The Presa Canario dog does have a very imposing stature and many people want to have it as a pet. But you do have to wonder, how does the Presa Canario breed behave around kids? Is it good or not?
The Perro de Presa Canario is a catch dog, which means that they were bred, trained as well as kept in order to catch animals a lot larger than them. This particular breed is also known for being a hunting companion plus a life stock and family protector. They were also used for a dog used for driving hogs and cattle and running off and killing off strange dogs.
Most of the time the desired temperament of the Presa Canario is docile and affectionate but as you can expect they can also be very territorial. This makes them wary to strangers most of the time and they are almost always very aggressive with the other dogs it encounters. If you want to train him right, make sure that you bring a confident leadership and practice or train him often. You should also consider an early socialization if you want to maintain the dog under control. If you don’t, you may have an aggressive dog you cannot really deal with physically. That being said they can be extremely loving, obedient and a perfect companion if trained and loved correctly.
How well does it bond with kids?
This will depend on the lifestyle of the Presa Canario. These particular dogs we noticed have a very strong bond with the owners if they are indoors with them when they are sleeping or at home. Do you show your kids how to train the Presa Canario? Do you show them what to or not to do with them? The “master handler” and Alpha figure of the household should be addressing these issues on agreeing on commands as well as brief and multi daily training sessions with your dog. Yes multi sessions per day when they are young! Why would you devote your time and effort into a Presa Canario? Well…
The Perro de Presa Canario is an amazing beast and with daily bonding and training, you can have your young loved ones in the house being protected at all times. We know of several owners who’s kids walk their dogs with full command, and no issues what so ever. Moral of the story is, would you rather have a 150lb. Presa Canario that knows nothing, or one that knows over a dozen commands?
–Not trained/Not bonded with family; Some of the Presa Canario dogs can be aggressive towards all kids including yours, and the interaction between them and a child can lead to bruises at minimum. However, most Presa Canario specimens tend to bond strongly with the family and they will actually display kindness and protection in front of your kids. Overall your family should bond with your Presa Canario if you have the chance to own one. If yours is stored in a cage, don’t expect the bond, caring, or any value from them. Keep in mind that these a very large dogs though so in case your child does upset them, they will react fast and not in a good way.
Owning a Presa Canario is amazing if you want to have a loyal dog around your child but you do need to keep an eye on the dog as much as you can in the first few months of training. It will be a challenge at first, but if you manage and train the dog properly he can be a loving pet. If you do that the Presa Canario will actually be very protective towards your child and honestly it can be a very good thing. Keep in mind though that he might not cope well with kids that are visiting your family as they may not be seen as part of the pack.
Should you get a Presa Canario if you have kids?
Integrate your Presa Canario into your family life, and the payout is astronomical!