Perro de Presa Canario


Strong-willed and intelligent, the Presa Canarios is also known as ‘Dogo Canario’, or Canary dog. They were first bred in the Canary Islands during the 19th Century, for dog fighting, guarding and herding.
They are thought to be related to the Bardino Majero (which was once indigenous to the Canaries but now extinct) and imported English Mastiffs.
By the 1960s, these guys were facing extinction as dog fighting became illegal, and as foreign dogs like the German Shepherd Dog, Doberman Pinscher and Great Dane become increasingly popular.
Luckily they were saved – by the work of American vet Dr. Carl Semencie. And now, as part of the American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service, we’re very pleased to say they’ve got more than a fighting chance.

Breed Insights

They require a strong, confident, dedicated and experienced owner who will assert their dominance.
The Presa Canario was originally bred for various purposes including the guarding of people and/or property. Individual members of this breed will benefit from firm and dedicated training to temper this guarding tendency, and thus help to maintain safety as a household companion.
They are very energetic and athletic and require daily physical activity such as long walks and activities such as tracking and trailing.
An impressive guard dog who is protective of its territory and wary of strangers. May not get along with other dogs, though this may be reduced through early socialization.

Height: 22.00 - 26.00 in

Show Weight: 81.60 - 103.60 lb

Pet Weight: 22.00 - 26.00 lb