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Are black Presa Canarios real?

Yes. Black Presa Canario are real. Black Presas existed before the breed started to be registered and continues to exist to this day. 

There are a lot of lies surrounding black Presas because of their spike in popularity in recent years and confusion among people who got used to the temporary FCI breed standard excluding black *simultaneously breeders of traditional Presa Canarios worked together to have Presa Canario recognized and registered through UKC with original breed standard including black. 

Due to the more complicated way black genetics work it was always less popular and more “rare” color for Presa: to have black puppies at least one parent needs to be black. Breeding for type, correct structure, soundness, good temperament there is less room left to breed for preferred color – especially in a young, working breed like Presa Canario. 

Black Presas occasionally left Canary Islands and were imported to Norway, Great Britain,  Canada, Germany and the United States. Maybe to some other countries as well, but dogs mentioned here had more impact on today’s population of black dogs. Most of those dogs were imported in the early 2000s when Presas started to be seen as a breed by foreigners (before the late 90’s/early 2000’s not many people knew about the breed).

In my next article about black Presas I will write a chronology of the existence of black Presa Canarios, dates of publications along scans of where they are mentioned. 


Ewa Ziemska

Breeder and researcher of Presa Canario. Lived in Poland, London UK and presently stays in Kentucky, USA and traveled through whole Europe and 22 States discovering the breed. Speaks Polish, English and Spanish. Master of Science of Management and Computer Modeling and Engineer of Production Engineering of Kielce University of Technology. Avid traveler, photographer and dog book collector. Instagram @reygladiador