It is a breed selected from pariah dogs in Israel by a pair of world-renowned cynologists, Rudolf and Rudolfina Menzel. Despite the fact that this breed rarely appears at continental shows, deserves a description.
The new version of the standard entered in the FCI register under the number 273 c (18. IX. 1974 r.)
Overall impression. Medium height dog, well proportioned, resembles his wild ancestor. Living character, alert, distrustful of strangers, about defensive features, but not aggressive. Vigilant not only towards people, but also towards animals. Extremely attached and teachable. Particular attention should be paid to the details differentiating the structure of the Canaan Great Dane from the German Shepherd Dog. The Canaan Dog is built into the square, has a short lumbar region, a slender neck and not overly angulated - it is set rather straight and has a short crotch.
Head. Well-proportioned and noble, not heavy or bold, but not a bit delicate either. The head is shaped like a dull wedge of medium length, but it seems wider due to the low set ears. The distance from the midpoint between the eyes to the occipital tumor is clearly greater than the distance between the base of the ears, but proportionally. The orbital depression is rather absent or only slightly marked. The leading edge (stop) insignificant. Skull cover neither arched, neither a flat frontal furrow is just marked. Dying silna, of moderate length and width, proportional depth. The ratio of the length of the skull cover to the muzzle as 1:1 - the permissible deviation in favor of the length of the muzzle. Lips tight and short; slightly stronger in dogs. The ears are short, relatively wide, standing, gently rounded at the ends, set low and set wide apart. Semi-pricked ears (like a collie) acceptable. Eyes slightly slanting, almond shape, the darker the better, dark binding required. Nose black pigment necessary. Teeth - pincer bite desirable, but a scissor lift is acceptable. Complete dentition, including premolars. Cheeks strong and flat, in dogs the domed domes are sometimes arched forward. Undershot, Undershot bite and missing teeth are unacceptable.
Neck and withers. Noble, simple, strong.
Limbs. Front perfectly straight, wrists strong. Shoulders well laid back. Hind limb angulation approx. 130°, a short part below the ankle joint, light "feathers".
Cat's paws with hard pads.
Tail. Well hairy (feather), carried on the back, sickle-shaped also acceptable.
Robe. Short or medium length, simple and hard. The undercoat depends on the season. Long hair undesirable. On the limbs and tail feathers. Mane desirable in dogs.
Ointment. Sandy to reddish brown, white or black, with or without mask; if the mask is present - symmetrical desirable. Black mask is allowed with all colors. A limb sizing similar to that of the Boston Terrier is common. Gray ointment, Brindle and black and tan or tricolor are not allowed.
Chody. Trot is the basic pace, short, but very fast. It should show mobility and endurance.
Mistakes. In addition to non-compliance with the pattern, errors are all structural deviations that indicate a deviation from the silhouette of a well-built dog.
I omit the fila brasileiro who belongs to this group (FCI 225), because it is rarely found on the continent.