Main characteristics:

  • Name synonyms: Kanaani
  • Country of origin: Israel
  • The breed is obtained by crossing: common domestic shorthair x wild Libyan cat
  • native breed: No
  • What felinological organization is recognized?: FIFe, WCF
  • Year of origin of the breed: year 2000
  • Lifespan: 13-15 years old
  • General form: has a thin, flexible, muscular, strong body and a pointed muzzle
  • The size: average
  • Weight, kg: 3-5

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Kanaani (Kanaani, Kanaani) is a Middle Eastern cat breed bred in Israel. It is considered experimental, largely retaining the features of its wild counterparts. These beautiful graceful cats are distinguished by their unusual appearance, devotion to their owners, but they have a wayward character.

Origin story

The Kanaani breed was bred in 2000 by non-professional breeder Doris Polachek. When crossing it, sires from a wild Libyan cat and an ordinary domestic shorthair were used. Today the breed is recognized by WCF, FIFe.


Canaani live for about 13-15 years, record-breaking cats – up to 20. This breed is characterized by the formation of a flexible, muscular body with a highly developed muscular corset. Cats are graceful, with long paws, very beautiful, look very harmonious. They are strong, flexible, spectacular, similar to wild desert animals.

Character and behavior

Kanaani are excellent hunters, they retain their natural qualities even with completely home content. This cat breed is known for its playfulness and high level of physical activity. Animals are very mobile, do not sit in one place, love toys and climbing equipment. Kanaani are affectionate and friendly cats, well related to all family members.

Advantages and disadvantages

An exotic cat that has recently appeared in Russia is attracting attention. Kanaani has many advantages:

  • attractive appearance;

  • friendliness;

  • sociability;

  • developed intellect;

  • attachment to owners.

The breed also has disadvantages. These smart animals are wayward, they can show rancor. It is difficult to endure prolonged loneliness or a sudden change of scenery.

Maintenance and care

Kanaani is a breed that does not require complex care. It is necessary to comb out her short hair only during the molting period. This cat can be chosen for families with children, kept in an apartment. To protect furniture and furnishings, it is recommended to purchase a scratching post of a sufficiently large size.

Kanaani get along well with dogs. So that the pet does not get bored, he should pick up a pair for games. With free range, cats entertain themselves without the participation of the owners.

Hygienic pet care is limited to periodic cutting of claws and removal of contaminants in the corners of the eyes. The ears also need to be cleaned.

Nutrition Features

It is necessary to solve the issue of nutrition for representatives of this breed in a complex way. Food from the table of the owners and other indulgences in the diet are categorically not suitable for them. Animals are descended from wild cats, so they need a diet with a predominance of meat and fiber.

At home, the easiest way is to provide them with proper nutrition according to the recommendations of a veterinarian. Ready-made feeds of a class not lower than superpremium are suitable. Animals are also provided with clean drinking water.

Health and disease

Representatives of this breed practically do not suffer from diseases. But if they don’t eat properly, they get indigestion. And also animals require observation by a cardiologist. From their immediate ancestors, they inherited a tendency to heart disease.

Interesting Facts

One of the rare Middle Eastern breeds – Kanaani, little known to a wide range of cat lovers. Interesting facts about her will allow you to get to know these amazing animals better.

  1. Kanaani is a small copy of a wild Libyan cat. They prefer to be active at night and sleep during the day.

  2. These animals rarely demonstrate their independent nature to their beloved owners. Their devotion is often compared to dogs.

  3. Representatives of this breed love running water. It is better for them to buy drinking fountains.

  4. Toilet training can be difficult. It is important to start it as early as possible.

  5. Representatives of this breed, it is desirable to walk daily. If it is impossible to provide free access to the street, use a harness.

These spectacular bouncy cats are the choice of owners who are ready for pets to be active. Small-sized housing is not suitable for this breed. But in a spacious house, the animal will feel at ease.