American Canine Association


Presa Canario


Oringinating in the Canary Islands hundreds of years ago, the Presa Canario is belived to be made up of the Mastiff and Bardino Majero bloodlines. This breed was used to chase after and hunt down live stock that would not follow the herd, as well as protection for both owner and livestock. At one point this breed was also used for dog fighting. This breed is extremely popular in the USA today and kept as companions, guard dogs, Schutzhund trained and used for other types of protection and farming jobs.


The Presa Canario is a large breed dog appearing very intimidating to most with males and females measuring 21-25 inches in height and weighing 80-100 pounds in weight. Their head is large in size, rectangular in shape and forms into a muzzle almost the same width with extra skin on either side of the muzzle. Their large, oval shaped eyes are available in a light hazel to black in color. Their general body build is a solid body of muscle, broad chest, and a rectangular shaped body that is slightly longer than it is tall. Their tail is long in length and tapers to a point. Their two pendant shaped ears are generally cropped to two small triangles, standing firm on their head. The Presa Canario has a single layer coat that is harsh to the touch and available in brindle and fawn, with or without white markings.


This breed is best suited for those who are able to remain pack leader at all times and create rules and boundaries within the home. The Presa Canario is an extremely loving, affectionate dog who is docile towards their owners and fierce towards any stranger they feel can cause a threat. This breed does well with all children he or she is exposed to and grows up alongside of, as well as other dogs; however there are exceptions to every rule, and not all Presa Canario's grow up to be accepting of other dogs. This breed will let you know when someone is approaching your property with a loud and deep bark. If for some reason they feel someone is trying to intrude into your harm, this breed will stop at no boundaries to protect their home and their family. Be sure to socialize this breed with your nearest friends and family members as your puppy grows, to avoid any issues when they're over at your house. Generally, the Presa will accept anybody their owners accept within the home when they feel the owners feel safe and confident.


This breed does shed daily. Brush daily and bathe when needed. This breed does drool.

Special Notes

This breed isn't a breed for everybody; they require a dog experienced owner who is educated about the Presa Canario breed. This breed requires a properly fenced in area to roam within while outdoors at all times. Please fully educate yourself about the Presa Canario breed prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial commitment to your new family member. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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