The normal thing, as it is the most frequent in canine matters, is to disregard the opinion of the old dog handlers. Modern dog breeding is in the hands of citizens more often than not, in the hands of weekend dog breeders, friends (supporters to the hilt) of beauty dog shows, and if we add to that the economic interest that moves most of them… well, that’s the end of the story.
Undoubtedly, the old dog breeders are generally men of the countryside, and when they talk to us about the dogs of the past, they do it in a disinterested, passionate, uneducated way, most of the times, but accurate. The old dogcatcher tells you about his dogs as he remembers them, even if he idealizes them a little, even if he mythologizes them a little. There are many old dogs in the Canary Islands, some of them old dog fighters, farmers, goatherds, ox breeders, who bred their prey dogs or cattle dogs that they used out of necessity.
Francisco Saavedra Bolaños, Salvador Hernández Rodríguez, Demetrio Trujillo Rodríguez (from Gran Canaria los Tres) are no exception. Like them, many others could tell us about dogs of prey and not finish. On this occasion, due to circumstances that one does not quite know how to explain, we have interviewed these three men about the dogs they remember, that they bred, trained, fought. Each of them was interviewed separately. Let’s see what they tell us.