Fierce History of the Perro de Presa Canario

Our channel on YouTube illustrating the history of the Presa Canario, its origins and what has gotten the breed to this current age.

Welcome back to our channel, where we explore the fascinating world of the Presa Canario. Today, we have a special episode dedicated to the history of the Perro de Presa Canario. Join us as we delve into the origins, development, and significance of this remarkable breed. Let’s get started!

[SEGMENT 1: Ancient Roots]
Host: The Perro de Presa Canario has a captivating history that dates back centuries. Its story begins on the Canary Islands, located off the northwest coast of Africa. These islands served as a crucial stopover for explorers during the age of discovery.

The Perro de Presa Canario was brought to the Canary Islands by Spanish conquistadors around the 15th century. Their primary purpose for bringing these dogs was to aid in farming and protect livestock from predatory animals.

These early Presa Canarios quickly proved their worth as formidable guardians. Their muscular build, innate bravery, and unwavering loyalty made them indispensable to the farmers who depended on them to safeguard their livelihoods.

[SEGMENT 2: The Protectors]
As the years went by, the Presa Canario’s role expanded beyond mere farm protection. The farmers recognized their incredible working abilities and began using them for various tasks. They were employed as catch dogs, guarding properties, and even assisting in hunting large game.

The Presa Canario’s versatility and adaptability played a significant role in their prominence. Their strong instincts, intelligence, and natural protective instincts made them well-suited for a range of tasks. These dogs truly became the unsung heroes of the Canary Islands.

[SEGMENT 3: Dark Times]
Unfortunately, not all aspects of the Presa Canario’s history are praiseworthy. During the mid-20th century, the breed fell victim to exploitation for dogfighting purposes. The dogfighting rings took advantage of the breed’s natural strength and tenacity.

It’s crucial to acknowledge these dark chapters in the breed’s history. However, it’s important to note that responsible breeders and enthusiasts took a stand against these unethical practices. They fought to preserve the true essence of the Presa Canario as a loyal, working dog, free from the stain of dogfighting.

[SEGMENT 4: Resurgence and Recognition]
Despite the challenges faced, the Perro de Presa Canario made a remarkable resurgence in the 1970s. Dedicated breeders worked tirelessly to rehabilitate the breed’s reputation and maintain its distinctive characteristics.

Their efforts paid off, as the breed garnered recognition from various kennel clubs. In 1982, the Real Sociedad Canina de España officially recognized the Perro de Presa Canario as a breed. This recognition further solidified the breed’s path to restoration and preservation.

[SEGMENT 5: Modern Perro de Presa Canario]
Today, the Perro de Presa Canario continues to captivate enthusiasts around the world. With its commanding presence, unwavering loyalty, and remarkable working abilities, it has gained popularity as both a companion and working dog.

It’s worth mentioning that owning a Presa Canario comes with responsibilities. These dogs require proper socialization, training, and a firm but loving hand. They thrive in environments where they receive mental and physical stimulation and are given the opportunity to fulfill their innate instincts.

[SEGMENT 6: Conclusion]
And that concludes our journey through the history of the Perro de Presa Canario. From its origins as a guardian and protector to its resurgence as a cherished breed, the Presa Canario has showcased its unwavering strength and resilience.