November 4, 1975
The affix “Irema Curtó Kennels” is granted
On November 4, 1975, the Royal Spanish Canine Society, grants the affix “Irema Curtó” to Manuel Curtó Gracia. It is at this moment that our professional career in dog breeding begins.
Creation of the breed concept “Perro de Presa Canario”
First Presa Canario litter.
In 1977, Manuel Curtó Gracia had his first litter of Perro de Presa Canario, the product of a cross between Boby and Piba. From this first litter 5 puppies are born (Toby, Gey, Tamay, Isora and Viva), and they would be the bases of what is known as Perro de Presa Canario.
Collaborator in “COPE” radio.
For 1 year, every Thursday, Manuel Curtó Gracia was a collaborator in “COPE” radio at the María del Pino Fuentes program, to speak as a canine specialist.
May 21, 1989
Correction of the 1989 standard.
Manuel Curtó Gracia is part of the decisive meeting for the modification of the official standard of the Perro de Presa Canario, which later had to be presented to the FCI.
1980 - 2000
Collaborator in magazines
For 20 years, Manuel Curtó collaborated in the magazines “Todo Perros, El mundo del Perro and Canidapresa” writing articles about the breed and providing photographic display.
December 10, 1991
Publication of the book “The Perro de Presa Canario, its true origin”
In 1991, Manuel Curtó Gracia published “The Presa Canario Dog, its true origin”, a book made up of articles in chronological order and comments on the matter, which recounts the historical origin of the Presa Canario Dog, and the events that occurred from 1975 to 1991 during the creation of the breed, being very critical and explicit with all the irregularities that occurred during those times.
Appearance in the documentary “Senderos Isleños” on TVE
Appearance in the documentary “Senderos Isleños” of the TVE television channel in 1996, talking about the Perro de Presa Canario, its origin and selection. In this documentary, Manuel Curtó Gracia shows live how a puppy does not complain if its tail or ear is pulled.
Collaboration in the book “Gladiator dogs” by Dr. Carl Semencic
Collaboration in the book “Gladiator dogs” by Dr. Carl Semencic to talk about the Perro de Presa Canario. In that book there was talk of bull-type dogs that had originated in dog fighting, or that they were powerful dogs.
Preservation of the Presa Canario with the UKC
Due to the fact that the Spanish Club of the Perro de Presa Canario decided to change the denomination of the Presa Canario to Dogo Canario in 2001, modifying the standard and eliminating the black coat, Manuel Curtó, went to the UKC (United Kennel Club) so that previous negotiations, recognize the breed with its traditional name (Perro de Presa Canario), with the 1989 standard, and with the black coat included. This event is very important, since without it, the Perro de Presa Canario would have ceased to exist, as would the black coat.
Publication of the book “Perro de Presa Canario”
In 2003 the book “Perro de Presa Canario” was published in English, with the publisher “Kennel Club dogs”, a book which belongs to a numbered collection of books on all breeds. Like the 1991 book, it was the first book on Presa Canario published in English.
Publication of the book “Perro de Presa Canario” in Spanish.
In 2012, the book “Perro de Presa Canario” was published by the Hispano-European publisher, based on the book published in 2003 by the Kennel Club Books publisher.
20 articles for the website iremacurto.com
In 2014, Manuel Curtó Gracia wrote 20 articles about what happened in the Perro de Presa Canario since the publication of his first book in 2001, until 2014.
Publication of the book “The Presa Canario dog, its true origin” in PDF.
Publication of the book “The Presa Canario dog, its true origin” in PDF, both in Spanish and English. Edited by Manuel Curtó Jr. This was a great advance, since many people, finally, were able to know the true origin of the Perro de Presa Canario, which was described in the 1991 book, and not in the 2003 book, which was a rather illustrative book. , and not a book complaint.
30 Youtube videos
In 2020, Manuel Curtó Gracia decided to make 30 videos in Spanish talking about the Perro de Presa Canario, providing hitherto unknown historical data, new discoveries, theories and stories.
Due to all that happened during the creation of the Presa Canario, the multitude of changes, and the dispersion of all existing documents, Manuel Curtó Jr. decided to found “Presarve” (Preserve the Presa), a club focused on the preservation of the traditional Presa Canario dog according to the 1989 standard. The function of this club is to generate 100% digital pedigrees, with photos, videos, descriptions, real origins and all kinds of relevant information of each dog under the name of Perro de Presa Canario. In addition, there is a digital museum where you can see the history of the Presa Canario organized chronologically, as well as photos from all eras.
To date, Irema Curtó Kennels has produced more than 2,000 dogs over 47 years, dogs have been sent to many countries in the world, 4 books have been written, several documentaries, a multitude of interviews, debates, articles, collaborations, campaigns, initiatives, etc. Our dogs are ancestors of the vast majority of existing Perros de Presa Canarios.