Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Fila Brasileiro demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and is known by its alternative name the "Brazilian Mastiff". The origin of the Fila Brasileiro dog breed was in Brazil where it was developed in the 1600's.
The Fila Brasileiro is a dangerous dog: The dangerous Fila Brasileiro is banned from the UK and there are Limitations of ownership in some USA States.
Fila Brasileiro Breed Group and Dog Type - Non-Sporting Dog Group: The Fila Brasileiro is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Non-Sporting Dog Group.
Other names for the Fila Brasileiro: The Fila Brasileiro is known by the nickname of the "Brazilian Mastiff". Other names for this breed of dog include the Brazilian Mastiff, Brazilian Molosser and Cao de Fila. History facts and info about all the Mastiff breeds
Origin of the name Fila Brasileiro: The origin of the name "Fila Brasileiro" derives from the Portuguese word "fila" meaning 'to secure' or 'to hold' in reference to the dog being kept on a leash and chained up..
Fila Brasileiro History and Origin: The ancestors of the Dogue De Bordeaux are the massive, ferocious Molosser dogs of antiquity and the, now extinct, Alaunt breed.
History facts and info about all the Mastiff breeds. The Portuguese explorers Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral discovered the coasts of Brazil and the Portuguese established colonies in the 'New World'. Portuguese colonists took their dogs with them that included the Rafeiro do Alentejo (Portuguese Mastiff), the Bloodhound and the Bulldog. The Fila Brasileiro was developed as a cross breed of these dogs.
The Fila Brasileiro was used as a guard dog to protect large estates and livestock and as a powerful hunting dog. As a Guard dog it defended and protected the cattle ranches and herded livestock in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil against attacks by jaguars and cattle thieves.
Its impressive skills as a hunter enabled the Fila to track its quarry, such as pumas, jaguars and the peccary (a New World pig) and then hold down the prey until the human hunter arrived.
The Fila Brasileiro fell into decline and was on the point of extinction until the late 1940's when a group of Brazilian dog breeders referred to as the Paulistas (inhabitants of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil) worked on protecting and reviving the Fila Brasileiro breed.
In 1946 the Paulistas, headed by Dr. Paulo Santos Cruz, established the standard for the breed. The Fila Brasileiro is recognised by the Brazilian Confederation Kennel Club (CBKC) and the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
Fila Brasileiro Modern History: The modern history of the Fila Brasileiro moved on and the breed is now used as a Watchdog and Guard Dog.
Fila Brasileiro Height: The Fila Brasileiro breed is classified as a large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 26-30 inches (65-75 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 24-28 inches (60-70 cm).
Fila Brasileiro Weight: Not surprisingly for a large sized dog, the weight of a Fila Brasileiro male dog is 140-180 lbs (64-82 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 130-160 lbs (57-73 kg).
Fila Brasileiro Coat Type: The coat type is described as a smooth, short coat.
Fila Brasileiro Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of fawn, black and brindle. N.B. Brindle is a brownish or tawny color.
Fila Brasileiro Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Fila Brasileiro are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Fila Brasileiro are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the Fila Brasileiro dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.
Fila Brasileiro Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4 to 10 puppies. Fila Brasileiro puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Fila Brasileiro puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Fila Brasileiro Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Single-minded, Obedient, Loyal, Determined and Faithful.
Fila Brasileiro Exercise Requirements - HIGH Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is high. The Fila Brasileiro requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately one to two hours each day. This large, powerful dog has a rhythmical, fluid gait with strides of a moderate length and requires a brisk walking speed or jogging by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements.
Fila Brasileiro Diet: A fully grown Fila Brasileiro should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Fila Brasileiro Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Fila Brasileiro breed include Hip dysplasia, gastric torsion.
Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Fila Brasileiro dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Fila Brasileiro Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Fila Brasileiro breed is 10 to 12 years.
Fila Brasileiro Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Fila Brasileiro breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Fila Brasileiro names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Diogo *** Lucas *** Hugo *** Gabriel *** Vinicius *** Paulo *** Gustavo *** Rafael *** Bruno *** Igor.
Fila Brasileiro Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Fila Brasileiro girl dog. Our top choice of good female Fila Brasileiro names are Beatriz *** Juliana *** L?ia *** Milena *** Helena *** Carla *** Yasmin *** Luisa *** Tainara *** Ester *** Marcia.