The Perro de Presa Canario has a powerful, medium-to-large frame covered in a harsh, flat coat that can usually be found in solids or combinations of brown, black and brindle. Sometimes the Canary Dog’s face has a dark mask. It has a large, square head with a wide muzzle, black nose, oval-shaped eyes and ears (pendant or erect) that are set above the eyes. Its thick tail is usually carried high. Overall, the Presa Canario looks well built and commanding.
Strong-bodied and strong-willed, the Canary Dog makes for a powerful overall canine. It does best with an experienced dog owner who knows how to provide firm but positive training. When properly trained and socialized from an early age, it can be a loving and loyal family friend. And if you’re looking for a dependable guard dog, look no further than the Perro de Presa Canario.
The Presa Canario can live as long as 12 years with relatively few genetic health issues. Some may develop hip dysplasia and epilepsy. Fairly easy to groom, the Presa Canario’s harsh coat does not shed too much and just needs the occasional brushing and bathing. It needs a good, daily walk to stay mentally and physically fit.
The Perro de Presa Canario (also known as the Canary Dog) originated in the Canary Islands four centuries ago. No one knows for sure how the Presa Canario came to be, but some have theorized that Spanish invaders brought Mastiffs that bred with native dogs to create this tough and durable guard dog and cow herder.