Fila Brasileiro

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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Overview
A powerful and courageous breed, the Fila Brasileiro is a loyal and dedicated companion animal. The Fila Brasileiro has strong protective instincts of his owner and territory, but very loving. This breed should be kept on a lead at all times as they are very protective and can become aggressive given the situation.

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Character
Socialized from puppyhood, the "Fila" does well with children providing they do not overly pester. Confident, self-assured, and a calm disposition make the Fila Brasileiro ideal for someone looking for a protective yet docile pet. Commonly used as a guard dog.

Does your Fila Brasileiro bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Fila Brasileiro is not for everyone. This breed is very powerful and can prove to be quite a handful for the average pet owner. Proper breeding is a must to create a mild-tempered dog. The Fila Brasileiro can become aggressive if he feels threatened.
Care
Brushing with a firm bristle brush will be sufficient for this shorthaired breed. Average shedding, a wipe down with a damp washcloth should remove any loose hair. Bathe only when necessary. The Fila Brasileiro should be protected from cold weather considering the very short, smooth coat.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
This large breed has a very short coat and little to no maintenance is sufficient. The Fila Brasileiros coat should be smooth, soft and dense, being somewhat weather resistant.
Training
This powerful dog is not recommended for a first time trainer. Obedience classes are recommended, and required at times. The Fila Brasileiro can be difficult to control. Dominant owner required if dog is to be well mannered and obedient. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Fila Brasileiro puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
A fenced in large yard is required for this large and lively breed. Recommended for country living, the Fila Brasileiro can also do well in home life if given sufficient exercise. Requires regular walks and free roaming exercise. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 140 - 180; Female: 125 - 160 lbs
Height
24 - 29.5 inches
Color(s)
All colors are permitted except white, mouse grey, patches, dappled, or black and tan.

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Fila Brasileiro Questions

Do Fila Brasileiro's do well in homes with other (Small) breed dogs?

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No, the Fila Brasileiro is a hunting and protection breed of dog that has a high prey drive. They will look at anything smaller than the as prey and can easily hunt it down and injure the small animal.

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My Fila I had was raised with my 2 Dachshunds and my moms 3 Shih Tzus did well but did not like strange dogs and my husband dominated from the start. One of the best dogs I have had. Lost her at 9 yrs old to bone cancer 2 years ago and now am ready to look for another.

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I've had my Fila for 5 years. I got him at 5 weeks old and he is the most wonderful dog I've ever owned. I've been involved with Filas for the past 15 years. My son has a female Shiz-Tzu and my 120 lb. Fila adores her! Wouldn't put him in a male and male situation without testing his reactions first! Filas are one of the most intelligent breeds I've ever seen, very easy to train, or mine was. If your small breeds are female there shouldn't be a problem but as with any dog, the situation the dogs temperament, if he's accustomed to being around smaller dogs etc. Always before any dog is put with another test their reaction to each other!!! Keep them separated but where they can see and smell the other as in having a fenced area where they can socialize but not be able to hurt each other. Good luck!

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Yes a Fila makes a wonderful house dog as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort to do the training and you have to be very strict with these dogs and just to inform everyone a true Fila does NOT have ANY white on them and I see that a lot a true Fila is very hard to find so do your research before you waste money.

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Fila Brasileiro has a lot white in their blood. The person above does not know about the breed. Do your research. All current solid dogs came from Fila's with white patches. Filas with white are the purest Do your research

What kind of health issues affect the Fila?

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Prone to most large-breed ailments. Beware of hip dysplasia. As these dogs are prone to bloat, feed two or three small meals a day, instead of one large one. Also prone to CHD, gastric torsion, elbow dysplasia and PRA.

How much should I expect to pay for a good Fila Brasileiro puppy?

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No more than 1500 for a very good pet quality one

Can a Fila go on all day hikes?

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They are heavy dogs its not recommended to get them to over do it but they are capable so long its not running.

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