Presa Canario Dog Breed, Dogo Canario

Dogo Canario, Presa Canario
Presa Canario (Dogo Canario)
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The Perro de Presa Canario, also known 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 mastiff type of dogs and other guard dogs brought from Spain. The crossing resulted in 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. 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 and intimidating guard dog. Gentle and affectionate with his owner, the Presa Canario is very suspicious with strangers and can be very aggressive towards other dogs. This breed is not suited for inexperienced dog owners. 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.

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Other Names: FCI official name: Dogo Canario; Spanish names for brindle variety: Perro Basto, Perro Verdino; Canarian Presa.

Country of Origin: Spain

Utilization: Guardian and cattle dog

Registration FCI Classification: Group 2 - Mastiff type; AKC Classification: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Medium (22-26 inches at shoulders)

Colors: 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: 7

Life Span: 10-12 years

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

Shedding: Little

Personality: The Presa Canario is 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 needs a lot of exercise 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: hip dysplasia (joint problem), demodicosis, entropion.

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