Both the Cane Corso and Presa Canario are two very similar looking dog breeds and they are widely known for being great working partners as well as pets. However, if you aren’t familiar with the differences between these two breeds it can be very hard to identify the two. In this article we are going to talk about the differences between the two breeds and how you can use those to identify any of them!

Presa Canario

Also known as the Canary Dog, this is a breed that comes from the Canary Islands and it can also be found in Spain. They are pertaining to the Molosser breed group and initially they were used for working with livestock.

What makes the Presa Canario distinct is the fact that this breed has a very muscular, thick body and their head is massive, most of the time in the form of a square. The breed is known for their hot tempered bites and they can sometimes have their ears cropped by their owners for working or purely aesthetic reasons. The average weight for this breed is ~45kg whereas the withers height is anywhere between 57-66cm.

One thing to note about this particular breed and which does sound quite peculiar is that they have paws similar to a cat. They also tend to walk and stride like a cat. Unlike other similar breeds though they don’t have an undercoat. They do have a very short fur coat that comes in a variety of brindle and fawn shades which is generally coarse in touch. Sometimes you can see a little white in the muzzle and chest area.

The Perro de Presa Canario has a long history and was also used for family and home protection after working the livestock. True guardians by nature, they are generally aggressive towards strangers and animals that are an imminent threat. Excellent with family members, very intelligent creatures and overprotective. The Presa Canario summed up in one sentence.

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso breed comes from Italy and it’s widely used as a hunting companion. It pertains to the Italian Molosser breed group. What you will like about this breed is the fact that they have a very well-developed body. Not only that, but they can go up to 50kg and up to 70cm in height.

The skin of a Cane Corso is usually pretty tight although some specimens do have a few dewlaps and hanging jaws. The main characteristic for the Cane Corso which actually defines the breed is the slightly shorter, wide muzzle. The ears are medium sized, and owners are also known to crop them for aesthetic or working purposes. This breed is also known for having its tail docked. When it comes to their color, the breed can be see with an assortment of colors including; grey, brindle, red, black and more.

Like Presa Canario, the Cane Corso can be and has a tendency to be aggressive towards strangers. In Italy, this dog would be used to hunt boar and guardian. It’s own name Cane Corso in Latin “Cohors” which means “Guardian” and “Protector.” and is for a very good reason. This dog was known to be an awesome companion in the protection nature, and was great with family. The coat is shorter than the Presa Canario, but also coarse and stiff.

As you can see, both the Cane Corso and Presa Canario do share some similarities, especially when it comes to their size and physique. The only health issue they “share” is Hip Dysplasia, from what we know of. Personality wise, we hear very similar stories  In the end, we see that buyers make their selection mostly for color choice, or “lack of” in the breed they did not choose. Both breeds have about 6 colors for UKC and AKC standards.

Encountered both breeds and see similarities or differences we haven’t mentioned? Feel free to leave a comment!