We are often asked about the system of registering dogs from the desert
- so here it is:
Registering Desert Dogs: the Miyun.
The Canaan is one of the very few breeds in which outside stock can be registered. The FCI considers the Canaan, which is classified in FCI Group 5 as a primitive breed, to be a breed in
development. Therefore, dogs brought in from the Bedouin or the desert can be
registered in the Israel Kennel Club Stud Book and are fully recognized by the FCI and all its affiliates, as long as they
fill certain criteria.
The criteria are called in Hebrew miyun or selection. In
order to register an outside dog, the following are the current requirements:
The dog should come from a remote
area where there is little likelihood of other breeds existing.
If parents are known, they should
be examined in situ, in the wild or Bedouin camp, to whatever extent is possible, and if possible photographed, so that they
can be listed in the registration papers. The examination should be done by a recognized expert in the breed (judge, breeding
The dog must be examined by a specialist
judge of the breed, and rated as at least Very Good, and with no disqualifying faults.
Although a puppy can be examined, the conclusive examination should be done when the dog is at least nine months of
age or more. A written report must be submitted on the dog.
The dog must be test bred to a registered
and proven Canaan Dog, and the puppies examined, final examination to be when they are at least nine months of age.
Upon completion of this procedure, the dog can be fully registered with the Israel Kennel Club, and his
progeny are fully recognized. Such a dog can be awarded national titles in Israel,
but can not be awarded the CACIB. Only dogs with a full three generation pedigree
are eligible for CACIB and International titles.