The Perro de Presa Canario: A Complete Guide

The breed standard says that the Perro de Presa Canario should be calm, attentive, confident, obedient, and docile with family members and suspicious of strangers.

The Perro de Presa Canario needs a leader who can develop and manage these characteristics by guiding him with firmness and consistency and without using force or cruelty.

He is first and foremost a guard dog, and he takes his responsibilities seriously.

He has a high activity level and needs a job to do, which can be anything from being your on-leash walking companion to daily training activities.

This is a dog who will not be satisfied laying around and doing nothing all the time.

He has a high prey drive and a territorial nature, so he needs a strong and solid fence at least 6 feet high to keep him on his own property.

Perro de Presa Canario puppies are inveterate chewers. Because of how big and strong they are, they can cause a lot of damage.

Keep your Perro de Presa Canario puppy busy with training, play, and socialization experiences. A bored Presa is a destructive Presa, taking up digging, chewing, and other undesirable behaviors.

He should spend plenty of time indoors and outdoors with his family.

Perro de Presa Canario Puppies – Before You Buy…

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The Perro de Presa Canario needs early socialization.

What Price are Perro de Presa Canario Puppies?

The price of Perro de Presa Canario puppies is anywhere between $1,200 and $3,000.

How to Find Reputable Perro de Presa Canario Breeders?

Reputable breeders only produce a litter with the goal of improving their breed.

They will usually keep one puppy from each litter for future attempts to continue their breeding efforts. They do not breed for money.

Good breeders also belong to a local or national breed club and actively compete with their dogs or participate in events.

They are willing and eager to spend time with you to explain about the Perro de Presa Canario breed.

They also offer advice they feel is necessary for the betterment of the dogs. They will screen you very carefully to assure your suitability as an owner.

They will also only sell healthy dogs that have been fully examined by a veterinarian.

Reputable breeders offer or require that any dog they sell be returned to them if the owner’s situation changes and they are no longer able to keep a dog.

The main concern of the breeder is the well-being of the dog, which is why many are also involved in breed rescue work.

Reputable breeders tend to stay in touch with their clients to see how things are going.

3 Little-Known Facts About Perro de Presa Canario Puppies

  1. The ancestors of the Perro de Presa Canario were brought by the Spanish Conquistadors to the Canary Island during the 15th century.
  2. These dogs served many purposes. They guarded the farms, helped catch and hold cattle, and exterminated wild or stray dogs.
  3. In the 1940s, the breed began to decline in number and was revived again in the 1970s.

Physical Traits of the Perro de Presa Canario

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The Perro de Presa Canario is a confident and calm pet.

The Perro de Presa Canario is a fairly large and powerfully built dog with a harsh, flat coat.

The head is massive and cuboid. His ears may be cropped and are set just on top of the line of the eye. The body of the Perro de Presa Canario is slightly longer, with a broad, deep chest.

His skin is thick and elastic. His tail is very thick at the base and tapers to a point.

The Perro de Presa Canario sheds but he is easy to groom. Brush him at least once a week to remove dead hair and keep the skin and coat healthy.

Bathe him on the rare occasions that he’s dirty.

He does not drool as much as some Mastiff-type dogs, though some drooling is inevitable after he eats or drinks, or during hot weather.

Wipe his mouth after to prevent him from wiping drool on your clothing, walls, or furniture.

Trim his nails as needed, preferably once every week or two.

Brush his teeth often with a veterinarian-approved toothpaste for good overall dental health and fresh breath.

Check the ears weekly for dirt, redness, or a bad odor that can indicate an infection.

If his ears get dirty, use a cotton ball and a gentle, pH-balanced ear cleanser that’s veterinarian approved.

Begin grooming early so that your Perro de Presa Canario learns to accept handling willingly.

How Big is a Full-Grown Perro de Presa Canario?

The Perro de Presa Canario can grow up to 21 to 25 inches in height and weigh approximately 80 to 100 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Perro de Presa Canario?

The life expectancy of the Perro de Presa Canario is approximately 9 to 11 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Perro de Presa Canario

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The Perro de Presa Canario needs a lot of daily exercise.

The Perro de Presa Canario develops a strong bond with his family and will protect them from any threat.

He is active and athletic, and he’s suitable as a jogging or exercise companion.

When the day is done, he’s happy to relax with you on the couch. Caution is warranted when it comes to exposing children to the Perro de Presa Canario.

Children should be introduced to him at an early age. Let them help feed him, groom him, and play with him so he learns that they are part of the family.

Neighboring children should also be encouraged to play with the puppy.

With proper training and supervision, the Perro de Presa Canario can do well in a family with children.

He’s aggressive toward other dogs. It is particularly unwise to keep him with another dog of the same gender, or with the same macho mentality.

This dog can live happily in most environments as long as he receives moderate amounts of daily exercise.

But consider the presence of other dogs if you live in a communal area, such as an apartment or a condo complex.

Their presence could be an issue if your Perro de Presa Canario is aggressive toward other animals.

Early socialization and training may help adjust his attitude but will not always be successful.

The Perro de Presa Canario is observant, curious, and wary of strangers. These qualities, combined with his deep bark, makes him a very effective watchdog and guard dog as well.

The Perro de Presa Canario’s Diet

As a large breed dog, the Perro de Presa Canario should be fed a dog food diet formulated for breeds of his size.

If you plan to train him for some kind of job, you may want to feed him an active or working breed formula.

Be sure to choose a dog food made with high-quality ingredients, including animal proteins and digestible carbohydrates.

How Much Exercise Does a Perro de Presa Canario Need?

The Perro de Presa Canario is a moderately active breed and he does best when given a job to do.

A long daily walk will satisfy his exercise needs, though he will also appreciate having some outdoor space to roam and play.

If not exercised thoroughly, he can become bored and therefore destructive. This breed is an excellent competitor in a wide range of fields, agility, obedience, and Iron Dog competitions.

Having your Perro de Presa Canario train and compete in any of these fields will help keep him trim and healthy.

Perro de Presa Canario Health and Conditions

The Perro de Presa Canario is a fairly healthy breed, though he is prone to a number of orthopedic problems because of his massive size.

This breed has a high risk for hip and elbow dysplasia. It has also been known to develop osteochondritis dissecans.

Other health problems seen in the Perro de Presa Canario include eye problems, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and bloat.

Responsible breeding practices and DNA testing can reduce the risk for congenital conditions in this breed.

My Final Thoughts on the Perro de Presa Canario

The Perro de Presa Canario is a strong-willed breed that has dominant tendencies.

This, combined with his massive size, can make him a bit challenging to control.

When properly socialized and trained, however, he can be calm and docile, but he will always be a little bit independent.

The Perro de Presa Canario is naturally protective and suspicious of strangers, so he makes a good guard dog.

It is important to be careful with this breed around cats and other pets because he has a high prey drive and strong territorial instincts.

The Perro de Presa Canario is affectionate and alert. He has a deep and intimidating bark, although he’s pretty quiet in general.

He’s confident, calm, devoted, and vigilant. Obedient with family members, these dogs may act suspicious around strangers.

Good and early socialization can help him adapt to new people and situations.

The Perro de Presa Canario makes excellent guard dogs. His large appearance alone is intimidating, and his hyperawareness makes him stand ready to defend people or property.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

3.5
Cost to Buy
6.5
Cuteness Level
7
Family Safety
6
Friendliness
7.5
Health Concerns
5.5
Life Span
7
Exercise Required
3.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 5.8 / 10

Written by Emily Green

Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 2 dogs; Bilbo and Hannah, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she's not nerding out on dogs, you'll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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