Original Name : Fila Brasileiro
Type : Molossoid
Other Names : Brazilian, Mastiff
Male size : 25½-29½ inches
Male weight : At least 110 ¼ lbs
Female size : 23½-27½ inches
Female weight : At least 88 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Brazil
This typically Molossoid breed is characterized by powerful bones. Their compact rectangular morphology is nevertheless harmonious and well proportioned. Their massive body packs a large amount of concentrated agility, which is easily perceivable. Females must be very distinct from the males.
Large, weighty and massive, always proportionate to the body.
Strong, broad and deep, covered with thick, loose skin. The thorax is longer than the abdomen.
All solid colors except disqualifying ones, brindle on a solid color, with more or less dark stripes.
Drooping, large, thick and V shaped.
Very broad at the base, medium set, tapering quickly and reaching the hock.
Short, thick, soft and well fitting.
Fila Brasileiros are courageous, determined and remarkably brave dogs. Docile, obedient and very tolerant with children, these are the epitome of the faithful dog, always looking for their owner. On the other hand, they are very aloof toward strangers. Calm, self-assured and confident, Fila Brasileiros are unperturbed by strange unfamiliar situations and strange noises. All told, these are wonderful guard dogs, with a well developed instinct for working with cattle and hunting large game.
Besides their imposing appearance, Fila Brasileiros are legendary guard dogs in Brazil where breeders nurture their incomparable nature. At rest, these giants are calm, noble and self-assured and should never appear distracted or bored. When alert, their firm, penetrating gaze produces a determined expression.