Presa Canario Information

14 Interesting facts about Perro de Presa Canario

Commonly known as the Perro de Presa Canario, the Presa Canario breed’s ancestry includes some input from the Bardio Majero (now extinct) as well as some from the English mastiff. Developed in the Canary Islands, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, this breed of dog is extremely huge and if you look at face-to-face you’ll probably be stunned by their massiveness and fierce looks. Here are a few interesting facts about this breed which will definitely leave you awestruck.

  1. The Presa Canario breed is a Molosser type dog which was originally developed for working with livestock.
  2. This breed originally comes from the Canary Islands while their origin goes all the way back to the Roman Empire times. The Presa Canario breed was developed in between 43 and 89 AD. In the initial years, this breed was seen fighting along with the Romans during the Roman Conquest of Britain.
  3. The name, “Perro de Presa Canario” comes from the Spanish language, meaning “Canarian catch dog”. The title itself means that this dog was kept in the previous times to be bred and trained to catch bigger animals such as wild boar, as well as to protect the livestock from outsiders.
  4. These dogs are specifically developed from mastiff and bulldog type breeds, particularly bred for their strong muscular build.
  5. They have a very dominant and willful nature but can turn out to become calm and obedient if properly trained.
  6. This breed of dogs is headstrong and powerful so they require proper and consistent training.
  7. The Perro de Presa Canario have a strong and muscular build, with a height that ranges between 21 to 29 inches and weighs between 80 and 150 pounds.
  8. These dogs have a long life of about 12 years on average with relatively fewer genetic issues (some might develop hip dysplasia and epilepsy).
  9. Even though they have a harsh coat but they don’t require excessive bathing or care and remain totally perfect with the occasional clipping and care.
  10. Physically, this breed looks very muscular; has thick skin, dense bones, and a massive head with a large jaw.
  11. These dogs are considered to be very aggressive in nature and get out of control if the owner isn’t knowledgeable and experienced one.
  12. No matter how aggressive people say these dogs are, the people who’ve kept them have often commented on how this breed is very protective of its property and families, always keeping a watchful eye on any threat coming in their family’s way.
  13.  The Presa Canario breed is known to be bold and fearless in nature, for this very reason they’re often kept for protecting livestock, security work and personal protection, in all parts of the world.
  14. This breed is banned from ownership in Australia and New Zealand, largely because the administration of these countries believe them to be aggressive as well as have the audacity to inflict serious wounds on someone if attacked.

5 Comments on 14 Interesting facts about Perro de Presa Canario

  • Lee says:
    October 25, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    One of the best dogs i have ever owned. Great around the kids. They are extremely tolerant to little toddlers too. Never a worry around other family pets as well.


  • Philla Lazel says:
    July 3, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    These guys are amazing! I have been following your instagram and facebook profile for over a year now and love the information on Presa Canario puppies you guys publish. Thank you so much for being a fantastic and in my opinion, the best perro de presa canario breeder in the united states!


  • Brian says:
    July 31, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    My Presa is my best friend, and most loyal protector. He’s always ever vigilant with keeping my acreage safe from wolves & Bears. He’s never far when my family is out. For that he will always have my love & a big plot on my bed.


  • Lori says:
    November 23, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    My Presa was awesome. Fearsome to look at but gentle with children and very much my protector. As a single woman I took my dog with on backcountry hiking trips and always felt safe. She was loyal and gentle unless you gave her reason to be protective, then she was quite intimidating. Great guard dog and loyal companion.


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