Dogo Canario FCI Standard
The Dogo Canario performed multiple services for Spanish farmers. It was used to catch half-feral cattle and ferocious boars, to defend the stock from wild animals and humans and to guard the master’s possessions. The breed also effectively drove off and exterminated homeless and wild dogs. Thanks to its incredible power and tenacity this dog earned a reputation of a relentless fighter in dog-fighting circles. This cruel entertainment was declared outside the law in the 40s of the XX century but it persisted under-the-table for at least another dozen of years. Moreover other breeds such as the German Shepherd Dog and the Doberman became highly preferred guardians and replaced the Dogo Canario in this role. The combination of these two factors led to a significant drop in the population of the dog and since then it was predominantly used as a farmer’s assistant.
The 70s of the XX century were marked with revival of interest in the Dogo Canario and dedicated breeders managed to re-establish such distinct traits of the dog as uncompromising confidence, impressive power, highly developed territorial instinct and reserved dignity. Nowadays, while the breed has reached certain popularity in clandestine dog’s fighting clubs, it remains virtually unknown outside its homeland.
In the 1996 the Dogo Canario was accepted by the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service. The United Kennel Club gave it its full recognition in 2003.
The Dogo Canario is aloof and wary with strangers and definitely it won’t let unfamiliar person to pet. A well-socialised dog will remain indifferent about the presence of other humans without showing inappropriate aggression. This vigilant and observant animal possesses imposing voice and intimidating appearance, which make it an excellent watch and guard dog. Sometimes its bellowing bark is plenty enough to scare off some apprehensive intruder.
As a catch dog the Dogo Canario is extremely aggressive towards other canine animals. It certainly wouldn’t be wise to keep it together with another dog of the same sex. This breed is highly authoritative in its nature and won’t back down from a fight in order to assert its alpha status. Unfortunately the Dogo Canario is also an infamous cat chaser and may never accept a home cat (or other creature) even if they have been raised in the same household. It’s worth to remind that timely socialisation can partially resolve an aggressive issue but it won’t be able to eliminate it completely.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• patellar luxation;
• skin cysts;
The Dogo Canario drools in lesser extent if compared to other mastiff-type dogs. The drooling intensifies after it eats or drinks or during hot weather so keep a bunch of napkins handy just in case.
The Dogo Canario will react with open aggression to the roughhousing during the training session and it’s imperative to use moderately firm training techniques while working with the breed. However it would be unrealistic to except 100% obedience from this dog and quick results from your training effort so be patient, committed and kind to your dog.
It’s essential to keep your Dogo Canario restrained by a leash at all times because it’s going to pursue every stray cat in its view. The master of the Dogo Canario should take serious approach to the training of this dog and invest tons of time in its proper socialisation so this breed isn’t the best choice for the novice dog owner.