Perro de Presa Canario

Perro de Presa Canario
Dogo Canario.jpg
Perro de Presa Canario
Other namesCanary Mastiff
Canary Catch Dog
Canarian Molosser
Presa Canario
Dogo Canario
Common nicknamesPresa
OriginCanary Islands (Spain)
Classification / standards
FCIGroup 2, Section 2.1 Molossian: Mastiff type #346standard
The AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS) is an optional recording service for purebred dogs that are not yet eligible for AKC registration.
UKCGuardian Dogstandard
NotesThe breed is recognized, by the FCI, on a definitive basis and eligible for the CACIB from 6 July 2011.[1]
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Perro de Presa Canario, a.k.a. the Canary Mastiff, is a rare 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 Canario" or simply "Presa". The breed is sometimes also called Dogo Canario, meaning "Canarian Molosser". It is the animal symbol of the island of Gran Canaria.[2]


A portrait showing the breed's distinctive head

The Perro de Presa Canario or "Canary Dog" is a large-size dog with a thick and muscular body.[3] The head is broad, massive, square, and powerful brachycephalic 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 flews are slightly divergent. The inside of the lips is a dark colour.[4]

Males have a standard desirable height range of 24 to 26 inches (61 to 66 cm)[5] at the withers, with a minimum weight at maturity of 100 pounds (45 kg)[5] and a maximum weight of 125 pounds (57 kg).[4] Females have a standard desirable height between 22.5 to 24.5 inches (57 to 62 cm)[5] at the withers, with a minimum weight at maturity of 88 pounds (40 kg)[5] and a maximum weight of 50 kilograms (110 lb).[4]

The breed is also characterized by a sloping topline (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 body is mesomorphic, that is, slightly longer than the dog is tall, contributing to the feline movement.