Perro De Presa Canario

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83-110 lbs
Canary Islands
Canary Mastiff, Dogo Canario, Presa Canario, Canary Dog, Presa

The Perro De Presa Canario is an impressive looking dog with a bad rap. Over the years, he has been used as a large game hunter and in dog fighting rings around the world. This is definitely not the right choice of canine companion for the first time dog owner or families with small children. Without proper training, the Perro De Presa Canario can become overly aggressive. There have been reports of the Perro De Presa Canario fatally mauling adults and children; therefore, owning one comes with a lot of responsibility. With proper socialization, training and handling he can be a loving companion. He can never be given the leadership role in the family. 

Guardian Dog
Date of Origin
15th Century
Bardino Majero, English Mastiff

Perro De Presa Canario Health

Average Size
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 110-130 lbs
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 83-110 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Panosteitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat
  • Hypothyroidism
  • ACL Tears
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • CERF
  • Skeletal
  • Skin Scraping
  • OFA on hips and elbows
  • Complete Physical Examination

Perro De Presa Canario Breed History

Researchers believe that the Perro De Presa Canario’s ancestry dates back to the 15th or 16th century. He is thought to have descended from mastiff-type dogs that were brought to the Canary Islands by the Spanish conquistadores. He was used as a livestock guardian dog and to guard the farm from predators. Included in his ancestry are the Iberian Presa and the Alanos. The Iberian Presa is a mastiff-type dog that is extremely rare whereas the Alanos is a type of bulldog that is believed to be now extinct. The Bardino Majorero, a sheepdog, is thought to also be a part of the Perro De Presa Canario’s ancestry. Once the Perro De Presa Canario was discovered, he was exported to various countries and became a popular dog for dog fighting rings. Dog fighting was outlawed in the 1940s, but it still continues illegally today and the Perro De Presa Canario is still used extensively in these rings. The Perro De Presa Canario breed club was formed in the Canary Islands in 1982. In the 1970s, breeders in the United States began breeding the Perro De Presa Canario and worked to develop a dog that was strong, courageous, confident and territorial. These dogs became the foundation for almost all the Perro De Presa Canarios found within the United States. In 1996, the American Kennel Club began accepting him as a part of their Foundation Stock Service. The United Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 2003. Because there are still too few Perro De Presa Canarios being registered within the United States, he remains not able to be officially registered with the AKC expect through their Foundation Stock Service.

Perro De Presa Canario Breed Appearance

The Perro De Presa Canario is a well-muscled, powerful large sized dog. He gives the appearance of intimidation. His nose is black as are his eye rims and lips. He has oval shaped eyes that are medium to large in size and are not sunken or protruding. His eyes are dark to medium brown but should never be light colored. His skin is thick and loose fitting around his neck. When he is alert and at attention, symmetrical wrinkles will form on his head, giving him a serious and intimidating look. The Perro De Presa Canario has a short coat that is coarse to the touch and flat against the body. He does not have an undercoat. The hair can be thicker on the back of his neck and thighs. You will see the Perro De Presa Canario in several different colors including black, brindle, fawn, red brindle, red fawn and silver fawn. He always has a black mask that does not go above his eyes.

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Perro De Presa Canario Breed Maintenance

Even though the Perro De Presa Canario has no undercoat, he is not hypoallergenic. He does shed year round but his coat is easy to maintain with weekly grooming. Use a slicker brush or a natural bristle brush to remove any dead hair and keep his skin healthy. He does shed seasonally, so during this time he will need to be brushed daily to keep hair from gathering in the house. Usually he will not need a bath, unless he has gotten into something dirty. Bathe him using a mild shampoo, a harsher shampoo can cause his skin to dry out and irritation to occur. The Perro De Presa Canario does not drool heavily; however, he will drool after eating and drinking. It is a good idea to keep a drool cloth handy for after he eats or drinks. Perro De Presa Canarios can have teeth and gum problems if dental routine is not established. Be sure to set a grooming routine at an early age so he is accepting of being handled and having his nails clipped and teeth brushed. 

Brushes for Perro De Presa Canario
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Perro De Presa Canario Temperament

The Perro De Presa Canario is a strong-willed dog and does require a strong leader to ensure he is a well-adjusted companion. Socialization should begin at an early age and games that challenge your authority, such as tug-of-war, should never be played. First time dog owners should not consider a Perro De Presa Canario, he is too much dog for an inexperienced owner. He also is not ideal for families with small children or small pets. Because of his strong-willed nature, his training will continue throughout his lifetime. Never allow him to be in a leadership position; he can become aggressive and uncontrollable. Be sure to keep him secured in a strong fence and never leave him unattended for long periods of time. That being said, with the right owner, the Perro De Presa Canario is a wonderful companion. He enjoys being with his owner, relaxing while watching television. He does require daily exercise to keep him fit. Plan on spending at least an hour a day playing games or going for walks. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Perro De Presa Canario Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Perro De Presa Canario Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 50 lbs
12 Months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 87 lbs
Height: 21 inches Weight: 81 lbs
18 Months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 120 lbs
Height: 23 inches Weight: 96 lbs

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