Perro de Presa Canario

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Country of Origin:Spain
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Rare
Use today:Companion, guard dog
Color:Any shade of fawn, black and brindle
Coat:Short, flat, harsh coat.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:22 to 25 inches at the shoulder
Weight:85 to 100 pounds

The Presa Canario, also called the Dogo Canario or Canary Dog, was historically a guardian and cattle driving dog. The breed originated on the Canary Islands, a group of Spanish volcanic islands that sits about 100 miles northwest of Africa. The Presa was developed by crossing native dogs with bulldogs and mastiffs that were brought in from Britain during the 19th century. This cross-breeding resulted in a powerful, muscular, large-boned dog with a massive head. The even-tempered, intelligent and athletic Presa has a short, smooth, coarse coat in fawn or brindle with a darker face mask. Height ranges from 231/2 to 251/2 inches tall at the shoulder for males and 22 to 24 inches for females. The minimum weight for males is 110 pounds; females should weigh a minimum of 88 pounds. The Presa is quiet in the home, loyal to its family, wary of strangers and protective of its property. Like many guardian breeds, it requires early training and plenty of socialization.

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