It is often said, or written, about how well the dogs of prey work for the herdsmen, how efficient these dogs are with the cows in the pastures. Of course, there are hardly any pastures left in the Canary Islands, and even fewer cows loose in the countryside. Domingo Salcedo has never been a herdsman, but it is true that a long time ago he had some cows, milk cows, in the barn, until he got tired of them and sold them. Domingo Salcedo’s teeth came out among the sheep, as they say, so he has teeth without cavities and white as fresh goat cheese, despite how much he smokes.
Domingo Salcedo removed the sheep for the goats.
Domingo Salcedo lives in Barranco Las Lajas. Domingo Salcedo is now retired. Domingo Salcedo had a beautiful little wolf dog named Coco, and a female wolf dog whose name I don’t remember. One day the little she-wolf got hot and Domingo Salcedo brought her home for me to put my dog Tenaro on her (the man has these occurrences). Tenaro was a large, strong, big, big-headed, serious, not very barky and with few friends.
When I saw the dog, I said to Domingo, but man, how can you think of telling me to put the dog of prey to that little wolf, no matter how good she is?
Domingo Salcedo, who is very sarcastic, intelligent and a good person, answered me, Don Manuel, this crossing gives very good dogs for the goats and to go. You’re out and about all day and it’s a risk. On the other hand, with a good dog, there is no one who will scare you. Can’t you see that there are a lot of people out there who are spoiled and at the first time they hit you and leave you dead anywhere?
It is also true, I told Domingo Salcedo once I heard his arguments.
To make a long story short, I will tell you that the little wolf gave birth to thirteen beautiful Tenaro bardino cubs. But the bitch wasn’t very good at breeding them and she only had three left. We vaccinated them against parvovirus, but vaccinating them and getting the disease were one and the same. Two died and the youngest remained. Domingo told me to take him with me, but I usually have more dogs than I can feed so I told him no, to keep him, to see what kind of dog he would turn out to be.
Domingo named the puppy Porqué. Why he is no longer alive, he died of filariasis at almost four years of age.
. Domingo Salcedo always says that he will never have another dog like Porqué, and he may be right.
Why was a very knowledgeable dog, large and with an almost prey-like head. And, indeed, Domingo Salcedo had not been wrong, the Porqué was the best for the goats and for attending.
Don Antonio García-Estrada had, for the guardianship of his house, a beautiful tawny bitch, daughter of Kadul de Irema Curtó. Rubia got hot one day and Don Antonio García Estrada told Domingo Salcedo that he would like to put it on the bitch.
Yes, man, I also liked your bitch very much,” answered the goatherd.
From that mating and other later ones with my dogs, the current Domingo Salcedo’s Presa dogs are descended. The curious thing about the case is that the man, quietly, and without being taken by anyone, is bringing out his own line of dogs of prey. I know that his two males have covered more than four other bitches, this means that in a few years, if the gods continue to be propitious to him, many of the dogs of prey of Tenerife will carry the blood of Domingo Salcedo the goatherd.
There are more than four men like Domingo Salcedo in the Canary Islands, breeders of prey (because they are born) who breed their dogs thinking about their real usefulness, in the services they are going to provide. No one should talk to these men about dog shows, no one should talk to them about champions, no one should tell them to put such and such a dog on their bitch. These men have a nose, an intuition, when it comes to choosing a male for their bitches. Domingo Salcedo told me that one day he asked a member of the Breeding Commission of the Spanish Club de Perro de Presa Canario for a Presa Canario dog to put it on a bitch, and the other one said, well, first I have to see the bitch and blah, blah, blah. Then Domingo jumped in, with his healthy grumpiness of a man who is back from a couple of things, and answered, “Look, I’ve already seen the bitch.
To more than one this position of Domingo Salcedo may seem pedantic and insubordinate, of course, but the fact is that to certain men the new little dog should not go with such pretensions. Domingo Salcedo the goatherd (and others like him) will always have better dogs than the mechanic, who was born thirty years after Domingo Salcedo and was born to the canine hobby by chance and not by necessity. And something that the neophyte should keep in mind: Domingo Salcedo (and others like him) teaches his dogs, and nobody better than him, for his needs, and I can attest that his dogs work, with the goats, and guard and defend all the belongings of the family, and if anyone doubts it, let him go into his field, in the absence or presence of his master or any member of his family. In addition, to round it off, Domingo Salcedo does not know what a standard is, and the dogs are more standard than most of the canary presa dogs bred by gentlemen who presume to be modern breeders. Surprising, no, what happens is that Domingo Salcedo (and others like him -three times already, I know-) has been a presero since he was a child, and he has no qualms about mating this bitch with that dog, or with the one beyond. For Domingo Salcedo everything is very simple. The Perro de presa Canario has by necessity to be of medium height, big-headed, with a very broad chest, never boquino (prognathous) and of great temperament, and if it has a bardino coat, that’s it, and that’s it, period. And if by chance you get a dog, or a bitch that limps (evident symptom of hip dysplasia), then it is not used for breeding and that’s it. And you, Don Manuel, cut off their ears, I don’t owe you.