The Committee of this RSC -this letter, dated June 28th, was received at the headquarters of the Spanish Presa Canario Dog Club, and was/is signed by the General Secretary of the Spanish Central Canine, Andrés del Río Pérez-, in the meeting held on the 27th of the present (July 1989), has agreed, once the convenient studies and consultations have been made, to annul the agreement taken on 28-V-89 on the breed Perro de Presa Canario.
Consequently, all the RRCs carried out in Las Palmas and subsequent shows will be processed, as well as the homologation of the CACs obtained, including the breed again in the National and International Beauty Shows.
Likewise, the Committee of this RSC has agreed on the convenience of appointing two people as judges of the Perro de Presa Canario, one from Las Palmas and the other from Tenerife. These persons should be proposed by the Club as soon as possible to begin their activity as competition judges, for which we will indicate the rules to be followed once the names of those designated have been communicated. It would be convenient not to delay this designation on your part, in order to have the Judges of the Perro de Presa Canario proposed by the Club in a not too long period of time.
We look forward to hearing from you and send you our best regards.
Well, up to here the most recent history of the Presa Canario, its breeders, grouped in clubs or not, and the Sociedad Central Canina Española.
The interested reader will have noticed that there are pieces in this puzzle that do not fit together. The Breed Club, once the Presa Canario is recognized, is the one who determines the course to follow for the improvement and continuity of the breed, without crossbreeding of any kind. We all know that at the present time there are few, very few, Canary Island Presa dogs with a certain racial purity, whose morphological and phenotypical characteristics are close to the approved racial pattern. We know, and the Central Spanish Kennel Club knows, that there is a very high number of dogs resulting from first, second and third generation crosses that should never be registered as Presas Canarios. Those registered in Las Palmas were mostly the product of first, second and third generation crosses (all headed by the winner of the CAC (Rocote, and his litter sister Princesa). The aforementioned and independent clubs are well aware of this serious problem and are not willing to compromise on this point. These dogs should not be registered. These dogs cannot be granted any CAC, and the Spanish Canine Society knows it. Any fraud is punishable by law, and if it is necessary to have recourse to the law, this alternative should be seriously considered. I am not saying that it is necessary to resort to it, I am simply saying that if we reach a point where it is presented as the only alternative to save the Perro de Presa Canario, a decision will have to be made.
The Spanish Canine Society in its first letter (circular, Societies No. 5 and Club P. Presa Canario) agreed to put on hold everything related to the Perro de Presa Canario until a thorough study with all interested parties, and to develop, through meetings, all the problems affecting this breed. Then, in a new letter, they communicate to the Spanish Presa Canario Club that “they have agreed, once the appropriate studies and consultations have been carried out, to annul the agreement taken on the breed Perro de Presa Canario”.
It is necessary to state here (so that everyone knows) that neither the Spanish Club del Presa Canario, nor the allied clubs of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, nor the independent ones, have been called for any study, nor have they (we) been consulted at all. This is very serious. And this seriousness already has repercussions on the path to follow in the recovery/reconstruction of the Race. If the Central Spanish Kennel Club refuses to dialogue with the Spanish Presa Canario Club and with the parties that support it, the least desirable situation will be reached, and this is that the Spanish Presa Canario Club, with the parties that support it and the Central Spanish Kennel Club will be seriously confronted, and this is better not to happen, for the good of the Presa Canario and for the credibility of the Real Sociedad Central de Fomento de las Razas Caninas de España.
Published by the author in El Dia on September 21, 1989.