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Fila Brasileiro

Also known as: Brazilian Mastiff

Nickname: Fila

Breed origin: Brazil
Original purpose: Guardian dog.

AKC recognized: No

Size: Weight: males at least 110 lbs; females at least 90 lbs
Size: Height: males 27 to 29½ inches; females 24 to 27½ inches
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Color: Solid yellow, reddish tans, or brindle, with or without white markings.

General characteristics/temperament: The Fila Brasileiro is the National dog of Brazil. They are large and powerful, extremely agile and athletic, and very loyal and protective, making them excellent family or estate guardians. They are patient and gentle with their family, but do not like strangers and should never be left unattended with anyone they do not regard as part of their immediate family. They are not suitable for households which entertain guests frequently, as they do not interact well with strangers. They are not for first-time owners, and must be obedience trained and socialized extensively from early puppyhood so they do not become overly sensitive to external environmental stimuli.

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Good with children? Yes with children in the immediate family.

Protective? Naturally

OK for inexperienced owners? No

OK in apartments? No

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Suitable canine sports/activities: hunting, tracking, carting

Additional photos of Fila Brasileiro

Recommended books for further reading:

Fila Brasileiro (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Yvette Uroshevich
Published in 2003
158 pages

The Fila Brasileiro Guide
By Clelia Kruel
Published in 1996
126 pages

The Ultimate Book of Mastiff Breeds
By Editor Douglas Oliff
Published in 1999
264 pages

Other websites for additional information:

The Fila Brasileiro Community Portal
Wikipedia breed information page
Fila Rescue Inc.
Ruff Rescue

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