Monday, February 17, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Fila Brasileiro

Fila Brasileiro image from
The Fila Brasileiro is also known as the Brasilian Mastiff. This is a large working breed of dog from Brazil, and the breed is probably most known for its absolute dislike of strangers.

These dogs are loyal to their family and dedicated to their main handler. They are extremely patient with children within the family, and will also bond with other pets in the home. The family is truly their whole world, and they will go to any lengths to protect that world.

In order to get a well-balanced dog, socialization during the puppy's first few months is imperative. If they are exposed to a lot of people in a positive manner as young, they can be trained to be okay with new people later in life. Lack of socialization can result in a dog outright aggressive to strangers. All dogs become what their owners make of them, but this is doubly true when it comes to the Fila.

Besides working as guard dogs, they are great trackers, hunters, and herders. They are sturdy and intelligent, and the Brazilian army uses them for work in the jungle, because of their strength, resilience, and intelligence. In the past, they've been used for everything from hunting jaguars to guarding gold mines.

The Fila is believed to have originated from a mix of English Mastiffs, Ancient Bulldogs, and Blood hounds.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


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    1. It is a good looking dog, and they must be pretty strong and sturdy. I didn't believe my eyes at first when I read they've been used for hunting jaguars. Whoa!