brazilian fila breed information
common health issues
The Fila Brasiliero (also known as the Brazilian Mastiff or Brazilian Molosser) is a large working dog that originated on the plantations and cattle farms of Brazil. He was originally used to guard the estates from predators, and his guardian instincts are still very strong today. He is believed to have been bred from Bloodhounds, Bulldogs and Mastiffs, among other breeds, and the result is a surprisingly agile (for his size) and courageous dog.
The Fila generally weighs between 90 and 110 lbs., and has a short coat that hangs loosely on his powerful frame. He has a gentle way with children and is extremely loyal to his family, but the Fila Brasileiro is not a breed for everyone, especially first-time owners. Because of his natural guardian instincts, the Fila has a strong aversion to strangers and doesn’t enjoy new people in his home. He needs a confident, experienced owner, good training and plenty of daily exercise to keep him happy and out of trouble.
Despite his strength, the Fila Brasiliero is prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Filas are prone to include joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as entropion; and digestive conditions such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GVD or bloat).
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Fila Brasiliero inherits his mom’s bad eyes or his dad’s bad hips, you’re covered.