Fila Brasileiro


A large sized Fila Brasileiro
Fila Brasileiro Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)23.5-29.5in (60-75cm)
Weight125-180lbs (56-82kg)
Hair Colour(s)
Lifespan9-11 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size4-10
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsLow
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsHigh
Distress if leftMedium

The Fila Brasileiro is a large and powerful dog. The body is rectangular in shape, with a broad, deep chest and strong, straight legs. The trapeziodal head has a long, broad muzzle, large v-shaped ears, and large almond shaped eyes with drooping lower eyelids. The tail is long and runs towards the hocks. The coat is short and smooth, and comes in a variety of colours including black, white, tan, brown, chestnut and yellow. This dog is quite possibly the hound in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles.


Fila Brasileiros are very positive and confident dogs with calm natures. They are also very brave and committed animals that tend to bond strongly with their immediate families, over whom they will display extreme loyalty and will protect without any hesitation at all. As they are fairly difficult to control and require dominant owners for any training to be successful, these dogs are only suitable for those with experience of dog ownership and training. Obedience classes are highly recommended too. If socialised from a young age onwards, Fila Brasileiros can get along with other pets and animals. However, these can be dangerous dogs and so are not suitable to have around children. These natural guardians will not tolerate strangers, and for this reason they make excellent guard dogs.

History & Skills

Fila Brasileiros originate from Sao Paulo in Brazil, and are thought to have been developed from a number of breeds, including the English Mastiff, the Bulldog, the Bloodhound and the Rafeiros. Originally raised primarily on large plantations and cattle farms, it was from these strong ancestor breeds that they obtained their superb senses of smell, courage and tracking ability. Fila Brasileiros have the ability to track and manage farm animals and large game, and when slavery was still legal in Brazil, they were often used for returning fugitives unharmed to their slave masters. Note that in the UK this dog is on the list of banned dogs under the dangerous dogs act of 1991 (amended 1997).

Breed Specific Ailments

Fila Brasileiros tend to live between 9-11 years and are pone to some of the common large-breed ailments, such as hip dysplasia, and also bloat, coronory heart disease, gastric torsion, elbow dysplasia and PRA.


Fila Brasileiros are medium shedders and so may not be suitable for allergy sufferers. However, their grooming requirements are pretty low. The coat only needs very occasional brushing, with the odd rub down with a damp cloth and bathing only when absolutely necessary.

Exercise & Environment

Fila Brasileiros are best suited to rural areas and are not suitable for small homes. Although they can come across as big, lazy animals, they will need a daily walk and the chance to roam freely. Access to a secure yard or garden areas is essential.


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