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The Fila Brasileiro is also referred to as the Brazilian Mastiff. The earliest accounts of this dog being used as a working guard dog date back to the 16 century, in Central America, where of course it originates in Brazil. What makes these dogs special? What are the good points about a Fila Brasileiro and what are the bad points? Are they dangerous to children? Let's find the answers to these questions and discover more about this fascinating dog breed.

The breed standard for the Brazilian Mastiff males is at least 100 pounds in weight and 23.5-27.5 inches high at the withers. They have a very short and smooth coat of fur that is very tight to the skin. All solid colours are permitted as breed standard apart from patched dogs, dappled, white, black, tan and mouse grey. Brindled and stripes are accepted also.

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A distinctive quality of this beautiful creature is its determination and real bravery. They are also very placid, obedient and very tolerant of children that are members of their family. As they are so gentle, loyal and protective of their family, they don't like strangers. This is a downside, as unlike most dogs, the Fila Braileiro is particularly stubborn with its view of strangers. Its dislike of outsiders can be controlled from very early on socialization, though they will still never like strangers.

This breed of mastiff doesn't require too much exercise, enough to keep it fit and healthy. It is also vitally important that you don't over-exercise them when they are puppies, as it can stunt their growing bones, ligaments and joints.

They are easy enough to care for, as grooming should be done using a firm bristle brush. Afterwards, use a damp cloth or chamois to give them a shiny finish on their coat. This is all they require to have healthy fur. Shampooing and bathing should only be carried out when it is completely necessary.

The training of this breed is essential and should always be considered before you even think of owning one. Especially not recommended to a first time owner, as they will have an up hill struggle. Obedience and early socialisation is essential if you want to a have one as a pet. They are very hard to control and a very dominant owner is the only owner who will get the best out this breed.

As they are one of the larger dog breeds in the world, this puts them at more of a risk of suffering from hip or elbow dysplasia. This is the most common complaint, though gastric torsion and progressive retinal atrophy have also been reported in the Brazilian Mastiff.

Well, I hope that if you didn't know much about the glorious Fila Brasileiro, you do now. Although a tough dog to handle, they also show a lot of respect and protection, that you would expect from a dog of this calibre. If you are a previous dog owner and have the time and effort to put in, the Fila Brasileiro could be the dog for you.

A distinctive quality of this beautiful creature is its determination and real bravery. They are also very placid, obedient and very tolerant of children that are members of their family. As they are so gentle, loyal and protective of their family, they don't like strangers. This is a downside, as unlike most dogs, the Fila Braileiro is particularly stubborn with it's view of strangers. Its dislike of outsiders can be controlled from very early on socialization, though they will still never like strangers.

This breed of mastiff doesn't require too much exercise, enough to keep it fit and healthy. it is also vitally important that you don't over-exercise them when they are puppies, as it can stunt their growing bones, ligaments and joints.