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Fila Brasileiro Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Fila Brasileiro so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginBrazil
Other Names
What other names does the Fila Brasileiro have? The dog breed also known as...
Brazilian Mastiff, Brazilian Molosser, Cão de Fila
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Fila Brasileiro recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Fila Brasileiro recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Fila Brasileiro breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNational Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Fila Brasileiro puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Fila Brasileiro price:
$1000-$1300
If you choose to purchase the Fila Brasileiro, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Fila Brasileiro for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Fila Brasileiro gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Fila Brasileiro size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Fila Brasileiro weigh? Fila Brasileiro weight:
90-110 pounds (41-50 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Fila Brasileiro? Fila Brasileiro average weight:
100 pounds (45.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Fila Brasileiro? Fila Brasileiro height:
Male: 26–30 inches (65–75 cm), Female: 24–28 inches (60–70 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Fila Brasileiro average height:
Male: 26–30 inches (65–75 cm), Female: 24–28 inches (60–70 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Fila Brasileiro have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseSmooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Fila Brasileiro's coat?
RedBrindleYellowBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Fila Brasileiro and how often?
Easy to groom: The Fila Brasileiro doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Fila Brasileiro is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Fila Brasileiro dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Brazilian Mastiff? Fila Brasileiro shedding level:
Fila Brasileiros shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Fila Brasileiro have? What characteristics does the breed have?
BraveDeterminedLoyalCourageousDocileObedient
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Fila Brasileiro? Are they intelligent?
Average: Fila Brasileiro's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Fila Brasileiro dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Fila Brasileiros are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Fila Brasileiros, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Fila Brasileiro sensitivity:
Fila Brasileiros have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Fila Brasileiros are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Brazilian Mastiff need? Fila Brasileiro social needs:
Fila Brasileiros need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Fila Brasileiro dogs bark a lot? Why does my Brazilian Molosser bark?
Low to Average: The Fila Brasileiro rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Fila Brasileiro good as a watchdog?
Fila Brasileiros are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Fila Brasileiro dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Fila Brasileiro dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Fila Brasileiros are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Fila Brasileiro can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Fila Brasileiro will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Fila Brasileiro bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Brazilian Mastiff? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Fila Brasileiro? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Fila Brasileiro has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Fila Brasileiro do?
Fila Brasileiros have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Fila Brasileiros need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Fila Brasileiro to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Fila Brasileiro roam?
Fila Brasileiros have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Fila Brasileiro have high prey drive?
Fila Brasileiros have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Fila Brasileiro dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Fila Brasileiro good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Fila Brasileiros are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Fila Brasileiros adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Fila Brasileiro dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Fila Brasileiros are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Fila Brasileiro dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Fila Brasileiro and children:
Fila Brasileiros are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Fila Brasileiro dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Fila Brasileiros are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Fila Brasileiro good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Fila Brasileiro dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Fila Brasileiros are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Fila Brasileiro is not the best choice.
Office Friendly
Are Fila Brasileiros good office dogs? Do Fila Brasileiros make good office friendly dogs? Can Fila Brasileiros be office dogs?
No
Fila Brasileiro is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Fila Brasileiro dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Brazilian Mastiff temperament with senior people? Are Fila Brasileiro dogs good for elderly owners?
Fila Brasileiros are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Fila Brasileiro dogs get along with other pets? Are Fila Brasileiro dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Fila Brasileiros do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Fila Brasileiro breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Fila Brasileiros are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Fila Brasileiro be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Fila Brasileiro is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Fila Brasileiro be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Fila Brasileiro is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Fila Brasileiro be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Fila Brasileiro is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Fila Brasileiro be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Fila Brasileiro is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Fila Brasileiro be a boat dog?
Not really
Fila Brasileiro breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Fila Brasileiro be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Fila Brasileiro breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Fila Brasileiro dogs have health problems?
Fila Brasileiros tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Fila Brasileiro breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Fila Brasileiro breed? Health risks of Fila Brasileiro:
BloatElbow DysplasiaHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Fila Brasileiro dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Fila Brasileiro be?
9-11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Fila Brasileiro breed hypoallergenic?
No
Fila Brasileiros don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Fila Brasileiro have?
Fila Brasileiros have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Fila Brasileiro dogs require per day?
Fila Brasileiros have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Fila Brasileiros sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Fila Brasileiro need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Fila Brasileiro risk for obesity:
High: The Fila Brasileiro breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Fila Brasileiro more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Fila Brasileiro's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Fila Brasileiro has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Fila Brasileiro drool?
The Fila Brasileiro drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Fila Brasileiro. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Fila Brasileiro pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Fila Brasileiro pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Fila Brasileiro: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Fila Brasileiro have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Fila Brasileiro have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Fila Brasileiro

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Fila Brasileiro doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Fila Brasileiros are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Fila Brasileiros are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Fila Brasileiros tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Fila Brasileiros don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Fila Brasileiros are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Fila Brasileiro drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The Fila Brasileiro breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Child Friendly: Fila Brasileiros are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Fila Brasileiros are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Fila Brasileiros are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Fila Brasileiro is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Fila Brasileiros are not the best breed for elderly people.

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