Dogo Canario

Country of Origin: Canary Islands, Spain
Registries: FCI, UKC, AKC, APRI, DRA, NAPR
Breed Group: FCI: Group 2 Section 2.1 #346, AKC: Working (FSS), UKC: Guardian Dogs
Occupation: guard dogs
Size: Height: 55 – 65 cm (21 – 25 inches)     Weight: 36 – 45 kg (80 – 100 lbs and above)
Longevity; 9-11 years
Exercise: Long daily walk
Training: Early socialization and obedience
Grooming: Easy
Colors: Fawn and various brindles; white markings are sometimes seen

Perro de Presa Canario or Dogo Canario is Molossoid type of dog breed from the Canary Islands. This large breed was originally grown as a versatile dog for farm work and was used as terrazzo and livestock guard dogs. The breed dates from the 18th century.

Actually their origin is unknown, but enthusiasts believe that the Perro de Bardino majorero, original dog from farms in the Canary Islands, was crossed with the English Mastiff and other dogs that were brought to the island by visitors and settlers, creating the basis for the todays modern Canary dog.

The breed is almost extinct after the dog fighting was outlawed in the 40 ‘s of the 20th century, but was later on revived in the 70 ‘s of the 20th century with the help of several crosses with different breeds. This period is generally known as the reconstruction of the breed.

The Dogo Canario has a broad head, massive, square and strong. Good head and good expression are part of the breed’s standard, and are present in the best specimens of the breed. The ears are usually cropped, to create a dangerous look, and in order to prevent violations of the ears while working with cattle.

The fur is of medium length and “rustic” and slightly rough to the touch. This breed is known for minimal shedding. Canary dogs have a thick skin and short fur that occurs in all shades of yellow- brown, brindle and black. White color is allowed up to 20 % and is most commonly found on the chest and feet, and occasionally on the muzzle. The standard requires black pigmentation and dogs should have a black mask that does not extend above the eyes.

Once the dog is properly socialized and trained, this becomes the exception rather than the rule. Usually mistrustful dogs are considered hostile or are considered aggressive. However, many Dogo Canario dog breeds live together with children, other dogs, cats, horses and other animals.

According to their temperament, Dogo Canario can be a challenge for training. They require a strict owner who is willing and able to meet the challenges of young and dominant puppies. Canary dog is not recommended for beginners, those for whom this is the first dog .

As a big breed, Dogo Canario can be prone to hip dysplasia. Other health problems that can occur include sprain and strain cups, skin cysts, epilepsy, demodicosis and cryptorchidism Leishmaniasis which is a blood parasite that has a long incubation period (of several years) and most often leads to death.



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