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Kanaani: breed history, maintenance and care

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The breed is bred artificially, and the story of its appearance begins in Israel. Doris Polachek loved cats and kept three animals in the house. Once a woman noticed a beautiful steppe Libyan cat next to her dwelling. She sheltered and tamed him, and later decided to cross with her home pet.

The results were impressive and surprised: the kittens were born incredibly beautiful and graceful, but wild and uncommunicative. Doris did not give up and continued breeding on the advice of the owner of one of the local nurseries.

After a lengthy selection in 2000, the experimental breed was officially recognized, and the name was given in honor of the Canaan area, in which the founder of Canaan was noticed. It was decided to ban any breeding with other breeds, and a little less than ten years ago the breed received recognition from the World Phelinological Federation.

External data

Features of appearance are as follows:

  • The head of Canaan has a small size and close to the triangular shape, the frontal part stands out. The chin is developed, extends beyond the muzzle. The cheekbones are strongly pronounced, but there are practically no pads under the mustache.
  • The ears are large, triangular, with wide bases and narrowed ends on which tassels may be present (optional). They are planted far away from each other, but high, and this creates the feeling that the cat is constantly listening.
  • The almond-shaped eyes are rather large, set wide apart. The color of the iris varies from yellowish to greenish shades, usually light.
  • The body is rather large and elongated, has well-developed muscles, folded organically. The torso is proportional and symmetrical, the front and rear parts are approximately the same in width and are on the same level. The tail is long, almost equal to the length of the body, it may taper to the tip.
  • The paws are long and not very powerful, which makes the breed graceful. Pads - oval, dark.
  • The coat is hard and short, has a small undercoat and almost adheres to the skin. The hair has a color with ticking (alternating yellow and dark pigments), which gives the wool an interesting look.
  • The color can be either light or more saturated, ranging from beige or sand to coffee and rich brown. Coloring are marble and spotty.

Character traits and behavior

Kanaani is quite capricious, which is due to the presence in the genetics of the features of wild non-domestic animals. Character has such traits:

  1. Freedom. Freedom is necessary for a cat, necessarily personal space in which strangers will not interfere. Respect such pet requirements and do not violate the boundaries of the allotted area.
  2. Kanaani do not require constant attention and normally tolerate loneliness, but the presence of a person is necessary, otherwise the pet will be unsociable and wild. And yet do not expect from a pet that he will caress and jump on his knees.
  3. Tactile contacts are welcome, but not intrusive. A cat may respond to stroking with a satisfied rumbling, but if she is bored with a caress, she will get up and leave. In the case of discomfort and even more pain, the animal can remember predatory instincts and use claws or teeth, so communication with young children is better to limit or control.
  4. Kanaani can get along with other animals of the same size if he meets them in early childhood and learns to divide the territory. An adult cat may react aggressively to the invasion of a new neighbor. And small animals and birds are perceived as prey.
  5. The activity is quite high, because in the wild, cats are used to exploring and developing new territories. Also, Canaan can study the house, and not always without loss and damage to property.

Care features

How to care for a canaan cat? The content assumes the observance of several rules:

  • Regular walks are necessary, but, leaving for fresh air, wear a harness or a leash, otherwise the cat, having become interested in something and having caught a new smell, will run away and get lost. But it is necessary to acquaint the canaani leash from early childhood: it is extremely difficult to teach an adult animal to the restrictions.
  • Since the hair is short and lacks a thick long undercoat, then combing it is enough just once a week using a special brush.
  • Canaans do not like water very much, so frequent bathing negatively affects the nervous system and behavior. It is enough to carry out water procedures once every three or four months, or as far as pollution is concerned, if the pet often walks and likes active games in the fresh air. Use shampoo for cats.
  • Regularly as it is polluted, clean the ears, using a cotton swab with a restraint dipped in either hydrogen peroxide, or in a specialized solution or lotion for animal hygiene. It is necessary to clean the ears every fifteen weeks.
  • There are discharges from the eyes, and they must be regularly (approximately once every week) removed with a cotton pad dipped in water with the addition of potassium permanganate.
  • Training to the tray can cause difficulties, which is caused by wild ancestors who are not used to it. But if you start work at an early age and be patient, the pet will understand what is required of him.

By nature, Canaani are omnivorous and are not demanding for food, but this does not mean that you can feed your pet to everyone. If you give a cat fatty, spicy, salty, flour and sweet, it can lead to weight gain and obesity, as well as digestive disorders and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

Enter in the diet of your pet a variety of balanced natural foods, such as cereals, thermally processed vegetables, boiled meat and fish, dairy products. But you can give food, and necessarily quality. Eat two meals and monitor portion sizes to avoid overeating.

Health status

If you keep canaanas at home correctly, your pet will be happy with good health. Genetic diseases are extremely rare, but sometimes cardiomyopathy occurs, which affects the heart. In case of eating disorders, gastrointestinal diseases are likely.

The owner must responsibly treat the pet's health. If the cat walks and communicates with other animals, regularly carry out treatments for insects and worms, do all the planned vaccinations recommended by the vet.

A kitten purchased from an experienced breeder or in a specialized kennel can cost 80-90 thousand rubles. Pedigree will increase the cost. The breed is quite rare, so buying kittens from the hands of unknown people should not be, if you basically become the owner of Canaan.

You will be able to conquer the heart of the wayward cat Canaan if you become a caring owner and a true friend for her.

Breed characteristic

At the end of the last century, Israeli breeders were working to breed a domestic species of a wild Libyan cat. It exists in its original form for about two thousand years. For this purpose, several breeds of oriental cats were crossed. This is the Abyssinian, Bengali, Libyan. In 2000, the result of breeding was registered by the international organization WCF with the approval of the breed standard.

Kanaani belongs to the category of large and elegant cats with a muscular body. Her limbs are long, strong, slim. Cat legs are oval, neat, small. In animals, the average length of the tail. The tip of his narrowed.

The head of the representatives of the breed is wide, triangular in shape. It rises on a long and slender neck. Kanaani ears are large, set wide apart, pointed, with tassels on the end. From the forehead to the nose, the transition is easy. The chin of animals is a powerful, pronounced cheekbone. Representatives of the breed have almond-shaped eyes. They are expressive and slanting. Their color is usually green, less often yellow-green. Kanaani's gaze is deep, heartfelt.

Wool in these animals without undercoat. It is a bit harsh, thick, tight to the body. According to the standard, its color can be varied. The exception is only silvery shades. Pet fur can be cream, and brown with spots of milky or black. The cat has a ticked coat, but this effect should not be too expressive.

The nature of the cats is independent. Kanaani, like no other cat, is characterized by self-esteem. It is a self-sufficient and proud animal. He needs a lot of time to love the owner and get used to it. Only after that the animal will trust him.

As for the purpose of such cats and cats, they are recommended to get people who often leave, go on business trips. Pet calmly experiencing such separation. Also, cats will be good friends for those who appreciate the wild disposition of pets. They can demonstrate in the family their detachment, individuality, showing who really has independence in the house. These cats are patient, balanced, but violence and aggression towards themselves will not be tolerated. Over time, they will take revenge on their abuser.

Kanaani have well developed intelligence. Cats do not need to repeat what is required of them. Conflict with them is not worth it, as well as forcing to perform actions that they do not like. Representatives of the breed are vindictive. Schooling to the toilet and claw is better to start from early childhood, then this skill is learned easily.

Training tricks, teams should always be carried out with stimulation of delicious treats, stroking. Such encouragement cats understand. They will be happier and more willing to perform the required actions.

It should be noted that the breed is still young, and therefore quite expensive.

Canaani unpretentious. All that is required of the owner is to give the cat freedom. She will cope with the care of her hair. Typically, representatives of the breed is very neat. You can comb them once every 10 days. An important element of care is walking. Without them, the animal will yearn. To leash these animals too easy to teach.

Representatives of the breed have good health. They do not have genetically determined diseases.

Periodically, they need to trim the claws, inspect the teeth and ears.

History of the origin of Canaanian cats

Canaani cat is a hybrid, that is, it was bred by artificial means. Hometown of this breed - Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. These animals have received their name due to Canaan's historic area located in this country, referred to in the Bible as the Promised Land.

Creator Canaan breed cats is the Israeli woman Doris Polachek. She had nothing to do with felinology and animal breeding, but worked as a sculptor. In this case, the woman was very fond of pets from the cat family, and kept three at home.

Perhaps Doris would never have taken up the breeding of a new breed, if the steppe Libyan cat, not adapted for breeding in captivity, didn’t fall into her hands. But she could not resist his grace, although she was upset by his wild temper. Then Doris Polachek decided to cross him with a domestic cat. The first result was unsatisfactory, because each kitten from the experimental litter turned out to be as wild as their freedom-loving father.

But Doris did not give up and was well prepared for the second attempt, having read a lot of thematic literature. As a result, the Abyssinian, Bengali, Oriental Shorthair breeds took part in the crossing. This is how the Canaani domesticated cats appeared. In the 90s of the last century they were bred in the nursery «Ha Jeruschalmi».

The breed acquired its final appearance only in 2000, at the same time receiving a standard and official registration in the felinological organization FCI. In 2009, she was recognized and WCF. Also since 2008, it was decided that Canaan cats can be crossed only with representatives of the same breed.

Canaan Description

But sometimes it is possible to meet larger individuals, whose body weight reaches 8 kg. The WCF was developed and adopted by the International Phelinological Organization from Germany, the breed standard, which, according to criteria, can be considered purebred. So, and take part in the breeding.

Head has medium size and is a wide triangle with a convex forehead. The cheekbones are clearly visible on the muzzle, with no pinch. Stop nose is soft, well-developed chin.

Ears when looking at a representative of this breed, they create the feeling that he is somehow agitated or alert. This impression is due to the fact that large auricles are widely planted on the head, and their tips are pointed. The presence of brushes on the tips is welcomed, and on the back surface - a prominent pattern.

Eyes large in size, have the shape of an almond nut. Their landing is wide, there may be a slight slope. In adults, the eye color is only green, although the standard allows for an admixture of a yellowish tint.

Body slender, with well developed muscles and moderately long neck. The movements of the animal are graceful.

Tail at canaan cats a long. At the base, its diameter is large enough, but decreases evenly towards the end.

Paws representatives of this breed are long and well developed. Black pads are oval-shaped. It is noteworthy that the gait of animals is very similar to the gait of their wild ancestors.

Short wool tight to the body. It can not be called soft. There is a very small undercoat. Despite the short length of hairs, you can see the presence of ticking, because of which the picture looks somewhat blurred.

The breed standard allows different animal colors, for example, beige and chocolate. There are two colors - primary and secondary. According to the rules, canaan cats have either spotted or marbled patterns. The contours of the spots and stripes may be slightly fuzzy due to ticking. The only color that is considered a defect is silver.

Much attention is paid to the tail. It must be placed rings, as well as be black tip. The neck is decorated with a ring. On the forehead, the letter "M" is clearly visible. Red nose has a trim color corresponding to the color.

Features of the nature of canaan cats

The main feature of the nature of these animals is the combination of inherited traits from wild steppe ancestors and domestic breeds, which took part in the breeding of canaans. It turned out quite an interesting combination.

They inherited from the steppe Libyan cats love for freedom. Therefore, it is difficult to get a pet to do what he does not wish for himself. At the same time, these are very clever animals, and quickly understand the rules of behavior in the house. They are well accustomed to the tray, but for this you need to be patient. In no case can not shout and spank favorite - hard treatment, you can ruin everything.

Also, these pets are very fond of walking in the fresh air. To do this, you must use a leash, because these freedom-loving animals are happy to go exploring the world around them at the earliest opportunity, and there is a great risk of losing a pet on the street. But moving in transport cat canaan does not like it, so no need to transport them from place to place unnecessarily. On the road, it is important to create a comfortable environment for your pet.

If at the very beginning of acquaintance with a person a kitten may experience mistrust, then with time and the development of a trusting relationship with the owner a close relationship is established between them. Canaani cats love their owners, feeling affection for them. At the same time, they will not relentlessly follow their object of adoration, constantly trying to jump on their hands, although they appreciate the gentleness and gentle tone of the host, responding to him with a friendly purr.

Pets love to play, love the attention of the owner and do not tolerate loneliness. For the company they are suitable and another animal - a cat or a dog. But in the games with children, the canaan cat may accidentally release its claws if the child hurts it, which parents need to take into account.

These animals are very active, thanks to well-developed muscles on strong paws, they easily jump to the highest places in the house. Therefore, it is better to direct their supply of forces into a peaceful course, by buying or making safe toys with your own hands by installing a clawboard.

The history of the origin of canaan breed cats

The story of the birth of this, in truth, an amazing species is very interesting and unusual, because even though these animals came to our planet by artificial means, neither cat breeders nor professional felinologists took any part in this. This breed is one of the youngest, as the first representative of the Canaani breed was born in the late 90s of the last century.

At that time, in Israel, namely in Jerusalem, there lived a sculptor named Doris Polachek, who was very fond of animals. В частности из кошачьего мира, в ее доме проживали трое питомцев. Однажды в ее поле зрение попал очень необычный, красивейший кот, но единственным его недостатком было то, что он был совершено диким — им был степной ливийский кот.Since he and all his ancestors lived in the wilderness throughout the entire period of their existence, this representative of the planet’s fauna was not familiar with people, nature and rigid principles of natural selection fostered it, therefore it was not adapted to be kept at home. But the animal simply fascinated the cat lover, and she could not just let him go, deciding to cross him with one of her domestic cats. The result, which turned out in the end, was not the same as Doris Polachek wanted to see him.

By external signs, it was an undoubted success, but the character of the kids left much to be desired, all, as one, they were endowed with a wild, predatory and uncontrollable temper from the first day. The breeder-experimenter, of course, was not ready for such an outcome, but did not lose hope. Showing kittens to local nursery workers, she received approval for a program to breed a new variety and domesticate the descendants of wild cats. This breed received its rather interesting name in honor of its native lands, namely the historical province of Canaan, which is better known in biblical writings as the Promised Land.

Since then, a project for the removal of canaans has started in the kennel “Ha Jeruschalmi”. After that, not so much time passed, only a couple of years, and in 2000 a new breed, a non-existent breed set in, already acquired the final version of the appearance standard and the first official recognition from the FCI commission members. In 2008, the Felinologists Association proclaimed a decision to ban cross-breeding of the Canaanites with some other species, even those similar to them, in order to maintain the breed standard, unique character traits and behaviors. In 2009, Canaani cats were approved by WCF.

Description of the standard of appearance cats cats breed

The Canaanian cat is a medium sized animal, with a body weight of 3 to 6 kg, although the breed standard allows for a slightly larger weight. The largest cat breed Canaan registered with a weight of 8.2 kg.

According to the unified species standard adopted by the German International Phelinological Organization, cats are considered thoroughbred and suitable for continuation, with the following appearance requirements.

    Head Canaan cat is not large in size, in its configuration is more like a triangle with a wide base, which is formed by a rather convex frontal bone. With the absolute absence of pads under the mustache, the cheekbones are very well visualized in cats of this breed. Chin slightly protruding above the level of the face, well developed.

Auricles Canaani has quite impressive sizes, are widely planted from each other, in this connection it seems that the animal is constantly in a watchful state. The ears of these cats are wide in the base part and taper to the pointed tip, on which small brushes adorn. The back surface of the ear is also not devoid of decoration, it is represented by a beautiful eye-catching ornament.

Eyes cats from the Promised Land are large in size, regular almond-shaped. Are located widely and under a small inclination. As for the coloring of the iris, then according to the standard it can be represented only in different variability of the green color scheme, although yellowish shades are allowed.

Torso powerful, stocky, with well-developed musculature, but at the same time all the movements of the cat are endowed with some kind of magical grace and aristocracy. The shoulder girdle and thighs are the same width, located on the same line. The neck is average in length.

Caudal process the Canaanian cats are long, the diameter at the base is rather large, but towards the tip it decreases noticeably.

Limbs strong, long and stable, ending with oval-shaped paws. The pads are painted black.

Fur coatwhich wraps the body of the canaani rather short, closely adjacent to the skin. Its texture cannot be called soft and soft, the hair is very dense and hard even to the touch. Under the main "coat" is a very short undercoat. Canaani wool is decorated with ticking, but due to the fact that short hair is not quite easy to see with the naked eye, the specific color of each individual hair only gives the basic pattern of cat fur a certain veiliness and blurriness.

  • Color The color scheme on the body of kanaani allows a riot of colors in the range of shades from light beige to rich brown. The pattern on the body can be either marble or formed by specks of different sizes. Among the main colors of the purebred representatives of this breed are the following: spotted chocolate, color of cinnamon with specks, marble forces, spotted forces, marble chocolate and marble cinnamon color scheme.

  • According to the breed standard, regardless of the color, at least three solid rings should be formed at the tip of the tail, and the tip itself must appear in a black color, this feature has been inherited by Canaan cats from their wild ancestors. In addition, in the projection of the forehead of a purebred cat is always the inherent pattern in the form of the letter "M". The color of the nose is reddish-brick, its marginal part is circled in a tone corresponding to the basic color.

    Character traits of Canaan cats

    The temperament of these not-so-ordinary pets is truly special, they are not like domestic cats, which are just waiting to jump on their knees to the owner, it is impossible to say the same about Canaani. From their ancestors from the open nature, these cats at the genetic level inherited a love for their own space, freedom and independence. They will not chase you around the house, demanding your attention, the cats tolerate loneliness very well, although companies will always be happy, and it doesn’t matter which one.

    If a cat or a dog lives in your house, most likely a Canaani cat with wild animal genes will freely find a common language with them and make friends. But you should be careful with children if the child is older, he can be explained that the cat should not be hurt, but the children do not understand this, so it’s better to protect them from communication with your pet, or that they spend time together only under close supervision an adult. As with any discomfort or unpleasant sensations in this sweet fuzzy, the predatory genes of his wild great-grandfather can wake up, and he will easily apply his claws to your child.

    From the domesticated relatives, this breed has gained the ability to be loyal to its owner, they love as much as other representatives of the feline world love and attention. If you regularly set aside time on your homely kanaan, he will always thank you with a pleasant purr and good behavior.

    These Murzik cannot live without walking in the fresh air, therefore, with a leash they need to be introduced from early childhood, without it letting this curious pet out on the street is more than dangerous. He can go in search of something in a matter of minutes or simply explore new territories, he will not miss such a moment, and you risk losing your furry friend.

    Canaan Breed Health

    Due to the fact that this breed is still too young, scientists either have not yet had time to thoroughly examine any hereditary diseases due to the lack of registered cases, or the Canaanian seals received from their wild ancestors excellent health.

    But the person who makes the choice of a pet in favor of a canaan should not only rely on a good heredity, you still need to remember that cats are cats and they can still catch many diseases. So regular vaccinations, proper nutrition, courses of anthelmintic therapy, regular visits to the veterinarian are a guarantee of the beauty and longevity of your furry companion.

    Canaan content at home

    For the most part, the cats of the Canaan breed do not belong to those for whom some special care is needed; moreover, these animals prefer to take care of themselves on their own, but some nuances do exist.

      Freedom and space. The most important thing for these cats is that they do not have the impression that they are somehow or somehow limited. Representatives of this breed are not quite suitable for living in a city apartment, their wild nature will constantly pull the cat for a walk. A frequent house with an enclosed yard is the best option for Canaan, so it can come out at any time to breathe fresh air, climb trees and train your hunting talents. In the event that you live in an apartment, but still dream about a cute kitten from Jerusalem, then be ready for daily walks with your pet. During your absence, it is also advisable to take care of what your pet will be busy with. The best option is to build a kind of cat attractions, it can be small climbing trees, shelves, toys, believe me, this purr will be happy, as a mouse with a winding mechanism, and the usual sheet of paper crumpled into a ball. An empty cardboard box or a large bag left in a prominent place also has some “gift” to occupy your friend for a long time.

    Security. Due to the curiosity of a canaan cat, it is better to protect her from exploring open windows and even window vents, otherwise she could easily fall outside. In addition, her sharp teeth will not bypass the side, loosely lying wires of electrical devices, they must either be hidden from the cat's eyes, or gently smeared with juice of lemon or orange, the scent of which acts repulsively for this pet. You also need to make sure that he is not very keen on hunting and in the case of the capture of such prey as the mouse did not eat it, since the rodent may already be poisoned.

    Care of the coat. In order to clean the "fur coat" of the Canaanian cat from dead hairs that it can swallow, it is necessary to carry out regular combing. The optimal regularity of this procedure is once a week, during normal periods this will be more than enough, but during the molt you will have to comb the cat much more often, at least once a day. As for bathing, we can say that cats of the breed of Kanaani do not just not like water, they have an enemy attitude towards it, therefore you should not test the nervous system of a pet and shove it into the bathroom without any particular need. Representatives of this breed do an excellent job with cleaning their fur, however, often a cat walking down the street may also need additional hygienic procedures. So you need to bathe the animal either as urgently needed, or simply every 3-4 months. If you are faced with a choice of shampoo for your cat, then it is best to give preference to those that have an insecticidal effect, as representatives of the Canaan breed like to stroll along the street, then it’s time to get unwanted guests in the form of fleas. Usually these shampoos wash the wool perfectly, making it shiny, more tender and fluffy. Among the shampoos of domestic production, according to the effectiveness and pricing policy, distinguish treatment-and-prophylactic shampoo "Doctor" and insecticidal zoo-shampoo "Meadow".

    Ears care. Sulfuric discharges, dirt and dead skin particles and kanaani are accumulated in cat ears, so ear cleaning with cotton buds dipped in a specialized lotion is necessary for them. It is necessary to carry out this procedure at least once every two weeks, but this question is rather individual. Each individual cat's ears are polluted differently, there are cats that don’t need to clean their ears at all, and the other isn’t enough every two or three days. So inspect your pet and carry out hygiene procedures as necessary.

    Eye care. For general prophylaxis, you can wipe your friend's eyes once a week with a cotton pad, soaked in some kind of disinfectant.

    Nutrition. In food, cats of Canaan breed do not make any special demands or whims, moreover - they are omnivorous, but this should never be abused. The body of these pets is not adapted to the products from your table, so if you often feed the Canaanian cat with food from your refrigerator, in particular, this concerns smoked meats, salty, sweet and fat, then be prepared for the fact that your cat can form serious problems with the liver and organs of the gastrointestinal canal. It is best to feed these fluffies with premium-class ready-made feeds; one should not allow overeating, since overweight is a common problem among the Canaan population. For this breed, it is good to choose food that matches their age, when your pet is 7–8 years old, you can give preference to food for elderly animals.

  • Tray. Sometimes with training to the tray can be difficult, but with the right approach and patience, these seals quickly get used to having their own toilet. The main thing is not to shout at them, and do not use force, it is best to use liquid to teach cats to the toilet, it is both effective and inexpensive. The only thing you need to remember when choosing a tray for your Canaani is that it can not perceive the toilet with a grid. It is better to still give preference to the usual capacity, in which you need to fill the filler, the cat will prefer to bury the products of their life.

  • Buying a Canaan kitten

    Due to the fact that this breed is distributed only on the territory of Israel and partially in Germany, their prices are very considerable, the starting cost of a thoroughbred kanaan starts at 90,000 rubles.

    More about the Canaan breed in the following video:

    History of origin

    Israel, to be more precise - Jerusalem, is the birthplace of these cats. The name has biblical roots, the breed was named in honor of the historical settlement of Canaan.

    The discoverer of Kanaani is Doris Polachek. The sculptor, referring to both Russia and Israel, was the first breeder of the breed in the early nineties.

    The first experimental breeds that participated in the interbreeding were representatives of the wild and domesticated cats. Subsequently, to improve the newly formed species, the blood of the Abyssinian, Shorthair and Bengal cats was added. The result of this crossing and Kanaani steel of this kind, which is known to the world today.

    It took 10 years to present the final result to the world. After a while, there was a ban on crossing Kanaani with other breeds of cats.

    Fact! The breed is recognized as official only in Germany, because it was there that they were bred for a long time.

    Breed description Kanaani

    Kanaani are cats of large and medium size, weight ranges from four to eight kilograms.

    The WCF organization, which officially recognized these cats, gives the following description of the breed by standards:

    1. The head is of medium size, triangular in shape, with clearly visible cheekbones. The forehead, in comparison with the muzzle, slightly protruding, the nose is absolutely straight, strong chin.
    2. The ears are large, far set apart. The base is wide, with pointed tips. Ideally, there should be more tassels, and a “print” pattern on the back of the ears.
    3. The eyes are large, almond-shaped. They have a slight slope and a wide landing. As for Oriental Kanaani, their eyes do not fit the standard of standards. The color is exclusively green. Deviation is allowed if yellow is present along with green.
    4. The body is athletic, muscular, but elegant. The neck has a length proportional to the whole body.
    5. The paws, both front and rear, are long, with an oval-shaped cushion. Due to the natural grace, gait, they resemble wild cats.
    6. The tail is elongated, of good thickness, which narrows towards the end.
    7. Wool medium coarse, short length. Fitted tight enough, has a small undercoat. The length of each hair allows you to see the ticking of the underlying pattern. However, this does not affect the patterns in the form of spots, which should be the most clear.

    Despite the wayward temperament, Kanaani are very loving and kind cats. Differ strong attachment to the owners. Stubborn and proud, but can afford to caress a little. Very smart, so there will be no problems with schooling rules.

    The hind legs are very strong, so they jump a lot, any height is not an obstacle for them. Take care of the large space for Kanaani, because they have a lot of energy. Do not belong to the type of lazy cats, so most of their life passes in motion. Due to the great natural curiosity, they constantly strive to explore every place in the house.

    Lonely pastime they do not like. Due to their friendliness, they will be glad to have a new neighbor, even if it is a dog. The friendly tandem of these two different types of domestic animals is very often very successful. Наличие в доме еще одного питомца будет положительно влиять на состояние Канаани. Привыкшие к спортивному и активному образу жизни, им будет куда веселее, если будет для этого компания.

    Уход и здоровье, питание

    Учитывая тот факт, что порода считается относительно молодой, пока не имеется данных о том, какие заболевания можно отнести к наследственным склонностям.

    Многие кошки подвержены стандартным болезням. As an example, often, regardless of the breed, there is a tendency to kidney and stomach disease. In order to avoid further problems, you just need to be attentive to what can harm any vital organ of the cat.

    It is possible to take into account the Bengal breed, whose blood is present in Kanaani. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease to which these cats are prone. They also have an increased sensitivity of the stomach. This is the only information on the basis of which it is possible to make assumptions about possible violations.

    To eliminate the risk, you must be careful about feeding. You should not feed them human food, even if it at first glance seems completely harmless. The fact that a person uses without consequences may contain elements with which the cat will suddenly be incompatible. Any salty, sweet or fatty food can adversely affect the state of the stomach.

    The best option is a specialized cat food. If you have doubts about which one to choose - contact your veterinarian, he will select the appropriate food, based on the individual characteristics of the cat.

    Kanaani do not suffer from obesity, on the contrary, due to high activity they spend a lot of energy every day. Food that contains proteins and carbohydrates with which combined feeds are enriched will help restore forces.

    There are no special instructions for care, except those that are standard for any cat. Once or twice a week, comb, clean the mouth and ears, rinse eyes. A systematic visit to the veterinarian is an integral part of the maintenance of any animal.

    The classic standard shade, which is allowed in color, is between beige and brown. Mandatory pattern in the form of stains, or marble. A slight blur due to ticking is allowed. Based on the permitted shades, Kanami can have one of these colors:

    • Plain spotted strength, or spotty colored cinnamon.
    • Normal marble forces, or marble colors of cinnamon.
    • Chocolate spotted, or chocolate marble.

    No other color, especially silver, can be approved by standards. Whichever of the above, the distinctive feature of Kanaak are the rings that twist around the tail end. It must necessarily ring at least three strips. It should also be black, like the pads. This feature was given to forestry cats. Neck describe the so-called beads. The quantity is possibly different, if one ring is not finished or torn, this is not a violation of the standard. The forehead is decorated with a clearly traced letter "M". The nose is brick-colored, with a red tinge, delineated by a line, which should be the same color as the general body color.

    Where to buy Kanaani

    This breed does not enjoy great popularity in the world. The main suppliers are Israeli and German breeders. On the territory of the United States of America, too, there are connoisseurs of these cats, but there are very few of them there. As for the CIS countries, no one bred Kanak here.

    There are many nurseries that offer breeds of similar appearance, but not Kanaaki themselves.

    Ukrainian breeders are selling those breeds that were directly involved in crossbreeding. The result of which was the Kanaak breed. Among them are Abyssinians and Bengalis.

    History reference

    The Canaanian cat or Kanaani is a descendant of the Steppe spotted cat living on our planet for more than 10,000 years. It was the Steppe cat that was tamed by man in ancient times and practically all aboriginal breeds came from him, including the wild Libyan cat that participated in the breeding program for breeding Kanaani.

    This is incredible! More than 979 unique DNA pairs are derived from mutations and crosses of the Steppe Cat and other representatives of the feline world.

    A resident of Israel, Doris Polachek, who lived in a society of three castrated cats held a high position, but was not a geneticist, breeder, breeder, and even a breeder. An ordinary person living a daily routine can turn the world around and Doris is a direct proof of this statement.

    The woman was not indifferent to domestic predators, she picked up on the street and went out of three of their cats. Doris again could not get past the misfortunes of the “smaller brother” and took care of a weak little but charming kitten. However, it quickly became clear that the new ward Doris, none other than a wild Libyan cat. Already by the age of six months the baby showed a wild temper and a very bad character for a domestic cat.

    Imagine what you found in the Ocelot or Manul kitten you picked up, what would you do? The logical deed is to give the animal to a specialist in wild cats, but this is not about Doris Polachek. The woman is so in love with the appearance of "harmful pet" that she decided at any price to get her offspring from him. Knitting took place on the basis of the fact that the babies are born affectionate and domestic, but beautiful as a wild Libyan cat. Nature took her own, and Doris got kittens, as wild and foolish as their “daddy”.

    The woman had enough prudence and, before continuing the experiments, she “studied” all the available literature on breeding cats. The obvious conclusion has come upon itself - the work must be continued on a professional level. With the support of "experienced" breeders, Doris conducted experimental breeding Wild Libyan cats with Bengal, Abyssinians and Orientals. In the end, it turned out that the answer lay on the surface, mating of the European Shorthair and Libyan wild cats gave the most positive results.

    Note! The European Shorthair is a regular “domestic Murka” with a striped color, recognized as a breed that transmits external traits and character to the next generations.

    Having received several generations of cats with domestic character and wild appearance, Doris began to seek recognition of the breed. In 2009, the Kanaani breed was recognized by the World Cat Organization (WCF). The Canaanian cat is a rarity in the world, but is fairly common in Israel.

    It is interesting! The name Canaani (Kanaani) is considered symbolic and is an ancient term denoting the geographical area of ​​modern Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Syria and adjacent territories.

    Appearance

    If you try to characterize Kanaani in a few words, one involuntarily recalls the words of a well-known and moderately plump man: “Wild, but simathish.” Even in the photo clearly shows a strong set, muscular and wild nature of the animal. Cat breed Kanaani has a fairly large size, with different grace and flexibility.

    According to the WCF standard, the Canaanian cat must comply with the following parameters:

    • Weight An adult cat ranges from 3 to 6.5 kilograms, the stocky males and larger than females.
    • Body - muscular, strong, but visually, lightweight structure.
    • Paws - long, strong. Brushes neat, rounded. The claws are powerful, especially on the hind legs.
    • Tail - long, thin, pointed tip.
    • Head - visually flat, wedge-shaped, neat. The cheekbones are high, the chin is massive, the forehead is slightly convex, the nose is even. The line of transition from the forehead to the nose has no bends or “stops”.
    • Eyes - large, widely spaced, there is a small angle of inclination with respect to the nose. Almond-shaped incision.
    • Ears - large, wide and deep, the tip is pointed. Half of the auricle is covered with even hair.

    Coat color is replete with diversity. The Canaanian cat is a carrier of the wool of the two structures, so the color is divided into primary and secondary. The color of the main coat varies in warm beige, brown or cinnamon. The standard recognized 2 types of pattern - marble and stains that are painted darker, but in the tone of the main coat. The color of the irises of adult cats varies in green and yellow palette and is in harmony with the basic tone of the coat.

    Important! The only color that deprives the breed of animal status - any combination of silver.

    Kanaani belongs to short-haired cats, however, the ticking required for coloring can be seen quite well. The main focus of the expert in assessing the color is on the contrast of the color of the spots and the main coat. Too thick ticking can cause a blur of the picture, this is not a reason for disqualification, however, a disadvantage for tribal work.

    Note! Ticking is understood to mean uneven color of guard hairs.

    Breed history

    The first representative of Kanaani appeared relatively recently. This breed was bred by the Jerusalem sculptor Doris Polachek. She loved animals and kept in her house three representatives of the cat family. The steppe Libyan cat who conquered her with her beauty and zealous character became the fourth pet in her house. Doris was fascinated by the beauty of the wild cat and decided to cross it with one of her pets. The result was not what she expected.

    Kittens inherited a predatory character that defies no education, however, their appearance was simply fascinating. The woman decided to show the offspring to the nursery staff, they were delighted with the Kanaani kittens and gave Doris permission for their further breeding. This variety was named after the place where it originates from - the province of Canaan. The year 2000 brought the FCI a new breed of recognition, and the standard for the appearance of these cats was established.

    In order to preserve the uniqueness of the cats, Kanaani issued an order, which dealt with the prohibition of crossing this breed with others. In 2009, this breed received the approval of the WCF.

    Breed description

    Breed cats Canaan have weight from 3 to 6 kilograms, there were also larger representatives - 8.2 kilograms. Purebred and purebred cats of this breed have the standard criteria of the species, recognized by German felinologists.

    • The head is small, triangular in shape, has a convex frontal bone.
    • The chin is well developed, protrudes slightly in relation to the level of the muzzle, well visible cheekbones.
    • Large, widely spaced ears create a feeling of constant alertness of the animal. On the tips of the ears there is a back surface of the ears decorated with a beautiful ornament.
    • The eyes are large almond-shaped, widely spaced and have a slight slope, the color of the iris is most often green, sometimes yellowish.
    • Animals have a stocky body, developed musculature, but at the same time, they are quite graceful. Their shoulders and pelvis are identical in width and arranged in a single line.
    • The limbs of these cats are long, oval-shaped paws, black pads.
    • The hair of Kanaani is short and tight to the skin. It is rather stiff and dense in texture and has a short undercoat. Decorated with ticking, but to see it is very difficult because of the short length of hairs. Each hair of a cat has a specific color, which gives it a unique beauty.

    The color of Kanaan is very diverse, there are cats from cream to dark brown. Pattern wool, as a rule, marble, or formed by spots of different sizes.

    The main colors of this breed are: chocolate, spotted cinnamon, spotted and marble forces, chocolate and marble cinnamon. Gray cats that fit the description of Canaan are not purebred. The hereditary feature of the coloring are the three rings on the tip of the tail and the black color of the tip itself. Animals have an M-shaped forehead. The nose is brick-colored, has a dark edging, the color of wool.

    These animals love freedom, independence, and they certainly need a personal space. They are not one of those who will follow on their heels, demanding to pay attention to them. This temperament went to Kanaani from their wild ancestors.

    The cat is quite friendly to strangers, but it is better to protect them from communication with children. If the child hurts the pet, the predatory great-grandfather's gene can wake up in it and this will entail irreparable consequences.

    Kanaani is vital for fresh air and movement, so you should get a leash and regularly walk the animal, however, you need to keep in mind that you should not let these cats down from the leash, they love to explore new territories and can get lost in seconds.

    Kittens of breed Kanaani are very expensive. The starting price of the baby is from 90 thousand rubles. Their homeland is Jerusalem and you can buy them at the Jeruschalmi nursery in Jerusalem or in Germany, where they are partially imported. On the territory of Russia to buy this cat is impossible.

    In the litter of the cat Kanaani, as a rule, 3 babies. Since childhood, they have shown a wayward character and are notable for activity. It should be borne in mind that young kittens have weak immunity, so it is recommended not to let them out on the street if they are not vaccinated. It is possible to vaccinate an animal since 2 months. Feed the growing body should be regularly, 3-4 times a day. When buying a kitten from breeders, you should pay special attention to the availability, pedigree, passports of vaccinations and the overall health of the baby, otherwise, there is a risk to acquire an unbreeding animal, which will not be suitable for participation in exhibitions.

    Care and care

    Wool cats breed Kanaani does not require special care, enough to comb the animal once a week and it will look great. During the period of molting once a week will not be enough, therefore, it is best to devote time to the animal's hair every day. Canaani does not like to swim and is very hostile to water, it is recommended not to force the cat to swim in order not to injure his nervous system. Three times a month will be quite enough, as the representatives of the cat family look after their fur coats on their own. If the pet visits the street, then you need to take a bath more often and use insect protection shampoo.

    Keeping up Kanaani’s ears is easy. Auricles need regular cleaning, which is produced with a cotton pad and chopsticks dipped in a special lotion. It is necessary to do this as a minimum. 3 times a month so that the pet looks neat and is healthy and vigorous.

    Power Features

    Kanaani cats are omnivorous, but feeding them off the table is still not recommended. Salty, spicy and fatty foods can cause gastrointestinal upset and serious liver problems. The best option for all cats are high-quality feed from well-known and proven companies, such as Purina, Royal Canin, Eukanuba and Hills. This breed has a predisposition to excess weight, for this reason it is recommended to dose the amount of food and not to give the animal to overeat.

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    Care and maintenance of Canaan

    Care cats canaan pretty simple. They have a very small undercoat, so they practically do not shed. They need a standard set of procedures: brushing once a week, periodically cleaning the ears with a special lotion and washing the eyes.

    The food is quite unpretentious, but to maintain the health of the pet, you do not need to use its "omnivorous." It is not recommended to put in a bowl what is on a depleted table that some hosts do to save. Under strict prohibition are salty and sweet foods, as well as fatty foods. All of this can trigger kidney, liver, or stomach diseases.

    On average, Canaanian cats live to be 15-17 years old.

    It is better to try to provide canaan cat complete and balanced nutrition, which consists of proteins and carbohydrates, vitamins and useful elements that contribute to the growth and development of the animal. You can buy ready-made food, but only Premium products will be beneficial to the body. It is important not to overfeed the cat.

    Canaan breed cats

    This breed is quite “young”, so there is no extensive statistical data on hereditary diseases. Based on the presence of the Bengalis genes, it can be concluded that there is a tendency to develop cardiomyopathy, a dangerous heart disease. Also at risk is the stomach, so it is important to ensure the correct diet for the pet. Do not forget about vaccinations and preventive examinations at the vet.

    Conclusions about the breed

    Canaani cat is a charming pet. Watching his graceful movements and fun games is a pleasure. But potential owners should be prepared for the fact that the animal from time to time can show a sharp temper and an independent character. However, such obstinacy is easily overcome by care and affection.

    It should be noted that the nurseries breeding this breed are mainly located in Israel, the USA and Germany, therefore with its acquisition there may be difficulties.

    Character and education

    Kanaani is a hybrid breed, that is, the heir to the two main gene pools. The nature, adhering to the golden mean, has presented pets with domestic and wild character traits in equal parts. An important feature of the "hidden essence" of the Canaan cat is love of freedom. Порода ярко подтверждает фразу «кошку невозможно заставить». Однако, даже дикие Ливийские прародители отличались покладистостью и способностью идти на «договорные отношения», что также переняла Канаани.

    Pet perfectly tolerates the change of home environment, walks and active entertainment, but very nervous when traveling in transport or moving. A kitten of the Kanaani breed who has got into a new house for a long time remains cautious and distrustful, however, after a period of adaptation it joins the team sharply. Relationships with adults, children and other animals are restrained and equal. The pet will not “pray” to the owner, run around with a “tail” or go crazy alone, however, with honor it will protect the house from rodents or take care of the safety of the “human cub”.

    Building relationships of trust is a long and painstaking process. Kanaani love attention, gladly purr in response to the owner, are included in the game, join everyday affairs, but only if the cat is “in the mood”. At first, you need to carefully observe the pet and leave it alone, if the little shaggy head "was visited by vague thoughts."

    Canaan cat does not tolerate aggression and familiarity. No matter who offended the pet, revenge will follow at the first opportunity. Pets are strictly forbidden to physically punish, fraught with behavioral abnormalities. The self-sufficiency of pets makes them invulnerable before the master's offensive or offensive behavior. In order to adjust the behavior using voice intonation. Before acquiring a kitten, it is sensible to assess your strength and experience; the Canaanian cat “is not in the teeth” for everyone.

    Maintenance and care

    About pleasant - Kanaani require almost no care. Natural selection taught the cat the laws of survival. A clean “fur coat” with no foreign smell, smoothly lying hairs, which create camouflage coloring, moderate nutrition, allowing to preserve mobility and vigor - these are laws of nature, the violation of which is fraught with death.

    Note! Food Kanaani - it is completely your choice, cats are picky about the type of food and literally omnivorous. The main thing - the balance of the diet.

    Hair care is reduced to “ritual” combing of a fur coat with a massage glove. Do not stick to the cat with combing, if it is totally against or change the glove, it is possible that there is a foreign smell on the wool, which the pet has to “wash”. Eyes and ears care is reduced to a minimum, just inspect the animal so as not to miss the appearance of parasites or symptoms of infection.

    Claws and teeth, this is probably the only "aspect" that requires the attention of the owner. The animal needs solid food for natural teeth cleaning, if the pet receives only soft food, do not forget about the hygienic sticks. Stitching fast-growing claws is an important point. Too long claws bend to the paw pads and cause pain. It is recommended to be trained to claw at a young age, since the manual cutting of claws is unlikely to appeal to a pet.

    Important! Canaan cat is prone to escapes! Even walking under supervision is unsafe, only a leash!

    Kanaani are cats with “heroic” health. However, a strong body and the absence of genetic defects do not implore the importance of vaccination, prophylactic treatment against parasites and helminths, regular oral examinations and visits to the veterinarian.

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