Perro de Presa Canario

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Perro de Presa Canario At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (FSS: Working); FCI (Provisional Acceptance: Molossoid); UKC (Guardian)


Giant. Weight: Males 92.5–110 lbs minimum; Females 84–99 lbs minimum Height: Males 23–26 inches; Females 21.5–25 inches


Has a short and fine coat.


All shades of Fawn, Black, Brindle; Black Mask; May have White markings; Black, Brown, Fawn, Gold, Gray, Orange, Silver, Tiger; Brindle markings, White markings

Life Span:


Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

This dog can tolerate heat better than other Mastiff dog breeds.

Perro de Presa Canario Overview

The name of this breed roughly translates to canary dog of prey and is named after the Canary Islands were the breed was created.  The Presa Canario is developed from large dogs owned by Spanish conquistadors.  They were used to protect estates and livestock as well as used in dog fighting until it became outlawed in the 1940s.


Perro de Presa Canario Characteristics

The Presa Canario is a large and powerful breed and may be intimidating at first glance.  However, the breed is also known as gentle, loyal, and sweet.  They feature large powerful heads that may or may not have cropped ears as well as a large body well designed for fighting and protection.


Perro de Presa Canario Temperament

Despite their looks, the Presa Canario is sweet and loving as well as loyal to their owners.  Careful socialization from puppyhood is critical due to their large and powerful size.  It is up to the owner to train a dog that is both sweet and loving to family, friends, and even strangers.  Otherwise, the breed may become excessively possessive and protective of their family.



Perro de Presa Canario Care

The average lifespan of the Presa Canario is 9 to 12 years, slightly shorter than other breeds its size.  Health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and Wobbler’s syndrome.  The breed is also prone to bloat, or Gastric Dilation and Volvulus.


Perro de Presa Canario Coat

The short fine coat of the Presa Canario is easy to maintain with occasional brushing.  The coat requires minimal care and sheds only lightly making the breed ideal for those who don’t want to deal with intensive grooming and long coats.,


Perro de Presa Canario Training

he breed is intelligent and needs an owner who can understand and handle his powerful nature.  The breed requires positive reinforcement and gentle training, otherwise, the breed may rebel against its owners due to its independence.  This is a breed that requires an experienced owner with knowledge of training and familiarity of powerful dogs.


Perro de Presa Canario Activity

Long walks daily and extensive socialization are key to exercising the Presa Canario.  Otherwise, he can be a lot to handle and may become bored and destructive.  Lots of exercise along with socialization will make him a great dog to bring on outdoor activities.

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