Presa Canario vs Akbash Dog

Compare the Presa Canario to the Akbash Dog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Presa Canarios and Akbash Dogs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Presa Canario is an okay choice for new owners, but the Akbash Dog is strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Neither the Presa Canario or Akbash Dog do well with children or small kids.
  • Grooming - The Akbash Dog requires moderate grooming, but the Presa Canario has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Akbash Dog bark/howls frequently. The Presa Canario has an average level of barking.
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Presa Canario vs Akbash Dog
Fawn Presa Canario
Breed NamePresa CanarioAkbash Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height22-26 in.27-32 in.
Weight85-145 lb75-140 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountrySpainTurkey
Origin Year1600 AD1000 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Kid FriendlyPoorPoor
Pet FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyPoorPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed28 mph28 mph
StrengthVery HighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowMedium-High
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountLowNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NamePresa CanarioAkbash Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionHighBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingHighBelow Average
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingHighAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingAverageAverage
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NamePresa CanarioAkbash Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesYes
CryptorchidismYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
Dilated CardiomyopathyYesNo
EpilepsyNoYes
Heart ProblemsNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Luxating PatellaYesYes
Obsessive Compulsive DisorderYesNo
Umbilical HerniasNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NamePresa CanarioAkbash Dog
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Wire CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
StraightYesYes
WoolyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Brown BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red FawnYesNo
Reverse BrindleYesNo
Silver FawnYesNo
Verdino BrindleYesNo
WhiteNoYes