The Perro de Presa Canario is a large Molosser-type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. The name of the breed is Spanish, meaning “Canarian catch dog”, and is often shortened to “Presa Canario” or simply “Presa”. Sometimes, the breed is called Dogo Canario, which means “Canarian Molosser”.
It is believed that the ancestry of the Presa Canaria were local Bardino Mjero crossed with imported English Mastiff dogs. In the 1800s, the breed originated in the Canary Islands as farm dogs. Later, the island was named after the dog, whose main purpose was to guard livestock from wild beasts and humans.
Equally wide and long, the head of the Presa Canario breed is rather square and powerful with a broad muzzle. The chest of the breed is broad and deep, with rumps somewhat raised. Their rough and short coat is easy to groom and require low maintenance with normal brushing, bathing and shampooing when necessary. It is an average shedding breed.