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The Perro de Presa Canario , A.K.A. the Canary Mastiff , is a large Molosser -type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. The name of the breed is Spanish, means " Canarian catch dog ", and is often shortened to "Presa Canario" or simply "Presa". The breed is sometimes also called Dogo Canario , meaning "Canarian Molosser ". It is the animal symbol of the island of Gran Canaria . [2]

Males have a standard desirable height range of 23 to 26 inches (58 to 66 cm) [5] at the withers, with a minimum weight at maturity of 100 pounds (45 kg) [5] and a maximum weight of 65 kilograms (143 lb). [4] Females have a standard desirable height between 22 to 25 inches (56 to 64 cm) [5] at the withers, with a minimum weight at maturity of 85 pounds (39 kg) [5] and a maximum weight of 120 pounds (55 kg). [4]

The breed is also characterized by a sloping topline (with the rear being slightly higher than the shoulders). Another characteristic of the breed is the shape of the paws (cat foot) and the catlike movement of the animal. The body is mesomorphic, that is, slightly longer than the dog is tall, contributing to the feline movement.

The historian Agustín Millares Torres, in his "General History of the Canary Islands", said the derivation of large dogs that in these islands were [incomplete]. According to his research, these dogs took part in the myths, funeral customs and even gastronomy of the natives ( Guanches ) of the islands. Demons appeared to these people as big fleecy dogs, known as "Tibicenas" in Gran Canaria and "Irnene" on the island of La Palma . In the funerary cults, the dogs appear mummified beside their owners guides to the afterlife. The dogs were also consumed in small amounts, as has been proven in archaeological discoveries. [6]

The coat is short with no undercoating and slightly coarse to the touch. The coat comes in all shades of fawn and brindle . [9] The acceptance of the black coat is a point of contention among fanciers, as it is allowed by the AKC-FSS, UKC and UPPCC standards, but not by the FCI or FCI standards. White is allowed up to 20 percent [5] and is most commonly found on the chest and feet, and occasionally on a blaze on the muzzle. The breed standard requires black pigmentation and dogs should have a black mask that does not extend above the eyes. The breed is known [ by whom? ] for its minimal shedding.

Presas require early socialization and obedience training. [10] In some situations, the Presa can be aggressive toward other dogs and suspicious of strangers. [11]

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