Definition of Presa Canario in English:

Presa Canario

noun

  • A breed of large, powerful dog related to the mastiff, developed in the Canary Islands and used as a guard dog or (formerly) fighting dog; a dog of this breed.

Origin

1980s; earliest use found in Dog World. Apparently from Spanish presa canario, short for perro de presa canario, lit. ‘Canary prey dog’ (both 1982 or earlier) from perro de presa hunting dog (1526; from perro dog + de of + presa prey, booty) + canario (adjective) of, originating from, or relating to the Canary Islands, use as adjective of Canaria.