The active Dogo Canario is a loyal four-legged friend that needs strong and loving leadership. He is absolutely loyal to his owner and his family and develops into a good-natured and watchful family dog with consistent training. In Bavaria and Brandenburg, the Dogo Canario is classified as potentially dangerous.
Mastiff from the Canary Islands
The origin of this stately dog can already be deduced from its name: the ancestors of the Dogo Canario are Molossians, who lived mainly on Tenerife and Gran Canaria. The dog, which is native to the islands, was probably crossed with other Molossers from the mainland. Already in the Middle Ages, at the latest in the 16th and 17th centuries, these dogs were widespread in Spain: They were mainly used as watchdogs and herd dogs.
In the Canary Islands, this breed has always been referred to as “Perro de Presa Canario”, which translates as “Canary booty dog”. It was recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 2001. Since January 1, 2019, the dogs have been officially called Presa Canario.
Nature of the Dogo Canario
Like all Molossians, the Dogo Canario is characterized by a calm and balanced nature. He is good-natured, has strong nerves, and has a high stimulus threshold. With a loving and consistent upbringing and good socialization, a puppy of this breed becomes a friendly, docile, and obedient family dog, which, however, has a strong protective instinct. When in doubt, the confident Dogo Canario will fearlessly and persistently defend its family and territory.
Training of the Dogo Canario
From the first few weeks of his life, this dog should be well socialized. You should therefore definitely contact a reputable breeder recognized by the VDH (Association for German Dogs). Anyone who has experience in dog ownership or has been able to acquire it should educate the Dogo Canario consistently and with natural authority after taking it over from the breeder, not with harshness!
The intelligent dog needs strong leadership and a task: For example, the strong four-legged friend is suitable for training as a protection or assistance dog. Ideally, the Dogo Canario lives on a property that he can guard and where he can run around. In addition, he needs a lot of exercise during walks.
The Canario builds an intense bond with its owner and family and is loyal to them.
Care of the Dogo Canario
You only have to brush the short coat every now and then.