Originally thought to be a herding dog for the ancient Israelites, this breed today has exhibited a wide range of ability, adeptly performing the job of a watchdog, tracking game, and general agility based competitions. They are incredibly obedient, bright, independent, and loyal dogs. The Canaan Dog is naturally protective, and as such, should not be allowed to assert their dominance over any person. They should be well socialized so as to prevent any shyness or aggression toward strangers. Also, like many breeds, they need an owner that is decidedly the leader of the pack; no wavering in your dominance. Otherwise they may think they can run the show. .