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Introduction to Perro de Ganado Majorero – Manuel Curto

By Manuel Curto Gracia

Irema Curto Kennels

To date, we have written enough about the Perro de Presa Canario -large number of articles, published in canary newspapers, in Spanish and foreign specialized magazines, several books, reportages that were emitted by the Spanish Television in the Canary Islands, videos, like the one of Canidapresa (Italy), etc. -, we have invested a lot of time, and means, in its promotion. Thanks to that work, the Perro de Presa Canario is already known anywhere in the world.

About the Perro de Ganado Majorero very few has been written and published, and due that is totally unknown, and not only outside the Canary Islands. In the Canary Islands, the immense majority of the population does not know how it is, although they have heard about this dog, the oldest of the islands, without a doubt. Lamentably this is the sad reality. Most of the people of Fuerteventura Island, from where is native this dog, don’t know it. There is of course, a minority of the majorera population (majorero mean from fuerteventura), old people, especially cattlemen that yes they knows what dog it is, because they always had got them for the guard of their houses and flocks).

The new generations know the Poodle, the Rottweiler, the Dobermann, the German Shepherd, the Cocker, the Great Dane, the English Bulldog, the Bullterrier, the American Pit Bullterrier, etc. etc. etc., but nothing, or very little they know about the Perro de Ganado Majorero.

And then, there are those that speak of the Perro de Ganado Majorero convinced that they know of what they speak about. For these people the Majorero Dog is a very fierce animal with floating fingers in the hind legs, in brindle coat…, and they think, and sometimes they affirm, that dogs of those there are still many, especially in Fuerteventura. Sure that they never have had, nor they had seen, a true majorero dog, of breed, and they have never made the effort to research about this dog, of whom, in the best one of the cases, they have only heard speak about.
This reality, sad reality, is similar (despite the differences, of course) to which affected to the Perro de Presa Canario when I began to be interesting in it, at the beginning of the decade of the 70´s, of the last century. Respect to the Perro de Presa Canario lamentably we arrived late, because the breed, the true breed, the one of last centuries, there was disappear, it had been extinguished.

As I have written in multitude of occasions, the Perro de Presa Canario that we breed today is a new breed, product of crossings carried out from 1970.

Respect to the Perro de Ganado Majorero, a little bit more, and it would suffer the same fate than the Presa Canario.

Throughout the last thirty years (more or less) different people (few and with very little knowledge) have tried the arduous and difficult task of the recovery of the breed. At sight of the obtained results, little, or nothing positive, they left the project.

Is clear that the work of recovery of a canine breed on the way to extinction, without economy nor knowledge, is led to the failure.

In Spain and in the Canary Islands several canine breeds have disappeared. Let us put like example the old Spanish Alano- the one that some people present today like true Alano Español is an attempt of recreation, nothing fortunate, of the extinct one -, the Canary Water Dog, whose direct descendant is the Bichón Frisé, the old Perro de Presa Canario as it has been said above, the Canary Partridge Dog, etc.

By Manuel Curto Gracia

Irema Curto Kennels

Majorero photographed in Tefia, Fuerteventura in 1984

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