The Full Story on Presa Canarios

What do you need to know if you’re considering Presa Canario ownership? Are Presas good dogs? What are the pros and cons? Use this quick owner’s guide to the Presa Canario to learn more about this breed and determine if one of these dogs would be a good fit for your lifestyle.

A bit of history

Also known as Canary Mastiffs, Presa Canarios originate from Spain, on their namesake island of Gran Canaria. They are an uncommon breed with a long history. Presa Canarios have been bred as livestock guardians and catch dogs, and have ties to ancient Greek battle dogs bred for power and durability. Modern Presa Canarios exhibit many of these characteristics still, with impressive height, thick front quarters and square-shaped heads.

Are Presas good dogs?

Presa Canarios have unique needs, which means they are not the perfect choice for all dog owners. Like other Mastiffs, Presa Canarios are known for their aggression. However, with proper training from a young age, Presa Canarios can be very friendly and docile with people they trust. They can also be quite attentive, protective and subservient.

Grooming needs

This is a short-haired breed that offers low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Shedding is minimal, so there is little cleanup, and the dog’s coat is easy to care for.

Advantages of Presa Canarios

  • Loyalty: If you’re looking for a loyal dog, a Presa Canario fits the bill. This breed can be very loyal and even docile with owners they come to trust.
  • Strength: Presa Canarios are big and strong. Their build is not a façade. These dogs are extremely tough.
  • Sociability: With proper training, Presa Canarios can be sociable. Start training at a young age, and these dogs can safely interact with other pets, children and strangers.
  • Protective: If you need a good guard dog, Presa Canarios are a great option. This breed makes powerful guard dogs to protect your home and family.

Challenges of Presa Canarios

  • Training challenges: Training Presa Canarios can be difficult. This breed must be trained strongly to achieve the desired results.
  • Pack mentality: This breed tends to abide by pack mentality. It may use aggression to elevate its authority, which can make training more difficult.
  • Needy: Some breeds are lower maintenance than others. Presa Canarios are needy dogs. If you plan to take on ownership of one of these animals, be sure you can provide the attention they need.
  • Controversial: In some communities, this breed is considered controversial due to its size, strength and potential for aggression.

Learn more

Would you like a more detailed owner’s guide to the Presa Canario? Contact your Presa Canario experts at D&G Kennels. We deal solely in imports, and take regular trips to the Canary Islands to select our breeding stock. For over 20 years, we’ve put our time and passion into these animals, and our kennel team has a rare level of experience when it comes to working with this breed. We would be happy to educate you further on this unique breed and help you determine if Presa Canario ownership is right for you.