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Care of the Presa Canario

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The care of the Presa Canario is not greatly different from that of any other dog. However, committing to a Presa Canario puppy is not a step to be taken lightly: this dog breed is known for its strong personality and dominant tendencies. Those who manage to care for it properly will enjoy years of an extremely loyal and active dog.

Here are our top tips for caring for your Presa Canario:

Presa Canario Diet

Presa Canarios require a large amount of protein in their diet, which means you should pay attention to their food intake very carefully.

Ideally, a diet of eggs, lean meat and fish should cover the dietary needs of this muscular dog, but not everyone has the time or money to feed their dogs this way. Instead, you can substitute a high-quality feed. Avoid generic feeds, as they may not have the protein content your Presa Canario needs.

Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are prone to being overweight, so keep an eye on the dog’s calorie intake and weight level.

Be careful with treats. They can be an important training aid, but giving too many can lead to obesity.

Generally, you can expect your adult Presa Canario to eat about two pounds of food per day.

The Presa, like any other dog, should have clean, fresh water available at all times.

Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about weight or diet, as well as any other aspect of Presa Canario care.


Presas were bred as working dogs in the 15th century in the Canary Islands. These dogs were intended to help guard livestock and their owners. Their musculature means that they have a lot of strength and the necessary energy to do so.

Presa dogs need at least two 20 to 30 minute walks a day, but they can get more exercise. Exercise can also consist of indoor activities, such as hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolling on the floor or learning new tricks.

Some outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking and retrieving balls or flying discs, can be a good way to expend energy. If you live in an apartment, even short walks down hallways can provide your dog with some exercise, especially when the weather is inclement. Training for dog sports such as agility, obedience and rally can also be a good way for your dog to get exercise.

A training example: running with ballast.

Tiring your Presa Canario every day is the key to helping him release enough energy so that he doesn’t become destructive. As long as he gets enough exercise, he will tend to be calm the rest of the time.


Presas are low maintenance dogs when it comes to grooming, especially when compared to other dogs of similar size. They have a short fur that does not shed much and can usually be tamed by brushing the dog once or twice a week. In the spring and summer, you may notice more shedding than usual.

Bathe your Presa about once a month. In addition to regular brushings, be sure to pay attention to the nails, which tend to grow quickly. If not cared for, they will split and crack; trim them frequently to keep them in good condition.

The Presa Canario is an animal that allows itself to be bathed perfectly.

The ears should be checked regularly to avoid the accumulation of wax and debris, which can cause infections. It is advisable to brush the teeth regularly.

Conclusions on Presa Canario care

With proper care and feeding, your Presa Canario will be a loyal pet that will quickly become an important and well-loved part of your household.

They do not require a significant amount of grooming attention, and their exercise needs mean they will always have an excuse to get outside for a while each day.