Presa Canario

Perro de Presa Canario dog breed
Perro de Presa Canario. Photography © Paul Fearn | Alamy Stock Photo.

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 80 – 130 pounds
  • Height: 21 – 25 inches

The Look of a Presa Canario

The Perro de Presa Canario has a powerful, medium-to-large frame covered in a harsh, flat coat that can usually be found in solids or combinations of brown, black and brindle. Sometimes the Canary Dog’s face has a dark mask. It has a large, square head with a wide muzzle, black nose, oval-shaped eyes and ears (pendant or erect) that are set above the eyes. Its thick tail is usually carried high. Overall, the Presa Canario looks well built and commanding.


  • Powerful
  • Intelligent
  • Independent
  • Protective
  • Active

Ideal Human Companion

  • Active singles
  • Families with older children
  • Experienced dog handlers
  • Outdoorsy types

What They Are Like to Live With

Strong-bodied and strong-willed, the Canary Dog makes for a powerful overall canine. It does best with an experienced dog owner who knows how to provide firm but positive training. When properly trained and socialized from an early age, it can be a loving and loyal family friend. And if you’re looking for a dependable guard dog, look no further than the Perro de Presa Canario.

Things You Should Know

The Presa Canario can live as long as 12 years with relatively few genetic health issues. Some may develop hip dysplasia and epilepsy. Fairly easy to groom, the Presa Canario’s harsh coat does not shed too much and just needs the occasional brushing and bathing. It needs a good, daily walk to stay mentally and physically fit.


The Perro de Presa Canario (also known as the Canary Dog) originated in the Canary Islands four centuries ago. No one knows for sure how the Presa Canario came to be, but some have theorized that Spanish invaders brought Mastiffs that bred with native dogs to create this tough and durable guard dog and cow herder.

1 thought on “Presa Canario”

  1. I loved your post on Presa Canario’s. I think you hit it spot on. We adopted ours at 9 months old and they are very powerful dogs. She had severe fear aggression however when we were able to find a professional trainer to help us with the issues. It took no time at all to retrain her so that she was more approachable. They are extremely smart and fast learners. Because they have the “guard” instinct” I would highly recommend working on training rather than guarding. As long as they are learning and have a job to do. They seem very content. Great job on the post. It really is very accurate, thank you for sharing.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get Dogster in your inbox!

Stay informed! Get tips and exclusive deals.

Let Dogster answer all of your most baffling canine questions!

Starting at just

This error message is only visible to WordPress admins
There has been a problem with your Instagram Feed.


Follow Us

Shopping Cart