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The Presa Canario, an imposing dog

The imposing size of the Presa Canario is a deterrent. Even if he is not aggressive, his physique allows him to fully assume his role as a guard dog. Powerful, agile, it is an animal that impresses more than one. He can also be an excellent companion dog, faithful, calm and devoted.

Characteristics of the Presa Canario

The Presa Canario is a majestic animal distinguished by a muscular body and a developed bone structure. This large dog of molossoid type forces respect with its height at the withers of 61 and 66 cm in males for an approximate weight of 65 kg. The females are also impressive as they have a height at the withers of 56 to 62 cm for a weight varying between 40 and 55 kg. They are longer than the males. This dog develops a compact, massive, broad head, with a brachycephalic appearance and marked by powerful jaws.

Of medium size, the eyes are oval shaped and have a dark brown color. The medium sized ears are set wide apart and drop at the base. The Presa Canario can be recognized by the black mask covering its muzzle. A peculiarity of this dog, regardless of the coat. The latter can be brindle or fawn, in all kinds of shades. The base of the neck and the chest reveal white markings. As for the coat, it is short, rustic and without undercoat.

History of the Presa Canario

The Presa Canario is a symbol in Gran Canaria where it originates. It is a Spanish island located off the Atlantic Ocean and included in the Canary Islands. This breed is ancient since it is mentioned as early as the 16th century. On its native island, it was mainly used as a fighting dog. The Presa Canario is believed to be a cross between the Bardino, also native to the Spanish island of Fuerteventura, some molossoids and the mastiff. This dog almost disappeared after the prohibition of fighting. Its official recognition only dates from 2011.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Presa Canario

After a long career as a fighting dog, the Great Dane is nowadays a working and guard dog. But he is also an excellent companion dog. He will ardently protect his family and can evolve with children thanks to his calm and peaceful temperament. It is a devoted and balanced animal that is very distrustful of strangers. The latter can become frightened because of the animal's very serious barking. Another thing: the Presa Canario needs a lot of physical exercise and will enjoy running for a long time. Therefore, it only adapts itself to sporting masters.

Diet and main health problems of the Presa Canario

The Great Dane is a robust dog that is not afraid of humidity or cold. He has a very long growth which only ends after the 30th month. Like large dogs, it can be prone to hip dysplasia. Skin diseases such as demodecic scabies should be watched for. The same goes for epilepsy or osteoporosis.