Presa Canario

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Life span

11 Years


59 Kg


Hybrid Dogs

Presa Canario Overview

The Presa Canario was originally bred for a working with livestock. As they’re a giant dog breed they grow to a size of  21-25 inches and weigh in the region of 80-100 pounds.

They’re a powerful dog breed, with a square head, broad muzzle and chest. They come in various brindles, including fawn.  They have a docile personality and known for being very affectionate. They’re especially good with children, despite their loud bark. Continuous training is a must with this dog breed as they’re prone to becoming bored and naughty.

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Presa Canario Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Presa Canario is also known as the "canary Dog of Prey" and is thought to date back to the 15th and 16th centuries right after the conquest of the Canary Islands. 

Presa Canario Temperament

Presas require early socialisation and obedience training. This dog is prone to being aggressive towards other dogs if they're not trained and socialised correctly. 

The Presa makes an excellent guard dog and would suit living with large outdoor space for where they can roam and play. This dog is not suitable for a family with young children. 

Presa Canario Training

The Presa requires obedience training at the very start as soon as they arrive at their new home. this dog has the tendency to think they're in charge and this behaviour needs to be addressed from the start. The Presa needs to understand who is Alpha and to be obedient. 

The Presa is a wonderful dog breed but does require continuous training and any wrong behaviours must be addressed correctly and calmly. The Presa doesn't respond well to harsh tones and therefore training should be done in a firm but gentle manner. 


The Presa requires minimal grooming of their coat. They should be brushed once a week to remove any dead hair and help keep their skin and coat healthy. They do shed seasonally and would require more brushing during this time.

As with all dog breeds, they need regular trimming of their nails and cleaning of their eyes and ears to prevent and build-up of dirt which can lead to infection. 

The Presa needs their teeth to be brushed on a daily basis. 


The Presa is prone to certain health conditions and these include:

  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Osteochondritis 
  • Eye problems
  • Eplispy
  • Cryptorchidism

Presa Canario Exercise Needs

The Presa requires relatively little exercise despite their size. They are happy with 30-40 minutes twice a day. They do, however, require plenty of mental stimulation to keep them happy and well-balanced. 

Providing them with plenty of toys and interactive games will help keep them mentally stimulated and happy. 

Children and other pets

The Presa isn't suitable for a family with young children and other household pets.