The Perro de Presa Canario!

The Perro de Presa Canario or the Presas are a very rare breed. Sometimes, they are even confused with Molosser Breeds. The Presa or the Canary Dog has a powerful, square head. It is also worth noting that its head is nearly as wide as it is long. Its muzzle is broad while the chest is very deep and likewise broad. The rump is slightly raised. Perro de Presa Canarios have dense bones, thick skin, powerful muscles and a massive head with a large jaw. Instead of the usual hanging types as with most dogs, their ears are cropped. As for its body, white markings are sometimes seen. They also have long, straight legs, even or slightly undershot mouth and great power with agility.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
9-11 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Flexible,but needs time outdoors.


Exercise Needs:
Needs to maintain muscle tone.

Breed Group:


21 to 25 inches

84 to 106 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Various brindles and fawns; sometimes with white markings

National breed club:
AKC Information on Perro de Presa Canario

Perro de Presa Canario Skills

These dogs were generally bred as fight dogs. During the time of the great Alaunts, “manly” sport including bull-baiting and later on, dog fighting are considered to be the infamous spectator sport of Spain. In Spain, large and agile fighting dogs were called Pero de Pressa, which means “gripping” or ‘holding dog” and loosely translated as bulldog. In most countries, dog fighting has already been banned and considered illegal. However, several rural areas in South America and Puerto Rico, where Spaniards have settled continue to further this sport and still enjoy an avid following.

Perro de Presa Canario Personality

The Perro de Presa Canario is not recommended for first time dog owners. Those who plan on getting this particular breed must be someone who understands the canine’s alpha nature. The dog’s owner and his family should also feel comfortable around the Presa for it can easily sense discomfort and might interpret it as distrust. The Perro de Presa Canario also make outstanding guard dogs. Their appearance is already intimidating to any intruder, add to this the fact that they are very good at confrontations. If not treated or trained well, this breed could turn out to be very dangerous dogs. However, with the proper care and a devoted owner, they make excellent companions.

Exercise Needs

They are very flexible and would enjoy almost any family outing – be it a picnic at the park, a swim, or just a walk around the neighborhood.

Living Conditions

This breed would do well with space big enough for them to run around in. They cannot constantly be kept inside the home or they start to become restless. They have playful good natures and enjoy walks and play time immensely.

Grooming Requirements

Presas are average shedders. It is also very easy to groom their rough and short coat. Just wiping off with a towel usually already result in a gleaming finish.

Health Issues

Presas are a generally healthy breed and not prone to one particular disease or illness.

If you liked this dog… would also like the Bulldog which has almost the same temperament as the Presa. Both were also bred as fight dogs and, as such, share similar features.


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