The Presa Canario is member of the mastiff or molosser group of dogs. This breed hails from the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain. The modern Presa is more of a modern re-creation of a breed due to the limited gene pool available to re-construct the breed with the surge of interest and popularity in recent years.
Unlike some other members of the “mastiff” family, the Presa is not a “giant” of a dog. This is a medium to large sized mastiff with more importance placed on what the dog can do than it’s size. A short, thick coat, powerful head and muzzle, rectangle shaped body and intimidating look best describe the breed to look at. Ears are generally cropped with a natural tail. Compared to many of the other “mastiff” breeds, the Presa also has a more functional recent history and present state. This is one of the only mastiff breeds being actively competed with in dog sports including protection and obedience sports. The Presa has been used as a guardian, a livestock dog, a general duty farm-dog, a family pet and a fighting dog. As with responsible ownership and breeding of any purpose-bred breed of dog, correct specimens of today (whether they are actively used or not) should have the traits that identified them as the breed when it was established. The Presa Canario is a hardy breed, not bothered by the weather in Canada in Summer or Winter. These dogs thrive on four-season exercise and activity.
We keep Presas as family and property guardians that also act as our loyal companions. We treat our Presas with firm love and respect. Our Presas offer us love and respect and protection to an extent I have not experienced in other breeds.