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".
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.
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
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
FAQ on this
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.
A side shot of the same
female showing correct conformation for the Fila Brasileiro. Owned by
Tradewinds Rare Mastiff, posted with permission.
Brasileiro Rescue Forum
A discussion forum dedicated to fila brasileiro
rescue and rescue groups. Post your fila for rehoming here, or your fila
Fila Brasileiro Videos
A collection of videos and movies about the
fila. One of the best resources for finding out more about the breed.
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.
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.
to find a home for your fila? You may list your
fila for adoption here as well.
Find out more about the breed from our
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