Perro de Presa Canario
|Perro de Presa
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 2 Section 2 #?
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
|FCI recognition is still pending.
The Perro de Presa Canario is a large
breed of dog.
These dogs were
originally bred to hold and guard. They are a separate breed from the
Presa Canarios have thick skin and short fur that comes in fawn,
(various shades), and black; white is allowed up to 20 percent. No shades of
blue are allowed in
competition. Males average around 125 pounds and females roughly 105 pounds.
Many breeders are trying to change the functionality of this breed by
breeding males above 140 pounds, which causes health, endurance, and other
The breed is originally from the Canary Islands in the 1800s. Its exact
ancestry is unknown, but enthusiasts believe that an already established farm
dog from the Canary Islands by the name of Majero
bardino majorero was crossed with the
Bulldogs that were brought from Europe to the Islands, creating the modern
Presa Canario. Like many fighting dogs, the breed became nearly extinct after
fighting was outlawed in the 1940s, but it was revived in the 1970s.
Hip dysplasia is known to occur in this breed.
As with any breed, those interested in purchasing a Presa Canario should
carefully research breeders and a dog's ancestry to ensure that the breeding
lines are healthy. Some enthusiasts hold that, if the dog's pedigree cannot be
traced back to the Canary Islands, it is not a true Presa Canario but rather a
As Presa Canarios are often bred for fighting or as attack dogs, this breed
has a reputation of fierce loyalty to its owners and vicious aggression to any
other person or animal perceived as a threat. Owners should be vigilant about
purchasing from reputable dealers and ensuring the dog receives obedience
The breed received considerably press noterity after
Whipple was mauled to death in
2001 by a
neighbor's two Presa Canario in the hallway of her San Francisco apartment
building. The dogs' caretakers were convicted of manslaughter.
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