Having a Presa Canario is like having a really strong and powerful friend that will guard your home and protect your family from all kinds of harm. That said, you need to understand that the Presa Canario is unlike any other dog breed. So, in order to ensure that things run smoothly, take note of these special Presa Canario care tips.
Food is important especially if your Presa is still a puppy. Proper nutrition can be achieved from a regular supply of premium quality dog food and clean water. You can mix with canned food and broth when the dog grows up but avoid feeding with food for humans, as this could cause imbalances.
Young puppies (8-12 weeks old) need approximately four bowls of food daily. You can reduce this to 3 meals a day from 3-6 months old. From 6 months to 1 year old, you can go twice a day. Once the 1-year mark is crossed, a once-a-day meal would be sufficient, or even two lighter bowls spread throughout the day.
Due to its short and rough coat, the Presa is actually known for minimal shedding. This coat is also very easy to groom. All you have to do is brush his coat at least once a week, in order to remove dead skin and hair, keeping the coat healthy. Use a firm bristle brush and then as a finish, you can wipe the coat with a towel.
You will only need to bathe the Presa on very rare occasions when he gets really dirty. During summer, you need to inspect daily for fleas and ticks. During the seasons of Spring and Fall, your dog will tend to shed a little more than usual so you’ll need to double time on the brushing. Giving him a warm bath will also help get rid of the dead hair.
Other than this, basic care and grooming for dogs will apply. You should check the ears weekly for any dirt or indications of infection (such as redness or even a foul odor). To clean the ears, use a damp cotton ball but make sure the ear cleaner has been cleared by your veterinarian. The teeth should be brushed regularly, also with toothpaste that has been approved by your vet. The nails, on the other hand, need to be trimmed at least once a week or as needed.
The key to grooming the Presa Canario is to start early so that they get used to the routine. You don’t want to start grooming just when it’s already a tough and full-grown Presa.
You need to take out the Presa Canario on a long walk every day in order to stay fit, recharge the mind, and avoid boredom. Go first and make sure the dog understands that humans are above him. While the Presa will thrive best in an average-sized (or bigger) yard, if you live in an apartment you will have to make sure to really exercise the dog sufficiently. That’s because this breed tends to be inactive when indoors.