- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: low
- Trainability: low
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: sometimes
- Average Size: Large
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
Presa Cane Canario Breed Profile
A Presa Cane Canario is a cross between a Presa Canario and a Cane Corso. Both of these are large and powerful dog breeds, so you should expect a Presa Cane Canario to also grow into a large and powerful dog. They will be loyal and devoted to their families and protective of them.
Although their size can be intimidating, a properly socialized and trained Presa Cane Canario will tend to have a calm and confident demeanor. They love their families and are affectionate with them.
They are a better fit for families with older children who know how to properly interact with a dog and who will not be knocked over by a Presa Cane Canario’s large frame. As long as they have been introduced properly, they also get along with other dogs and pets that are part of the family unit.
Because of their protective instinct, Presa Cane Canarios are naturally suspicious of strangers. This also makes socialization and training early and often essential for this breed. When properly socialized, a Presa Cane Canario will still be wary with strangers, but will warm up once introduced.
A Presa Cane Canario is a moderately adaptable dog breed. They are not generally a good fit for apartments and are best suited to homes with fenced-in yards. They do well in most climates. They can become destructive if they do not get enough exercise or if they get bored, so it’s best not to leave them alone for long periods of time.
Because of their guardian instincts, they tend to patrol their territory. They also have an urge to chase due to a high prey drive. So, a fence is a good way to keep them from running off after something or attempting to expand their territory.
A Presa Cane Canario can inherit any combination of health conditions from their parent breeds. They could also inherit all of them or none of them.
Potential health conditions to be aware of in a Presa Cane Canario include elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, luxating patella, skin issues, eye issues, and heart problems.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs before breeding to ensure they are not passing issues on to puppies. So, make sure you ask the breeder about the genetic and health history of both of the parent breeds.
Because they are a large dog breed with a barrel chest, a Presa Cane Canario is at-risk for bloat. This can become dangerous if their stomach flips, which is called gastric torsion. It’s important to know how you can reduce the risk of bloat in dogs as well as the symptoms so you can get help immediately if it is happening.
This dog breed is not a good fit for first-time dog owners. They need a calm and confident leader who can provide them with clear, consistent, and persistent training.
These dogs are highly intelligent and will pick up on things quickly, but they are also stubborn and will test boundaries. Experienced owners who can socialize and train a large dog confidently are the best fit for this breed.
The Presa Cane Canario will have a short coat that sheds moderately year-round. If they inherit the light undercoat from the Cane Corso parent, they will shed a little heavier as the seasons change. They will need brushing weekly or a few times a week and an occasional bath as needed.
In addition to coat care, you will need to care for your dog’s nails, ears, and teeth. Because they will grow into such a big dog, it’s best to get them used to these maintenance tasks as early as possible.
Cutting your dog’s nails once or twice monthly helps keep them from growing too long. Weekly checks and careful ear cleaning as needed can help prevent ear infections. Also, brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal dental care for dogs and can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
This dog breed will inherit a working dog background from both of their parents. They will range from moderate to high energy and will require a lot of daily exercise to stay happy and healthy.
Daily walks, plus long walks and extra activities will usually be enough for this dog breed. Because of their working dog background and the fact that they are easily bored, it’s important to keep this dog active and make sure they have a job to do.
A fully-grown Presa Cane Canario usually stands 22-28 inches tall and weighs 80-120 pounds.
A Presa Cane Canario generally lives for 9-12 years.
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