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Presa Canario: Characteristics, Grooming, Health, Training

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About Presa Canario

Country of Origin, History of Presa Canarios

The Canary Dog ancestry probably includes the now extinct naive and indigenous Bardino Majero, crossed with imported English Mastiffs. It was developed in the Canary Islands in the 1800's specifically for dog fighting.

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A General Description of the Dog

The Canary has an imposing appearance. It has a powerful, square head that is nearly as wide as it is long. The muzzle is broad. The chest is deep and broad. The rump is slightly raised.

This breed has thick skin, dense bones and powerful muscles and a massive head with a large jaw. The ears are usually cropped. The coat is medium and coarse. Colors include fawn and various brindles, white markings and black pigmentation are seen.

Height: 21-25 inches (55-65 cm.)

Weight: 84-106 pounds (38-48 kg.)

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Presa Canario Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

They Canary is, by nature, aggressive (specially with other dogs), distrustful and dominant, which can be corrected by early and proper socialization. However, it is gentle and affectionate with children. Canaries make outstanding guard dogs due to their appearance and ability to confront any intruder. In the wrong hands, this dog can be dangerous, but with the right owner it can make a nice, loyal, devoted companion.

Presa Canario Activity Level

How active is the breed?

Daily walks should fulfill their need for medium exercise. Although obedient, this breed must be trained when it is a pup, by a firm, consistent owner who can accept the challenge of training a puppy that is domineering and stubborn at times.

Suitable for apartment living?

They can be used in the urban or sub-urban household or as a helpful farmhand. They enjoy the outdoors, so a rural area would be best The best owner for this breed would be a dog-experienced family or individual living in a rural or suburban environment. They will do okay in apartments with fenced yards.


The short, rough coat of this average shedder is easy to groom. It should be brushed with a firm bristle brush and wiped over with a piece of toweling or chamois for a gleaming finish. The dog should be bathed or dry shampooed when necessary.

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Health and Care

Hip and elbow dysplasia is sometimes a problem, as well as entropion (inverted eyelids), epilepsy, demodectic mange, hypothyroidism, OCD, luxating patellas and wobbler syndrome.

National Breed Clubs

Life Expectancy: 9-11 years.

Group: Molosser type farm dog.

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.

Also Known As: Perro de Presa Canario, Canary Dog, Dogo Canario, Perro Basto, Verdino

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