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Presa Canario in movie “Oceano” year 1989

Probably the oldest movie in with we can see Presa Canario. Series named “Oceano” directed by Ruggero Deodato were made in 1988 and movie was released in 1989. Action takes place on island of Lanzarotte and wanting to show first and foremost Presas I couldn’t resist to leave a bit of the landscape of this exotic island. Everybody that remembers Tito Gonzalez Medina (Volcanes Canarios, his dogs had Satan back in his pedigree) and pictures he was showing will feel familiar with what we see here from Canarian folklor.

Picture of Ernest Borgnine (Pablo El Triste in movie owning dogs) with Satan and Simba was published in book “El Presa Canario” by Manuel Martin Bethencourt (published in 1997). Known more for starting in “Dirty Dozen” series. In 2007 he became the first male Oscar winner for Best Actor to still be alive on his 90th birthday, and in 2012 became the first male Oscar winner for Best Actor to still be alive (and working) on his 95th birthday.

The dogs
Male Satan was breed by Victor Mendez and was son of Batan and Zaya. Name of female was Simba. Both of this dogs later became parents of Piba owned by Tito Gonzalez Medina. Piba was later breed with Merquiade and Volcan was born. Volcan breed with Cora resulted in producing Ancor. Ancor and Blanquita produced Caiman and Torrente (informations provided by Pablo Rafael Hernandez Rodriguez, thank you). Those that know them can notice a great resemblance and consistency. We can also observe type of dogs from time of official recognition of the breed. Those that have eye will see.

Photo: made in 1988 on Lanzarotte, Canary Islands. Made on movie set published in book El Presa Canario yb M.M.Bethencourt


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