Dogo Canario

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Dogo Canario History

The Dogo Canario is a type of mastiff that was originally developed on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The Dogo Canario is believed to be descended from the multi-purpose fighting dogs used in Spain and Portugal during the 16th and 17th centuries, which were used as guard dogs and gladiatorial combatants. The Dogo Canario was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 2000. The breed is an unusual looking breed of dog, with a broad head, short muzzle, and wrinkled skin. The Dogo Canario is a generally healthy and robust, but may suffer from hip dysplasia and bloat.

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Canary Islands

Dogo Canario Physical Characteristics

The Dogo Canario is a mid-sized, muscular, and athletic breed of dog that is native to the Iberian Peninsula. They are known for their distinctive appearance, with wild looking eyes, elongated muzzles, and broad, powerful shoulders. They have a heavy tail that tapers to a rounded tip. Their ears hang down close to their cheeks, their lips are tight, and their teeth are strong. They have a thick, medium-length, and flat fur that is either fawn-colored or brindle. The male Dogo Canarios generally stand about 22 inches at the withers and weigh between 55 and 70 pounds while the females are between 21 and 23 inches high and weigh in at 50 to 60 pounds.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 110 – 130 lbs

Female Weight Range: 83 – 110 lbs

Dogo Canario Health

Description of breed health.


9-11 yrs

Dogo Canario Health Concerns

Panosteitis, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Entropion, Demodectic Mange, Epilepsy, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, ACL Tears

Dogo Canario Temperament and Behaviour

The Dogo Canario is a loving and devoted breed that makes a great companion for families and individuals. They are extremely loyal to their owners and can even be protective. They get along well with other dogs, but they are very territorial and are generally only recommended for homes with no other pets. They are active and agile and will need regular physical and mental stimulation.

Dogo Canario Activity Requirements

The Dogo Canario is a large, muscular breed of dog that originated on the island of Tenerife. They are strong, intelligent, and loyal. The Dogo Canario is not a very active dog. They are often described as a couch potato due to their tendency to be lazy when not engaged in an activity. They will need at least one long, brisk walk every day. They also need mental stimulation, so they should be trained to do some sort of trick. A daily puzzle toy or treat ball can also keep them mentally stimulated. If you are the proud owner of a Dogo Canario, it is important to find activities that will suit their energy level. They are independent and stubborn, so training can be a challenge. A patient trainer who is willing to spend a lot of time working with this misunderstood breed will do just fine.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dogo Canario is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dogo Canario is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Dogo Canario is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dogo Canario is part of the Unclassified group.

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