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Perro de Presa Canario

The Perro de Presa Canario originated in the Canary Islands as a cattle drover, guard dog, bull-fighting breed, and general multi-purpose farm dog. The name translates to Canarian Dog of Prey. The Perro de Presa Canario was first established in the1700s when an established farm dog from the Canary Islands was crossed with the Mastiff as well as other English dogs brought to the islands by colonists. The breed nearly became extinct during the 1940s but was revived in the 1970s with the help of various breeders.

The breed is heavily built and powerful. It stands 22 to 25 inches high and weighs 83 to 130 pounds. It has a massive head and cropped or rose shaped ears. It has thick lips which hang in an inverted V. The breed’s posterior is higher than its shoulders, and it is slightly longer than it is tall. The coat of the Perro de Presa Canario is short and somewhat coarse. It can be any shade of fawn, brindle, or black, usually with white patches on its chest, feet, and muzzle. The breed has a black mask that does not extend above the eyes.

The breed is an excellent worker and can make a great pet if it is properly socialized and trained at a young age. It is a dominant breed which can be aggressive or at least suspicious toward strangers or other dogs. The breed can be challenging to train due to its temperament. The task of training requires an experienced owner.

The breed generally lives 8 to 12 years and is typically healthy. It may experience some health problems including hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, patellar evulsion, skin cysts, epilepsy, osteochondrodysplasias, demodectic mange, cryptorchidism, and leishmaniasis. However, due to the diversity of the breed, a DNA profile does not exist.

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