Canaan Dogs may be solid color or spotted. Acceptable colors include any shade between cream and red-brown, including sand, gold, or red; white; or black. Dogs may be masked or not, but if masked, the mask must be symmetrical. Black mask and white markings are permitted on all colors. Black shading on red or sand-colored dogs is acceptable. Gray and liver are unacceptable colors. Brindle, black and tan, or tri-color are unacceptable color patterns.

Sand to red-brown, white, black, or spotted, with or without mask. If masked, mask must be symmetrical. Black mask permitted on all colours. White markings are permitted on all colours: "Boston Terrier" patterns are common. Grey, brindle, black-and-tan, or tricolour are unacceptable. Desert colours- sand, gold, red, cream- are most typical of the breed.

There are two color patterns. Pattern 1) Predominantly white with mask and with or without additional patches of color (large body patches are desirable). Pattern 2) Solid colored with or without white trim. Color may range from black through all shades of brown - sandy to red or liver. Shadings of black on a solid brown or tan dog are frequently seen. The trim on a solid colored dog may include chest, undercarriage, feet and lower part of leg and tip of tail. In all color patterns self-ticking may be present. Disqualifications--a) Gray and/or brindle. b) All white.
Mask--The mask is a desired and distinguishing feature of the predominantly white Canaan Dog. The mask is the same color(s) as the body patches on the dog. The basically symmetrical mask must completely cover the eyes and ears or can completely cover the head as in a hood. The only allowed white in the mask or hood is a white blaze of any size or shape and/or white on the muzzle below the mask. Faults--On predominantly white dogs--absence of mask, half mask, or grossly asymmetrical mask.


Black and white - ticking
Black and white - little ticking
Black with white trim ("Boston Terrier" pattern) (B_)
Black and white with heavy ticking
Black and white with little ticking

The logo dog above is sand or cream colored (ee)


Red (Ay_)


Sable (black shading) (Ay_E_)

Red and white

Red and white; some black is visible in the mask (Ay_Em_)

Liver (bb)
Unacceptable under UKC standard because skin pigmentation is not dark enough to protect from sun
Unacceptable under AKC standard because early US breeders had an unfounded fear of deafness
Black and tan (AtAt)
Unacceptable under FCI and UKC standard because the breed's founder wanted to distinguish the dog from breeds of European origin

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