Official recognition of the Presa Canario

It seems that the time is ripe for the official recognition of this canary canine breed. How is it going to be implemented? We do not know that yet. I have heard, it has been commented to me, that in the Spanish Canine Society they are almost determined to elaborate a project of standard of the breed without counting on a very numerous group of extraordinarily significant canary breeders, among which I count myself. If that is the case I can say, dare I say, that things are going to go badly.

At a meeting held in Tenerife, composed of members of the Canine Society of Spain (with the president at the head) and half a dozen breeders from both provinces, it was agreed that once the two shows of Presa dogs planned were held (one in Tenerife and the other in Gran Canaria) we were going to meet, in the Canary Islands, members of the Central Spanish Canine Society and those enthusiasts from the different islands who had something to say about the breed in question, and we were going to draw up the draft standard. Will this be done? This is what many of us wish for and hope that we will not be disappointed. To do otherwise would be a blatant disregard for breeders who do not belong (and do not want to belong) to the minority CEPPC. Important political resolutions have always been taken in Madrid (the metropolis). Of course, for some time now we have been living in a democratic system and, as a consequence, powers have been decentralized, fortunately for the good of all and to the detriment of the usual chieftains and dictators. In dictatorships everything is done behind the people’s backs and behind closed doors, “to make things better”, they always say, “so that there are no complications”, “to avoid controversy”. The Perro de Presa Canario is not an asset of the Central Canina Española, nor of the president of the Sociedad Canina de Canarias, based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, nor of the CEPPC. It is an asset of the Canary Islander community, and, with a special nuance, of all those fans who breed them. Careful, I mean everyone, not just a few who take refuge in a somewhat, or very much, debatable legality.

The standard of the Perro de Presa Canario has to be elaborated in the Canary Islands, in a round table, where we can sit down those enthusiasts who for several years have been working seriously so that this canine breed can flourish. Round table in which the members of the clubs that want to sit down and the independents that want to sit down, that we are some and we mean something in this canine company. And let no one be afraid of debate, and let no one be afraid to sit at a table where people who think differently on the same subject are sitting. To live in a dictatorship is the other, where only those who are appointed by the command have a place.

And another point to keep in mind. Once the standard is elaborated and the Perro de Presa Canario is recognized, who is going to judge it? The standard is composed of some measures, some data, something to orient oneself. Only breeders and fanciers know (some better than others) what the breed in question is/should be like, with a little more or less agreement. I do not even want to imagine as a judge a foreigner who comes to us as an improvised judge for a few hours to select that or those specimens of prey that conform to the standard (with his peculiar way of understanding it) to then be exhibited as prototypical models to be followed by the hobby in general.

I say that something must be done to avoid such a mess. And I am not going to refer here to the CEPPC Breeding Commission, about which most of us want to know little, if anything, for reasons that have already been explained in articles and letters published in Canarian newspapers and in El Mundo del Perro. It occurs to me to think that the best thing to do would be to appoint a commission of fans (for this purpose) from both Canary provinces. The difference of opinion regarding the Presa Canario is evident, and the best way to unify criteria would be, therefore, previous agreements between both provinces and then collaboration.

El Perro de Presa Canario y su Reconocimiento Oficial It was published by the author in El Día on November 22, 1987.

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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