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Perro De Presa Canario


Perro De Presa Canario Facts

  • Group
  • Working
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 22" - 25.5"
  • Weight
  • 90-115 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Black / Brindle
    • Brindle
    • Red-Brindle
    • Fawn
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Dogo Canario, Presa Canario, Canary dog


The Canary dog originated on the Canary Islands.

Date Of Origin

Documentation of the original, holding dogs date back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.


This breed was developed specifically for dog fighting. Its ancestry probably includes the now-extinct local breed, the Bardino Majero, crossed with imported English Mastiff's. By the 1960's the breed was nearly extinct, but it was revived by the American veterinarian Dr. Carl Semencic.


The Canary dog is a large, strong and muscular dog that is longer than it is tall. It has a massive head that is covered with lose skin creating wrinkles. It has a short muzzle and wide black nose. The oval, medium sized eyes are medium to dark chestnut. The medium size ears are naturally drop or rose, or cropped erect. There is a wide chest and thick, natural, sabrelike tail. The skin is thick and lose, especially at the head, and covered with a short, flat single coat. It is brindle or fawn with a dark mask.


This is a calm, attentive, confident, and even keeled dog. It is gentle and affectionate with family, including children, but wary with strangers. It is aloof. It generally gets along with submissive dogs of the opposite sex.


In the past, this dog was used in dog fighting and as a guard, now it is a companion and a protector of its family.

Health Concerns

Entropion, epilepsy, demodectic mange, hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, OCD, luxating patellas, wobbler syndrome.

Additional Information

This dog requires an owner who is committed to continued, supervised socialization for this breed with people and dogs.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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