Thinking about purchasing an Presa Canario? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Presa Canario breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Presa Canario owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Presa Canario and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Presa Canario Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Presa Canario and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Presa Canario Profile
Its full name is Perro de Presa Canario (Canarian Dog of Prey). Presa Canarios come from a background of herding and guard dogs, and the Latin word cane, which mean "Island of the Dogs", is what the Canary Islands were named for - not the little yellow birds. The dog’s main duty in the early 1900s was to guard the farms, help guide the cattle and get rid of any unwanted stray dogs. They also were largely involved with dog fighting and a good number were bred for this purpose. These courageous dogs were known for their little amount of bark, defensive abilities and bred especially to have such powerful jaws. They are large dogs, heavy and mastiff-like. They can be from brindle to fawn, with either black or white markings, and a dark mask to boot. Presa Canarios are calm, attentive and confident around everyone. They are wary with strangers, and often remain aloof. Surprisingly however, this breed is gentle and affectionate with family and children. They may have problems with other dogs, but do get along fine with dogs of the opposite sex that will remain submissive. They are quiet and submissive to their masters at home, but they do require a fair amount of training. An excellent guard and housekeeper, the Perro de Presa Canario makes the perfect pet for a family needing a guard and friend.
Other Names: Dogo Canario, Canary Dog, Perro Basto, Verdino, Perro de Presa Canario
Height: 21 - 26 inches.
Color: Colors can vary from brindles
to fawn, with black and/or white markings. They often have a dark mask.
Temperament: Calm, attentive and gentle
around child. Presa Canarios are confident, unafraid and even-keeled. They make
great watchdogs and guard dogs, defending what is theirs to the death. They
are quiet and rather subdued at home, and devoted to family. They can be difficult
to train, as they can be stubborn and dominant. They certainly like to domineer
over other dogs, and will not tolerate them unless they are submissive. The
Presa Canario needs proper training and socialization at a young age.
Watch-dog: High. Very loyal to its family.
Presa Canario Care and Exercise: This
breed only needs moderate exercise and little grooming. They are fairly easy
to take care of. They should be walked moderately and brushed every week or
Activity: Medium. Very quiet, likes daily
Presa Canario Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia is sometimes a problem, as well as entropion (inverted eyelids), epilepsy, demodectic mange, hypothyroidism, OCD, luxating patellas and wobbler syndrome.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years.
Country of Origin: Canary Islands, Spain
First Registered by the AKC: FSS (Foundation
Stock Service - not registered by the AKC).
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