American Bully Association

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Presa Canario / Perro de Presa Canario / Dogo Canario / Canarian Dog

The Perro de Presa Canario or often simply referred to as Presa Canario or just Presa is a native of the Spanish Canary Islands. Breeds suspected in its development include the now extinct Bardino Majero crossed with imported English Mastiffs.


Oddly enough while many breeds are named after their country of origin the Canary Islands was in this case actually named after the dog.


Bred to be a working livestock dog the breed often found its way being used in fights set up by bored farmers.


The breed is typically brindle or fawn and may contain minor white markings.


Like other bully breeds this one too has been the subject of breed specific legislation (BSL) in some parts of the world such as Australia and New Zealand where they are against the law.


Because the breed shares much of the same history as other molosser breeds it is not a surprise that it bears a strong resemblance to the American Pit Bull Terrier. As such this breed can be considered a good candidate in the now developing American Bully breed.



22-26 inches






Exclusive shades of brown






Cropped or un-cropped. If cropped should be done with medium crop with the remaining ear formed in the erect position.






Any shade of fawn, black and brindle