The authentic Presa Canario
Disputes in Tenerife
In the origin of the works of recovery there was no agreement between the two clubs that had been created, one in Tenerife and another one in Gran Canaria, which caused important disputes in the recognition of thebreed. In Tenerife, in 1982, a group of breeders decided to start team working, forming an association with the purpose of taking ahead the already started recovery of the Presa Canario, by realizing a breeding policy based on a selection program focused on a breed standard that took account of the historical data, of the oral informations passed on by ancient breeders and of the more representative Presa population of those years. It is interesting to point out that in Gran Canaria, and more precisely in the northern part of the island, Manuel Moreno, along with a group of friends, already had started to do the same since the first half of the Seventies, even if anonymously.
The definitive step
The definitive step occurs in Tenerife, where the regional exhibition of the Presa Canario is celebrated, in October 1986. The following year, and with the purpose of studying a greater number of the existing population of Presas, the Spanish Presa Canario Club organized June the sixth, 1987, the Second Regional Exhibition in Guía, event in which Manuel Moreno did not play an outstanding role in its organization. During the show were filled in 80 reports of the dogs that were there, coming from the municipalities of Gáldar, Guía, Arucas and Firgas. Celebrated the two first regional events and with the purpose of studying the existing population by the Commission of Spanish Breeds, it was solicited the presence in Madrid of two dogs, one of each province, to be presented officially in the Autumn International Exhibition of 1987, with the intention of elaborating a breed standard. The Commission of Spanish Breeds gathered together enough information and the 24th January 1989, the official standard of the breed was approved, establishing the physical and psychic characteristics of the Presa Canario.
The general characteristics are summarized in the following description: a medium-sized dog; with a straight profile; a massive head, rather square, and a wide cranium. Perfectly plumbed extremities, of wide and strong bones. Powerful and muscular hindquarters. Elastic and heavy skin. Short hair with no undercoat, slightly rough. Black, brindle or fawn coat, with black mask.
His aspect denotes power, severe glance. Specially suited for the function of guard and defense and traditionally for the control of the cattle.
Lack of unanimity
At that time, as Manuel Moreno states, the exhibition celebrated in Guía in 1987, got the provlem of lack of unanimity between the clubs of Tenerife and Las Palmas, which caused a series of concerns, but according to him the only competent authority was the Real Federation for the Promotion of Spanish Canine Breeds, and he thinks the time has given him the reason, since those that earlier refused to recognize the standard that was elaborated in Tenerife and in Guía, are, at present time, judging dogs following the same standard, that is moreover recognized by the Canine Federation.
English Translation: Paolo Consolandi, Omar Sobarzo Medina
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