Fila Brasileiro

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Fila Brasileiro History

The Fila Brasileiro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfilɐ bɾɐˈziw dʒiɫɐ]), otherwise known as the Brasilian Mastiff, is a working breed of large, muscular, square-built, stocky, and rather short-haired, with a rough coat. It is from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is also known as the “Brazilian Fighting Dog”. It is the national dog of Brazil, and is recognized by the Brazilian Kennel Club (CBKC), the only national kennel club in Brazil. FBs have a distinctive head shape, which is broader and more elongated than the skull. The muzzle is broad and wedge-shaped. The ears are medium-sized, triangular, and are set moderately high. The eyes are oval-shaped, and the ears are dark in color. The nose is black. The body is slightly longer than tall. The chest is well-developed. The legs are well-boned and muscular. The feet are round, and the dewclaws are usually removed. The tail is set on high and is docked to about two inches long. The coat is short, coarse, and straight. The coat comes in a variety of colors. It is natural for an FBF to shed profusely twice a year, so their coats should be brushed regularly.

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Fila Brasileiro Physical Characteristics

The Fila Brasileiro is a medium-large sized breed of Brazilian mastiff. The head is massive with strong jaws. The muzzle is deep, broad, and muscular. The jaws are powerful and wide. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The ears are large, triangular, and erect. The neck is long, strong, and muscular. The back is extremely firm and straight. The loin is slightly arched. The croup is moderately sloping. The tail is set on high. The feet are round and cat-like. The skin is thick and loose. It is covered with fine, short hair. The coat is fawn, gray, rust, brindle, or merle. The black mask usually shows around the eyes.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Brown, Black, Fawn, Brindle, Sable

Height Range

Male Height Range: 25 – 30 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 28 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 90 – 110 lbs

Female Weight Range: 85 – 105 lbs

Fila Brasileiro Health

Description of breed health.


9-11 yrs

Fila Brasileiro Health Concerns

Canine Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Fila Brasileiro Temperament and Behaviour

The Fila Brasileiro is a confident, gentle, and fearless dog. They are protective of their owners, but should not be aggressive towards people or other animals. They are extremely loyal and devoted to their families, but are known to be suspicious of strangers. They are dominant and muscular, which can make training and handling difficult, but they make excellent guard and protection dogs.

Fila Brasileiro Activity Requirements

The Fila Brasileiro is a large, muscular dog that is believed to have descended from Mastiffs. They were originally bred for hunting and guarding, but today they are known for being loyal companions. While they don’t require a lot of exercise and are quite calm, they do require regular exercise. They are best suited to large yards or to fenced-in areas where they can run around. Daily walks are also an excellent way to provide your Fila with physical and mental stimulation. If you think the Fila Brasileiro may be right for you, make sure you can provide them with plenty of exercise and attention. They can be strong-willed and stubborn, so you’ll need to be firm and consistent in order to train them effectively.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Fila Brasileiro is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Fila Brasileiro is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Fila Brasileiro is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Fila Brasileiro is part of the Unclassified group.

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