Kanaani (Canaani)


Kanaani (Canaani) Kanaani

Breed characteristics

  • Adaptability: 8
  • Family Affection: 7
  • Game activity: 10
  • Intelligence: 10
  • Total health: 10
  • Hair loss: 4
  • Friendliness for children: 8
  • Dog friendliness: 5
  • Love for meow: 6


The Kanaani breed was developed in Jerusalem, and breeding was not a professional breeder, not a group felinologists, and the sculptor, artist Doris Pollatshek in the 90s last century. The Canaani breed (from harmony with Canaan) was registered by the World Cat Association only in 2000. Dorris crossed local indigenous cats, namely the very same wild african cats from which all cats on the planet evolved (according to recent studies), with eastern shorthair a cat.

As a result, it was possible to save a lot of native features of appearance and individuals, while complementing the character with more social, positive features. From Israel these cats were transported to Germany and America, where breeding programs were created. Today Canaanie cat is rare, especially in open spaces CIS.


According to recent studies, the African wild cat is the most ancient, it is from it all modern breeds of cats. Since keeping at home a wild pet, at least least irresponsible and unreasonable, because he is absolutely not adapted for such an environment, you can opt for Canaani breed. If you like cats, the most appropriate “wild” standards – externally, and partially and internally, kanaani, this the same wild african cat.

Canaani is large and has a strong, muscular body. with long legs. The muzzle is wedge-shaped, the ears are larger than average, the tail is long; tabby dominates in colors with some variations. These cats have very expressive eyes and facial expressions, due to which sometimes it’s enough to look at them to understand their mood. Life expectancy is 15-17 years, some individuals live up to 20 years old.


Canaani cat has a strong character and appreciates own independence, however, this does not prevent her from showing great warmth and friendliness towards members of his family. These cats have a huge supply of vital energy and need constant stimulation of their mental and physical powers. If you live in an apartment and cannot provide for your pet necessary level of activity if you spend most of days at work, it is better to choose another cat.

Canaani cat breeds require, ideally, private accommodation a house where there is a garden, trees, it is possible to train your Climber skills and satisfy hunter instincts. It is native breed (although it interbreed with the eastern shorthair, and also, until 2010, with Bengali), and for at least 10,000 years, the ancestors of these cats hunted African lands. Accordingly, you can be sure that neither one mouse or rat will not be able to enter your home. With another hand, the cat has real fearlessness in fights, and therefore, cats in the neighborhood and even stray dogs will also bypass your plot side.

In relation to their master and family members, they show great love and kindness, distinguished by high intelligence and always understand what is required of them. Even if they try to show the opposite, or do not listen to the owner the first time. In fact, you must understand that these pets always know when they are talking about, feel good about your mood and you just need to find the right approach.

Canaani has a fairly straightforward character, and always gives understand if you want something. Children are treated well, especially if the child will play with them. With other pets may not get along – if it is a cat or a dog, there is always such a chance. About rodents or birds do not even need to say, for Canaanis it’s in first of all, mining.

Common diseases

The health of this breed is excellent, thanks to millennia natural selection.


The canaani cat has the short hair that you need. comb out once a week. Also, once a week you should clean the ears of the pet, and bathe once every 2 months. If a the cat spends most of the time at home, its claws are cut every 10 times days, eyes should be cleaned daily or as needed.

Breed Information

Country of origin Israel
Life span 12-15 years old
The size medium-large
Weight Males: 6-8 kg, Cats: 4-7 kg
Type of wool shorthair
Color marble tabby, spotted tabby
Lifestyle outdoor / indoor
Group rare, short-haired
Price 700 – 1200 $

Breed photo

Kanaani (Canaani) Kanaani Canaanie

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