Perro de Presa Canario
Photo courtesy of Tamaran Bull Kennel

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Males: 23 to 26 inches
Females: 22 to 25 inches


Males: Minimum weight for a mature male is 100 lbs
Females: Minimum weight for a mature female is 85 lbs.

Breed Profile:

The ancestors of the Perro de Presa Canario are believed to have been brought to the Canary Island by the Spanish Conquistadors at the beginning of the 15th century. These ancestors of the breed were used to guard farms, herd and hold cattle, as well as to hunt wild or stray dogs. The breed's numbers began to decline by the 1940s, however, renewed interest in preserving the breed was seen in the early 1970s when a breed club was established.

The Presa Canario is a powerfully built dog with a massive head giving an overall impression of an imposing and intimidating guard dog. The breed is courageous and agile enabling him to do the work he was initially bred for: to drive and hold cattle as well as to protect his home and family. The Presa is also very affectionate, calm, docile, subdued, devoted, loyal and eager to please in the home and with his family. He is, however, suspicious of strangers and known to be aggressive with other dogs.

In order to maintain his muscular physique, he does require a fair amount of outdoor exercise and is best suited for country living.

The Presa's single coat is short, flat, harsh in texture and comes in any shade of fawn, black and brindle in any combination of these colours. He wears a black or dark brown mask on the face that does not extend over the eyes and he may or may not have a white blaze or patch on the head.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Perro de Presa Canario puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

The Perro de Presa Canario is not recommended for the first time dog owner. Owner confidence is very important as well as early socialization and obedience training.

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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