Four Facts About Presa Puppies

Buying a puppy isn’t easy. Even if you know the breed you want to take home, you still need to do plenty of research to understand what you’re getting yourself into. Failing to research the breed’s history and requirements can lead to an unhappy life for both you and your new pup.

Continue reading to get some need-to-know info on Presa puppies.

They are a Molosser-type dog breed

Molosser is a term used to refer to a large category of dog breeds, which includes Presa Canarios, Boxers, Bull Terriers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Newfoundlands and others. As the name suggests, these breeds all share the Molossus as a common ancestor. The Molossus was a large shepherd dog located in what is now Greece and Albania.

Molosser-type breeds have heavy bones, a short and muscular neck, pendant ears and broad muzzles. All of these breeds are loyal working dogs, but they typically require plenty of training to be on their best behavior with strangers and other pets.

They’re excellent watchdogs

Presas were originally brought to the Canary Islands by the Spanish conquistadors in the 15th century to herd and protect cattle. The breed has kept this watchful nature about them throughout the centuries, so your Presa will be an excellent watchdog at your home.

Be careful, though—Presas are naturally suspicious of strangers (even if they’re not intruders) and can be aggressive towards other animals. You need to train and socialize your Presa puppy early to tame their urge to be overly aggressive towards humans and other animals your pet doesn’t know.

They’re known by a few different names

Another one of the fun facts about Presa Canarios is that you might see a few different names for the breed when you’re doing your online research.

English-speaking countries call this breed Presa Canarios or Presas for short; however, the full name for the breed is Perro de Presa Canario, which translates from Spanish into Canarian catch dog. Some other names you might come across online are Canary Mastiff, Canary Dog or Canarian Molosser.

They like to stay active

Some of the most important, need-to-know information on Presa puppies is that they must stay active. As we mentioned above, Presa Canarios were bred to work, so they’re often looking for things to do. Presas aren’t content lying around all day on the couch, so plan to dedicate at least an hour per day to playtime. If you live an active lifestyle, be sure to take your puppy with you on your adventures!

The good news is that Presas aren’t quite as active as some working dogs. While we do recommend that Presa owners have a fenced-in backyard for their pups, Presas may be content to simply go on walks twice a day.

Is a Presa puppy right for you?

Now that you know these fun facts about Presa Canarios, it’s time to start looking for your new Presa puppy. D&G Kennels is home to some of the top Presa bloodlines, so reach out to us today to learn more about our puppy availability.