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As a child, your family always had dogs. Now that you’re an adult, you find their absence in your home to be a bit disturbing. It’s time to buy a puppy.

Since you grew up around puppers, you would have no problems investing in a Presa Canario dog. They are easy to train and they won’t get hair all over your home. Having one isn’t for the faint of heart, however.

There are many things that you need to know before you go out and buy a puppy. Check out this guide to learn everything you need to know about the Presa Canario dog breed.

1. They Have a Long History 

This dog breed’s history goes all the way back to the 15th century. The Spanish conquistadors brought them to the Canary Islands. From there, they were used mainly to protect livestock from feral animals. 

Due to their size and muscle, they were also bred for dogfighting up until the 1940s. 

2. Presas Don’t Shed 

If you buy a Presa Canario dog, you won’t have to worry about investing in a lint brush. They are a short-haired breed with no undercoat. This means that they don’t shed everywhere. 

This is also good news for the grooming bill. All you have to do to keep their coats shiny is give them a good brushing at least once a week. 

3. It’s Not a Good Breed for First Time Owners 

One thing you should know about Presa Canario dogs is they aren’t good for first-time owners. So, if you’re thinking about buying a pet for your child, you should consider a different breed. 

They are pretty dominant. This is no problem if you’re an experienced owner who knows how to use a helpful training guide to demand obedience from your pets. It is a problem if you’ve never had a dog before or you tend to be slightly afraid of larger dogs. 

Due to their dominant nature, you also have to be careful about leaving them around other pets and small children. 

4. They Don’t Have a Long Lifespan 

Whereas most dogs will grow up with you, the Presa won’t. They are vulnerable to certain genetic diseases that shorten their lifespans down to 9-11 years. 

Some of these diseases include mast-cell tumors, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, osteochondrodysplasias, and dilated cardiomyopathy. 

5. Exercise is Key 

Like most working-class dogs, Presas need a ton of exercise to get their energy out. If you allow them to get bored, you can say goodbye to your prized possessions. 

To this end, you shouldn’t invest in this dog breed if you live in a cramped apartment. You need a house with a huge yard for them to run around in. 

Keep These Facts in Mind Before Buying a Presa Canario Dog 

So, are you still thinking about getting a Presa Canario dog? As long as you can give them the exercise and training they need, you’ll have a loyal pet who loves you. If you can’t pay them proper attention or you have other pets in your home, it might be a good idea to choose a different breed. 

If you need help training your dog, we might be able to help. Check out the services section of our site to find out what we can do for you. 

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