This is a very rare breed today, relatively unknown even in Mexico. With the introduction of popular European breeds, such as the German Shepherd Dog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Boxer, Rottweiler and others, the number of Mexican Bulldogs declined, reportedly leaving less than 20 pure specimens in existence by the 1980's. The popularity of the Presa Canario and the American Pit Bull Terrier as fighting dogs has played an important part in the demise of the Perro de Toro Mexicano as well. However, there are a few bloodlines that managed to survive, thanks to the efforts of dedicated fanciers, but for now the breed remains unrecognized and routinely ignored in its homeland. Some authorities claim that there are presently more Mexican Bulldogs to be found in the United States of America than in Mexico, even though most American Bulldog and Olde English Bulldogge breeders would never admit if they were importing dogs from Mexico to improve their bloodlines. In its native country, the Perro de Toro Mexicano can occasionally still be found as a farm dog and property guardian, as well as a moderately successful pit-fighter.
Broad-headed, wide-chested and immensely powerful, the Mexican Bulldog is an impressive Molosser, an ideal candidate for the sport of Weight Pull. Due to its protective instincts, it makes an excellent watchdog. The Perro de Presa Mexicano is very aggressive towards other dogs, which is why it needs experienced and responsible handling. The ears and tail are usually left unaltered, although the docking of tails is still practiced in some regions.
The flat short coat is smooth and thick, coming in a range of colours, including yellow, fawn, red and brindle, but the most popular and common dogs today are white-coated, with darker markings of various shades. Average height is around 25 inches, although much smaller examples can still be found.