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About Us

Castle of Presa has a new partner.

I would like to welcome our new partner Louis Aragon. Louis is willing to take all the work with puppies on his shoulders, so I can concentrate more on dog training and dog rehabilitations.

This is Castle of Presa's new partner

Man and his best friend

Man and his best friend

About Dee Dee

Hi, my name is Dante, or better known as Dee Dee in the dog world. Training and raising dogs is more than a passionate hobby; for me, it is a way of life. I have been training and raising dogs since 1985. I have trained many dogs, mainly German Shepherds for the Schutzhund competition. Many of the dogs that I have trained have received the Schutzhund title.

Schutzhund, when translated from the German language, means “protection dog”. These highly desired dogs are formally considered trained protection dogs. However, the reality is that Schutzhund training is mostly of a sporting nature: a game consisting of chasing prey instead of real protection work. Oftentimes during police activities, dogs are asked to pursue and apprehend criminals or intruders. While training these dogs in attack and apprehension techniques, dogs that have been trained in the traditional Schutzhund methodologies concentrate only on biting the protective sleeve on a helper’s hand, but not on the helper themself. As a result, the Schutzhund trained dog often may fail in real life scenarios. This is due to the fact that many Schutzhund dogs will not bite if they don’t see the sleeve because they have no point of reference. When police departments purchase Schutzhund trained dogs, they oftentimes need to allocate many hours and resources to retrain these dogs to be able to work as service dogs.

After many years working in the field of Schutzhund training, I realized that it is more important for me to train dogs for real protection as opposed to sport competition. Now, I raise and train dogs for personal protection only. My training is very similar to police dog training.

I train Real Personal Protection Dogs to protect you and your family in any situation.

Dogs have very fast reactions. Their reactions are much faster than humans. So, if you are caught in a situation in which an intruder reaches for his gun, the dog will be trained to get to his hand before he can pull his gun, hold the intruders hand and keep him down until you give him a command to release. I remember what one old trainer told me a long time ago: “Owning a protection dog is better than owning a gun”. I would say that owning a protection trained dog would serve you as an additional protective device, in case you may need it to protect you or your loved ones lives.

About my dog training background

I have always loved animals. My first dog was a Smooth Fox Terrier, also known as a “Rat Terrier”.

Orpheus de Castle of Presa

In 1977 I found him as a stray at a nearby railway track. So, I took him home, fed him, and named him Bobby. Over time, I trained him to sit down, heel and fetch. I eventually taught him hand signals, to come on a whistle signal, and many other tricks. I thought that I had discovered some innate talent within me for training dogs, or perhaps Bobby was just an extremely smart pooch. Ha, ha. He did learn fast and followed me everywhere I went. There was only one problem with this dog. He was a train chaser. We lived close to a railway track and any time a train passed by, Bobby was alert. He was agitated by the huge metal machine that makes so much noise. When I knew that it is time for a train to pass by, I kept Bobby inside. There was one time that the train came at a different time and Bobby ran to chase his prey. I tried to call him back but he didn't listen. When he tried to stop the train by placing a strong bite to the large metal wheel, the other wheel smashed him down. Maybe he was thinking that he is catching a big fat noisy rat, I don’t know. Well, I cried a lot and as I buried him in our back yard, I thought more about dog training and how I could prevent this from happening again. Could I prevent this tragedy? After years of studying dog behaviors and dog training, I came to the conclusion that I could have prevented it: if I would have known about pack structure and if I would have established myself as a pack leader.

Nevertheless, my passion for dogs and dog training was born. About ten years later in 1982, I purchased a pure bred German Schnauzer puppy and started serious training with him. That dog was everything to me. I read every book and every magazine that came in to my hands while constantly searching for more information about dog training. I also joined the local Schutzhund club and was able to qualify my puppy for the Schutzhund title at the young age of only 14 months. He was an excellent protector and great dog. Since then, I have trained and owned many other dogs, mainly German Shepherds, but I will never forget this very smart Schnauzer.

Why Presas?

I personally like larger dogs: around 100 pounds with a big head, strong bone structure and enough bite pressure to subdue a person that is 6 feet tall and of 200 lb. stature. When my last German Shepherd passed away due to old age, I was looking for a new dog. This time I wanted to try a different breed than a German Shepherd. I looked at several breeds including Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Dogue de Bordeaux, Cane Corso, and many others. Then, I finally found it. An intelligent canine with stable temperament and outstanding drive, large enough with a big head and strong bone structure, with an athletic body and that special look, the one that makes you hold your breath when he looks into your eyes—the beautiful: “Perro de Presa Canario.”

When I saw the Perro the Presa Canario for the first time, there was a something very interesting about this breed that caught my attention. So, I performed a deep level of research on Presa history, temperament, and training abilities. I tried to find as much information as I could.

I spent almost one year and hundreds of hours on the research. I wanted the best Presa that I could get. There was an abundance of information to disseminate. After a year of research, my time paid off. I finally found what I was looking for. I found one of the oldest breeders in the Canary Islands who was breeding the original Presa Canario (not “Dogo”) since 1977 based on Bardino Majorero working bloodlines. I was very impressed. So, I have imported several dogs from this kennel for my breeding program and I discovered that Presa dogs are absolutely awesome and the best!

Hercules de Castle of Presa
Orpheus de Castle of Presa

Two of my best protection-trained, family Presas

About Us

Castle of Presa has a new partner.

I would like to welcome our new partner Louis Aragon. Louis is willing to take all the work with puppies on his shoulders, so I can concentrate more on dog training and dog rehabilitations.

This is Castle of Presa's new partner
Man and his best friend

Man and his best friend

About Dee Dee

Hi, my name is Dante, or better known as Dee Dee in the dog world. Training and raising dogs is more than a passionate hobby; for me, it is a way of life. I have been training and raising dogs since 1985. I have trained many dogs, mainly German Shepherds for the Schutzhund competition. Many of the dogs that I have trained have received the Schutzhund title.

Schutzhund, when translated from the German language, means “protection dog”. These highly desired dogs are formally considered trained protection dogs. However, the reality is that Schutzhund training is mostly of a sporting nature: a game consisting of chasing prey instead of real protection work. Oftentimes during police activities, dogs are asked to pursue and apprehend criminals or intruders. While training these dogs in attack and apprehension techniques, dogs that have been trained in the traditional Schutzhund methodologies concentrate only on biting the protective sleeve on a helper’s hand, but not on the helper themself. As a result, the Schutzhund trained dog often may fail in real life scenarios. This is due to the fact that many Schutzhund dogs will not bite if they don’t see the sleeve because they have no point of reference. When police departments purchase Schutzhund trained dogs, they oftentimes need to allocate many hours and resources to retrain these dogs to be able to work as service dogs.

After many years working in the field of Schutzhund training, I realized that it is more important for me to train dogs for real protection as opposed to sport competition. Now, I raise and train dogs for personal protection only. My training is very similar to police dog training.

I train Real Personal Protection Dogs to protect you and your family in any situation.

Dogs have very fast reactions. Their reactions are much faster than humans. So, if you are caught in a situation in which an intruder reaches for his gun, the dog will be trained to get to his hand before he can pull his gun, hold the intruders hand and keep him down until you give him a command to release. I remember what one old trainer told me a long time ago: “Owning a protection dog is better than owning a gun”. I would say that owning a protection trained dog would serve you as an additional protective device, in case you may need it to protect you or your loved ones lives.

About my dog training background

I have always loved animals. My first dog was a Smooth Fox Terrier, also known as a “Rat Terrier”.

Orpheus de Castle of Presa

In 1977 I found him as a stray at a nearby railway track. So, I took him home, fed him, and named him Bobby. Over time, I trained him to sit down, heel and fetch. I eventually taught him hand signals, to come on a whistle signal, and many other tricks. I thought that I had discovered some innate talent within me for training dogs, or perhaps Bobby was just an extremely smart pooch. Ha, ha. He did learn fast and followed me everywhere I went. There was only one problem with this dog. He was a train chaser. We lived close to a railway track and any time a train passed by, Bobby was alert. He was agitated by the huge metal machine that makes so much noise. When I knew that it is time for a train to pass by, I kept Bobby inside. There was one time that the train came at a different time and Bobby ran to chase his prey. I tried to call him back but he didn't listen. When he tried to stop the train by placing a strong bite to the large metal wheel, the other wheel smashed him down. Maybe he was thinking that he is catching a big fat noisy rat, I don’t know. Well, I cried a lot and as I buried him in our back yard, I thought more about dog training and how I could prevent this from happening again. Could I prevent this tragedy? After years of studying dog behaviors and dog training, I came to the conclusion that I could have prevented it: if I would have known about pack structure and if I would have established myself as a pack leader.

Nevertheless, my passion for dogs and dog training was born. About ten years later in 1982, I purchased a pure bred German Schnauzer puppy and started serious training with him. That dog was everything to me. I read every book and every magazine that came in to my hands while constantly searching for more information about dog training. I also joined the local Schutzhund club and was able to qualify my puppy for the Schutzhund title at the young age of only 14 months. He was an excellent protector and great dog. Since then, I have trained and owned many other dogs, mainly German Shepherds, but I will never forget this very smart Schnauzer.

Why Presas?

I personally like larger dogs: around 100 pounds with a big head, strong bone structure and enough bite pressure to subdue a person that is 6 feet tall and of 200 lb. stature. When my last German Shepherd passed away due to old age, I was looking for a new dog. This time I wanted to try a different breed than a German Shepherd. I looked at several breeds including Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Dogue de Bordeaux, Cane Corso, and many others. Then, I finally found it. An intelligent canine with stable temperament and outstanding drive, large enough with a big head and strong bone structure, with an athletic body and that special look, the one that makes you hold your breath when he looks into your eyes—the beautiful: “Perro de Presa Canario.”

When I saw the Perro the Presa Canario for the first time, there was a something very interesting about this breed that caught my attention. So, I performed a deep level of research on Presa history, temperament, and training abilities. I tried to find as much information as I could.

I spent almost one year and hundreds of hours on the research. I wanted the best Presa that I could get. There was an abundance of information to disseminate. After a year of research, my time paid off. I finally found what I was looking for. I found one of the oldest breeders in the Canary Islands who was breeding the original Presa Canario (not “Dogo”) since 1977 based on Bardino Majorero working bloodlines. I was very impressed. So, I have imported several dogs from this kennel for my breeding program and I discovered that Presa dogs are absolutely awesome and the best!

Hercules de Castle of Presa
Orpheus de Castle of Presa

Two of my best protection-trained, family Presas