Before I get into my Presa experiences, I want to issue a few words of caution to those who are interested in acquiring a member of this breed.
Although you may react like, "Yeah yeah, whatever" or "Whoa, cool!", I mean it. This is a lot of dog - your rolly polly puppy will grow into an uncontrollable, overbearing, and downright dangerous adult if you do not invest the time necessary to raise this dog into a well adjusted member of society.
Some of you may have owned other guardian breeds in the past and may think that a Presa is just like your Rottie or Doberman. But man, it isn't! The difference between a Presa and the other guardian breeds can literally be summed up in three words:
Although I do not believe that the Presa Canario was bred first and foremost as a fighter, once the Canary Island locals discovered what a gladiator it was, it's role probably leaned more towards the fighting ring than was previously planned.
This means that the Presa is obviously more dog aggressive than Rotties and Dobes, and will get into fights unless you make it clear that you do not tolerate this kind of behavior. You hear people say that their Presa doesn't want to fight any dogs, especially those smaller than him, because he knows that he'll beat the crap out of them. I believe that a Presa won't fight dogs in the presence of his owner only if he knows that the owner will beat the crap out of him if he does! That's why it is imperative that you do your homework and are confident in owning and handling a dog like this.
It would be better if the Presa remained in the hands of those who truly appreciate it for what it is, and not those shit-for-brains morons who want a big, tough dog to impress their friends and the world with.
If you are serious about owning a member of this breed, then investigate before you buy. Talk to those who are knowledgeable and if at all possible, go to the source. I do not proclaim to be an expert but feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about anything at all pertaining to this breed.