick and the friendly attitude of both judge and steward added greatly to everyone having a pleasant day. Mrs Chadwick 's BD, Am CH Ha'Aretz Hayyim For Anacan (Imp USA), owned by Ellen Minto, was also her choice for BIS. RBD went to Mrs Minto's Anacan Issachar ('Izzy'), a son of the BIS dog. BB, RBIS & BOS was Patrick & Barbara Gold's Anacan Shoshannah For Amicitia ('Rosie'). RBB, Anacan Happy Anni, also owned by Ellen Minto, is a daughter of Hayyim. BPIS was awarded to Diane Collins's 7-month old bitch, Capshulacan Ishkezar. BVIS was Mrs Minto's 10 year old Anacan Sheez The One ('Honey'), grandmother to the RBB. Hayyim was also winner of the Progeny Class, represented by Izzy, Anni, and 2 of Anni's sisters, Anacan Silhouette ('Silly') and Ann Hutchinson's Anacan Onyx ('Wulfin'). BTW this was 'Wulfin's' first show and Ann told me she, herself, had not been in a show ring for 40 years, and then it was only at an exemption show. So well done Ann.

The CDC of the UK has a fabulous trophy table, and the trophies and food prize vouchers donated by Arden Grange were handed out by Mrs Chadwick, who had also brought along a bottle of wine for each of the BIS, RBIS and BPIS winners. The Club also awards the following perpetual trophies annually: THE SHEBABA TROPHY for the dog or bitch winning the most points for placements in breed classes at both championship and open shows, won this year by the Gold's 'Rosie'. THE TIRON ME BNEI HABITCHION TROPHY for the dog or bitch coming second in points and this was won by Minto's 'Izzy', who also won THE GOLDA TROPHY for the dog or bitch winning the most points as a Special Junior. These were handed out after the show trophies had been distributed.

Arden Grange had also donated a large food prize voucher for the Club's raffle table and this was won, most appropriately, by the judge! I must not forget to mention the great job done in the kitchen by Patrick Gold, who kept everyone fed and supplied with teas and coffees and hot cross buns, and by the Show Secretary, Diane Clark, who stepped in to act as show photographer in between selling raffle tickets. Photos of the winners can be seen on the Club's Facebook page and will soon be posted onto the Club's website, www.canaandogclub.co.uk

Submitted 21st March 2012

Our Intrepid Canaan exhibitor, Julie Kelly had another adventure on her way to Crufts. Julie doesn't have a car, and as mentioned in another set of breed notes, has to make quite an effort to get to shows from her home in Warrington by train, bus and taxi. When the train pulled in at Birmingham the crush of the crowd pushed her Canaan Dog, Ziva, onto the tracks. As fortune would have it, Julie was accompanied on her journey to Crufts by her friend, Jeanette and Ziva, was wearing a harness. Julie is slightly handicapped due to one of her legs being shattered in a serious fall a few years ago, but Jeanette was able to react quickly and pulled Ziva to safety. That must have been truly a heart-stopping moment for Julie, but she went on to show her, luckily, unharmed girl later in the day. If anyone with a Utility breed living in the Warrington area would be happy to have Julie and Ziva share a ride with you to shows, would you kindly contact me and I will put you in contact with her. I'd prefer less of these 'adventures'.

As you know, the Canaan Dog is a numerically small breed. The KC quarterly statistics of how many dogs were registered show just how small. The statistics for 2010 are: 1st qtr – 9, 2nd qtr – 0; 3rd qtr – 3; 4th qtr – 0. In 2011 - 1st qtr – 6; 2nd qtr – 5, 3rd qtr – 1, 4th qtr – 12. I just received similar statistics from the American club where in 2010 they had 15 litters registered with the AKC for a total of 43 dogs and in 2011 they had 11 litters for a total of 46 dogs. When you think how much bigger than the UK the US is, that is a very small number of Canaans being born. Perhaps this illustration will make you, dear reader, aware of the struggle we have, and how much hard work has to be put into keeping our genepool as wide as possible, while finding enough good homes to enable us to continue breeding. Instead of being critical, I think we should be admired for being as tenacious as our breed and not giving up, never giving up, in our work of preserving this marvelous and unique breed.

Submitted 14th March 2012

Another Crufts has come and gone and I'm still recuperating. Every other year my two breeds (Canaans and Tibetan Spaniels) have both been in Hall 4, but this year they put Canaans in Hall 1 so by the time we walked from the car park with all the dogs and equipments, set up the Canaans and then worked our way to Hall 4 with my Tibbies, Richard and I were already exhausted. For the first time ever, due to my back problems, for which I'm still awaiting treatment, I was unable to show all of my own dogs. However, I am blessed with some good friends, one whom, Diane Clark, showed (and placed with) one of my Tibbies, and Jan McLeod who showed my PGD to RBD and my OB to RBB. Thank you ladies! The Canaan Dog judge, Mary Deats, drew an entry of 15 with 3 absentees. Her BB & BOBwent to the Israeli entry, Bat Yerushalaim Shel Zahav JWW EW WW CH and breeder/owner/handler Miss Inna Blayvas. BD was awarded to Ian & Jill Terry's Babrees French Resistance. RBD was my Anacan Issachar and RBB was my Anacan Sheeza Gem. Congratulations to the winners and their owners.

Richard and I were delighted that Inna Blayvas has allowed us to have a 6-month old daughter of the BOB bitch which she had brought over with her. Gam Yafa Gam Hakhama me Yerushalaim Shel Zahav (quite a mouthful) will be simply called 'Gili', which mean 'my job' in Hebrew. 'Gili' brings some new lines into the country with her, for which we are grateful. Thank you Inna!

The Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom is hosting a Dog Law seminar – What Every Responsible Dog Owner Needs to Know - presented by Trevor Cooper of Cooper & Co Solicitors. The seminar is open to the public and will be held on Sunday, 13th May 2012 at Stanground Community Centre, Whittlesey Road, Peterborough, PE2 8QS, with a start time of 1:00 pm. Topics are likely to include: Stray dogs, Dangerous dogs (including dogs that are dangerous to people and dogs, and dogs that are dangerous to animals), Dog control orders, Noise nuisance, The duty of care under the Animal Welfare Act, Buying and Selling dogs, Ownership of dogs, Civil liability for the actions of your dog, Questions and Answers. Places must be booked in advance. A booking form can be downloaded from the club's Upcoming Events page of their website, www.canaandogclub.co.uk/upcoming.htm, or obtained by contacting me on 01754 811232. If I'm outside when you ring, please leave a message along with your name and address, and please speak slowly and clearly.

Submitted 8th March 2012

As mentioned in a prior set of breed notes, the UK is the only country in which Canaan Dogs are recognized but not given championship status. With no CC's on the cards (pardon the pun) for the foreseeable future, the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom has decided that as part of its 20th anniversary celebration it would award club championship titles to those Canaan Dogs which have fulfilled the requirements at the time the owner(s) were club members – i.e. 3 Best of Sexes won at championship shows with breed classes, or won at the Club's own show. These awards have been given retrospective to the Club's beginnings in 1992. The first 23 dogs to achieve their championship title were announced at the Club's AGM on the 26th February. Listed in order of the year in which they completed their title they are:

1. Kensix Khameshee, M. Cording & M. MacPhail – 14th Jan 1993

2. The Lion of Judah At Anacan, E. M. Minto – 8th Aug 1998
3. Kibutzer Kween In Kofyn , M. Presland & M. Vincent - 6th Dec 1998

4. Mornavega The Chosen One of Anacan, E. M. Minto – 14th Mar 1999
5. Anacan Ziggy, R & E. M. Minto – 4th Dec 1999

6. Layla me Shaar Hagai, I & J Terry – 29th May 2000

7. Anacan Forever Amber With Lorianna, L. Hastings – 14th Sept 2001

8. Tzel Schacmac Among Caoilta, P. O'Loughlin – 18th May 2002

9. Nizzana Hadad For Lorianna, L. Hastings – 11th Aug 2003

10. Babrees Desert Orchid Via Caoilta, P. O'Loughlin – 7th May 2004
11. Lorianna Lucky Star, L. Hastings – 7th May 2004
12. Anacan Masterpiece, R & E. M. Minto – 14th July 2004

13. Lorianna Call Me Madam, L. Hastings - 7th July 2006
14. Lorianna Sirius Star, L. Hastings – 14th July 2006
15. Anacan Sheer Elegance, C. Powley & E. M. Minto – 15th Sept 2006
16. Anacan Touch of Class, D & J Close – 8th Oct 2006

17. Lorianna I Will Survive, S. Coombes & L. Hastings – 12th May 2008
18. Lorianna Light My Fire, J. Rogerson & L. Hastings – 4th July 2008

19. Anacan Shoshannah For Amicitia , P & B Gold – 15th Aug 2010

20. Anacan Issachar, E. M. Minto – 21st Jan 2011
21. Anacan Glory Bea, E. M. Minto – 13th Mar 2011
22. Anacan Maid For Glory At Danehaven, C. Powley – 20th May 2011
23. Anacan Sheeza Gem, E. M. Minto – 2nd Aug 2011

Congratulations to all these wonderful dogs who have done so much to help promote the breed. If any reader feels that their Canaan Dog should have been included in this list, kindly contact the Hon Secretary of the CDC of the UK at cdc@canaandogclub.co.uk or on 01754 811232 and let her know the shows and dates when your dog was Best of Sex. Club championship will continue to be awarded to those members' Canaans meeting the criteria until the day the KC decides to give the breed CC's.

Submitted 9th February 2012

As mentioned in my last set of breed notes, without the lure of CC's for the breed now or in the foreseeable future, there is not much to entice fanciers to get their dogs out into the ring, especially with the escalating cost of doing so. Unless one is truly committed to promoting the breed, very few are willing, or able, to spend hundreds of pounds showing their Canaan when the best they can hope for is a rosette. So we are grateful to the sponsors who include the Canaan Dog in the various top dog, etc. competitions. It is with pleasure, and gratitude, that I give the results of these competitions for 2011. TOP CANAAN DOG - AM/LUX/IR CH LORIANNA SIRIUS STAR; Owner/breeder: Miss L Hastings; D.O.B. - 2nd December 2002; Sire: Nizzana Hadad for Lorianna; Dam: Lorianna Lucky Star. TOP BROOD BITCH - ANACAN GLORY BOUND; Owner/breeder: Mrs E M Minto; D.O.B. - 20th March 2001; Sire: Anacan Ziggy; Dam: Anacan Sheindela. TOP STUD DOG - SHELEG HARISHON AT DANEHAVEN; Owner: Miss C Powley; Breeder: Mr I & Mrs A Schonewald; D.O.B. - 4th February 2001; Sire: Sivan Me Shaar Hagai; Dam: Petra Havar Bakar Eliad. TOP PUPPY - ANACAN HAPPY ANNI; Owner/breeder: Mrs E M Minto; D.O.B. - 28th November 2010; Sire: AKC CH Ha'aretz Hayyim For Anacan; Dam: Anacan Sheeza Gem. TOP BREEDER - MRS E. M. MINTO (ANACAN). Congratulations to all the winners.

This year there are only two Canaan Dogs entered in the prestigious Westminster KC show in New York – quite a disappointment, but again understandable with the cost of flights, entries and hotels so high and many people suffering under the economic turndown. I wish both contenders well and am grateful that the breed has at least some representation there this year

Myrna Shiboleth (Shaar Hagai, Israel) has written a new and updated edition of THE ISRAEL CANAAN DOG, breed which will be released at the end of this month. The book will cost €21.50 + postage, and will be available through the UK distributor, Mrs Jill Terry, jill@babrees.co.uk

Submitted 2nd February 2012

The Canaan Dog has been a KC-recognised breed since December 1970 and a breed club was established in 1992, yet the breed is no closer to being given CC status then it was at the beginning. It is difficult enough to encourage people to show dogs that have CC status, so you can imagine how much more difficult it is to do so when all that one can hope to get is a piece of card and, if you are very lucky, a rosette. To both thank and encourage those die-hards who have and are exhibiting their Canaan Dogs, the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom has decided to award their own championships based on the same criteria as the KC has, i.e. winning 3 best of sexes at championship shows with breed classes. These awards are being made retroactive to the Club's beginning. The owner(s) of the dog have to have been members of the club at the time the dog fulfilled the criteria. The names of the first 25 champions will be announced at the Club's AGM this month. While it is believed that all eligible dogs have been accounted for, if any of my readers feels that their Canaan Dog (deceased or not) has met the criteria for the Club championship, please contact the Secretary to make sure your dog's name has been included on the list and that your certificate is posted to the correct address.

The CDC of the UK is also holding a photo competition, for Canaan Dogs only, the winners to be voted on at the Club's single-breed open show on the 8th April. The competition has the following categories: Best Action Shot, Funniest photo; Prettiest photo and Dirtiest Dog photo. You can enter as many photos as you like and the entry fee is .50p per photo. If in digital form, photos should be of high enough resolution (at least 300 dpi) so they can be made into a 5x7 print and sent to Kim Warm at cynewarm@hotmail.com. If you wish to print and post your photos to her, Kim's postal address is 13 Kircubbin Gardens, Tullycarnet, Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT19 1SL. Send your entry fees to the Secretary. Those in attendance at the club show, spectators and exhibitors alike, will vote for the photo they like best in each category and the winners will each receive a small prize and the photos will appear in the next club calendar. So get out your cameras and start snapping!

Submitted 25th January 2012

Richard and I were able to go to the Boston & District Championship Show for the first time this January. We are hoping they will be offering classes for the breed at the show next year. I must compliment the committee on a very well-run show, from the excellent parking area, greeters in bright orange who directed you to your benching area and rings instead of leaving you wandering about for ages to find your benches, to the well-signed and airy benching area. Everything seemed to run to schedule and you could hear and understand the announcements on the tannoy. We were speaking to a woman and her daughter in another breed who was benched next to us and she was very interested in our dogs, but when telling an acquaintance of hers of her interest, the woman told her “they're very shy”. “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matt. 7:3) Every breed has something that could be criticized. That is why there are so many different breeds – people want and expect different things from their dogs. What is a plus for one person is a minus for another. People still don't understand the difference between wariness and shyness and why they have to comment on a breed they know nothing about and is of no interest to them is beyond me. We were showing in AVNSC and we were very surprised when a dog of another breed snapped both at the judge and then its handler and was not excused from the ring! I certainly would rather have a dog that backed away from me than one who tried to bite me.

Canaan Dogs were judged by Mr Tom Mather at the Manchester Championship Show. He drew a disappointing 5 entries, which is no reflection on him, but unfortunately seems to be a sign of the times. Let's hope that as the economy stabilizes entries will go back up. Mr Mather's BD & BOB was my Anacan Issachar ('Izzy') with RBD going to Kessem Yanis Orly To Khandikhaine ('Jaedun'), owned by Richard Crowfoot & Nishma Shukla.. BB & BOS was Barbara & Patrick Gold's Anacan Shoshannah For Amicitia ('Rosie') and my Anacan Happi Anni was RBB.

The Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will be holding its 12th annual single-breed open show on Easter Sunday 8th April. This year's judge is Mrs Pearl Chadwick (Pearlian), a long-time admirer of the breed. Schedules and entry forms can be downloaded from the Upcoming Events page of the club's website – www.canaandogclub.co.uk Even if you don't have a Canaan, you are welcome to come along and join in the festivities.

I have an appointment with a spinal surgeon the latter part of February and I am expecting that he will be able to do something to give me relief from the back problems I suffer with. A recent MRI revealed a compression fracture of the spine in addition to a few other problems. Obviously if the surgeon sorts me out, it would help me to do a better handling job in the future as it is difficult for me to properly move and handle a dog at the moment. I've been showing dogs for almost 35 years now and I'm not quite ready to give it up.

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