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Presa Canario ( Canaria ) Dog Breed Profile

Presa Canario
Perro de Presa Canario dogs stem from crosses between the native Presa de la Tierra dogs and the Bulldogs and Mastiffs brought to the Canary
Islands by British settlers.

Other Names:
Canary dog, Dogo Canario, Presa

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Origin: Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Breed Purpose: Contrary to popular belief, this dog was not bred for fighting but to be an all-purpose working farm dog.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Working

Height: Dog, 60cm – 64cm. Bitch, 55cm – 60cm

Weight: Dog, up to 50kg. Bitch, up to 40kg

Lifespan: 9-11 years

Exercise Needs: The Perro de Presa Canario is a true working dog and as such needs plenty of hard physical exercise.

Feeding Needs: The Presa de Canario thrives on a natural, home prepared diet, eating large amounts every day. Plenty of meat will keep this dog heavy set and healthy, just the way they should be.

Common Ailments: Generally a healthy breed with no known anomalies. The only common ailment is Hip Dysplasia and this can be avoided by only choosing puppies from breeders whose stock has been hip-tested.

Physical Description: The Perro de Presa Canario is an agile and powerful-looking dog with a cube shaped head that is nearly as wide as it is long. The powerful muzzle is broad and the face is always covered by a black mask that reaches to just under the eyes. The muscular body is stocky with a deep, wide chest. The tail is thick at the base and tapers to a point. It is carried sabre-like when in motion. The short coat is basically two colours, Fawn and Brindle. The fawns can be brown, red, silver and the Brindles can be red, brown or fawn. Heavily brindled dogs are called black brindles or reverse brindles while the lighter brindles with minimal striping are called tiger brindles. The overall appearance of this dog displays its strength and courage as well as confidence.

Presa Canario K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

Like many of the so-called 'dangerous' breeds this is a dog that can fight but it is NOT a 'fighting dog'!

The Presa makes an exceptional companion for the RIGHT owner. They are obedient, loyal and will protect their owner with their life just like many other protective breeds.

They thrive on being at the heart of their human family and will bond strongly with their owner. They are however a dominant breed and need an experienced owner that can be assertive by setting firm limitations and sticking to them.

They can live peacefully with other animals if introduced correctly and brought up together. The key factors of owning a Perro de Presa Canaria lies in early training and socialisation.

With their family they are gentle and affectionate but can be, as the Spanish say, “desconfiado” which translates to, distrustful or suspicious of strangers.
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