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Perro de Presa Canario

Also known as: Canary Dog of Prey, Presa Canario, Dogo Canario

Breed origin: Uncertain, possibly Canary Islands
Original purpose: Guarding farms, struggling with cattle and extermination of wild or stray dogs.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: males at least 100 lbs; females at least 85 lbs
Size: Height: males 23 to 26 inches; females 22 to 25 inches
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Color: All shades of fawn or brindle, with a black mask.

Life span: 8 to 12 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Perro de Presa Canario is powerful, agile, courageous, loyal, and protective. They are wary of strangers but extremely affectionate and docile with their family. They tend to be dominant and may be aggressive with other dogs. Early socialization and obedience training are a must with this breed. Because of their size and strength, they must also be socialized with children under proper supervision starting in early puppyhood. The Presa loves water and is an excellent swimmer.

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Good with other dogs? No

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? No

OK in apartments? Yes, if given enough exercise.

Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Good jogging partner? Yes

Grooming requirement: They are considered low shedders, and only require regular brushing and bathing as needed.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, hypothroidism, skin cysts, epilepsy, osteochondrodysplasias, demodectic mange, cryptorchidism, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer.

Additional photos of Perro de Presa Canario

Recommended books for further reading:

Perro De Presa Canario (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Manuel Curto Gracia
Published in 2003
158 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
United Perro de Presa Canario Club
Wikipedia breed information page

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