Presa Canario: The Canary dog of prey
It’s intimidating meeting a Presa Canario up close. Rufus, accompanied by human companion Jino Patajo, is no exception. One immediately knows that Rufus, who is one year and nine months old, is no ordinary large-breed dog.
This powerful Molosser canine, whose name literally translates as “the Canary Dog of Prey”, fills any space it enters with an undeniable physical presence, its massive head and attentive gaze very hard to ignore. The word “Presa” can also be translated to mean to catch or hold. And no other dog has the same claim to fame as the animal symbol for a whole African archipelago in Spain, the Gran Canaria.
“I started out with Shih Tzus in 2003,” says human companion Jino Patajo with a smile. After getting married in 2015 and moving on to Bulldogs, Jino wanted another type of dog that could keep up with his active lifestyle, which included biking and walking regularly. A friend of Jino’s suggested the Presa Canario and soon enough, Jino had one female five-year-old adult and a seven-month-old female puppy. This started him on the road to nurturing this rare Spanish dog breed.