The Perro de Presa Canario, Canary Mastiff, or Presa Canario originated in the Canary Islands in the 1800s. Presa Canarios are categorized as working dogs as they were used to manage livestock. Because of this, Presas are naturally very alert, protective, and territorial. The Presa Canario is a large breed dog ranging from 90-120lbs on average for females, and 110- 140lbs on average for males. Presa Canarios have short hair and are generally fawn or brindle in color. Presas have very thick, muscular frames, large chests, and massive heads with their ears typically cropped. The life expectancy is from 9-12 years, as with most large breed dogs.
Presas are very docile and affectionate, yet protective and weary of strangers. A well bred Presa Canario should be very stable and predictable. It is important to train your Presa as well as the handler, as these dogs are very strong and athletic, but also intelligent. With proper socialization and training, Presa Canarios can be trusted around animals and other dogs with supervision. Presas love to work, be it guarding, protecting, or companionship, a Presa Canario could be a proud and trusted member of the family.