UKC Presa Canarios
Perro de Presa Canario literally means the Canarian Dog of Prey.   The word presa can also be translated to mean catch or hold and also means the dog's actual grip.  Presa Canario can even be loosely translated to mean Canarian Bulldog.  At the time, the dog was bred solely for function and not for type.  For these working dogs, both as combatants and livestock catch dogs and guardians, physical power and stamina combined with heart, drive, and gameness to produce low-slung, muscular dogs with large heads and strong jaws.  No phenotype existed, but the traditional coat patterns would eventually emerge as fawn, brindle, and black, many with white markings.  
The Presa Canario breed is known for its great loyalty to its human family. Their temperament is balanced and of great self-security. Serious and profound bark with a severe gaze is what you will encounter when meeting a presa. He is gentle and noble with his family, with great affection to his owner, and suspicious with strangers. The Presa is never known to stray and is a superior guardian. They are especially equipped for the function of guarding and traditionally used for the handling and driving of cattle. They are a working class group and considered part of the mastiff line
The Presa Canario hails from the Canary Islands, a volcanic archipelago of seven islands and several islets that lies off the coast of Africa.  For thousands of years, the islands were inhabited by a people known as the Guanche, whose origins are shrouded in mystery.  Various historical documents show that the Guanche civilization may have trained their dogs for hunting and for war.
According to some of the most respected Presa Canario breeders and judges, the Presa Canario breed in Spain has undergone an enormous evolution since the early days of the reconstruction and is truly a modern breed.

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