Perro De Presa Canario

Other names/Nicknames:
  • Canary Islands Fighting Dog
Country/Date of origin:
  • Canary Islands
  • 1800′s
  • 21 to 25 inches
  • 84 to 106 pounds
  • Very fierce and determined.
  • Intelligent.
  • Its admirers claim that it is even-tempered with family members.

Developed by crossing native island dogs with Mastiffs brought from Great Britain in the 19th century.  This dog was developed specifically for the purpose of dog-fighting.  This practice was banned in 1940, and for this reason the breed almost became extinct by the 1960′s.

Body Type:
  • A large, Mastiff-type dog.
  • The medium-long tail is carried low and is sometimes docked.
  • The small, folded ears are sometimes altered.
  • Short and harsh in texture.
  • The allowed colors are various shades of brindle and solid fawn.
  • Minimal grooming required.
Health and Wellness:
  • Possible hip dysplasia.
What you should know:
  • It is wise to remember that this dog was bred solely for the purpose of fighting.
  • Obedience training is very highly recommended.
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