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Perro de Presa Canario

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Purebred Star Blog Series

Do you like a strong, dominating look in your pets? Are you looking for a dog that will not hesitate to protect your family? If you have experience working with a strong breed, physically and mentally, the Perro de Presa Canario may be a breed to consider.

Originally bred for guarding and herding cattle and on the Canary Islands, the Perro de Presa Canario was often used in dog-fights until the sport became illegal. Sadly, they are often still used in the illegal world of dog-fighting.

With their beautiful muscular stance, intimidating stare, and strong determination to protect their family, this breed isn't meant for a first time pet-parent.

Perro de Presa Canario Country of Origin

Did you know that the Presa Canario is named after the famous Canary Islands? The breed had an intricate role in the naming of this island. When explorers discovered the island, they met these large muscular dogs that were roaming the island. Thus they named it Canaria from the Latin word Canis, meaning dog.

The adorable yellow canary birds that we know originate from this island originally got their name from the Presa Canario.

Almost becoming extinct, an American, Dr. Carl Semencic, is credited with writing an article about this rare breed in a dog magazine and book. This is believed to have helped revive the breed.

Apartment or Condo Living, No Problem

As a disclosure, many associations have banned certain breeds due to the glorified negativity in the media. I highly recommend you check with your apartment or condo association to find out if they allow the Perro de Presa Canario.

The Presa Canario is a laid back dog that is pretty calm inside the home, making them ideal for apartment or condo living. But just because they are considered calm, does not mean they won't require a daily exercise program.

Moderate Energy Still Requiring Daily Exercise

The Presa Canario is a dog that will do well on daily walk, or even a running partner. Putting a backpack on the Presa Canario and going for a hike will make this breed very happy. They enjoy working for their family, and using a backpack is one way to achieve that.

They thrive in an environment that provides them the proper physical and mental stimulation. Exercise, obedience training, and proper socialization will need to be a big part of this breed's daily routine.

Does Best with Submissive, Opposite Sex Dogs

The Perro de Presa Canario is known to have been used in dog-fighting. They have a strong, dominant temperament and do not take to other assertive and domineering dogs.

Early socialization is imperative for this breed. Although they may never do well in a Doggy Daycare setting, having good manners on walks and in public areas is just as important.

Great Family + Guard Dog

The Presa Canario makes a great family companion. They are considered gentle, friendly with their family, confident, and devoted. They enjoy being around rambunctious children, and love to follow, play, and romp around with them.

They do best in a family environment as the only pet. The family should provide their Presa Canario straight forward rules and boundaries, never allowing this breed to take control. A Presa Canario that is running the family dynamic will display aggressive, out-of-control, dominant, marking behaviors.

They absolutely will have no issues alerting you to strangers and will display a guarded attitude towards them. Their size, cropped ears (which is a very painful and unnecessary procedure), and stare will be enough to intimidate anyone visiting. If they feel their pack is being threatened, the Presa Canario will take it upon themselves to protect them.

Health Concerns – Be Aware

Like any large size breed they may encounter health problems with their hips and elbows, and luxating patellas. Other concerns are epilepsy, demodectic mange, hypothyroidism, obsessive compulsive disorder, and wobbler syndrome. The Perro de Presa Canario's average lifespan is typically 9 to 11 years.

Adopt First

As you begin looking for a Perro de Prasia Canario please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!


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