The Presa Canario (sometimes referred to as a Mastiff) is a Spanish dog that was originally bred for working livestock.  The Presa Canario or “Canary Dog” is a large sized dog with a thick and muscular body, with a head that is broad, massive, square, and powerful.

Presas are of strong character and are dominant animals requiring early socialization and obedience training.  In some situations, the Presa can be aggressive toward other dogs and suspicious of strangers.  Due to its temperament the Presa Canario can be a challenge to train. They require a firm owner who is willing and able to meet the challenges a young, dominant dog may pose.  Unfortunately, when Presas are not properly trained and supervised, the results can be catastrophic.

Notorious Presa Canario Attacks

The breed has acquired negative publicity after being linked to two fatalities: In 2001, a 33 year-old woman San Francisco, California was killed by two dogs identified as Presa Canario/Mastiff-crosses. The owners had acquired the dogs from a client who had trained them for fighting.  Because the owners knew of their aggressive behavior, they were convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter.  In 2006, a 30 year-old Florida woman, was killed by her own dog, a Presa Canario.  Because of the dangerous propensities of Presa Canarios, the importation and sale of the breed is prohibited in Australia and New Zealand.

Contact an New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney

The dog bite law in New Jersey makes the dog’s owner strictly liable for the actions of his or her dog when it comes to biting. If a Presa Canario bites someone the owner may end up paying substantial damages, even if the dog has not bitten anyone before. If the dog that bit you or your child is owned by a friend or family member you may be hesitant to bring legal action against that person.  However, most of the time the dog owners have insurance that will cover the claim which will not result in costs to the owner. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a Presa Canario bite, contact a New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney to discuss the details of the attack.

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