Fila Brasileiro originated in Brazil and counts among her ancestors English Mastiffs, Bloodhounds, Bulldogs, and even some herding dogs. Throughout the breed’s history, it has been used as a guard for homes and businesses, a police dog, a hunting dog, and even a guide dog for the blind.
The Fila Brasileiro is a large, heavy, sturdy dog, standing 23.5 to 29.5 inches tall. Most weigh between 125 and 175 pounds. The Fila Brasileiro has a big, broad head and a deep muzzle with heavy lips and flews. The ears are dropped. The skin is thick and loose, creating folds and heavy dewlaps on the neck. The coat is short and smooth, with all solid colors accepted except white and gray. The coat is easy to care for with twice weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush or curry comb.
The Fila Brasileiro breed does not require a great deal of exercise. A half-hour of exercise per day is sufficient for adult dogs. Although the Fila Brasileiro is a dignified breed, these dogs are also playful and enjoy their owners’ company. Protective and watchful dogs, Fila Brasileiro dogs need early and continued socialization. Without it, they can become overly protective and aggressive or fearful.
A well-socialized dog is much more able to make good decisions as to how to protect her home and family. Early training is needed, too, to channel the breed’s desire to work. The Fila Brasileiro is very willing to please her owner and is a smart, trainable dog. Training should be firm and structured, yet fun and without too much repetition. The Fila Brasileiro needs a dog-wise, experienced owner who understands the breed.
Before buying a Fila Brasileiro puppy, you need to know if you are ready to take on the responsibility for training. You must have a 6-foot, secure fence. You must also understand the Fila Brasileiro dogs temperament and be prepared to avoid accidents with strangers. Health concerns include bloat, torsion, and hip dysplasia.