Dogo Canario male's average size is 23.5 to 25.5 inches tall at the
withers. His weight ranges from 110 to 135 lbs. A females are slightly smaller,
standing between 22 and
24 inches tall and weighing 88 to 115 lbs. The short, dense coat requires
minimal weekly grooming. Colours range from dark to light brindle
(including reverse brindle) and all shades of fawn. Please note that dogs
with the "rare" blue, black or white colouring are not purebred
The Dogo Canario
possesses a calm, steady temperament and is gentle, trusting, and
loyally devoted to his family. He possesses a strong protective nature and
is a highly capable guard dog, being naturally suspicious of strangers.
The alert, watchful Dogo excels
in protection work, easily becoming an intruder's worst nightmare. In
addition to his strengths as a guardian, the Dogo Canario is a highly
competent hunter who has been used to bring down boars. His strong,
athletic body is also ideal for weight pulling.
Like many guardian breeds,
the Dogo Canario requires early training and plenty of socialization. This
critical as this dog can be highly dominant toward people and other
dogs. Supremely self-confident, the Dogo in turn, requires a strong,
confident owner who he can respect and is not the best choice for first-time dog
owners. With his naturally territorial instinct, he is best kept in a
well-fenced area. An active, well-toned athlete, the Dogo Canario requires
regular exercise to keep his muscles in peak condition.