Cão de Fila
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 2 Section 2 #225
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
|The CKC "miscellaneous class" is for breedsnot yet
fully recognised by the organisation
The Fila Brasileiro (or Brazilian Mastiff) is a large
dog developed in
The Fila Brasileiro is large and heavyset, with a powerful structure and
large head. The breed standard is for males to be between 65 and 75 cm (27 -
29.5 in) at the shoulder with a minimum weight of 50 kg (100 lb). Females are
slightly smaller at 60 to 70 cm (24 - 27.5 in) with a minimum weight of 40 kg
The coat of the Fila Brasileiro is smooth and short. Most solid or brindled
colours are permitted except mouse-grey and white. Patchy or dappled coats are
outside the breed standard, although some white markings are permitted on the
feet, chest, and the tip of the tail.
The breed is considered by owners to have a calm and loyal temperament.
However, its power and strength, along with a reputation for aggressiveness and
irritability in some situations (particularly around strangers), have led to
this breed being banned or restricted in some countries. The breed is one of the
four specifically mentioned in the
Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Its origins are not well known, but it is believed to have been developed
from various breeds including the
English Mastiff and the
the latter contributing to the Fila's baggy skin. They are often used as guard
dogs, tracking dogs, and
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