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.