Managed by Myrna Shiboleth, world authority on this breed, Shaar Hagai has been a pioneer in the breeding and preservation of this ancient pariah-type dog.
In case you haven't read it yet, here's Myrna's article on Canaan Dogs which she generously contributed for the INDog site.
Canaans have traditionally been used as livestock guardians by Bedouins; however with changing lifestyles among their former owners, many of these dogs have become ownerless desert dogs and are in danger of disappearing through mongrelization with modern breeds.
Shaar Hagai constantly brings in fresh blood through these remaining free-born Canaans.
Once looked down on in Israel, much as our 'pi-dog' is here, the Canaan is valued and respected today in its native land thanks to the hard work of Shaar Hagai over many decades.
However this kennel might have to close down soon thanks to a recent dispute with the Israel Lands Authority.
This would be a terrible loss to the canine world, specially the world of pariah breeds! It was dogs such as these that entered human society as the first domesticated animal. They are part of our history, and the history of the dog-human bond.
If you care at all for the preservation of these unique dogs, please sign and share this petition.
I have posted the text of the petition below.