Research Article

The Perro de Presa Canario: Growth and development analysis and the assessment of mental predispositions in puppies

Elżbieta Horoszewicz  , Justyna Galas

Institute of Animal Science and Fisheries, Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Bolesława Prusa 14, 08-110 Siedlce, Poland

Abstract. The Perro de Presa Canario is still an unexplored and underrated breed of dogs. The breed had been used in dog fighting and to protect human dwellings for ages. An analysis of biometric traits conducted between the birth and the age of 6 months has shown a harmonious and rapid puppy growth. Zoometric measurements and conformation indices in both dogs and bitches were found to be comparable. At age one week the reported body weight of the bitches was 498 g, and the dogs were heavier by 57 g. At six months of age, the bitches weighed approximately 16.35 kg, whereas the dogs were on average 2.15 kg heavier. Gender has been found to affect weight gains (P ≤ 0.01) and the development of pectoral girdle (P ≤ 0.05). The PAT and the Campbell tests results have clearly shown that the Perro de Presa Canario breed is very dominant. Besides, it appears to be stubborn, intelligent and committed.

Keywords: dog, Perro de Presa Canario, growth and development, zoometric measurements, mental predispositions

 

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Article in Press

Received: 30 Mar 2020

Accepted: 20 Sep 2020

Published online: 14 Oct 2020

Accesses: 12

How to cite

Horoszewicz, E., Galas, J., (2020). The Perro de Presa Canario: Growth and development analysis and the assessment of mental predispositions in puppies. Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 19(3), in press.