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The Fila Brasileiro

The Fila is arguably the most beautiful and awesome of all the guardian dog breeds, with some characteristics not found in many other breeds. You will often hear Fila owners and breeders say "they're not like other dogs!"

What is a Fila Brasileiro? The Fila is a rare molosser breed that had it's origins in Brazil starting around 400 years ago, possibly from bloodhounds, Portuguese herding dogs, mastiffs and ancient bulldogs. The Fila Brasileiro is the National dog of Brazil, it's legendary loyalty expressed in a Brazilian saying: "Faithful as a Fila".

The Fila excels at family and estate protection as well as hunting, tracking, cattle herding and even carting. A large and powerful dog, but don't let that fool you: the Fila is also extremely agile and athletic, and it is not unheard of for a Fila to clear a six foot fence to defend his master.

correct head for a female fila

Pictured above: A great example of a correct Fila Head. The female shown is Multi Ch. Hill Country Just A Flirt, TT Excellent, HIC, OFA Cardiac, OFA Patellas.  Owned by Tradewinds Rare Mastiff. Posted with permission.

The Fila Brasileiro's protectiveness is also legendary. He is a patient and gentle family dog with those he considers his own, but does not take to strangers and should never be left unattended with casual acquaintances, strangers or anyone he does not regard as part of his immediate family.

The Fila does not need to be trained to defend, it is part of his genetic makeup. A Fila should, however, be intensively obedience trained and desensitized to external environmental stimuli ridgt from early puppyhpood. Some people use the term "socialized".

Most Fila Brasileiro fanciers in the USA favor a heavier, larger dog with more facial skin, a broader skull, a somewhat milder temperament and less ojeriza, more like an English or Neopolitan mastiff in appearance, while the European and South American followers prefer a lighter framed fila looking more like a hound with more ear leather, a pear shaped head and a sharper temperament with plenty of ojeriza.

If you're considering a Fila Brasileiro pup as your next dog, there are some things you need to know BEFORE you take that fila pup home!  For more detailed information on this breed, check out the fila brasileiro FAQ on this site.

The Fila Brasileiro Portal is neither owned by nor affiliated with any fila breeders; rather, it is a labor of love and a work in progress which hopefully will eventually have some value to fellow enthusiasts and those researching the breed.

Enjoy!

fila conformation side view

A side shot of the same female showing correct conformation for the Fila Brasileiro. Owned by Tradewinds Rare Mastiff, posted with permission.


Interesting Links

NEW! Fila Brasileiro Rescue Forum A discussion forum dedicated to fila brasileiro rescue and rescue groups. Post your fila for rehoming here, or your fila want ads.

NEW! Fila Brasileiro Videos
A collection of videos and movies about the fila. One of the best resources for finding out more about the breed.

Fila Brasileiro Breeders Directory
Learn more about fila breeders in your part of the world. Who are the owners? Which bloodlines do they have? Health screening, price ranges, location and much more.

Fila Brasileiro Rescue
Want to make a positive contribution to dogdom in general? The current economic crisis is taking it's toll on filas too! If puppyhood pandemonium is not for you, consider adopting a fila from rescue.

Need to find a home for your fila? You may list your fila for adoption here as well.

Fila Brasileiro Articles
Find out more about the breed from our knowledge base.

Fila Brasileiro FAQ
Got Questions? We have answers! If you don't find the answers you're looking for, just ask.

Fila Breed Standards Compared
Who is CAFIB? Who is CBKC? How big are the differences between the registries? Check out the item by item comparison here.

 

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