Questions and Answers for Future Fila
The same questions seem to
crop up again and again by each successive group of new fila owners, so
you'll find a collection of those here, along with what appears to be
popular consensus as to the answers.
Why would I want a Fila
You would want a Fila if:
you want an incredibly
gentle and devoted family pet - there is no breed that equals the
fila for devotion!
you are looking for a
superior personal guardian for yourself and your family;
you want a dog that is
completely trustworthy with your children - a fila is completely
submissive to his master by nature. He will NEVER turn on a member
of his family.
you want a pup that is
incredibly easy to train - filas hate to displease their master
you appreciate extreme
love, loyalty and devotion;
you don't want to have
to worry about being accosted on the street or attacked in your own
home. Filas love their people deeply and will lay down their lives
to keep them out of harms way.
should I be aware of before I get a Fila?
you should be aware of
the health issues that affect the fila brasileiro.
you should be willing
to change your lifestyle totally to accommodate a large powerful
protective dog that will not want attention from strangers;
you realize that
strangers are also those members of your family that don't come
around very often...no matter how much YOU love them, you Fila will
never love them as much as he loves YOU;
you shouldn't have a lot of
friends, casual visitors or acquaintances that have never met the
fila dropping by without
notice or walking in unannounced
you preferably own your
own property - landlords can take a dim view of guardian breeds and you
don't want to have to find a new home for yourself or your dog at
as with any large dog, you
may have to pay
more for liability insurance, or worse, have your insurance
you should be able
afford to pay more for parasite control, worming and preventative medicines, etc. - these are big
you'll prepared to
provide a safe yard large enough for exercise, with appropriate
you'll need to spend time getting your Fila
acquainted with your local dog sitters while he is still a pup;
you'll need to spend
a lot of time obedience training your dog;
you should be willing to give
up the idea of taking your dog to Petsmart, dog parks or similar;
you don't mind dogs
that shed, drool or slobber...that short tight coat can jettison an unbelievable
amount of excess hair and those lips can fling a lot of drool!
Who shouldn't have a
People who live in
small apartments with no fenced yard
People who spend all
day at work and expect to be able to leave their dog at home alone
People who have no time
to train a dog or provide it with adequate exercise
People with limited
financial resources to care for a large dog
People who believe in
chaining their dogs to a kennel for prolonged periods. This breed
lives to be with their family. To be tied out would break their
If you rent your home,
in most cases it's not advisable to have a Fila
knowledge of this breed should not have a fila
First time dog owners
should not pick this breed as their first dog
How will my Fila react
to other members of the family?
If a family member has
not been introduced to the dog, nor regularly interacted with your
Fila during puppyhood, the chances are that your Fila will regard this
person as a stranger no matter how much YOU love them; the fila may
never entirely regard them as a family member and as such they won't be
showered with the same legendary devotion.
What about other
animals or livestock?
The fila is NOT known to be
a dog aggressive breed. Again, if the Fila has been raised with other
animals, it will tend to regard them as part of the family and even
protect them. Strange animals may be fair game, however, if left
unattended. Remember, this breed
was also used extensively for hunting large game - many have a fairly
strong prey drive. Some Filas will chase even the family cats, and some
will take a dislike to another dog in the family...it's an individual
thing and you'll have to be vigilant and observant to notice any
potential conflicts brewing.
facilities/equipment should I have if I want to get a Fila?
Several strong good
quality leather collars and leashes
A crate or kennel
and food bowls
Several large doggy
beds...Filas like to stay near their master and will follow you from
room to room.
Lots of chew toys!
What would I expect to
pay for a pup?
Fila Brasileiro puppies average around
$1000 - $1500 in the USA, depending on whether you want a pet or show
quality pup. Proven adult dogs can be anywhere from $2500 on up,
the sky is the limit! Oh yes, you can find so called Fila pups for as
little as $400 US...buyer beware! As this breed becomes better known
more and more backyard breeders are producing puppies from poor or
crossbred stock. Being
owned by a true Fila Brasileiro is an awesome experience, and one that a
crossbreed will never approximate. You have to see this love and loyalty
to believe it.
the fila an aggressive breed?
The fila is NOT an aggressive dog per se - it
does not go looking for trouble. Filas are a very protective breed that likes
to be right at the side of their master at all times, and will protect
their loved ones from what they perceive to be a harmful situation.
the fila used for dog fighting?
No! The fila is NOT and has NEVER been
used for dog fighting! It would fail miserably as a fighting dog because
it is not dog aggressive and as a breed is not particularly fond of