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 withers.  Adult Presa Canario dogs can weigh up to 120 pounds, with the standard weight being at least 100 pounds for males and at least 85 pounds for females. At Socal Presa Canario’s, we specialize in the extra-large pure breed Presa Canario with males up to 30 inches at the withers and 160+ lbs. Regardless of their size, they move gracefully and retain full guardian and hunting capabilities as perfectly healthy Perro de Presa Canario puppies. We feel as a large dog breed, they should truly be large physically, and not the almost petite 22 inches at the withers for males which is standard for most breeders.

Does the Presa Canario Require Training?

This breed of dog requires early training and socialization to help them with adaptation to their environment while giving them the needed walk as at when due in order for them to exercise their muscles regularly. This is because they tend to have a high activity level and failing to walk them or provide a means for them to expend the high energy will mean they might start destroying things around the house. They can be quite territorial even though they are quiet but with a frightening bark. Thieves or intruders will not be particularly encouraged to go to houses having this dog. It is highly tolerant to heat and is a good swimmer if given the necessary tutelage because it really loves water if introduced early in its life. This breed due to their high level of energy are also fast runners which means they won’t find it difficult pursuing anything that is perceived as a threat to them. In short, yes they need extensive training as this is not the kind of dog you want to run your house. Like any strong dog, they need to be well-trained and monitored because they can attack people and leave severe injuries or cause even death. So are you thinking of getting a Presa Canario, then be ready to give it the required training, exercise and care so that procuring one does not turn out to be an action you will regret later.

What Does a Presa Canario Look Like?

The Presa Canario is a gorgeous and formidable dog.  Its back has a sloping shape when the animal is standing up, and the adult dogs are slightly longer than they are tall.  This means that their movements are graceful – some people even describe them as catlike – despite the dog’s large size.  Presa Canario puppies have floppy ears, but it is customary to crop the dogs’ ears when they are young, as with several of breeds of herding dogs. The head is seen as square in shape, broad, quite massive in weight and powerful. When the ears are well-cropped as such, that they stand erect to project a fearsome look and appearance. This makes it work exceptionally as a guard dog and it is quite useful for protecting livestock against external or other foreign animals. Due to the size of their head, they have a broad mouth. Also, they have a broad chest with thick skin and dense bones.

The Presa Canario has short hair with no undercoat, which means that they do not shed very much.  The coat color varies significantly from one individual to the next, and they are as likely to have a mottled appearance as to be a single color.  Several shades of fawn are recognized for the breed, as are brindle patterns characterized by colors ranging from red to fawn to brown to black. They range in about 6 colors being; Fawn, Red Fawn, Silver Fawn, Red Brindle, Black Brindle and Reverse Brindle. Whatever the color of the dog’s body, a purebred Presa Canario always has a dark brown or black muzzle, usually with a black mask. The Presa Canario should not have excessive white patches in certain areas, and none on the paws or anywhere but a minimum amount on the chest. If they are Black, they should not be completely black as this breed does not come in jet black, instead being always black brindle.

Where Can I Get a Presa Canario Puppy?

You can get your very own purebred Presa Canario puppy from Socal Presa.  The animals at our kennel enjoy a stress-free life where they are allowed to roam free without kennels or restraints as we do not believe in keeping our dogs locked up in cages. We go out of our way to ensure the purity of our dogs’ pedigree and linage, and all of our breeding animals undergo extensive health testing. We breed the Presa Canario’s infrequently and have a great reputation in the Perro de Presa Canario community. If you are interested in a puppy from an existing or future litter, feel free to reserve one directly from our website by completing the two easy steps to obtain one. We do require that our buyers have a general information about the breed before they decide to purchase a Presa Canario puppy from us.

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