Presa Ca­nario: The Ca­nary dog of prey

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - by Crissy Baluyut-her­nan­dez

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.

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