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Perro de Presa Canario Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Perro de Presa Canario so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginSpain
Other Names
What other names does the Perro de Presa Canario have? The dog breed also known as...
Canary Catch Dog, Canarian Molosser, Presa Canario, Dogo Canario, Presa, Canary Mastiff
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Perro de Presa Canario recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Perro de Presa Canario recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Perro de Presa Canario breed?
America's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.United Kennel ClubFoundation Stock Service
Price
How much does the Perro de Presa Canario puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Perro de Presa Canario price:
$1200-$3000
If you choose to purchase the Perro de Presa Canario, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Perro de Presa Canario for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Perro de Presa Canario gets to a happy place.

History

There have been several books written by historians about the development of the known Perro de Presa Canario. Documentation of the original, holding dogs is believed to date back to the 15th and 16th centuries following the conquest of the Canary Islands, and it is thought that these dogs were brought by the Spanish conquerors. The name of the breed is Spanish in origin and it was once known as the “Canary Dog of Prey”. 

There are several theories regarding the genetic contributions to the creation of the breed. It is almost certain that the roots of the Presa Canario can be traced back to the cattle breed Iberian Presa (also known as the Perro de Ganado Majorero), an average-size mastiff breed with intelligent and an intuitive instinct as a fearless guardian. However several other Hispanic breeds contributed to the formation of the Presa Canario, especially the Presa Espanol in its large varieties. Back at that time dogs developed into a completely differentiated breed because of the influence of the Spanish breeds. Around the 18th century, the English colonists, traders, and merchants brought their Bandogges and Tiedogs, predecessors of the Bulldogs and Mastiffs, to the Canary Islands. Not so much later, the English introduced their Bulldogs and Bull Terriers and began crossbreeding them with the then existent Perro de Presa of the Canary Archipelago. To what degree did each of these mentioned breeds contribute genetically to the overall development of the Presa Canario remains unknown.

The Presa Canarios had important roles which included guarding farms, working cattle, and exterminating wild or stray dogs. When the dog is properly trained and socialized, is devoted and obedient to its family. However, as they are natural guard dogs and highly suspicious of strangers which can be seen in their actions when they meet people they do not know. It has a thick and muscular rectangular body, broad and brachycephalic head shape usually with cropped ears that prevent damage while working with the cattle.

In the 1940s, the prohibition of dogfighting was ordered throughout the islands, but the fights were known to continue throughout the next decade and it was during this period that the Presa Canario numbers truly faltered thanks to the introduction of alternate fighting breeds such as the Great Dane, Doberman Pinscher, and German Shepherd. It nearly caused the extinction of the breed, which was regulated in small numbers to farmers and herdsmen as their primary guard dog. Reconstruction of the nearly extinct Presa Canario began in earnest back in the early 1980s. Reputable breeders bred strong Preas that were rustic, massive, vigorous, and functional with acute watchdog instincts, a strong temperament, and an extremely territorial nature. The full recovery of the Presa Canario began in 1982 when a group of breeders from Tenerife created an association with the goal to support the resurgence of the breed. The Club Espanol de Presa Canario (CEPRC) was formed and in January 1983 the club was recognized by the Real Canine society Central of Spain. Moreover, interest in the breed has extended into several European countries and America. During the late 1980s, many Presa Canario was imported into the United States by interested breeders who wanted to introduce this breed to America. It soon became evident with the formation of several breed clubs within the US that the breed’s popularity was on the rise and dog fanciers was anxious to own and show this rare breed dog. The breed is not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club but it is accepted by the AKC Foundation Stock Service.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Perro de Presa Canario size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Perro de Presa Canario weigh? Perro de Presa Canario weight:
80-100 pounds (36-45 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Perro de Presa Canario? Perro de Presa Canario average weight:
90 pounds (40.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Perro de Presa Canario? Perro de Presa Canario height:
21-25 inches (55-65 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Perro de Presa Canario average height:
23 inches (60 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Perro de Presa Canario have? What does this canine coat look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Perro de Presa Canario's coat?
FawnSilverBrindleRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Perro de Presa Canario and how often?
Easy to groom: The Perro de Presa Canario doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Perro de Presa Canario is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Perro de Presa Canario dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Canary Catch Dog? Perro de Presa Canario shedding level:
Perro de Presa Canarios shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Perro de Presa Canario dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Perro de Presa Canario have? What characteristics does the breed have?
CalmGentleSuspiciousDominantStrongWilled
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Perro de Presa Canario? Are they intelligent?
Average: Perro de Presa Canario's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Perro de Presa Canario dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Perro de Presa Canarios are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Perro de Presa Canarios, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Perro de Presa Canario sensitivity:
Perro de Presa Canarios have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Perro de Presa Canarios are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Canary Catch Dog need? Perro de Presa Canario social needs:
Perro de Presa Canarios need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Perro de Presa Canario dogs bark a lot? Why does my Canarian Molosser bark?
Low to Average: The Perro de Presa Canario rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Perro de Presa Canario good as a watchdog?
Perro de Presa Canarios are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Perro de Presa Canario dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Perro de Presa Canario dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Perro de Presa Canarios are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Perro de Presa Canario can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Perro de Presa Canario will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Perro de Presa Canario bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Canary Catch Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Perro de Presa Canario? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Perro de Presa Canario has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Perro de Presa Canario do?
Perro de Presa Canarios have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Perro de Presa Canarios need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Perro de Presa Canario to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Perro de Presa Canario roam?
Perro de Presa Canarios have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Perro de Presa Canario have high prey drive?
Perro de Presa Canarios have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Perro de Presa Canario dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Perro de Presa Canario good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Perro de Presa Canarios are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Perro de Presa Canarios don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Perro de Presa Canario dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Perro de Presa Canarios are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Perro de Presa Canario dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Perro de Presa Canario and children:
Perro de Presa Canarios are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Perro de Presa Canario dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Perro de Presa Canarios are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Perro de Presa Canario good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Perro de Presa Canario dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Perro de Presa Canarios are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Perro de Presa Canario is not the best choice.
Office Friendly
Are Perro de Presa Canarios good office dogs? Do Perro de Presa Canarios make good office friendly dogs? Can Perro de Presa Canarios be office dogs?
No
Perro de Presa Canario is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Perro de Presa Canario dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Canary Catch Dog temperament with senior people? Are Perro de Presa Canario dogs good for elderly owners?
Perro de Presa Canarios are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Perro de Presa Canario dogs get along with other pets? Are Perro de Presa Canario dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Perro de Presa Canarios do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Perro de Presa Canario breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Perro de Presa Canarios are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Perro de Presa Canario be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Perro de Presa Canario is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Perro de Presa Canario be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Perro de Presa Canario is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Perro de Presa Canario be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Perro de Presa Canario is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Perro de Presa Canario be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Perro de Presa Canario is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Perro de Presa Canario be a boat dog?
Not really
Perro de Presa Canario breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Perro de Presa Canario be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Perro de Presa Canario breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Perro de Presa Canario dogs have health problems?
Perro de Presa Canarios are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Perro de Presa Canario breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Perro de Presa Canario breed? Health risks of Perro de Presa Canario:
BloatCryptorchidismDemodectic MangeDilated CardiomyopathyHypothyroidismLuxating PatellaObsessive Compulsive Disorder
Life Expectancy
How long do Perro de Presa Canario dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Perro de Presa Canario be?
9-11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Perro de Presa Canario breed hypoallergenic?
No
Perro de Presa Canarios don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Perro de Presa Canario have?
Perro de Presa Canarios are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Perro de Presa Canario dogs require per day?
Perro de Presa Canarios have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Perro de Presa Canarios don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Perro de Presa Canario need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Perro de Presa Canario risk for obesity:
High: The Perro de Presa Canario breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Perro de Presa Canario more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Perro de Presa Canario's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Perro de Presa Canario has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Perro de Presa Canario drool?
The Perro de Presa Canario is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Perro de Presa Canario pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Perro de Presa Canario pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Perro de Presa Canario: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Perro de Presa Canario have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Perro de Presa Canario have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
7-9 puppies

Pros & Cons of Perro de Presa Canario

Pros
  • Health Issues: Perro de Presa Canarios are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Perro de Presa Canario doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Perro de Presa Canarios shed none to minimal.
  • Watchdog Ability: Perro de Presa Canarios are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Perro de Presa Canarios don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Perro de Presa Canarios are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The Perro de Presa Canario breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Adaptability: Perro de Presa Canarios don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Perro de Presa Canarios are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Perro de Presa Canarios are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Perro de Presa Canarios are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Perro de Presa Canario is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Perro de Presa Canarios are not the best breed for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Perro de Presa Canarios are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • shustera

    Nov 19, 2020, 2:47:26 PM:

    He is very intelligent and loyal. I also had 6 dogs of this type. I recommend this breed to everyone, super choice.

  • HANDE

    Sep 9, 2020, 7:27:29 AM:

    brilliant