What is a Genuine Presa Canario Dog?

Tell me what a Genuine Presa Canario Dog is?

Presa Canario is short for “Perro de Presa Canario,” which is Spanish for “Canarian catch dog” is a dog with a large-sized body that is thick, muscular and well-built. The breed originated in the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain, where the dogs have historically been used to herd large livestock.  The World Canine Association classifies the breed as a type of molosser, similar to a mastiff and is also been known to be the “Spanish Mastiff” or “Canary Mastiff”.  The Presa Canario is a powerful, playful, loyal, and intelligent dog that is sure to stand out from the crowd. They are naturally wary of strangers and uninvited guests and same gender Presa’s can be known to not get along at the adult age. A true Presa Canario should be robust, have a long and healthy life with almost zero medical issues, and living up to 12 years. Training them or teaching them is not so difficult as long as no fear is shown by the family they are around and they are given their proper respect.

How Big Is a Presa Canario?

A full-grown Presa Canario is a big animal, with the United Kennel Club (UKC) describing the ideal height for an adult as between 21 and 23 inches at the Continue reading “What is a Genuine Presa Canario Dog?”

SocalPresa King Cali & Nina (N3) Litter 3 – Perro de Presa Canario Puppies for Sale

We are pleased to announce our litter of SocalPresa King Cali and SocalPresa Nina Litter 3!

  • Litter will be expecting to arrive October the 27th of 2017, and will be available for permanent homes right before Christmas!
  • We will be expecting mostly Black Brindle Presa Canario Puppies just like her first litter with King Cali.
  • You can reserve a puppy by clicking this link, or visiting the Presa Canario Puppy Reserve link above.

Nina is a great mother who has produced 2 previous litters, one being the now famous tittle of “SocalPresa Tyson” which is 28 inches at the withers, and built like a semi truck! Continue reading “SocalPresa King Cali & Nina (N3) Litter 3 – Perro de Presa Canario Puppies for Sale”

Cropping my Presa Canario Puppies Ears, Yes or No?

There are many people who get into heated debates regarding ear cropping on dogs. Some say that this is barbaric and that dog’s ears and tails should never be amputated in any way. This is something that some dog owners will defend by saying that the procedure is done with proper anesthetics and the dog feels no pain because of it. In this article, we are going to be talking about the benefits of cropping Presa Canario ears and the benefits of keeping them. This is going to allow you to make an informed decision on the matter.

Keeping the ears intact

One of the main things about keeping the dog’s ears is that this gives them a friendlier look. The natural ears of a Presa actually look quite good and there is no problem in keeping them if you are not planning to have your dog in some kind of contest that requires cropping.

Some countries have banned this procedure because they consider it to be animal abuse and this could also be a reason for you to consider not doing it.

There is no actual enhancement in the dog’s performance or hearing ability if you get the ears cropped, so the truth is that the only reason to do it is because of the opinion of the breeder and/or owners who believe that this makes the dog look much better.

Cropping the ears

It has become a tradition for the ears on this particular breed to be cropped. According to many breeders, a great ear crop for the Presa Canario will show even more facial expression, and in the USA it is a completely legal practice. This procedure according to veterinarians, is not painful or harmful in any way.

There are also some males that have really long ears and cropping them will be great because it will allow them to avoid injury. Other people consider that the natural look of their ears is not very good looking and it takes away from the beauty of their breed.

The Perro de Presa Canario is a working breed, and cropping the ears helps avoid future injury to them in a multitude of ways. Understanding that by having those floppy things in battle with a ferocious wild beast, the beast will latch on to them naturally, and so removal avoids that entirely.

Some people say that they like to crop their dog’s ears because that makes them look more alert and ferocious and they want their dogs to guard their property effectively. While the crop does indeed make a dog look more menacing, it won’t make the dog more alert or more capable of doing this.

Canada has banned this practice and so have many countries in Europe, but it seems to continue to be allowed in the United States, even with the constant protests of animal rights activists.

Dog breeding

People who plan to breed dogs will crop according to the breed as it retains the look of the show or working version of that breed. This generally is going to raise the value of the puppies, but the crop will not alter the pedigree on the Presa Canario puppy in any way. In fact, presa canario puppies are very robust and physically strong dogs, and when you crop the packs ears, they have to be separated which takes away from the bonding aspect. For 2 weeks they will have stitches in their ears, and naturally they will want to bite each other through out the day, so you can imagine what would happen if they were not separated.


It might seem like cropping the ears of your Presa Canario is the best decision you can take because of the look it will give to your dog, but there is really no good reason to do this if you plan to have your dog at home and you are not looking to register the animal for a contest. In the end it is all about personal preference, and if you go to a reputable veterinarian who has completed several Presa Canario puppy ear cropping’s, then you should not have a problem. Make sure you ask for past pictures of their work specifically on the “Presa Canario”. Make sure they are taking care of the aftercare, etc.

Understand this is an art almost like tattooing, yes you can get one, but will it be a good one is the question! Good luck either way with your Presa Canario Puppy!

How to: Raising & Training your Perro de Presa Canario Puppy

If you are looking to get an excellent watchdog and a great protector, the Presa Canario is the best dog breed for these two purposes. Presa Canario or Dogo Canario is a mastiff dog breed that comes from the Canary Islands. Perro de Presa Canario, as it is also called, means the Canary Island Dog. Being a from the mastiff family, the Presa Canario puppy will grow to be a large and powerful dog, known for being fearless in front of danger and ready to take in any challenge without thinking twice. Such a dog will not tolerate strangers, whether they are humans, dogs, or other animals, so it is highly recommended for the Presa Canario puppy to be socialized and taught with other animals starting from a very early age, to avoid developing an unwanted and violent behavior.

Even if a Presa Canario puppy looks adorable, do have in mind that it is a strong breed of dog mentally and physically, which will be hard to manage and even dangerous in the wrong hands. Thus, it is not recommended to get a Dogo Canario if you don’t have any experience with dogs. Also, even if you had dogs before, but the soft type of breeds, it is still not recommended to get such a dog. The Presa Canario puppy needs a lot of training, done by a calm but assertive person. Using harsh and violent methods will not help at all, because they will turn this powerful dog into a very dangerous one to have around. These dogs are admitted for their physical strength and intelligence, although they can be stubborn as well, but these qualities can turn into severe defects without the proper education and training.

If you want to raise a Presa Canario puppy in the best way possible, you need to be a leader and be ready to spend a lot of time for its education. A Dogo Canario puppy needs early socialization, which should be done as often as possible, so it won’t see other dogs as threats when it grows up. This is why it is best to pick a Perro de Presa Canario puppy from a reliable breeder that does not keeps the dogs separated and away from human contact or contact with other animals, raising them in an environment where they are taught with different people, animals, and surroundings from their very first days of life.

So you have your Presa Canario puppy, after receiving clearance from the vet, continue its socialization. This means your puppy has had a full series of shots, as not doing so absolutely will put your puppy in the risk of getting parvo, or something else. In the meanwhile, we recommend not taking your puppy to public places and avoid having strangers over. Do not raise your hand or use objects to discipline your Presa Canario, as you will instill fear in its mind. Instead, use a timeout location and a harsh voice. Like children, they understand your demeanor and attitude towards them. If they think they can get away with it, they will try!

Once Take the dog to puppy kindergarten classes, visit friends, neighbors, take the dog to the park, around the city, to shops, and allow people and other dogs to come in contact with your puppy. Also, do not forget that this dog breeds needs something to do, not being happy with an inactive way of life, so make sure he has an activity and something to do all the time, plus plenty of exercising. And do consider enrolling in an obedience class with your Dogo Canario puppy, the earlier you start the better for both of you, so you can enjoy a calm, confident, and obedient dog.

This is a very basic tutorial, and you should always seek proper professional training. Do your homework as the Perro de Presa Canario will make you miserable if you are ignorant to its needs. Your breeder should absolutely address this matter and should recommend you a trainer (if available) in the area you live.

7 Great Reasons to have a Presa Canario in Your Family

Buying a Presa Canario Puppy is without a doubt one of the best choices you can make when it comes to choosing a dog to love. With this in mind, we are going to provide you with 7 great reasons to own this breed and to have it in your family.

1: Lack of Health Issues

Presa Canario Puppies are known for being tremendously resistant to diseases. With this in mind, taking care of them wouldn’t require any special treatments. This breed of dog is particularly strong and resistant when it comes to illnesses, and you can rest assured that you are highly unlikely to have a problem of the kind. Finding a reputable breeder who stands by harnessing healthy traits is of the utmost importance.

2: They Are Protective

Presa Canario dogs are particularly protective of their own. As soon as they start perceiving you and your family members as its owner, you can rest assured that it’s going to protect you at all costs. This trait is natural to the breed, so it is up to you to suppress it, or support it.

3: Tremendous Loyalty

The breed is known for being highly intelligent and very loyal. It’s obedient, even though it’s not that easy to discipline. Keep in mind that the dog can become rather aggressive, just like any other dog, if you fail to deliver the right type of training. They will assimilate you and your family into their pack, and let nothing stand in the way of harming you.

4: You Want a Watchdog

Presa Canario is a mastiff breed, and it’s known for being particularly powerful. It’s very protective, as we mentioned above and is, therefore, the perfect watchdog. If you need a property guardian, this is without a doubt one of the best choices you can go for. This breed offers some serious protection for you and your family, and with committing to proper training, you will feel fully secure leaving your loved ones at home with a real life alarm system at your beckon call.

5: Little to No Grooming Requirement

Buying a Presa Canario puppy will ensure that you wouldn’t have to spend excessive amounts of time to groom the pet. This is because it has a firm short hair which is rather easy to maintain in proper shape. Keeping them bathed once in a while, as well as looking over their general coat is always encouraged to making sure there is no issues.

6: It’s Intelligent and Susceptible to Training

Even though it’s not highly advisable to purchase a Presa Canario puppy if you have no previous experience, the breed is known for being highly trainable and intelligent. Of course, retrievers, for instance, are way docile and passive family member. That being said, the Presa is fearless, and will have a much stronger bond with the family with plenty of interactions with it. We have seen Presa Canarios trained to be extremely passive, and others to be full estate guardians that have a daily job.

7: Moderately to Very Affectionate

If you are looking for a gullible pet, then a Presa Canario Puppy isn’t the best choice. However, if you look for a dog with presence and character, this is one of your best bets. The Presa Canario is a characteristic breed, and it requires quite a lot of effort in terms of training. Failing to do so might cause the dog to be very aggressive from lack of proper stimulation, a beta owner, and a combination of other factors. Professional training is highly recommended!

Pick of Litter Presa Canario Puppy for Sale

My pick of litter Jack is finally up for sale!
We recently had his ears cropped by my excellent vet who specializes in this breed. So if you like how his father and mothers ears turned out, you will love his ears as they were also done by the same vet.

*He is Show quality
*Ears Cropped by my expert Vet!
*UKC papers on hand
*All shots current
*Dewclaws removed
*..and is perfect Presa Canario conformation.
*House Trained & Cat friendly
*He is estimated to be 28-30 inches at the withers and 155-165+lbs.!
**Pick of the litter!**