The Fila Brasileiro, also known as the Brazilian Mastiff, is a large and muscular breed that originated from Brazil. It was originally bred to work on farms and ranches for cattle droving and protecting the property against intruders. This breed has a strong foundation of courage, intelligence, and loyalty.
The male Fila Brasileiro typically stands at 26-30 inches tall while females are slightly shorter at 24-28 inches in height. They weigh around 100-145 pounds with males being larger than females. Their short coat comes in a range of solid colors including black, brindle or fawn with a white chest patch often present. They have small eyes which can come in green or yellow.
Fila Brasileiros are protective breeds by nature; they exhibit caution towards strangers while remaining loyal to their owners when given proper socialization training during puppyhood to adulthood.They enjoy being around people especially their family members however requires early socialization before reacting aggressively toward other dogs unless provoked ,which makes them unsuitable companions for those inexperienced with dog handling skills especially children without adult supervision .
This breed is generally healthy but like many giant breeds, they may be prone to hip dysplasia or bloat which could lead to difficulty breathing if not treated appropriately.Their lifespan expectancy ranges between eight to ten years old.Recommended health screenings include blood tests particularly thyroid panels besides its regular vaccinations updates.
Despite their size Filas needs moderate exercises such as daily walks. Younger filas should have scheduled exercise regimentations based on age,size,and energy level .Their masters should keep track of weight limits recommended upon reaching six months old because carrying excess weight could cause joint problems making it uncomfortable for these giants who loves playing outside..
Special Grooming Needs:
These dogs do not require much grooming due having short coats however weekly brushing will remove dead hair and distribute healthy oils on their coat. Bathing should be done only when it’s necessary because over bathing could reduce its natural ability to fight off parasites. Regular tooth brushing should be started during puppyhood as part of their daily routine.
Because this breed is stubborn, obedience training requires a firm hand thus making them better suited for experienced dog handlers . Positive reinforcement will work best with Filas in terms of reward-based techniques being used instead of physical punishment. Housetraining may take longer due to independence behaviors while basic commands can easily be learned with enough dedication.
Compatibility with Children/Pets:
Proper socialization is key towards enabling Fila Brasileiros friendly towards family members including children but they often have aggression tendencies toward other dogs which might cause harm especially when left unsupervised.
Fila Brasileiros can show territorial behaviours sometimes seen protecting objects or areas such as car keys ,food bowls etc.. They have been known to become very attached at an emotional level becoming extremely loyal without necessarily being trained .
Despite not having much media representation nor presence some notable mentions include the filas participation in Brazilian Parades, also appearing in TV shows like ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ where one famously gate-crashed the stage! In addition John Richardson wrote many books about training working breeds of all kinds where filas are prominently mentioned through his teachings..