The Presa Canario is a rare Spanish dog with a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
The Perro de Presa Canario, or “Canary Dog of Prey,” originated in the Canary Islands following the Spanish conquest of the late 1400s. The Spanish used Mastiff-type dogs, either already existing on the islands or brought from Spain, to create the Presa Canario. They wanted a large dog that could be used for protecting their land and herding cattle.
The ancestry of the Presa Canario is believed to be made up of many Hispanic breeds including the Iberian Presa, Presa Espanol and Bardino Majorero. The breed is also thought to be influenced by the Bandogge, Tiedog, Bulldog and Bull/Terrier.
The Presa Canario weighs 88 to 110 pounds and measures 21.5 to 25 inches.
The Presa Canario has a short, harsh coat that sheds with the change of seasons in the spring and fall. The Presa Canario should be brushed once a week and more often during their heavy shedding seasons. The Presa Canario only needs a bath when especially dirty. Like all dogs, the Presa Canario also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Presa Canario is confident and powerful, and among the most protective breeds.
The Presa Canario is deeply protective of their family and quite territorial. As watch dogs, Presa Canarios are fearless and highly alert, but also discerning and smart. With proper socialization, they can become skilled at determining who is friend and who is foe.
With their family, Presa Canarios are affectionate and gentle. They bond closely with their loved ones and crave attention from them. Presa Canarios are especially fond of children and can get along fine with other dogs and pets if socialized with them early. They are almost always wary of strangers, as are most watch dogs.
The Presa Canario has a natural tendency toward dominance and wants to be the alpha of the household. The Presa Canario does best with an experienced handler who has the confidence, patience and skill necessary to manage the dog’s size and temperament.
Early training and socialization are especially important for the Presa Canario. Socialization helps this breed appropriately channel their protective instincts. The Presa Canario should be socialized with lots of different people as well as other dogs and pets.
The Presa Canario is athletic and likes to work. The Presa Canario needs a long, daily walk as well as plenty of time outside in a secure area to run. They can also make good jogging and hiking companions.