The National Perro de Presa Canario Club (NPPCC) was founded in 1990, by Richard G. Kelly and family. The clubs mission was to introduce this new rare breed - the Presa Canario to those enthusiasts who understood and could appreciate the many attributes of this magnificent guardian. Hopefully encouraging prospective breeders to propagate this species according to the clubs "Code of Ethics" and provide a breed registry for all certified Presa Canario dogs. The NPPCC ultimate goal was to achieve breed recognition by one of the two major dog registries, either the American Kennel Club (AKC) or the United Kennel Club (UKC).
In order to further advance the clubs goals it sponsored the transformation of its registry and membership to a new organization. In January, 2002, the new club was formed and is now known as "The United Perro de Presa Canario Club" (UPPCC). With the induction of club Officers and Directors, their missions were to help provide a venue where Presa Canario owners could compete with their dogs in "Conformation, Weight-Pulls, Agility, Obedience and Protection" events, and provide an opportunity to register their dogs with the largest breed specific registry (UPPCC) as well as registering with the UKC and AKC/FSS programs.
As of November, 2002, the United Kennel Club has officially recognized the Presa Canario breed by its historic name "Perro de Presa Canario" and colors of brindle, fawn and black. The breed standard was modified by the UKC, its officers and directors and accepted by the UPPCC. In addition, the UPPCC made known to the UKC we would abide by their "Breeder's Code of Ethics". All registered dogs may now compete at any sanctioned event.
The American Kennel Club and its Foundation Stock service program (AKC/FSS) has recognized and registered Presa Canario dogs since 1990. In May, 2004, AKC announced the FSS breeds are eligible to compete in Sanction B and OB matches, Obedience, Tracking, Agility and applicable breed specific performances.
The United Perro de Presa Canario Club (UPPCC) accomplishments now affords every Presa Canario owner or breeder the opportunity of having their dogs and litters triple registered. Please keep in mind, the UPPCC is the oldest and largest breed specific registry in the United States, having recorded over 5,000 Presa Canario up through the year - 2012.