And the fraud around the Perro de Presa Canario continues.

Indeed, the lies and fraud surrounding the Perro de Presa Canario continue, and I am not surprised that this is the case. Men -and some men even more so- find it hard to recognize their mistakes, it is hard for them to let go of their lies. To rectify, to recognize, to stop… to honor the truth (and there is no other truth than reality) is not only for the wise, it is for the prudent. Of course, to be prudent is to be wise.

I have read, many people have been able to read, in El Día, November 24, “The Presa Canario, the second most sought after breed”. Then we see a Presa Canario dog with bardino mantle, and underneath, “The Presa Canario: star dog of November 1987”, and the chronicle begins. The Presa Canario, after the Mastiff, is the second most sought after Spanish breed in the breeders’ section and has been qualified as the star dog of the month (November 1987). “It should be noted that this decision may have been influenced by the presentation, by the Spanish Presa Canario Club, of a pair of dogs – composed of a male from Tenerife and a female from Gran Canaria – at the international dog show held recently in Madrid. The shipment of the canine pair was sponsored by the Real Sociedad Central de Fomento de las Razas Caninas Españolas”. “Internationally, the Perro de Presa Canario is in third place, with a price of 45,000 pesetas. The first place ex-aequo is for the Rottweiler, Yorkshire Terrier and Alaska Malamute, and the second place goes to the Giant Schnauzer”. Good heavens, are they crazy, or do they think we are fools? It simply occurs to me to ask, where does the German Shepherd come in, to give an example, and where did they get this data from, and what breeders are we talking about, breeders who breed and sell Canary Island Presa dogs with an average price of 45,000 pesetas? If these breeders are the members of the CPRC, I will keep quiet. Yes, because it is known that these gentlemen have been selling, since the foundation of “their club”, some supposed canary Presa Canario dogs, product of some crosses that at all times have made an effort to hide the foreign breeds used for this purpose, well known, and they say “breed”, “the Presa Canario breed”. What is breed ? The German Shepherd, the Rottweiler, the Yorkshire Terrier, and so many others, are breeds, considered from the genetic point of view, and this because in these animals there is a genetic constant that is transmitted generation after generation. And when someone buys a specimen of any of these breeds, he can be sure that nobody is swindling him. On the other hand, let us not speak in those terms, yet, when we refer to Canary Island Presa dogs. One thing is that, due to a series of letters, writings, articles, works, whatever you want to call them, an extraordinary expectation has been generated beyond our frontiers around our Presa Canario, and another very different thing is the concrete and mondo reality called Presa Canario. More seriousness in our actions and in our words, gentlemen, because this matter, the way you are handling it, is a matter for the courts. Let us speak of the Perro de Presa Canario, yes, and let us breed Presa Canario dogs thinking of reaching a type of dog similar to the one that existed before in the Canary Islands, which, with time, we can call, with all reason, Perro de Presa Canario, but from that to speak of “breed” similar to the traditional Presa and of sales and stars, there is an abyss. And the chroniquilla continues: “Manuel Martin Bethencourt, member of the Selection and Breeding Committee of the above mentioned club, has told us that to reach the recovery of the old Presa Canario, the following specimens intervened: Perico (El Ortigal), Manolo (Santa Cruz), and Gara (La Esperanza), for Tenerife, and Felo (Las Palmas), Piba (Arucas) Boby (Arucas) for Gran Canaria”.

Well, gentlemen, this is the real deal, and let’s see why. Perico was, is, if he is still alive, a total white dog, property of Francisco de la Paz Ledesma, from El Ortigal, whom I trained at the age of two years old. Perico was/is the son of a whitish or greyish dog, owned by Chelo, neighbor of Francisco de la Paz, whose characteristics did not correspond to those of a canary dog of prey, it was a mongrel of nobody knows what, and of whose origin nothing has been found out, and if anything has been found out, it has been silenced. This dog covered a bitch, half Boxer and half nobody knows what, owned by the father of Francisco de la Paz Ledesma. I saw that dog because on a certain occasion they took her to Tamaimo to be covered by my dog Beneharo. And I saw, of course, Chelo’s dog, who later gave it to Rosendo, an oxen owner who lives between El Ortigal and Barranco Las Lajas; and I would like to know how many dogs the CPRC handles that descend from Perico, I think out loud. And now let’s go to Gara. This dog is the old lady, already very deformed by the many births, that Mr. Juan Quevedo Martinón has in La Laguna, in Camino Largo, if I am not mistaken. She was a dog of half majorera-half-lobita appearance, but not a prey dog at all. And Manolo was a Presa dog owned by Don Silverio Mesa, whose owner made him descend from the famous Morocco, of Don Polo Acosta, who was the son of a Bullterrier and a Presa dog of the land. Of this crossbreed (Manolo-Gara), what remains, how many of the dogs used or used by the CPRC are descended from this couple, and what can we say about Felo? I invite once again Don Juan Quevedo, his owner and master, and president of the CEPRC, to tell us, not in words, but in writing through these pages, about the genealogy of Felo, and of Monzon, Felo’s litter brother. These dogs were brought from Sardina del Sur (Gran Canaria) by Don Juan Falcón. This is all that is known about them. In Gran Canaria I was told that they were the product of a cross between Boxer and Perro de Ganado Majorero. And of Piba and Boby I can also speak with some knowledge. I brought them from Gran Canaria. Piba was given to me by a goatherd in Las Tres Palmas (North of Gran Canaria), who, in turn, had been given her by Juan Santana Alamo, from Arucas. And Boby was bred by Don Manuel Alemán, from Arucas, who gave him to a gentleman from Arucas, and I bought him from him for 6,000 pesetas in 1974. Were these two dogs, male and female, descendants of the old Presa dogs? I am not entirely sure. Those who know, or may know, are Manuel Alemán and Juan Santana. And Manuel Martin Bethencourt says that they have recovered the ancient breed, of which there are, according to him, about 200 specimens. He is referring to Tenerife, it is clear, he is not referring to Gran Canaria. He cannot be referring to Gran Canaria. He does not know what is in Gran Canaria. For him, Gran Canarian dogs do not count. The recovery has been carried out in Tenerife, in La Laguna, to be more specific, which is where he lives. What I can’t explain to myself is how they have managed to proliferate so many dogs, and in such a short time, with only six specimens. And if we calculate those that have died of parvovirosis, there must have been many more born, right, Manuel Martín Bethencourt? No, gentlemen, let’s say it once again. These six dogs have not been the only ones used for the recovery (reconstruction) of the Perro de Presa Canario. No, they have used Bullmastiff, Bulldog, Dogo de Bordeaux, Perro de Ganado Majorero, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, as far as one knows, plus something brought from Gran Canaria.

Published by the author in El Día on January 6, 1988.

Manuel Curtó Gracia

Manuel Curtó Gracia

Propietario del criadero de Presas Canarios "Irema Curtó" desde 1975. Además de ser el criador de esta raza más antiguo del mundo, y de que sus perros sean la base de gran parte de las líneas de Presa Canario, también es autor del libro "El perro de Presa Canario ,su verdadero origen", del libro "El Presa", colaborador en periódicos, revistas especializadas, documentales, debates, programas de radio, televisión, etc.

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Manuel Curtó Gracia

Manuel Curtó Gracia

Propietario del criadero de Presas Canarios "Irema Curtó" desde 1975. Además de ser el criador de esta raza más antiguo del mundo, y de que sus perros sean la base de gran parte de las líneas de Presa Canario, también es autor del libro "El perro de Presa Canario ,su verdadero origen", del libro "El Presa", colaborador en periódicos, revistas especializadas, documentales, debates, programas de radio, televisión, etc.

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