Unlike a Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, or Beagle, the Presa Canario is a dog breed that you're not likely to see being walked through your neighborhood or playing with their owners at the local park. Though there are Presa Canario breeders across the United States, because they are considered to be a rare breed, the price for a purebred puppy can vary greatly.
Hailing from the Canary Islands and traditionally used for herding cattle, the Presa Canario's somewhat intimidating appearance (and hyper-awareness) make this breed an ideal guard dog. These powerful, courageous dogs were a popular go-to breed for dog-fighting, which almost caused their extinction in the 1940s.
As a result, to welcome one of these hard-working and fiercely protective dogs into your home can cost anywhere from $1,200 to closer to $3,000. Potential Presa owners should expect to pay an even higher premium for a puppy with breeding rights, as well as for a puppy that’s advertised as show quality (they will come with papers)—these dogs can run anywhere from $3,500 to $7,000 or more assuming the dog is from top breed lines and is of superior pedigree. Potential adopters should also be prepared to pay a deposit that will be applied towards the final purchase price for your new four-legged best friend.
Part of the reason these dogs typically come with a higher price tag is that the Presa Canario is a member of the Molosser family, which are known for their larger size and strong guard dog instincts along with other unique qualities. The most prestigious bloodlines for your Presa Canario may be imported from countries including Spain, Germany, China, Romania, and the United Kingdom, which can be strategically paired to create the optimal temperament, health, and appearance. Your breeder should also provide health check certificates for each puppy.
Though they've earned a reputation for being an aggressive breed, as long as the Presa Canario is properly trained and socialized as a puppy, they can grow up to be devoted and affectionate family pets you can rely on to keep your home and family well-protected for years to come...and they are well worth the price tag.