Country of OriginCanary Island (Spain)
Nicknames and Other NamesPresa
Dogo Canario
Presa Canario
Canarian Molosser
Canary Catch Dog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCross Breed
GroupGuardian Dog
Bred ForWorking livestock
Recognized ByUKC, AKC, FCI
Life Span9-11 years
Ideal Weight84-110 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height22-26 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeShort, single coat, slightly coarse
Common ColorsBrown, Gold, Orange,
Tiger, Silver, Fawn
MarkingsWhite markings
Brindle markings
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToCane Corso

The Perro de Presa Canario is a rare mastiff dog with a very powerful and complex personality. They are used as “catch dogs”, chasing cattle, hogs, and killing strange dogs.

These herding dogs are large in size with a massive head and heavy rectangular body. They are slightly longer than their height with a broad, deep chest and their tail is moderately high which reaches to the hock. Overall the Perro de Presa Canario dog’s impression is that of an imposing, solid guard dog.

Origin & History Of Perro de Presa Canario

The Perro de Presa Canario is believed to date to the 15th and 16th centuries. They were descended from the Canary Islands by the Spanish conquistadores. There they used to guard farms, and used to drive off and killed other dogs.

The Perra de Preso was developed by the contribution of various other breeds which include Iberian Presa, a mastiff type and other types of bulldogs know as Alonas. Together with that a sheepdog called Bardino Majorero also contributed it genes in their development.

By the year 1940, the Perro de Presa Canario started to get extinct but later it was revived again in the 1970s. The Perro de Presa Canario was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 2003.

Are They Child-Friendly?

Talking about their behavior with children, it totally depends on how you raise your Perra de Presa Canario. If they are trained and socialized properly since their puppy age, they can be an excellent playmate for your kids and will always protect them if a situation occurs.

One thing you have to make sure is that never allow your kids to be lower than the dog, this will help you step over them. As they have the habit to smack in the middle of everything

Temperament, Personality & Behavior

Temperament: The Temperament of Perro de Presa is calm, dominant, gentle, strong-willed and protective. Most of them are docile and affectionate and are even territorial. They are aggressive and are wary of strangers. To train them they require a confident leadership.

Perro De Presa Canario Is Active Breed
Perro De Presa Canario Running.
Image Via Dogocanarianet

Personality: The Perro de Presa Canario has a bold, active, athletic and loving personality. These dogs develop a strong bond to their family and will protect them from any threat. Despite being large in size, they do moderately well for apartment life, if sufficiently exercised. Dogs of this breed are very active by nature so they perform well at outdoors.

Behavior:The Perro de Presa is an aggressive dog who usually does well with its family members but are suspicious around stranger. They are not considered for first time dog owners as they are very dominant by nature and requires a highly experienced owner to handle them.

With proper training and socialization, the Perro de Presa Canario can do well with a family with children. It’s important to remember that their sweeping tail can easily knock small children.


Training the Perro De Perse is quite challenging as they are quite dominant. They require a confident trainer who can give them consistent and firm training. Treats can be a good idea to motivate them but too many treats can cause obesity.

Because of their strong-willed nature, their training will continue throughout their life.


Interesting Facts About Perro de Presa Canaria:

  • The Perro de Presa Canaria loves water and can be an excellent swimmer.
  • They can tolerate heat more than other mastiff-type breeds.
  • The name, “Perro de Presa Canario” comes from the Spanish language, meaning “Canarian catch dog.
  • This breed is banned from ownership in Australia and New Zealand, largely because the administration of these countries believe them to be aggressive.


General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesCryptorchidism, Bloat,
Hypothyroidism, Luxating Patella,
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Distemper,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus,
SheddingNone to Minimal
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialHigh
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 27%
Fat: 14%
Digestive Enzymes
Fish Oil

Common health issues of Perro de Preso Canaria are:

  • Elbow Dysplasia: Abnormalities in the elbow joint in the dog
  • Panosteitis: A painful condition characterized by limping and lameness.
  • Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism, a common disorder in many purebred dogs, involves the insufficient activity of the thyroid gland
  • Patellar Luxation: More common in small dog breeds, patellar luxation (or slipped kneecap) have been cited in the Perro de Presa Canario, the lateral form, luxation, where the patella slips to the outside, being more common. 

Color Pattern

The Perro de Presa Canaria re found in various colors which include:

  • Black
  • Brindle
  • Fawn
  • Silver Fawn
  • Red Fawn
  • Red Brindle

Puppy Price

The Perro de Presa Canario dogs give birth upto 7-9 puppies at a time.

Perro De Presa Canario Puppies Are Cute
Perro De Presa Canario Pup Image Via Pet4Homes

The Price of Perro de Presa Canaria starts from $200 depending on the breeder as well as the quality of the breed, but if you want to buy the purest breed, it might cost you somewhere between $2500.

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