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Canaan Dog Breed Notes 2017

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


Submitted 13th April 2017

The Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom held its 17th Annual Single-Breed Open Show at Stanground Community Centre in Peterborough on Saturday 8th April. The Club is also celebrating its 25th anniversary and so chose as this year’s judge, B List Breed Specialist, Mrs Barbara Gold (Amicitia), who many of you may know as she is also the Club’s BUBA rep. Mrs Gold drew an entry of 13, which was a bit disappointing as we had hoped that some of her Canaan-owning friends outside of the Club would have seen fit to support her with an entry. However, everyone who did attend said they really enjoyed the nice atmosphere of the show. Mrs Gold’s choice for BD & BIS was my Caiser Samorodok at Anacan (Imp Pol). RBD & RBIS went to my Anacan Issachar (‘Izzy’). BB & BOS was my Anacan Talia My Treasure (‘Astor’) with my Anacan Divina Divine (‘Divina’) going RBB. BPIS was Martin Moulding’s bitch, Torefjell’s Rubin, Imp Nor (‘Rubi’). BV & winner of the Progeny class was my Am CH Ha’Aretz Hayyim for Anacan (Imp USA). The show was followed by the Club’s AGM and then a lovely to look at and delicious to eat celebration cake. Two of the inaugural members of the Club were in attendance, Terry Medlow who is the Club’s President and Richard Minto, the Club Chairman. A potted history of the Club was printed in the catalogue and read out for the benefit of the newer members and plans are being made for further celebrations throughout the year.

I am sorry if this column sometimes seems like a personal brag blog, but unfortunately at this time it is basically only Richard and myself, and Martin Moulding who are showing regularly, and Julie Hughes and Peter & Maddy Mills showing as often as they can. Alison Byrne & her sister, Anne Barclay, make the occasional appearance in the show ring. So it is Anacan Canaans that are doing the winning. How I wish there were more people exhibiting their Canaans. We, as a group, do our best to encourage people to show at the championship shows as well as the Club show, but there just isn’t the interest, at least at this time.

Due to the vagaries of Facebook, I did not see a message from David Webb sent to me last June until last week. This was most unfortunate as he was kindly informing me of the passing of another inaugural CDC of the UK club member, Steve Payne, from a heart attack on the 31st May last year. Steve was the person who recognised Richard Minto’s wild-born Canaan, ‘Bobby’ (Minto’s Libyan Jewel) as a Canaan Dog when he saw them walking in Laleham Park. He invited Richard to the club’s inaugural meeting and it went from there. Steve’s highlight in Canaans was when his ‘Kane’ (Zeta Pride) was BOB at Crufts 1998 under Mrs Joyce Mann with David handling. I am truly sorry we didn’t know of Steve’s passing before now. It was way too soon. Belated condolences to his family and friends.



Submitted 15th March 2017

Crufts 2017 was certainly a memorable one. We had the largest foreign entry in Canaan Dogs to-date - 8 of the 16 entries. 6 came from France and 2 came from Israel, and 4 of the foreign dogs were Israeli champions. As usual it was a very long day with 67 Schnauzers and 94 Keeshonds scheduled in the ring before us and a late start of 10:00 am to boot. Around 4:00 pm it was suddenly announced that Canaan Dogs would be shown in ring 3 in 5 minutes instead of ring 1, as Keeshonds were still being judged. We still had dogs and owners in the Discover Dogs booth as we had been told it would be another hour before we were judged, so they had to literally run to get to the ring on time. And again as usual, the BOB winner had to be rushed straight from the breed ring to the group collecting ring without time for the dog or handler to be given a drink or a brush. There is no reason for this. Judging should have started in our allocated ring at 9:00 am as it did for most rings and ring 3 had been empty for some time, so why weren’t we moved there earlier and with sufficient notice?

Our judge, Dr Sarah Hemstock, is no stranger to the breed as her mother, Jo, was the first Treasurer of the Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom and remained so until she became too ill with cancer to continue. Sarah remained a club member and a committee member for a number of years until her work took her to the South Pacific. She has been living in Fiji for some time now. Dr Hemstock was delighted with her entry and enjoyed her judging assignment very much. BD & BOS went to my 17-month old Caiser Samorodok at Anacan (Imp Pol). RBD was awarded to Martin Moulding’s Anacan Abu Ghosh (‘Moshe’). BB & BOB was my Anacan Talia My Treasure (‘Astor’) and RBB went to Laurence Aries’ Nizzana Romoth Asya. BP was the 10-mo. old bitch, ‘Rubi’ (Torefjell’s Rubin, Imp Nor), owned by Martin Moulding. Dr Hemstock presented the BOB, BOS & BP with gorgeous inlaid wooded bowls from Fiji, which will be cherished. Despite being rushed from the breed ring to the collecting ring by a KC official, Richard & ‘Astor’ looked very calm and collected the big ring and we had a number of people tell us ‘Astor’ showed beautifully and represented the breed well.

The Canaan Dog Discover Dogs booth attracted a number of visitors, some of whom make it a point to come visit their favourite dog and take a photo with them every year. A Discover Dogs Canaan Dog Facebook page was put up just over a year ago so visitors could share their photos of themselve or their children with the dogs and there is getting to be quite a collection. Peter & Maddy Mills manned the booth with their ‘Samson’ on Thursday with Martin Moulding sans dog there to relieve them so they could have a wander from time-to-time. Martin did the honours on Friday with his ‘Moshe’ and ‘Rubi’ with Maddy Mills giving him relief. Then Richard Minto and his ‘Max’, along with Julie Hughes and her ‘Tiras’ were there on the Saturday and Sunday when it was very busy, as the weekends usually are. This little group of people love doing Discover Dogs and sharing their knowledge and love of the Canaan Dog with the public, and this is just as important, if not more so, than the show ring. I would like to thank all of them for donating their time to promoting the breed.



Submitted 1st March 2017

Congratulations are in order for Martin Moulding, who has informed me that his puppy bitch, ‘Rubi’ (Torefjell’s Rubin, Imp Nor) has earned her CGC Bronze award. I think this is a worthy accomplishment, especially for such a young dog, and shows responsible ownership to the public. Well done Martin & ‘Rubi’.

The Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom will be holding its 17th Annual Single-Breed Open Show on Saturday 8th April at Stanground Community Centre, Whittlesey Road, Peterborough PE2 8QS with a start time of 11:00 am. The Club is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and this year’s judge is breed specialist, Mrs Barbara Gold (Amicitia). Spectators are welcome. It’s a good way to meet the breed if you have never done so before. Information can be found on the Club’s website, www.canaandogclub.co.uk/upcoming.htm Cakes, crisps, hot & cold beverages will be available, but because it is a small show, rolls are by pre-order only. If interested in ordering some food, please contact me.



Submitted 9th February 2017

As I promised to keep you updated on the details of Myrna Shiboleth’s upcoming Canaan Dog weekend, full details on the weekend follow. “Canaan Dog Weekend, Friday April 21 to Sunday April 23, 2017. Schedule of events: Friday, April 21: Afternoon: A nature walk in our beautiful surroundings with the dogs. Evening: Social get-acquainted evening, aperitivo. Saturday, April 22 - Morning: Lecture: "The Canaan - A Biblical Dog in Modern Times". The lecture will cover the development of the breed from a free living desert dog to our 21st century friend that shares our home and activities. How his history has influenced his development and adaptation to modern life, and how we can better understand the Canaan and learn how to live in partnership with him in our changing world. Afternoon: Fun With Your Canaan - Demonstration of various activities that we can do with our dogs that they enjoy - agility, nose work, hiking, and more. Learn how to teach your dog and motivate him positively. It will be possible to try out some of these activities with your dogs. Evening: Dinner together. Sunday, April 23 - Morning: Fun Match - learn how to show your dog and have fun doing it. Demonstration and practice of showing, and a fun competition, with an evaluation of your dog by the judge. Each team of dog and owner will have individual attention and instruction on how to show his dog to the best advantage. Afternoon: Short lecture on a health condition facing the breed, DM - what is it and how can we deal with it. Consultation and advice on behavior and problems. There will be a professional photographer, Steffi Nie, at the event, and it will be possible for participants to do a photo shoot of their dogs at a special price. DOGS ARE WELCOME!!!!!!! There is the possibility for camping at the site of the event. There are also B&B accomodations in the nearby villages, we will be happy to help participants find suitable accomodations. For those interested, it is possible to arrange a sightseeing trip to Parma, museums, monuments, and castles. The area is one of great natural beauty.RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW! RESERVATIONS WILL CLOSE ON MARCH 20. Location: Via Tordenaso 39, Langhirano (Parma), ITALY. Information and reservations: Isabella Zirri, FB: Isabella Zirri, email: isabellazirri@gmail.com; Tel: +39 3403859889.”

I was delighted to receive an invitation to the Contest of Champions for not just one of our dogs, but two as our Anacan Issachar and his younger sister, Anacan Glory Road, were tied for Top Canaan Dog 2016. Richard and I would love to attend, as previous Contest of Champions we have been to several years back were fantastic. However the logistics of going, with the need of someone attending to our boarding kennel and all of our other dogs, just makes it impossible. Still it was nice to be invited..



Submitted 26th January 2017

As I promised to keep you updated on the details of Myrna Shiboleth's upcoming Canaan Dog weekend, full details on the weekend follow. "Canaan Dog Weekend, Friday April 21 to Sunday April 23, 2017. Schedule of events: Friday, April 21: Afternoon: A nature walk in our beautiful surroundings with the dogs. Evening: Social get-acquainted evening, aperitivo. Saturday, April 22 - Morning: Lecture: "The Canaan - A Biblical Dog in Modern Times". The lecture will cover the development of the breed from a free living desert dog to our 21st century friend that shares our home and activities. How his history has influenced his development and adaptation to modern life, and how we can better understand the Canaan and learn how to live in partnership with him in our changing world. Afternoon: Fun With Your Canaan - Demonstration of various activities that we can do with our dogs that they enjoy - agility, nose work, hiking, and more. Learn how to teach your dog and motivate him positively. It will be possible to try out some of these activities with your dogs. Evening: Dinner together. Sunday, April 23 - Morning: Fun Match - learn how to show your dog and have fun doing it. Demonstration and practice of showing, and a fun competition, with an evaluation of your dog by the judge. Each team of dog and owner will have individual attention and instruction on how to show his dog to the best advantage. Afternoon: Short lecture on a health condition facing the breed, DM - what is it and how can we deal with it. Consultation and advice on behavior and problems. There will be a professional photographer, Steffi Nie, at the event, and it will be possible for participants to do a photo shoot of their dogs at a special price. DOGS ARE WELCOME!!!!!!! There is the possibility for camping at the site of the event. There are also B&am;B accomodations in the nearby villages, we will be happy to help participants find suitable accomodations. For those interested, it is possible to arrange a sightseeing trip to Parma, museums, monuments, and castles. The area is one of great natural beauty.RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW! RESERVATIONS WILL CLOSE ON MARCH 20. Location: Via Tordenaso 39, Langhirano (Parma), ITALY. Information and reservations: Isabella Zirri, FB: Isabella Zirri, email: isabellazirri@gmail.com; Tel: +39 3403859889."

I was delighted to receive an invitation to the Contest of Champions for not just one of our dogs, but two as our Anacan Issachar and his younger sister, Anacan Glory Road, were tied for Top Canaan Dog 2016. Richard and I would love to attend, as previous Contest of Champions we have been to several years back were fantastic. However the logistics of going, with the need of someone attending to our boarding kennel and all of our other dogs, just makes it impossible. Still it was nice to be invited.



Submitted 26th January 2017

Manchester is the first show of the year with classes for Canaan Dogs, so it was eagerly anticipated by those few of us who are showing. Our judge, Mrs Jane Lilley, drew an entry of 7 with Martin Moulding's two absent as his new puppy bitch import had come into season. BD & BP was awarded to Ivan Kaye, Alison Byrne & Anne Barclays' handsome new puppy dog import, Micha De Solemel at Nizzana TAF NAF (Mr Sulu). As you can tell by the puppy's call name, Alison is a big Star Trek fan. RBD went to my Caiser Samorodok at Anacan (Imp Pol). BB & BOB was my Anacan Talia My Treasure (Astor) with RBB going to my Anacan Bring The Dawn.

I had a look around the trade stands while waiting for the Groups to start and saw Adrian Marrett on the DW stand when I picked up my 2017 DW ANNUAL (which by the way is gorgeous and worth getting hold of if you haven't already). Adrian is such a nice person and always has a cheery smile when you meet him. A great representative for DW.

The next show with classes for the breed is Crufts. I am looking forward to it and hope our numbers are in double digits with maybe a few foreign dogs entered to keep things interesting.



Submitted 12th January 2017

Myrna Shiboleth has posted the following on Facebook. "April 22 and 23, 2017 - reserve those dates! We are planning a Canaan weekend here in our new place in Tordenaso, Italy. The weekend will include a social get together the evening before, a seminar on various aspects of the Canaans and primitive dogs, a fun match and evaluation of dogs, instruction in how to show your Canaan, introduction to agility and dog sports, advice on behavior, and a photo shoot. Plenty of fun and a chance to meet many more Canaan people. There is the possibility for camping here on the grounds, or bed and breakfast accommodations nearby." As soon as Myrna posts further details, I will share them here with you.

The Canaan Dog Club of the United Kingdom will be holding its breed seminar the weekend of November 18-19. The date and venue in Peterborough will be confirmed as soon as the caretaker of the venue confirms which day is available. Details will be given here in the near future.

The number of people interested in owning a Canaan Dog is increasing - some through meeting them at Discover Dogs and others through research on the Internet. With the year just starting we have already had a family with 2 children, and another couple here to meet the dogs in the flesh. Just yesterday I made arrangements with a third couple to come and visit our dogs next month. I think it very important for someone to meet as many Canaan Dogs as possible showing varying degrees of wariness before they commit to buying a puppy. First-time owners can do well with the breed IF they take on board the advice we give them, but saying that, the breed is not for everybody, as is no breed. I am very encouraged by this growing interest and hope that at least 1 or 2 pups from my planned litters will end up in a home with people willing to show them. It is my hope to see entries regularly in double digits again as they were several years back and it is looking like this could be a possibility in another year or two.


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