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Perro de Presa Canario
Perro de Presa Canario

Country of Origin: Canary Islands, Spai

Group: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs

Section: Molossoid breeds

Original Function: guardian, cattle herding, exterminating wild or stray dogs, dog fighting

Todays Function: guardian, companion

Dimension Male: 55-65 cm

Dimension Female: 55-65 cm

Weight Male: 36-59 kg

Weight Female: 36-59 kg

Litter Size: 7-9 puppies

Life span: 10-14 years

Other Names: Canary Dog, Dogo Canario, Presa, Presa Canario, Ca

Colors: Colors can vary from brindles to fawn, with black and/or white markings. they often have a dark mask

Living: They can be used in the urban household or as a helpful farmhand. they enjoy the outdoors, so a rura

Recognized: APRI, UKC, FSS, provisionally accepted by the FCI under the name "Dogo Canario"


The Presa Canario has a powerful, square head that is nearly as wide as it is long. The muzzle is broad. The chest is deep and broad. The rump is slightly raised. This breed has thick skin, dense bones and powerful muscles and a massive head with a large jaw. The ears are usually cropped. Colors include fawn and various brindles, white markings are sometimes seen.


Calm, attentive and gentle around child. Perro de Perro de Presa Canarios are confident, unafraid and even-keeled. They make great watchdogs and guard dogs, defending what is theirs to the death. They are quiet and rather subdued at home, and devoted to family. They can be difficult to train, as they can be stubborn and dominant. They certainly like to domineer over other dogs, and will not tolerate them unless they are submissive. The Perro de Presa Canario needs proper training and socialization at a young age.


This breed needs to be taken on a daily, long walk. Do not allow this dog to walk out in front of the handler while out on a walk. Pack leader goes first and the Presa must understand that all humans are above him in the pecking order. The Presa will thrive if given a job to do.


The short, rough coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush and wipe over with a piece of toweling or chamois for a gleaming finish. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.


Major concerns: CHD

Minor concerns: elbow dysplasia, entropion, epilepsy, demodectic mange, hypothyroidism, OCD, luxating patellas and wobbler syndrome

Occasionally seen: none

Suggested tests: hip, elbow, cardiac, blood, (eye)