20 Dec The health of the Perro de Presa Canario
The Presa Canario is a working dog. In reality all breeds, in their origin, have been selected and bred to carry out duties such as hunting, shepherding, protection, etc., and of course companionship, all dogs have done so since their domestication. The domesticated wolves carried out these functions as well as accompanying the humans with whom they lived. For those that may not know, all today´s canine breeds descended from those domesticated wolves.
When I speak about the health of the Presa Canario I am referring to both the mental and physical health. We cannot consider a healthy dog to be one who is timid, unsure, aggressive or unbalanced. And when I speak of functionality, I am referring to hunting, protection, defense of its territory, protecting the stock etc. Everything depends on the chosen function for which the selection has been made. Of course, nowadays the majority of dogs live in urban areas, in flats, living a very sedentary life, and few or no opportunities to demonstrate the functions for which they had been bred. Owing to their life style, most of these dogs are excellent public relations, which isn´t a bad thing given that due to their mental pathology there are some who are a true public menace.
The breeder, if he is a true professional, and is ethical, takes great care in selecting the animals he is going to use for reproduction. This is fundamental, basic. It´s true that it isn´t easy. The female as well as the male must possess the maximum qualities. Those animals that have morphological defects such as, lack of premolars and hip or elbow dysplasia should never be used for reproduction. It has been normal practice for us to x-ray elbows and hips of those animals we are going to use for breeding. And also extremely important are the psychological qualities as previously mentioned. Even with this level of selection we still produce some dogs which do not reach the necessary standard.
Then, it depends in whose hands these puppies end up.
Manuel Curtó García
12 of December, 2014