The Presa Canario is a rare large Molosser-type dog breed also called Dogo Canario and is the animal symbol of the island of Gran Canaria. According to historian Agustín Millares Torres research, these dogs took part in the myths, funeral customs and even gastronomy of the natives of the Canary islands. The Presa Canario is originally bred for working livestock and sometimes were used in dog fighting rings due to its size. This breed require early socialization and training. They can be aggressive toward other dogs and suspicious of strangers. The Presa Canario is obedient and docile with family members and very devoted to its master.

Breed Info

Life Expectancy:9-11 years


Weight:39-73 kg (85-160 lb)

Height:56-66 cm (22-26 in)

FCI:Group 2, Section 2.1 Molossian: Mastiff type #346

Colour:All shades of brindle, from warm dark brown to pale grey or blond, all shades of fawn to sandy

Character:Balanced temperament, very self-confident, devoted to its master, can be suspicious of strangers, noble, alert