The history of Dogo Canario resembles the history of many European "working" breeds. One of the most significant written evidences owes to Plinius, who mentioned an expedition to the islands of the Moorish king of Uba in the 1st century. In honor of the march from the islands were brought several large dogs. It is believed that these dogs are the descendants of this impressive and strong breed - Dogo Canario. The name comes from the Latin "Kanis" – dog. This dog is depicted on the emblem of the Canary Islands. The historical name is Perro de Presa Canario. The breed was recognized by the Spanish society in 1988 and was officially recognized by the FCI in 2001 under its present name.
Dogo Canario is a medium sized dog, well balanced, with robust and proportional body. The females have a much elongated body than the males. Depending on the size of the dog, the weight varies between 45 and 55kg. Colors can be light or dark brown.
The head is massive, broad, square, and powerful. Good expression and proper head are an important part of the standard, and a main criteria on exhibitions.
Character and behavior
Perro de Pressa Canario is proud and independent dog with great dignity, infinitely faithful to his master and family. This is incredibly strong and powerful breed, but at the same time is nimble and quick. This dog can definitely impress you since your first meeting. They were used in the past to guard herds and property. They inherited from their ancestors the distrust of strangers. The essence and beauty of Dogo Canario lies in his character and intelligence. This dog possesses fanatical devotion and great confidence in his own abilities. Definitely this is a breed that is worth the efforts and time.
Training and education
As already mentioned, this dog is extremely intelligent and has the qualities to memorize any new task you give him. You have to remember that these puppies will never become as obedient as soldiers. Above all, they are your friends and partners. It is enough to learn your pet to behave politely among people and gradually learn new commands and obedience. The Dogo Canario will quickly begin to respect you as long as you treat him fairly.
As a large breed, the Dogo Canario is prone to hip dysplasia. Other health problems can be patellar luxation and patellar evulsions, dilated cardiomyopathy, heart problems, cancer, mast-cell tumors, epilepsy, skin cysts, demodectic mange, osteochondrodysplasias, and cryptorchidism. Of course, all these problems affect only a small percentage of dogs of this breed.
The average life expectancy is between 9 and 11 years.
Grooming and care
There are a few things you need to remember. The coat should be brushed regularly. The ears should be cleaned with a pad only when necessary, the same goes for bathing. It is recommended to bring your pet to the vet to examine his eyes and clean the eyelids twice a year.
Children and other pets
The Dogo Canario is an affectionate dog who gets along very well with children. They are perfect protectors, great family companions and guardians of the property. They are reserved towards strangers, but could accept anyone if the master introduces him. They are alert and ready to defend the property and family members if necessary. It is a quiet breed, but has a very scary bark that could chase away any intruder.
Every member of the family should be comfortable around the dog. The early obedience training and socialization are a must.
There are two main incidents involving dogs of this breed. Both cases are in the US, where two people died after an attack from Dogo Canario.
Specialists claim that improper breeding can lead to aggressive behavior. Puppies for sale cannot be found in Australia and New Zealand because the breed is banned in this countries.