Presa Canario Museum
This digital museum aims to gather all possible historical material on the Perro de Presa Canario. This will help the understanding of the breed and its preservation.
Read the Presa Canario timeline:
It consists of a summary in chronological order of all the historical moments for the creation of the Perro de Presa Canario.
Before the year 1402
The dogs of the Canarian aboriginals.
The Spanish conquerors arrived in the Canary Islands in 1402. An aboriginal population from North Africa was already living on the canary islands dating back to the stone age. They lived in caves, wooden cabins or stone shelters. The dogs they had were small and were called “cancha”.
The dogs of the Spanish conquerors.
During the conquest of the Canary Islands, the Spaniards bought many animals on their ships, amongst them, different types of dogs: mastiffs, presas, podencos, pedigueros, cattle dogs, and possibly greyhounds.
Between 1500 and 1800
Dogs in agreements and ordinances.
There survive documents named ‘Agreements of the Cabildos and ordinances’ that talk about the purpose of dogs in the Canary Islands between the 15th and 18th centuries. They describe the use for cattle and prey dogs. Both were used for hunting feral dogs, and their other purpose was as guard dogs. However, the presa dogs were also butcher’s dogs helping butchers catch animals. The cattle dogs were in charge of protecting the cattle.
El perro de Presa Canario, its true origin.
Book written by Manuel Curtó Gracia in 1991. It is a compilation of articles in chronological order extracted from newspapers, in which events that occurred during the time of the creation of the breed are discussed.