Presa Canario vs Tosa

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Presa Canario and Tosa are okay choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Tosa is child friendly. The Presa Canario does not do well with children.
  • Grooming - The Tosa is very easy to groom. The Presa Canario has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both the Presa Canario and Tosa are average barkers.
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Presa Canario vs Tosa
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Breed NamePresa CanarioTosa
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height22-26 in.20-24 in.
Weight85-145 lb90-170 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountrySpainJapan
Origin Year1600 AD1868 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyGoodGood
Kid FriendlyPoorGood
Pet FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyPoorPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed28 mph28 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowMedium

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 CanarioTosa
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionHighHigh
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingHighHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingHighAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingAverageBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NamePresa CanarioTosa
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesYes
CryptorchidismYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
Dilated CardiomyopathyYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Obsessive Compulsive DisorderYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NamePresa CanarioTosa
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Wire CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
StraightYesNo
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Brown BrindleYesNo
FawnYesYes
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red FawnYesNo
Reverse BrindleYesNo
Silver FawnYesNo
Verdino BrindleYesNo
ApricotNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BrindleNoYes
RedNoYes