Presa Canario


The Presa Canario is a large breed with a powerful body. The breed’s head is large and in proportion to the rest of its body. Its neck is well muscled and somewhat short. The neck is well muscled and transitions to the strong back. The back is somewhat sloping. Its coat is straight and slightly rough to the touch. The breed has dark facial features. The face usually has a black nose.


On most occasions the Presa Canario is a gentle and easy-going breed. If the breed encounters other dogs, whether in its household or not, it may display aggressive behavior. Socializing the breed early through training may lessen the breed showing aggression toward other dogs. It interacts well with everyone in its family. It typically is reserved towards strangers. While the breed is obedient, it may have a tendency to try and secure a dominant role in the family.

Height and Weight

Male height: 23-26 inches Male weight: 115-140 pounds Female height: 22-25 inches Female weight: 90-120 pounds

Health Problems

The Presa Canario is susceptible to some health problems. The breed may develop epilepsy and hip dysplasia. The breed is also associated with cryptorchidism. This condition is characterized by retained testicles. It is particularly important to have this breed evaluated by a veterarnarian to check for this condition because it can lead to testicular cancer and may pass the risk on if bred. The outlook of this condition is positive. When diagnosed, cryptochidism typically always results in the breed being neutered.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Presa Canario can usually adapt to indoor or outdoor living conditions. However, it is a large breed and will probably do better outdoors.


The Presa Canario requires regular exercise. The breed does not require an excessive amount of physical activity. A daily walk is sufficient for this breed.

Life Expectancy

The Presa Canario has an average life expectancy of 8-12 years.

Litter Size

The Presa Canario tends to have 3 puppies.


The short coat of the Presa Canario does not require a significant amount of grooming. The coat can easily be brushed or wiped with a smooth cloth to keep it looking healthy and to remove any loose fur. The coat will require more attention during shedding season, but this breed is not a heavy shedder. Bathing is recommended only when necessary and with a dry shampoo.


The Presa Canario originates from the Canary Islands located in Spain.




The Presa Canario can be a range of colors and markings.