The Ganaraskan breed originated in Canada in the late 1970s and is considered a small terrier breed. Originally bred for use as therapy dogs, their popularity as a family breed has increased over time. The breed is a cross between the Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Bichon Frises and English Cocker Spaniel.
As of 2015, the Ganaraskan remains unrecognized as an official breed by major kennel clubs. However, the Canadian Ganaraskan Breeders Association maintains records of Ganaraskans considered purebred. The Ganaraskan gets its name from the Ganaraska River in Ontario where the breed originated, and common nicknames include "Ganny" and "Ganaraskan Terrier."
The breed tends to have a life span of 11 to 15 years. The dogs typically weigh between 15 and 25 pounds, with males measuring 13 to 20 inches in length and females measuring 14 to 16 inches in length. Four to five puppies are born in a typical Ganaraskan litter. The breed thrives in colder climates and has medium-length, hypoallergenic hair that appears wavy with colors including apricot, white, black, brown, and black and tan. A Ganaraskan's face looks similar to a Miniature Schnauzer's, with a short muzzle, black nose, moustache, eyebrows and beard. They have long bodies that resemble the body shape of an English Cocker Spaniel.