You’re Watching Animal Facts! Spitz dog breeds are among the oldest and most primitive dogs.
Spitz breeds are a group of dogs, all of which are characterized by their wedge-shaped heads, prick ears, and thick furry coats, suited for living in harsh northern climates.
As we’ll see, modern Spitz breeds range from small companion dogs to large working breeds and pretty much everything in between.
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10. Canaan Dog One of the AKC’s oldest breeds, the Canaan Dog is the national dog of Israel. The Canaan Dog is a primitive breed that has survived in the desert region of Israel for thousands of years.
Called Kelef Kanani, the Canaan Dog is believed to be the breed that Hebrews used in biblical times to herd and guard their sheep flocks and encampments, some are still used for this purpose in modern times. In Europe and North America, they are companion dogs and compete in dog sports such as conformation, agility, and obedience.
Although the Canaan dog’s heritage of desert survival gives it a certain degree of independence, a Canaan Dog who’s been properly socialized loves its family and is adaptable to many living situations.