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6/26/2013 Brawn and Beauty: Grooming the Perro de Presa Canario

Grooming the Perro de Presa Canario


Brawn and Beauty: Grooming the Perro de Presa Canario


The Perro de Presa Canario is a beautiful embodiment of pure power. Equipped with prominent muscles, huge frame, and a working dog attitude the Presa is an amazing specimen. Originally bred to help farmers with livestock, this rare breed is used more often these days as a deterrent for would-be burglars. Their coats come in two accepted colors, fawn and brindle, all of which are composed of a short, smooth coat that makes for easy grooming.

The Presa is a Smooth Coated Breed


Being a smooth coated breed, there is minimal upkeep in between grooming for owners to keep up with. The main focus of the weekly, at-home grooming regiment will be shed control. While Presas lack the dense undercoat seen in many other breeds, they do still shed and would benefit from a good brush out at least once a week. The best tool to accomplish this with will be the rubber curry brush. This brush is a must have for any owner but especially owners of smooth and short haired breeds. Void of a protective undercoat, the use of a wire slicker brush on these dogs would easily scratch the skin leaving what is referred to in the grooming world as “brush burn”. Curry brushes, since they are made of rubber, eliminate this problem and will make your Presa feel as though he is receiving a massage. Move the curry in circles or in fast, short strokes with the grain of the hair. These motions will help release loose hairs in the coat and will collect in clumps for easy removal.

Bathing the Presa


If your grooming session is more than just a weekly touch up and you find your Presa in need of a bath, first find an appropriately sized tub for him to get into. Place cotton balls in both ears to insure that water does get in them (this is especially important if your Presa has cropped ears which would make them very vulnerable to getting water inside of them during the bath). Wet the coat thoroughly and apply a gentle shampoo. Massage the shampoo over the body and create a nice sudsy lather. Use a tearless shampoo on a washcloth for the face area and rinse it clean with a separate washcloth. Follow by rinsing the body clean of all shampoo. If your Presa is especially dirty, repeat the process until the water running off the dog is no longer tinged brown. After your Presa is all clean, cover the body with conditioner which will bring a shine to the coat and prevent that “doggy smell” from coming back so soon. Allow the conditioner to soak for several minutes and then rinse clean. Once your Presa is free of conditioner, its drying time. Remove excess water with several clean towels. If you have access to a high velocity dryer now would be the time to use it. Not only will the dog dry faster but it will fluff up their coat too. If you do not have a high velocity dryer at home, no worries! The Presa Canario has a wash and wear coat that will make air drying a breeze.

Now that your Presa is clean he will be able to take on any task thrown at him with shiny coat and a fresh scent.

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