The Perro de Presa Canario, (the Canary Mastiff), is a large Molosser-type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. The name of the breed is Spanish, means “Canarian catch dog”, and is often shortened to “Presa”. The breed is sometimes also called Dogo Canario, meaning “Canarian Molosser”. It is the animal symbol of the island of Gran Canaria
The Presa Canario or “Canary Dog” is a large-size dog with a thick and muscular body.The head is broad, massive, square, and powerful shape. Proper head and good expression are part of the breed standard, and are manifest in the best breed specimens. The ears are normally cropped, both to create a more formidable expression and to prevent damage while working with cattle. If cropped, the ears stand erect. In countries where ear-cropping is banned, the ears are close fitting to the head; they hang down and should be pendant or “rose” shaped. The upper lip is pendulous, although not excessively. Seen from the front, the upper and lower lips come together to form an inverted V. The inside of the lips is a dark color. Males have a standard desirable height range of 24 to 27 inches (59 to 68 cm) at the withers, with a minimum weight at maturity of 105 pounds (46 kg) and a maximum weight of 66 kilograms (145 lb). Females have a standard desirable height between 23 to 26 inches (58 to 67 cm) at the withers, with a minimum weight at maturity of 86 pounds (40 kg)and a maximum weight of 120 pounds (55 kg). The breed is also characterized by a sloping top line (with the rear being slightly higher than the shoulders). Another characteristic of the breed is the shape of the paws (cat foot) and the catlike movement of the animal. The head is fairly large and the tail typically stays long in this breed.
Presa Canario Dog Collars
This breed is one of the more powerful breeds, they necks tend to be very wide and we recommend a collar that is at least 2 inches wide.A wider collar on this breed will ensure that when they pull they will not hurt their necks and will be supported by a wider cushioned leather dog collar. We recommend Presa Canario Dog Collars from 2 inches to 2.5 inches.