Perro de Presa Canario

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    The Perro de Presa Canario, also known as Dogo Canario, Canary Islands Mastiff, Canary Dog, and Presa Canario, originated on the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the Canary Archipelago. It was developed by crossing the mastiff type of dogs and other guard dogs brought from Spain. The crossing resulted in a medium-size dog with tremendous temperament, fierce loyalty, and intense alertness. These dogs were used to guard and drive cattle, hunt big game and stray and wild dogs.


    Gentle and affectionate with his owner, the Presa Canario is very suspicious of strangers and can be very aggressive towards other dogs. This breed is not suited for inexperienced dog owners.


    The Perro de Presa Canario (or Presa Canario) is a powerfully built dog. Its massive head and intense gaze, combined with profound bark, gives an impression of an intimidating guard dog. It has a thick and elastic skin which is loose in and around the neck. When alert, it forms several symmetrical wrinkles in the middle furrow between the front sinuses like axis in the head. Its height at the withers can reach 26 inches, and male dogs can weigh up to 110 pounds.

    At A Glance

    Other Names:

    • FCI official name: Dogo Canario
    • Spanish names for brindle variety: Perro Basto, Perro Verdino
    • Canarian Presa

    Country of Origin:



    Guardian and cattle dog


    • FCI Classification: Group 2 – Mastiff type
    • AKC Classification: Foundation Stock Service


    Medium (22 – 26 inches at shoulders)


    Brindle and fawn colors which may vary from dark tones to the light gray or blond. Mask is always black. Markings can appear on the chest, at the base of the neck or throat, on front and rear toes.

    Litter Size:


    Life Span:

    10 – 12 years

    Grooming Requirements:

    Its short, rustic, very flat coat needs only weekly brushing.




    The Presa Canario is a calm, always alert, balanced and self-confident dog. He is gentle and affectionate with his family and becomes very attached to his owner. Very aloof and suspicious with strangers.

    Social skills:

    Early socialization is required.

    Suitability for Children:

    The Presa Canario is not recommended for families with small children.

    Exercise Needs:

    The breed need lots of exercises and does best in the country.

    Train Ability:

    Requires firm but patient handling.

    Health & Behavioral Issues:

    The Presa Canario is a relatively healthy breed. Most common health disorder:

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