Perro de Presa Canario
Coat and Color
The coat is short with no undercoating and slightly coarse to the touch. The coat comes in all shades of fawn and
brindle. The acceptance of the black coat is a point of contention among fanciers as it is allowed by the AKC-FSS,
UKC, and the UPPCC standards, in all ranges, but not by the FCI or FIC standards.
White is allowed up to 20 percent and is most commonly found on the chest and feet, and occasionally on a blaze
on the muzzle; although White Presas have existed. The breed standard requires black pigmentation and dogs
should have a black mask that does not extend above the eyes. The breed is known for its very minimal shedding.
Presas are of strong character and are dominant
animals requiring early socialization and obedience training. In some situations, the Presa can be aggressive
toward other dogs and suspicious of strangers. Once the dog has been properly socialized and trained this becomes
the exception rather than the rule. Many Presas share their homes with children, other dogs, cats, horses and other
Due to its temperament, the Presa Canario can be a
challenge to train. They require a firm owner who is willing and able to meet the challenges a young, dominant
puppy may pose. The breed is not traditionally suited for protection sports but is gaining in popularity due to a
small group of enthusiasts who have selected dogs based on a smaller size and heavily on function.
The Perro de Presa Canario is not recommended for the first-time dog owner. Obedience training is a
MUST without exception and is required to be a responsible Presa
As a large breed, the Presa Canario can be susceptible to hip dysplasia. Contributed factors to hip dysplasia
include but not limited to: genetics, poor nutrition and too much or improper exercise. Other reported health
problems include patellar luxation and patellar evulsions, skin cysts, epilepsy, osteochondrodysplasias, demodectic
mange and cryptorchidism.
A health issue unique to Spain is canine visceral leishmaniasis. Leishmaniasis is a blood parasite that has a
long incubation period (of several years) and most often leads to death.
The average lifespan for the Presa Canario is 8-–12 years.