Sibercaan

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35-50 lbs
19-23"
Unknown
Siberian Husky
Canaan Dog

The Sibercaan is a designer dog, although opinions differ on which breeds should contribute to this hybrid. While all of the breed registries agree that the Canaan dog, a dog domesticated as early as 2200 to 2000 BC, but returned to the Negev Desert approximately 2000 years ago when the Romans displaced the Israelites in the area, there is a difference of opinion in regards to the second breed. While the American Canine Hybrid Club and the International Designer Canine Registry list the Siberian Husky to be the second parent breed, the Designer Breed Registry lists the second breed as the Native American Indian Dog. This is a highly intelligent and active breed that with the proper techniques are extremely trainable, but with harsh or overly repetitive training can become willful and manipulative. This hybrid is typically a loyal and devoted watchdog that gets along well with family members of all ages but may be suspicious of strangers. The Sibercaan dog does not appreciate confinement and requires a great deal of daily exercise and attention, making it an unsuitable choice for small living spaces.

Purpose
Companion Animal, Guard Dog, Tracking Dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Canaan dog and Siberian Husky or Canaan Dog and Native American Indian Dog

Sibercaan Health

Average Size
Male Sibercaan size stats
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 45-60 lbs
Female Sibercaan size stats
Height: 19-23 inches Weight: 35-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Pannus
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Follicular Dysplasia
  • Hemophilia
  • Lupus Erythematosus
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Degenerative Myopathy (DM)
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Eye Examinations
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)

Sibercaan Breed History

The Sibercaan is not a purebred dog but a type of intentional cross between two other breeds known as a designer dog. The American Canine Hybrid Club and the International Designer Canine registry list this dog as a mix between the Canaan dog and the Siberian Husky, two ancient Spitz-type breeds. The Canaan dog is a rare and unusual breed of dog that was first domesticated thousands of years ago. The Canaan breed is the National Breed of Israel and these dogs were known to perform guarding and herding duties for the Israelites and the nomadic Bedouins as far back as 2200 to 2000 BC. There are hieroglyphics, skeletal remains, and carvings dating back to these times that all closely resemble this breed that show its close relationship to the people living in the area. Then, the Romans conquered the area and scattered the Israelites. Many of the dogs remained behind, escaping into the Negev Desert where, except for a very few who continued to be employed by the nomadic Bedouins, they lived, and some still live, as wild or feral, semi-wild dogs. In the early 1930’s Professor Rudolphina Menzel, seeking a military dog that could handle the desert conditions of the area, captured some of the wild and semi-wild Canaan dogs that lived near the outskirts of the settlement. When she found them to be highly trainable, she began a successful breeding program, producing an extremely long-lived, healthy, and capable breed of dogs that were employed extensively by the military throughout World War II, and are still relied on by the Israeli Defense Forces today. Siberian Huskies first really caught the public eye in the early 1900s. During this time they were frequently used as sled dogs and several dogs of this breed were instrumental in the well-documented serum run in 1925; a gruelling race against a diphtheria epidemic that took twenty sled drivers and over a hundred dogs through 658 miles of wilderness in unbearable conditions and likely saved around 10,000 people.  Like the Canaan dog, however, Siberian Huskies dogs were domesticated and developed thousands of years ago, living closely with the Chuchki people in the cold northern reaches of Russia, helping with the hunt, guarding the tribe’s property, and pulling sleds of supplies. It is important to note that the Designer Breed registry lists the Sibercaan as a mix between the Canaan dog and the Native American Indian Dog, a breed recognized only by the Native American Indian Dog Registry and the National Kennel Club, which registers more types of rare dog breeds than the American Kennel Club, and is said to be a descendant of the dogs that accompanied Native Americans, although that status is somewhat controversial. This means that, while the majority of Sibercaans are likely to be the Canaan and Siberian Husky mix, there are those that will be mixed with Native American Indian Dogs instead, and you should be aware that this is likely to have a slight effect on the canine’s appearance and temperament, although the Native American Indian Dog does have many traits in common with both the Siberian Husky and the Canaan dog.  

Sibercaan Breed Appearance

The Sibercaan is a medium-sized working dog that is generally square in shape, although some may be a little longer than they are tall. They have a balanced head that is somewhat flat and broad between the ears and they generally inherit the almond-shaped eyes that are characteristic of all three breeds, although their eyes can come in any color including browns that range from nearly black to amber, hazel eyes, blue eyes, and even particolor eyes, depending on their overall ancestral makeup. Their muzzles are medium in length and somewhat pointed, their small to medium-sized triangular ears stand erect near the top of their skull, and they have the thick, dense fur that is common to nearly all Spitz-type breeds. While the coat of the Canaan dog is relatively short, the coat of the Siberian Husky is a bit longer, so the coat of the Sibercaan can range from short to medium in length and they can sport solid-colored fur or coats that are mostly white with markings similar to markings of the Siberian Husky or large patches of color as is sometimes seen with the Canaan dog. Dogs that are mixed with Native American Indian Dog instead of Siberian Husky may sometimes have longer fur and may add the possibility of a mottled, tortoiseshell colored coat, as well as the occasional possibility of being considerably larger than the usual Sibercaan. 

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Sibercaan eyes
Blue
hazel Sibercaan eyes
Hazel
brown Sibercaan eyes
Brown
amber Sibercaan eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Sibercaan nose
Black
brown Sibercaan nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Sibercaan coat
Fawn
red Sibercaan coat
Red
gray Sibercaan coat
Gray
black Sibercaan coat
Black
white Sibercaan coat
White
sable Sibercaan coat
Sable
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Sibercaan straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Sibercaan Breed Maintenance

Grooming requirements for this dog will typically require a moderate amount of work, although longer coats will need more time and effort than shorter ones. Bathing is only required a time or two during the year, but it is particularly important to ensure that the undercoat is fully dried with these dogs as lingering moisture can cause mold and mildew to form near the skin. Both the Canaan dog and the Native American Indian Dog shed lightly throughout most of the year, only requiring brushing two or three times a week to prevent tangles and mats from forming and to properly distribute the dog’s natural body oils, though they tend to have heavier shedding periods in both the spring and fall months that require daily brushing. The Siberian Husky, on the other hand, sheds heavily throughout the year and requires daily brushing year-round to control their constantly shedding hair. 

Brushes for Sibercaan
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Sibercaan requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Sibercaan Temperament

This is an active and intelligent hybrid that is likely to inherit an extremely high activity level from either the Siberian Husky or Native American Indian Dog and an extremely alert and trainable nature from the Canaan, although consistency and gentle reinforcement are required as heavy-handedness can lead to a stubborn and willful response, and repetitive methods will result in a bored dog who may decide to try and train you instead. While interactions between children and dogs should always be closely supervised, all three possible parent breeds tend to be very loyal to their families and are quite good with older children and fairly tolerant with younger children as well. They should not be left alone for long at all as these sociable dogs will quickly succumb to separation anxiety or depression and can become obsessively vocal or destructive. While the Siberian Husky and the Native American Indian Dog are also fairly friendly with strangers, other dogs, and even other animals, the addition of the Canaan breed increases prey drive and aggression towards other dogs and can increase suspicious behaviors towards strangers as well. These dogs are completely unsuited to apartment living due to their high energy, vocal natures, and their aversion to being confined, and they are more likely than other dogs to resist crate training. 

Sibercaan Activity Requirements

This is an extremely athletic and active canine that requires a great deal of exercise to remain in top condition. At least an hour to an hour and a half of vigorous activity is required each day to keep this dog stable and healthy, although most would enjoy even more exercise than that. The Sibercaan is also an extremely intelligent crossbreed, and combining mental exercise with physical activity is highly recommended. Activities for the Sibercaan that can combine mental and physical activity can include agility training, advanced obedience, dog sledding, tracking exercises and occasionally even herding activities, although these dogs do not often enjoy water sports.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Sibercaan Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Sibercaan Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Sibercaan size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Sibercaan size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 30 lbs
12 Months
Male Sibercaan size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Sibercaan size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 37 lbs
18 Months
Male Sibercaan size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Female Sibercaan size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 42 lbs

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