If it's not Presa Canario. it's just a simple dog!
Presa Canario, also known as the Canary Dog,
it is a massive and strong breed, a dog with the native qualities of protecting and guarding the cattle.
This dog has the potential of becoming a fierce enemy.
Originating from the Canary Islands, Presa Canario is a muscular dog with a strong personality.
This breed was initially used for dog fights and it was created as a result of crossbreeding the cattle dogs (now gone) which were brought to Canary Islands by Spanish Colonists.
Presa Canario were extraordinary fight dogs, but there numbers were reduced almost to extinction when dog fights were banned in 1940.
In 1960, some interested breeders tried to re-establish the breed by crossbreeding Perro De Ganado Majorero with other large breeds.
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As a result of this crossbreeding, two varieties emerged:
Presa Canario which originates from the Gran Canare Island. Canario is a large and strong dog and it is the result of crossbreeding the other dogs that resulted after the initial crossbreeding of the Mastiff and Great Dane.
The other variety originates from Tenerife and it is more agile. This variety was created by crossbreeding the Bulldog, the Bullmastiff, the Great Dane, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Pitbull and the Bordeaux Dog.
Today, Presa Canario it was said to be a half-breed created as the result of the mentioned crossbreeding and the endeavors of many crossbreeders , half-breed gifted with all the characteristics of an excellent cattle dog of security and protection.
Despite all this, these dogs are banned in some states due to their aggressive tendency.
The breed is accepted in the US, but the American Kennel Club did not acknowledge the breed up until this moment.
Today, the breed is acknowledged by the international organization APRI.