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History The Canary Dog, also called Perro de Presa Canario, is a breed that originated in the Canary Islands and has been in existence since the 1700s. The exact ancestry of this breed has yet to be discovered, although several enthusiasts believe that this breed was developed by crossing the Perro de Bardino Majorero with the Mastiff and other kinds of English dogs.
Historical documents dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries mention dogs that are of the same type as the Canary Dogs. It is believed that Canary Dogs were created in the 18th century to become guards of flock and property. They were also used for driving and holding of livestock and for keeping away stray or wild dogs. Aside from that, Canary Dogs were also utilized for dog fighting, which is a tradition of the English settlers.
When dog fighting was banned in the 1940s, the Canary Dog nearly became extinct. During the 1970s, though, breeders revived the breed by doing several crosses.
Appearance Canary Dogs are medium-sized and have a muscular and thick body. Their square-shaped head is massive, powerful, and broad. Their ears are usually cropped to create a more intimidating expression, and to prevent damage that may be caused by working with cattle. Cropped ears of these dogs stand erect. In countries where cropping is banned, the ears of Canary Dogs are pendant or rose-shaped, lie close to the head, and hang down. These dogs have thick lips, and their flews may be slightly loose.
Colours The coat colours of these dogs include various shades of brindle and fawn. Their coat may also have white markings.
Temperament These dogs are dominant and possess a strong character. They can be aggressive towards other dogs, and they are always wary of strangers. When trained properly, these dogs make good guard dogs. These dogs need to have dominant owners who are experienced in handling and training dominant breeds. Canary Dogs are not suitable for homes with small children or animals.
Weight The height of these dogs ranges from 21 to 15 inches, and their weight falls between 84 and 106 pounds.
Problems The known health problems affecting this breed include hip and elbow dysplasia, eyelid entropion, canine epilepsy, luxating patellas, wobbler syndrome, demodectic mange, and hypothyroidism.
Living Conditions These dogs are not suitable for apartment dwellers. It would be good for these dogs to be provided with ample space where they can run around and do some physical activities.
Requirements As with other breeds, Canary Dogs need to be taken out for long walks daily to satisfy their primal need for walking. It would also be good for these dogs to be given a job to do.
Training Requirements Owners may find it challenging to train these dogs. Canary Dogs should be trained at a young age. Owners should make use of firm training methods. These dogs may try to be dominating, so owners must know how to display strong leadership skills and make it clear to the dogs that humans are higher in the pack rank than the dogs. Proper socialization and obedience training is necessary for these dogs so that they will grow up to be well-mannered. This breed is not recommended for first time dog owners.
Life Expectancy The life span of Canary Dogs is approximately 9 to 11 years.
Grooming The short coat of these dogs is easy to care for. Owners just need to brush the coat of their dogs with a firm bristle brush and to wipe them using a piece of chamois or toweling to produce a gleaming finish. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary.
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