18 Responses to Fila Brasileiro

  1. aimee Garner says:

    I am struggling a bit with my 12 month old female fila. Her sister recently had to move home with us, she is my sons dog. 2 intact females is not a good mix. She has become increasingly aggressive towards her sister & any stranger that steps for near our property. Aggressive to other dogs and strangers, cant even take her on a walk. She roams freely on 10 fenced in acres. Any suggestions?

  2. Lori says:

    Oh my, we rescued a Fila and she is so awesome. She had bonded with our family fast. And with our GSD. And she is 12. I would advise any one with a brain to get a Fila and train him or her. Great family dog.

    • Bruce Chapman says:

      We rescued a beautiful brindle neutered male Fila from a small breeder of horses and dogs, divorced and going out of business, had been living in a barn stall, about 3 years old, a very frightened, underweight 115 lbs dog. Now a confident 8-year=old and 135 lbs, I have never seen any aggressive behavior with people, or other animals, although he is rather aloof and standoff-ish. Almost never barks, but he whines and vocalizes when excited. Very tolerant of children, no more difficult to train than a Lab, and only happy when I am in sight. He is completely trustworthy as a family dog. But there is One Large Disadvantage as an indoor dog: he slobbers. Slobbers like a St Bernard, and when he shakes his head, it flies all over. You will be wiping it off the walls.

  3. Gaven Smith says:

    Hi there.I am in South Africa ans neen n propper male and female to breed with pls..cant finf any Fila here desperate please

  4. Cesar Palhano says:

    I had one… Fargo was his name… miss him so much! Wonderful dogs.

  5. laura says:

    do these dogs like to swim?

    • admin says:

      Hi Laura,
      Yes, aside from being a good hunter and guard dog, the Fila Brasileiro is adept at swimming.

      • Margie Diamante says:

        thanks you for this info as i have year old B. Mastiff – she is great
        now i know why she likes the water -h helped me in the water from Hurrican Harvey yesterday was fun

  6. Felipe says:

    The saying exists but is only popular in some states. The country is very big!
    The queue in no case attacks their owner or someone who is well received by him, he stay observing when a visitor arrives with the owner, similar to Doberman behavior, but in the absence of its owner he is extremely aggressive and territorial in the presence of strangers and other animals. It is an intelligent breed, because it has a brain structure of a hunting dog and guard, has a flaccid skin so that it is not broken during the attack by jaguars, at a time when Brazil had many jaguars.

    *Fila It is one of the most territorial dogs in the world and different from the PitBull the queue is a watchdog the Pitbull is a dog developed to fight on dogfights.

    *Queue has great emotional connection with children.

    *This is somewhat controversial but I’m going to talk, I realized that some may have aversion to black-colored people.(It was initially developed to capture slaves.)

  7. Lisa Oswald says:

    i too owned a Fila and he was the best dog I*ve ever had. The intense bond we shared was unbelievable.Unfortunately he started having seizures a little after he turned a year and his last seizure did him in and I had to put him to sleep. That was the worst day of my life, when I’m ready I plan on getting another Fila. So don’t downgrade this breed if you’ve never owned one, my Zeus was awesome and the breed is awesome

  8. George R Dienos says:

    What an ignorant person to say never to own one of these wonderful family dogs. My 3 year old loves his big burly friend whom I may say is the best dog I’ve ever owned. I have owned primarily German Shepard’s which are awesome but my Fila is very special!

  9. Wander says:

    A few corrections here:
    Interesting Facts:
    There isn’t such a thing as a brazilian prover: “Faithful as a Fila dog” here in Brazil, Fila is not considered a very reliable and not even a bit intelligent.

    It’s a breed which almost nobody would want to own, people often would rather Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Dobermans, GS, Malinois, Akitas or even Dogos Argentinos – I wouldn’t advice nobody to own one.

    • Wander says:

      Avoid Fila!

      • Leo says:

        U dont know what u are talkng about.

        If u never heard the proverb “fiel como um fila” u r either not brazilian or a very stupid person

      • Silver says:

        I have filas. They are amazing dogs. The only reason they would ever hurt someone is if that person was hurting me. You have to socialize them when they are young or else they will hurt someone. People who own them must be able to control them.They are very intelligent and respond to commands well. As for reliable I’ve seen my dogs chase off a bear with out a second thought to their safety.

        • Stacy Baltimore says:

          This is the best dog bar none I have owned them since 1995,& have owned a lot of other breeds to try pitbull, Shepard etc number one fila’s

      • Virginia Franchini says:

        avoid? Best dog I’ve ever had!

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