Of brachycephalic type (heading towards mesocephalic), shaped like slightly elongated cube, without any strongly pronounced angels, wide and covered with well developed muscles.
Presa Canario head should be massive, without excess and with harmony to the body size so the front and back of the dog are well balanced. Head that is to big affects movement and will disturb overall harmony.
Craniofacial proportions are 60:40 (skull to muzzle) although proportion of 55:45 is preferred before to short muzzle. With this proportions set and development of teeth is not interrupted.
The cranial and facial part of the head shouldn’t be of much difference looked from front. We should look for muzzle that is filled well (frontal and side view), wide muzzle that will make the front dental arches wide with canines set well far apart so the bite ability is greater.
Head of Presa Canario is very harmonious, solid, tight (not of dry type but also not loose), forming one shape without any part of it standing out. It’s length is usually somewhat around 40% of the dogs high in the withers. It’s covered in slightly loose skin but not hanging. Skin tight and without any wrinkles is not typical. Coat is rustic brindle and fawn in all it’s shades and black. Always black mask.
- Old photos of Presa Canarios - 14 February 2020
- The Character of the Presa Canario – by Paloma Iglesias Sanz - 29 January 2020
- History and Theories Surrounding the Origin of the Presa Canario - 29 January 2020