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Fila Brasileiro
Brazil FCI 225 - Molossoid - Dogo

The Fila Brasileiro it is a rare dog in Europe, which implies that it is difficult to find a good puppy.

Fila Brasileiro


Characteristics "Fila Brasileiro"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Fila Brasileiro" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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The Fila Brasileiro its history is linked to both genetic mixing and Brazilian colonization. There is no consensus on its origin, but probably the Brazilian line is the result of a mixture of dogs whose specialty was hunting and herding animals in the field. The mastiff, the Bulldog, the Terceira line (a portuguese breed) and the Scent hound are just a few examples of possible breeds that have contributed to tracing the DNA of the Brazilian line. Some say that indigenous dogs (Aracambé) and even the savages, like the guarbo wolf, they may also have participated in the miscegenation.

In some 19th century carvings, the breed was already known to assist in catching oxen, cows, sheep and even big cats, like jaguars, for example. This shows that the Brazilian line was not just a dog to keep at the door, taking a nap in the late afternoon: I was really going to fight! And maybe that's where his keen sense of protection comes from., always putting strangers in their place once they get home.

In 1946 the first effort was made to set the breed standard. In 1976, the second standard was recognized and approved during the 1st Symposium of the Brazilian Fila Race. In 1984 the third rule was defined, which is still valid today.

Physical characteristics

It is a trotting large but very agile. It has a powerful skeleton and a rectangular structure, compact and proportionate. The head is big, heavy and solid, although it is always proportionate to the body. The craniofacial relationship is almost 1:1, with the nose slightly shorter than the skull. The occipital ridge is very prominent, especially in the puppy. The stop is low and inclined, so it should not be seen when looking at the animal from the front. The eyes are medium or large, in the form of almond, quite sunken and colored according to the mantle (yellow to dark brown). Ears are wide and thick, dangling and "V" shaped. The limbs are parallel and straight, with strong bones. A characteristic of the breed is the way of moving in amble. The tail is very broad at the root and tapers rapidly when it reaches the hock..

  • Fur: short.
  • Color: all solid colors are supported, except white, the rat gray and the mottled or stained coat, liable to disqualification. Solid color layers may have stripes of less intense or very dark color. Black mask is optional.
  • Size: in males, of 63 to 75 cm., with a minimum weight of 50 kg; in females, of 60 to 70 cm., with a minimum weight of 40 kg.

Character and skills

The Brazilian Fila is very determined, brave and can be very fierce. They can be docile and very obedient to their owners and family and are very tolerant of children.. It is a dog that loves the company of its owner and always tries to be with him.. One of the most striking points of the Fila Brasileiro is the aversion to strangers. So they are excellent guard dogs..

The Fila Brasileiro are the protectors of the pack (that is to say, the family that raises him) and therefore they need to be educated from an early age. At the age of 7 months already begin to show surveillance potential. As they are very large and very strong dogs, it's important for owners to have a firm wrist and show leadership from an early age, so that the dog becomes obedient and respects the owners.

They are very smart and tend to easily learn the owners' teachings. Be careful not to be too rigid in your corrections when the Fila Brasileiro does something wrong, because they can be a bit stubborn and make training difficult.

This dog's aggressive instinct should not be stimulated (and less with bloody methods), because it could become a dangerous animal, given its great bulk. Without a doubt, this is a breed for experts.

care of the “Fila Brasileiro”

Videos "Fila Brasileiro"

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Maintaining a “Fila Brasileiro” it is not laborious, not too different from other large, short-haired dogs. The frequency of the bath can vary according to the type and intensity of the activities carried out by each dog..

– Grooming: the “Fila Brasileiro” does not need more than a weekly brushing, because its coat is short and the breed doesn't get too dirty. Ideally, you should bathe monthly in summer and, in winter, Every two months.

– Nails and ears: you always have to check them. The nail cannot grow too long and the ear cannot accumulate wax and dirt. Remember that the “Fila Brasileiro” it is prone to developing otitis and keeping it clean makes it easier to perceive any problem.

– Eyes: if there is any spot near the eyes or accumulation of discharge, clean them with saline solution.

– Sol: sunbaths are welcome: stimulate the body to produce vitamin D, essential for strong teeth and bones. The ideal time for this is the same as for humans, avoid the hottest times of the day, between the 10 am and 4 pm.

Health of the “Fila Brasileiro”

The Fila Brasileiro it is a healthy breed of dog. Maintaining the basic care routine and controlling your physical condition, the chances of you having a happy life are great! See some problems that may affect you:

– Obesity: common cause of health problems that can affect not only the Fila Brasileiro, but to all overweight dogs. As the Fila Brasileiro have a tendency to gain weight, watch for changes in the general shape of the dog, avoid giving treats and respect the recommended amounts of food for the breed.

– Otitis is an infection that can affect the hearing of the Fila Brasileiro and it can be caused by age or even poor hygiene.

Dog's level of exercise

The Fila Brasileiro need plenty of exercise, what requires available space – even if you walk on walks. Must exercise for one hour daily. And how is a smart dog, seeks to diversify its activities. A simple change in the route of the walk offers new stimulation and keeps you happy.

Images "Fila Brasileiro"


1 – PETRA VESELÁ posted this image “Fila Brasileiro” under public domain license.
2 – Original bitch Fila Brasileiro – branca to AJorgeSC / CC BY-SA
3 – Fila Brasileiro (ALMODOVAR Rio Grande – from RIO GRANDE kennel) by Pleple2000 / CC BY-SA
4 – Puppy OFB at 4 months old by AJorgeSC / CC BY-SA
5 – row brazilian-colombia hatchery – 223 | Julio Cesar Hoyos A | Flickr
6 – row brazilian-colombia hatchery – 086 – Flickr

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
  • Section 2.1: Molossoid, mastiff type. Without working trial.


  • FCI – Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid type dogs – Swiss Mountain Dogs and Cattledogs. Section 2.1 Molossoid, mastiff type.
  • CKC – Miscellaneous list
  • NZKC – Utility dog
  • UKC – Watchdog

FCI breed standard "Fila Brasileiro"

FCIFCI - Fila Brasileiro

Alternative names:

1. Brazilian Mastiff, Onceiro (Jaguar Hound), Cabeçudo (Big-headed), Black Mouth (English).
2. chien de Fila (French).
3. Brasilianischer Mastiff (German).
4. Brazilian mastiff, Mastiff brasileiro, Boca Negra, Onceiro, Cabeçudo, Boiadeiro das Minas Gerais, Cão de Fila brasileiro (Portuguese).
5. Cabeçudo boiadeiro, Fila brasileño (español).

3 thoughts on "Fila Brasileiro”

  1. Hello! ÜBERWACHUNG/Guard nur 3 Stars are absolutely beneath the dignity of this breed. The Fila-we have had Brazilian original Fila for many years- is a lion in the surveillance and protection of the house. He towers over almost all European protection dog breeds. Would be nice, if you would correct that. thanks, foreverFila Brasileiro!


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