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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Working group (AKC), Guardian group (UKC).


Approximately 83-130 pounds.


Approximately 22-25.5 inches at the withers.


Canary Dogs come in various shades of brindle, fawn, and black.


The Canary Dog has a medium length coat with a slightly harsh texture.



When properly trained and dealt with by a dominant owner, these dogs can make very devoted companions. Their wariness of strangers and their protective instinct make Canary Dogs excellent guard dogs.

Country of Origin:

Canary Islands (Spain).


While the exact history and origins of the Canary Dog are unknown, the breed hails from the Canary Islands and has been in existence since the eighteenth century. It is likely that this breed was developed by crossbreeding the Perro de Bardino Majorero with English dogs such as the Mastiff that were transported to the Canary Islands by colonists. Created to protect flocks and property and for dog fighting, the Canary Dog nearly went extinct after dog fighting was outlawed in the first half of the twentieth century. However, the breed was revived during the 1970s.


This breed is also known as the Perro de Presa Canario, Presa Canario, and Dogo Canario.


Canary Dogs are very strong-willed and dominant. They're also suspicious of strangers and can be aggressive toward other dogs, so they require careful training and socialisation starting at a young age. When not dealt with properly, these dogs can be dangerous.



In order to prevent them from becoming dangerous, Canary Dogs require firm training at an early age by a skilled and experienced trainer.


These dogs are quite active and require regular exercise.


Canary Dogs are not suitable for first-time dog owners; rather, they need to be handled by a highly experienced trainer. However, when dealt with properly, these dogs can be good companions and can get along with other pets. Canary Dogs are prone to hip dysplasia and have an average life span of 8 to 12 years.


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