The Castle of Presa is the true home of the Real Perro de Presa Canario. We selected the finest Presa Canario dogs from original Spanish bloodlines and brought them to the U.S. for our breeding program. Our commitment and dedication is to continue pure breeding of the Presa Canario according to original standards from the Canary Islands. We breed Presas with traditional appearance, stable temperament, defensive drive and outstanding working ability. We are dedicated to preserve the real Perro de Presa Canario.
What type of dog is a Presa? Even though Presa Canarion is not listed as a working dog, it belongs to working group of dogs, and is prized as a protector and guardian. The Presa Canario is gentle and extremely loyal to his family, but distrustful to strangers, always being watchful and keeping an eye out for potential danger. The Presa Canario is territorial, and has natural instinct for guarding. No special training for guarding is needed. This highly intelligent canine is generally calm and quiet, and moves slowly. But, when called for action, the Presa with his muscular body can be deceptively agile and fast.
When you are at home with your Presa lying down by your feet, while working on your computer or watching TV, you can feel safe and secure knowing that this large, muscular beauty, will give his life in order to save yours. Presas courage and genuine beauty is incomparable with any other breed. We just Love our Presas.
What is the difference between Presa Canario and Dogo Canario?
The word “presa” can be translated as a “gripper”. The Tenerife Club Espaňol del Dogo Canario (CEDC) did not feel comfortable with the name “gripper” so they changed it to “Dogo” in 2001 to make it politically correct. They concentrated more on show-look to satisfy their judges, than on performance and working abilities. In 2001 the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, (FCI is International Kennel Club with 84 member countries, mainly in Europe, based in Belgium) aided by the CEDC, officially designated and recognized the "Perro de Presa Canario breed" as the "Dogo Canario" and eliminated the black coat, traditional markings and maximum weight limitation.
Changing “Presa” to “Dogo” was an insault to many traditional Presa breeders in the Canary Islands, because they felt that Presa dogs have always been a large part of their heritage, and they always referred to them as Presa.
Because, there are still several Canary Islands breeders who do not accept the change, and breed real Presa based on the old Bardino Majorero bloodline (Bardino is an original Canary Island dog, which played a key role in the creation of Presa Canario), with original appearance, original temperament and register their Presa with U.S. clubs such as UKC or UPPCC, as Presa. With this change, the CEDC with FCI actually created a new breed called "Dogo Canario". It is obvious, that if two dogs have two different standards they are two different dogs.
We at the Castle of Presa are supportive of the traditional Presa bloodlines with working abilities, original appearance, black coat, and traditional markings. We breed Presa (not "Dogo") and will only register our dogs with UKC.
Even though the Presa has a long and glorious heritage, it is relatively new breed. Since 2001 many breeders went in different directions and ignored the original Presa with traditional appearance and working abilities and started breeding Dogo Canario breed for dog shows. We can still see a significant difference between Presa and Dogo, because Presa Canario and Dogo Canarios are not the same dogs.
The Presa Canario is an extraordinary dog and when properly socialized and trained, there is no better dog than the Presa. Presa Canario can now participate in all UKC events, which include obedience trials, agility trials, weight pulls, and personal protection events. There have already been reports about Presa being titled with PSA, Schutzhund and French Ring, that clearly proves the Presa’s amazing working ability.
Just as the ancient aristocrats used to value their Great Danes or English Mastiffs in ancient Europe, the Presa Canario with his great appearance and guarding abilities is gaining popularity and makes him popular in the homes of the wealthy.