Canary prey, a peculiar dog

Canary prey, a peculiar dog

Today we know hundreds, or even thousands, of dog breeds. Each differs from the others, but all have attractive characteristics that make them special for us. Today we tell you everything we know about a particular race: the Canary prey.

Presa Canario: its history and characteristics

History and origin

The Canary prey comes from the Canary Islands. Legend has it that it is the islands that owe their name to the dog, and not the other way around. It seems that this race inhabited the area since its inception, and that the word Can that comes from dog (Can-arias), gives clear evidence of this.

This dog emerged from majorero dog crosses with molossian dogs that were taken to the island, such as the Spanish dam. What was trying to achieve was a large dog, like the bulldog. But that he had the agility, nerve and ability to work of the majoreros. And so the Canary prey emerged.

There are writings that date back to the sixteenth century in which reference was already made to this breed. Although by that time it was not yet a defined race, much less recognized, as its morphology was not uniform.

A little later They began to gain popularity because of their ability to work. They were used as guardians of the house, of herds and properties, as well as cattle dogs of cows and oxen.

For the eighteenth century the race almost died out due to the influx of British in the Canaries, which promoted dogfighting. They were looking for big, strong and agile dogs, and all that was what the Canary prey had. They were used for years for this purpose. Until fortunately fights for furry in Spain were banned.

Characteristics of the Canary prey

The Canary prey It is considered a giant dog, just like the bulldog. Its size at the cross will always be less than the length of its body, which is sturdy and wide. The maximum height will be 66 centimeters in the male, and 62 in the female.

Its weight ranges between 50 and 65 kilos in the case of males, and between 40 and 55 kilos in the case of females.

Source: Perro del torro

The colors accepted are the chocolate brown tabby, light brown tabby and white.

Its head is robust and has a snout shorter than the skull, being wide at the base and tapering as it goes towards the nose. The truffle should always be black. As a characteristic of their faces, they highlight their forehead wrinkles when they put themselves in alert position.

Their eyes are of medium size, usually dark brown or light. Of course, yellows and other light colors are never accepted. Their ears fall to the sides by nature and are very separated between them.

With respect to its tail, it has a medium length that is able to keep erect like a sword while walking.

Nature of the Canary prey

The Canary prey He is a self-confident and very balanced dog. His guardian instinct is one of his main characteristics. This is to understand, it was one of the main tasks that he carried out for years.

This instinct makes him be a bit distant with those he does not know, although he is very affectionate with his family of calm character. Enjoy time with those you love.

Like any dog ​​of great size, should be socialized from puppy, because if not, its strength could go too far if we do not teach to control it.

Care of the Canary prey

Because of its size, the joints will suffer over the years if we do not help you to have a daily dose of exercise. A great walk a day is essential to preserve your health.

In what has to do with your hair, this is not very long and yes very rigid. Therefore, brushing it once a week and washing it every month will be more than enough.

A dog certainly more than special, large, but kind character. If you are thinking of adopting one, just keep in mind that you must socialize, have plenty of space and also money, because an animal with similar characteristics eats more than too much. However, It is an ideal dog as a pet.

Source of images: Smok Bazyli and Perro del torro.

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