Spring is here and Puppies are Planned

Plans in progress for two litters — Hiram to Clover and Harvey to Rosie.  Several of the potential puppies are already spoken for.  If you are interested in being on the wait list for either of these litters, please read the acquiring a puppy page and fill out the application. 



Hiram Architect to the King  

CHIC #111583 





CH Relic’s Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong 

CHIC #111801








CH Hatikva Harvest Rain at Relic

CHIC #110606



Relic Rose  CHIC #85653

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Breeding update

I have had a massive number of puppy inquiries lately, most likely because there aren’t any current litters.

I am aware of two litters bred and another planned.  If you wish, check with me in mid October and if the mom’s pregnancies are confirmed, and if the breeders do not have placements for all pups already  – I will be happy to put people in touch.

My next planned litter will be Riley x Poppy in very early 2015.  If all goes well, I hope to have puppies in February or March.  If you would like to be seriously considered for a puppy, please read my placement information and fill out the application.

I am always happy to help introduce people to the breed, try to find Canaan’s which might live closer for you to meet, and to invite people to meet my dogs either at shows, events or at my home, even if I do not currently have puppies looking for homes.

But since everyone loves a puppy picture – here’s one from the last litter now 7 months old and called L-R — Rocket, Ian, Bodhi and Korra.

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Rosie is on the road again!

Rosie left the Relic Pack on Saturday October 12th for a rather long journey back to her other mother Annette.  It was a beautiful day for a drive from CT to NJ to deliver Rosie to professional handler Kitty Burke  who will be heading south the CDCA National Specialty in Atlanta GA this week.  Kitty will deliver Rose to Annette, who will return home to Raleigh NC with Rosie after the specialty is over.  We are hoping this early delivery will give Rose and her intended Noah some quality time to get to know each other before an expected December breeding date.

While at the shows I met up with a group of folks interested in meeting more Canaan Dogs.  Rose had already been handed off, but her mother Camber and half brother Excalibur did a fine job at providing their own personal Meet the Breeds.  I enjoyed the lively dog discussion, which veered into many areas of the dog world.

We all had a very special treat on the way home, stopping at Axle’s home for a visit.  Axle is one lucky puppy!  Well, he is about to have his 3rd birthday, but until the next litter comes along….his litter remains “the puppies”.   Axle’s beautifully fenced in yard is enormous!  I hope to have some pics soon to share.  Axle, Camber and Calibur raced and played till they dropped!  I received wonderfully sloppy nose kisses from Axle’s two legged brother Logan who had a ball dumping the dogs water bowl all over himself not once, but twice!  And in beautiful Canaan dog fashion, the matriarch Camber, who loves children, took it upon herself to protect little Logan from all, included his beloved Axle.   What a beautiful fall afternoon spent with Scott and Joanne.  Thanks!



After receiving several puppy inquiries I realize the page needs an update: 

Current breeding plans are for Miss Rosie (CHIC #85623) to have another date, another try with her ultimate intended Naturally Noah at Eastland (CHIC #82566).  The plan is for Rose to leave in the fall for an extended visit and some long term romance with Noah before hopeful breedings in December with hopes for puppies sometime in February of 2014.


Additional girls are on deck for a back up plan, since so far Rose has not been on the let’s be a mother page!  I have two girls of my own I am searching for just the right stud for, and am also looking at a leasing a girl.  A puppy from this litter may add a little diversity for future breeding plans.


Anyone interested in being on the wait list is encouraged to fill out the puppy application and return it to me.  I am always happy to talk to people and help them discover whether the breed is right for them.  Families within range are welcomed to meet the pack here at Relic.   I gladly refer people to any other CDCA breeders with litters that I am aware of.


Rosie on the Road

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The romance wasn’t there!  While Rosie and Noah made friends and had fun, they didin’t feel the love enough to make puppies  🙁

I am saddened at this update, and will add my personal belief on breeding:   One of the reasons I like the Canaan breed so much is that it is a natural breed.  Dogs should be able to reproduce without our interference.  When we mess with nature, and “help them out” all we do is create successive generations that need more and more help.  It is, in IMHO, a slippery slope to dogs who eventually are unable to reproduce on their own.  Yes I know this is a jump, but this is something I never want to see in our breed.

I should add, for future use, the only time I do see a need for AI would be with a foreign stud and then, only with a girl who has already proven she can breed and whelp naturally first.

Noah’s owner Annette and I are on the same page and agreed to not do anything artificial, but have decided to try again next time Rosie comes in season.   I expect this to be around Christmas time.

I have had other girls who, like Rosie, did not want to produce puppies till they were a bit older.   Knowing this was a distinct possibility, a back up plan was put into place and a repeat breeding of the Rickey x Camber litter which produced Miss Rosie has been achieved.  If successful, litter is expected in early August.  Serious inquiries only please via the puppy application.

Miss Rosie (right photo) is off having an adventure.  She is in Raleigh, NC with Annette Israel at Eastland Canaans to be bred to “Noah” (left photo) who is a very sweet Southern gentleman.  Fingers crossed!!  Annette and I have been hoping for this to come together for quite some time now.