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Presa Canario (short coat)  : :  Female (spayed)  : :  Young  : :  Medium

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About Lily

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Adoption Fee: 500
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Brindle
  • Current Size: 90 Pounds
  • Current Age: 10 Months (born on 11/21/2022)
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Grooming Needs: Low



Lily is an approximately 100lb Presa Canario female. She is still a pup at an estimated 9 months old. She has a very soft, silky brindle coat, and intact ears, which is a rarity for a Presa. This lovely girl was found wandering the streets in North Jersey, so we don’t know much about her backstory.


Likes: She like being with her human, going for car rides, walks, TREATS, having a ball thrown for her, belly rubs, bear hugs, and FOOD.


Dislikes: Being alone and having her rear end petted (she will let you know by gently taking your hand in her mouth).


Personality: She is energetic, playful, engaging, and athletic. She loves to be with her human. She is ready to go anywhere and do anything with you - she just wants to be involved. She is very smart and food motivated, which makes training with her easy and fun. Once she has her energy out from going on a walk, she is calm in the house. 


Temperament: Lily wants to be a leader. She has a strong, confident attitude with familiar people and animals. She will test boundaries with people and other dogs. Her owner must be consistent and confident. She is very food motivated. She is not independent; rather she wants to be with her pack. She will not try to escape the yard. Other than stranger reactivity, she has shown no aggressive behavior. No food or resource guarding aggression. Just a little jealousy over human attention. She takes treats nicely from your hand.


Energy level: Lily is a medium energy dog. She requires at minimum 30 minute brisk paced morning walk and a 30 minute evening walk. She does about 1.25 miles per walk, or 2.5 miles per day. She also likes some zoomies and fetch in the backyard. She may not need this much exercise when she is older.


Favorite activities: Going for walks and sniffaries, bobbing for ice cubes in her water bowl, playing with a tennis ball, any training involving food rewards, and jumping up for things like toys or sticks.


Good with cats, dogs, and kids (over 6)?:  Lily has a prey drive, and even though it is low, she would chase a cat or other small animals. However, she has learned to peacefully cohabitate with a chicken, so it is possible. She likes other dogs and would love an energetic big dog to play with. She has not been tested with kids.


Not good with: She is very wary and skittish around strangers, especially men who are by themselves. She isn’t great with timid dogs. She wants to play rough and will bark if a dog won’t engage with her. She will try to mount and dominance hump dogs she meets.


Housetrained: Lily is very well housetrained. The only times she has peed in the house is when she has been scared (vacuum cleaning, getting adjusted, etc.).


Crate trained: Lily is not a big fan of the crate. Based on wear on her teeth, it is suspected  that she was excessively crated at some point. Even with a filled Kong toy in there she gets anxious, drools, and licks the crate bars. When her foster leaves the house she is confined to the first floor with dog gates. She needs tall dog gates as she easily jumps the standard height gates.


Requires a fenced yard (physical fence and/or invisible fence)? Yes, Lily needs a place for zoomies and playing with other dogs.


Walks well on a leash? In the three weeks she's been in foster care, she has made amazing progress at loose leash walking. When she’s energetic or excited she will pull, but mostly she is easy to walk.


Challenges: She is stranger reactive, particularly when on walks and especially with men. She is afraid of strangers and barks at them. She is not aggressive but she barks aggressively to scare people away.  This can easily be trained out with desensitization exercises. Once she learns that strangers + being calm = yummy treats, her attitude will change. Her owner will have to work with her to discourage guarding behaviors both at home and on walks.


When she gets excited she will try to mount and dominance hump her foster or another dog. The behavior has lessened as it's been discouraged as she has integrated into her foster home over time. She can also be jealous of attention when another dog is receiving it, and will try to hump or block the other dog.


She doesn’t like being left alone for long periods. When her foster leaves the house, she howls and whines a bit at the door. She is happiest in the presence of her human.


She is an opportunist when it comes to food, so don’t turn your back on your plate or that loaf of bread on the counter. This behavior has lessened over the time she’s been in foster care, but it's a work in progress.


She is still young, so occasionally she can be mouthy when playing. Disengaging typically stops the behaivor. She is then easily redirected to bite a toy instead.


Any Medical issues?  None. She is spayed and up to date on vaccinations and preventatives.

What would be the best kind of home? The best home would be one where Lily is not left alone for long periods. Her prospective owner should work from home or be able to take her with them to work. Her owner must be able to take her on long walks twice a day and be consistent with her. Lily would love to have a similar sized dog friend to roughhouse with, and a sizeable fenced yard for them to do that in. She would likely do best paired with a slightly older male who can correct her when she’s being rude.

Application Fees, Adoption Donations and Rescue Policy:

Please know that 100% of our fees and donations pay for the costs of rescuing dogs. These include, but are not limited to: pull fees from shelters, veterinary examinations, vaccinations, medications and care, microchips, neuter/spay surgeries, heartworm treatments, behavior evaluations, and foster care, as needed.

Our rescue policy requires the following:

  • Adopters must have their primary residence in one of the following states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and parts of North Carolina.
  • We will not adopt a giant breed dog to homes where the dog will have access to highly varnished hardwood steps inside the home. Any inside steps to which the dog(s) have access, must have carpeting, securely fixed stair treads, or a non-skid surface. We encourage you to remediate potential safety issues while your application is under review, prior to the home visit.
  • Methods or devices using pain or force on the dog to control the dog, or to deter undesirable behavior is prohibited.
  • Applications for giant breed dogs must be submitted by the property owner.
  • Homes with children under 6 years of age will not be approved for adoption.
  • Homes with children should have a fenced yard.
  • Pets currently in the applicant's home must have a history of appropriate veterinary care. Veterinary records will be checked.
  • All references must be checked before any visitation of the dog is permitted at the foster home.
  • All family members must be present during the home visit to the applicant's home.
  • Any dog(s) in the applicant's home must have an introductory meeting with the rescue dog being considered, before any adoption can be completed.
  • Homes with intact dogs will not be approved for adoption. Exceptions to this policy can be found on the Adoptable Dog Page.

For additional information please review our FAQs or contact

Mastiffs To Mutts Rescue reserves the right to approve or deny any adoption that occurs through this organization without disclosure.  We reserve the right to make exceptions for special circumstances.

More about Lily

Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats, Requires a yard

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