Presa Canario

Presa Canario-STANDARD

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FCI-Standard N° 346



ORIGIN: Spain.
STANDARD: 26.11.2018.
UTILIZATION: Guard dog used for protection of cattle.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer –
Molossoid Breeds –Swiss Mountain and Cattle dogs.
Section 2.1 Molossoid Mastiff type.
Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: A molossoid type dog,
originating from Tenerife and Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). It is
believed to be the result of matings between the “majorero”, a
prehispanic dog indigenous to these islands, and other molossoids
introduced to the Canary Islands.
These matings produced an ethnical group of mastiff-type dogs, of
moderately large size, brindle or fawn with white marking, with a
specific molossoid morphology but yet agile and powerful, having a
strong temperament, robust and lively, loyal character.
During the XVI and XVII centuries, the number of these dogs
increased considerably and numerous references to them in preConquest historical texts, especially in the “Cedularios del Cabildo”
(municipal registers), which explain their duties essentially as guard
dogs and protectors of cattle.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: A moderately large sized molossoid,
with a rectilinear profile and black mask. Robust and wellproportioned.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: The body is longer than the
height at the withers; this characteristic is more noticeable in the
Skull-foreface proportion is 60-40%. The width of the skull is 3/5 of
the total length of the head. The distance from elbow to ground
should be 50% of the height at the withers for males and a little less
for females.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: Calm appearance; attentive
expression. Especially suited to guarding and traditionally used for
herding cattle. Balanced temperament and very self-confident. Low
and deep bark. Obedient and docile with family members, very
devoted to its master, but can be suspicious of strangers. Confident
attitude, noble and a little distant. When alert, the stance is firm with
a vigilant attitude.
HEAD: Massive, brachycephalic and compact in appearance,
covered with thick skin. The shape tends towards a slightly
elongated cube. The cranial-facial lines are parallel or slightly
Skull: Slightly convex in anteposterior and transversal direction.
Frontal bone tends to be flat. The width is almost identical to the
length. Pronounced zygomatic arch, with well developed cheek and
jaw muscles, but not prominent, covered with loose skin. The
occipital protuberance is only slightly marked.
Stop: The stop is pronounced, but not abrupt. The furrow between
the frontal lobes is well defined and is about two thirds the size of
the skull.
Nose: Wide, strong black pigmentation. In line with the muzzle. The
nostrils are large to facilitate breathing.
Muzzle: Shorter than the skull, normally about 40% of the total
length of the head. The width is 2/3 of that of the skull. Very wide
base, narrowing slightly towards the nose. Bridge of the nose is flat
and straight, without ridges.
Lips: The upper lip is pendulous, although not excessively. Seen
from the front, the upper and lower lips come together to form an
inverted V. The flews are slightly divergent. The inside of the lips is
a dark colour.
Jaws/Teeth: Scissor bite or slightly undershot bite, max 2 mms.
Pincer bite is admitted but not desirable due to the dental erosion
produced. The dental arch is wide at the canines. The teeth are wide
and solidly set. Large molars, small incisors, well developed canines.
EYES: Slightly oval in shape, from medium to large in size. Set well
apart, but neither sunken nor protruding. Eyelids are black and tightfitting, never sagging. The colour varies from dark to medium
brown, depending on the colour of the coat. They should never be
EARS: Medium sized, set well apart, with short and fine hair. They
fall naturally on each side of the head. If folded, they are in the
shape of a rose. They are set on slightly above eye level. Ears set too
high and very close on the head are considered unusual. In countries
were cropping is allowed, they must stand erect.
NECK: Shorter than the length of the head. Skin on the underside is
loose, forming a slight dewlap. Solid and straight, it tends to be
cylindrical and muscular.
BODY: Long, broad and deep.
Top line: Straight, without deformations and sustained by well
developed but barely visible muscles. Rising slightly from the
withers to the croup. The height at the croup is 1 – 2 cm more than
the height at the withers.
Croup: Medium length, broad and rounded. Should not be long as
this would limit movement. The female is usually broader.
Chest: With great capacity and well defined pectoral muscles. Seen
from both the front and the side, it should be well let down to at least
the elbow. Thoracic perimeter is usually equal to the height at the
withers plus 45%. Well sprung ribcage.
Underline and belly: Slightly tucked up, never sagging. The flanks
are only slightly pronounced.
TAIL: Thick base, tapering to the tip, down to the hock but no
longer. Medium set on. In action it rises like a sabre, but without
curling nor leaning towards the back. At rest it hangs straight with a
slight curve at the tip.
Shoulder: Well laid back.
Upper arm: Well angulated, oblique.
Forearm: Well balanced, straight. Strong boned and well muscled.
Elbow: Must be neither too close to the ribs nor sticking out.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Very solid and slightly sloping.
Forefeet: Cat feet with rounded toes, not too close together. Well
developed and black pads. Nails are dark, white nails should be
avoided, although they can occur in function of coat colour.
General appearance: Seen from behind, strong and parallel, without
Thigh: Long and well muscled thighs.
Stifle (Knee): Angulation not very pronounced but should not be
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Always well let down.
Hind feet: Slightly longer than the front feet, otherwise identical.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: On the move, the Presa Canario is agile and
supple and should cover a lot of ground. Long reach. The tail is
carried low and the head is carried only a little above the level of the
back. When alert, the head and tail are carried high.
SKIN: Thick and elastic. More loose on and around the neck. When
alert, the skin on the head forms symmetrical wrinkles which fan out
from the furrow between the front lobes.

Hair: Short, coarse, flat with no undercoat (it can appear on neck and
on back of the thighs). Rather coarse to the touch. Very short and
fine on the ears; slightly longer on the withers and on the back of
Colour: All shades of brindle, from warm dark brown to pale grey or
blond. All shades of fawn to sandy. White marks are acceptable on
the chest, at the base of the neck or throat, forefeet and toes of hind
feet, but these should be kept to a minimum. The mask is always
black, and should not spread above eye level.
Height at the withers: Males: 60 – 66 cm.
Females: 56 – 62 cm.
For very typical specimens, a tolerance of 2 cm. over or under these
limits is accepted.
Minimum: Males: 50 kg.
Females: 40 kg.
Maximum: Males: 65 kg.
Females: 55 kg.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a
fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded
should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the
health and welfare of the dog.
• Pincer bite.
• Any fault is considered severe when affecting the expression
and limiting the type of the dog.
• Incorrect head proportions.
• Extremely convergent facial-cranial lines (over pronounced
• Loins and withers of the same height.
• Incorrect position of limbs.
• Square profile.
• Triangular head, narrow (not cube shape).
• Thin, curled or deformed tail. Set on high.
• Saddle or roach back.
• Light eyes (yellow), very close together or oblique, sunken or
• Excessive undershot mouth.
• Insufficient mask.
• Missing teeth (except P1).
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
• Total depigmented nose.
• Unacceptable white marks.
• Overshot mouth.
• Croup lower than withers. Sloping topline.
• Blue eyes or unmatched in colour.
• Cropped tail.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.




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