Dogo canario

Other names: Canary Mastiff, Perro de Presa Canario, Canary Mastiff

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The Dogo Canario is a molossoid type dog, large in size, rather massive, with well-developed musculature and bones. Rustic and well-proportioned as a whole, the Dogo Canario is also recognizable by its black mask, accentuating the imposing character of this dog. Despite his strong constitution, his movements are agile and flexible, his stride long, allowing him to cover a lot of ground.



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Hair type Short
Origin Spain
Template Giant
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 40 kg to 50 kg From 56 cm to 61 cm
Male From 50 kg to 60 kg From 60 cm to 65 cm
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History of the breed

The Dogo Canario breed would have been obtained by crossing the Majorero , a very old cattle dog and native to the Canary Islands (mainly those of Tenerife and Gran Canaria), and molossoid type dogs brought to the archipelago by the Spaniards. . The Dogo Canario quickly proved its worth as a keeper and driver of cattle herds, which helped to significantly increase its numbers on the Canary Islands from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Dogo Canario breed was provisionally recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on June 4, 2001, then definitively on July 4, 2011.

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Physical features

His hair: short, lying flat against the body, fairly rough in texture, almost without undercoat (except possibly on the neck and behind the thighs).
Its color: brindle or fawn in all shades, possibly with white on the chest and at the base of the neck. The mask is still black.
Its head: massive, compact and brachycephalic in appearance. The stop is marked, the nose is large and very black. The jaws are powerful, articulated in scissors.
His ears: moderately large, wide apart, covered with short, fine hair, naturally drooping.
Her eyes: slightly oval in shape, medium size, wide apart, dark to medium brown in color depending on the color of the dress (never light).
His body: writable in a rectangle. The neck is massive, straight and very muscular, the top line straight and well defined, the rump moderately long and rounded (wider in the female), the chest quite ample and well muscled and the ribs well arched.
Its tail: thick at its base and tapering towards its end.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Dogo Canario has all the qualities of a guard dog , being attentive, protective of his master and his family , and naturally suspicious of strangers . It is also traditionally used for driving and herding cattle herds. With a balanced temperament, he is a calm and self-confident dog. Its severe and deep bark is a hallmark of the breed.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Dogo Canario is aimed at experienced masters , who know how to show firmness in their education . They must also be available to offer him daily exercise and prevent him from getting bored. The Dogo Canario will much prefer to have a large fenced garden than to live in an apartment.


Ease of gaining weight

The Dogo Canario is a rustic and particularly robust dog. Note, however, that it must be protected from difficult climatic conditions , because its simple coat (without undercoat) is not enough to protect it from the cold and bad weather. In addition, the breed exhibits predispositions to diseases such as hip dysplasia, demodicosis (or demodectic mange), osteoporosis and epilepsy.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 10 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 9 years old

Maximum: 11 years

The life expectancy of a Dogo Canario is, on average, between 9 years and 11 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Dogo Canario is a dog that is easy to maintain in terms of hygiene , but has important nutritional needs. It is therefore necessary to ensure that you have the necessary budget before adopting one.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week and have him take a bath once or twice a year .

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Dogo Canario is between 1000 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Dogo Canario is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Dogo Canario demands daily walks and exercises like any other dog, but it is advisable not to subject it to too intensive activity to preserve its joints.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 2011


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