By Emika Berry
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Shot By: SoCalPresa
Producer: Emika Berry, Ruby Coote
Editor: Helen Mckee
Elijah Prada, 39, of California, runs SoCalPresa who breed Presa Canarios and aim to produce the ultimate family guard dogs. Elijah also owns Negra, a 117lbs Presa Canario and together his dogs make quite an impression on people. Elijah said: “It's either going to be on one end of the spectrum or the other. They're going to be extremely scared of them or they're going to look at them with absolute admiration, practically hearts popping out of their eyes." Three-year-old Bane and Negra, who is three months younger than him, have both been trained in obedience and protection. Elijah said he wants his dogs to be able to be around family all the time but then handle an issue should it arise. He said: “Bane is definitely the perfect family guardian. He is the result of over 15 years of breeding, that we specifically were looking for traits that were family friendly, but also extremely guardian. I literally couldn't think of anything more that I would want out of a Bane, nothing." Elijah said that SoCalPresa put a lot of effort into placing puppies with the right family and has sold dogs to celebrities including American football star, Odell Beckham Jr. and NBA star, Lonnie Walker.