A Canaan has a straight, harsh and short outer coat with a much softer and profuse undercoat which is quite low maintenance when it comes to keeping them looking tidy and their skin in good condition. A weekly brush is all it takes to get rid of any shed and loose hair bearing in mind that Canaans are not known to be heavy shedders. The only time they tend to shed more is in the Spring and then again in the Autumn when their undercoats tend to come out in handfuls and therefore more frequent brushing would be necessary to keep on top of things.
These dogs are very much like the Basenji which is another breed that likes to clean themselves in much the same way cats do. If there are two Canaan Dogs in a household, they often groom each other too. It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax builds up in a dog’s ears, it can lead to a painful infection which can be hard to clear up. In short, prevention is often easier than cure when it comes to ear infections.