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Mollosoid dog, native to the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, in the Canary Archipelago, where it was originally bred for guarding and cattle herding. Basically the Presa dog is the result of crossbreeding between the Alano and Majorero from the island of Fuerteventura and molosoid dogs that were introduced to the islands from abroad.


Its fiery temperament is inherited from the Alano, a pre-Hispanic, hard working and aggressive cattle dog, widely distributed throughout the islands. The resulting crossbreed has a black mask and a brindled or fawn coat, occasionally with white spots.  A few decades ago, a group of breeders began the process of recovering the breed, drawing on tradition and their experience.