Presa Canario: The Ultimate Balanced Guardian Family Dog

The Presa Canario, also known as the Canary Mastiff or Perro de Presa Canario, is a Molosser type dog originally developed for working with livestock. They are very powerful dogs native to the Canary Islands. They are known to be very affection and possess loyal characteristics.

Body: Bred for their muscular ability and strength, yet with very affectionate personality, Presa Canario is the ultimate dog for families who are up for the challenge, and want to reap the rewards, should have. Although these dogs may look very intimidating, they can be obedient and calm, especially when they have proper training to do so. They are very loyal to their trainer and owner, making them a great companion and home protector. They are also known to be excellent companions and good watchdogs.

Why Presa Canario is The Ideal Family Dog?

Are you thinking of having a Presa Canario at home, but quite reluctant to have such a massive dog around your house? Well, if you aren’t sure, here are some reasons why these dogs are the ultimate guardian dog every family should have.

They are Loving Dogs you can Enjoy to be Around with. Presa Canarios may be very impressive, intimidating and imposing to look at, but they are actually known to be well-behaved, calm and placid dog breeds that thrive in a good home environment. They love to be included in things that go aro nd them.

Their Suspicious Character Makes them a Perfect Guardian Dog for the Family. Presa Canarios are very distrustful and suspicious of strangers, but they normally accept strangers once the owner accepts them. They are very alert and always ready to defend you or your property when necessary. While it is generally a quiet dog breed, it has an intimidating bark. If you think of owning a Presa Canario as your guardian dog, it is best to understand the canines’ alpha nature.

Their Appearance will Deter any Intruder. If you are searching for a perfect dog that is ready to defend your home, you should never hesitate to have a Presa Canario. They make an outstanding guard dog with an appearance that can deter any intruder. Also, they have a unique ability to confront anyone who intrudes in your property. With their strength and impressive body built, they can drive any uninvited guest away. Cropping their ears is also a standard, and will make it obvious that this is not a “freak of a dog”, but a purposeful guardian of the property and family.

They Do Not Drool. Despite their massive mouth and jaws, a true Perro de Presa Canario will not slobber or drool throughout the house. This does not include if they are panting or chewing on things like rawhide snacks, but as a general note, they will not leave your floors a mess, making them fantastic to have in your house.

Now, if you have decided to have a Presa Canario at home, obedient training and early socialization are important. These dogs are very competitive, and do well in obedience,  iron dogs, dock diving, agility, conformation and some other working trials. You can also raise them along other dogs, cats, livestock and even reptiles, as long as they understand they are not to be harmed and respected.

You must take this dog for pack walks (preferably everyday) to satisfy its migration instincts. It must not walk in front of you while you hold a lead because a pack leader always goes first. Have them walk along side of you in order to create the bond and respect desired. If at first they walk in back of you, this may be a sign of fear to the area, which you must consul them properly and assure them things are fine, essentially fortifying their confidence they are lacking. When you live with Presa Canario, you become its pack. You must be making the decision, and not your dog. This is the only way that your relationship with your guardian family dog can become a complete success.

The Perro de Presa Canario is not for the first time dog owner. This is an intelligent and dominating beast that knows how to get what it wants and will work your patience. When obtaining a Presa Canario puppy, the breeder should spend a significant time with you to give you proper training advice, along with things to do, and not to do. The Presa Canario breeder should also inform you in the ways to obtain the kind of personality you are looking for in that Presa Canario puppy. This is critical to the success of raising your puppy in the right form and having an ultimate family guardian dog, if that is what you wish to obtain.

Presa Canario for Sale – Making a good choice when buying a Puppy

The Canary Mastiff, or Perro de Presa Canario, is believed to have been originally bred as a large Spanish working dog to control livestock and kill wild dogs that would try and attack cattle.

Due to it’s size and history in dog fighting, The Presa is a breed which requires much responsibility from the owner and demands early obedience training and socialization with humans and other dogs and animals alike in it’s formative years.

It is always advisable to only buy a pedigree Presa Canario, as it is a complex and powerful dog that can be ruined by crossbreeding. Due to being a rare type of dog, this often means that they’re a target for unscrupulous sellers to make larger profits through deceit, neglect and greed. Which in turn affects the health and nature of the dog that can cause problems at later stages of it’s life.

Below is a list of key checks that you should make before finalizing your choice of a new Presa Canario puppy.

         Health testing

You should always receive a copy of the vaccinations certificate, which again can be verified at source, so you know full the medical background as it is normal procedure for this to be carried out before they’re two months old, which is the earliest age you should be thinking of taking it away from it’s mother.

You should also view at least one of the parent dogs to gain an insight into their potential appearance and constituent nature.  Taking this one step further you should also ask about proof of health screenings on the parents which is a procedure that all careful breeders undertake to ensure that they maintain a high quality in the lineage.

Hips x-ray

A common problem facing the Presa Canario is generally related to orthopedics, namely the muscles and joints along the spine and so x-rays are often used to check bone alignment and positioning within breeding lines.  There are certificates (OFA) issued by the orthopedic foundation for animals which genetically test for hips, elbows, thyroids and eye quality which will always be present for both parents of a dog by any reputable breeder and this is the only genuine way to gauge a true picture of the dogs vitality.

Finding reputable breeders

As mentioned above, there unfortunately are some breeders in this world who are only interested in the financial side of these beautiful animals and so finding a trustworthy seller should always be your first step. Not all breeders are the same and have different

  • Make an on-site visit to check their living conditions and how they currently interact with their present family, humans and dogs alike
  • Find distinguished breeders through word-of-mouth or from entrants at prestigious dog shows
  • If the breeder claims membership of any particular kennel club or breeders association, ask the club in question for an account of them or authentication as it is not uncommon for fake documents to be used
  • Breeders should always be very knowledgeable towards the needs, strengths and weaknesses of animals that they keep and they should be open and honest in passing this to you if they truly possess concern of an animals well-being
  • If they have a vested interest, they will also ask plenty of questions to you as they establish whether you are a suitable owner.
  • Ask the neighbors for a character reference of the breeders if you have any doubts
  • Are you using a breeder who is housing their dogs in kennels?
  • You should be getting puppy registration papers through the UKC or FCI immediately upon the purchase of a puppy. You are purchasing a pure breed Presa Canario, so you are entitled them at puppy pickup.
  • Shot records should be provided along with the Presa Canario’s shots up to date. Along with telling you the follow up shot schedule
  • Overall gut feeling. If everything above checks out okay then you should be happy with the Presa Canario Breeder you are looking to select.

The Joys of having a Presa Canario family member

The Presa Canario is a large canary mastiff from the Canary Islands in Spain. This large breed is quickly adapted to a loving family life and strives to please the owners. We have been lucky to own several in our life, and can easily say they are the best dog we’ve ever owned by far. Our two Presa Canario females do excellent in the house along with our cat and our children. It’s very easy to leave the kids alone in the home knowing that there is an extra layer of protection regarding them at all times.

This is a large breed and needs to be treated and respected as such. You need to incorporate your Presa Canario into your family’s life if you want them to be a positive element in it. This includes, walking, feeding, discipline, attention and of course love. This is not a first time dog owners dog, I must stress that if you decide to go against the grain and get one as your own for the first time dog, you must have professional training from a reputable large breed trainer and be able to harness the elements you learn and adapt that to your life.

Living in the house, is pretty easy once they understand the basic commands. There is short with no undercoating and slightly course to the touch but shedding is very minimal and they generally should be combed once every week or two just to keep up on maintenance and making sure that your dog does not have anything odd that would need to be looked at. That being said, with a proper diet, lifestyle, and home life, these dogs are very low-maintenance and rarely need to go to the vet. Your breeder should generally give you an outline of what the dog will continue to need in order to thrive, this includes the previous shots, and letting you identify which shots are needed for future reference.

We get a lot of questions on the temperament of the Perro de Presa Canario, and we always answer the same, “it depends on the training”. Simply meaning the training is everything on the outcome of the dog. We can’t go into training aspects as a whole because it is a liability for us, but for our puppy buyers we specifically give them a general layout of what to expect, and what they should do. This breed is extremely smart and stubborn but also loving and overprotective of the family.

When Nina, our first imported Presa Canario was a puppy around the age of eight months was home with my wife, when we got a random oddball come to the house in the morning and was “greeted” by Nina when he came to the door. He quickly turned around and mumbled a few things himself and walked off. Mind you should just have to weight and size that she is now at the time.

With the ears cropped they look even more formidable and intimidating. If you have ever seen one in person which is just a little upset at you, then you will understand that you would have to be very insane to want to continue in your house or over your gate when you have a Presa Canario. For this reason alone you should have yours trained for obedience and protection. This way your dog knows when to bite, and most importantly know when to not bite. As you don’t want a dog judging for themselves if it is or is not a good reason. Let me be clear that I’m not promoting any type of aggressive dogs.

Overall the Presa Canario is easily one of the best dogs out there. If you are willing to put in the time and energy into one, I can almost guarantee a 10 time return on investment with a canine that is not only extremely intelligent but also willing to please, give you undivided attention and love you and the entire family all the same. I hope some of this info possibly hope to into figuring out whether this is the right type of dog for you or not. If it is then good luck to you be up to the challenge with a loving heart and enjoy your new companion!