Like its Bloodhound ancestor, the Fila Brasileiro is a big-boned dog with loose skin that creates folds around the face and neck. Its smooth coat comes in almost any color. Overall, the Fila Brasileiro has a massive, powerful yet balanced look.
The Fila Brasileiro may look fierce, but around the home it is a docile, loving friend. It forms very strong bonds with family members, but sometimes prefers one-on-one time with people—it can sometimes get a little overwhelmed by groups of people vying for its attention. Gentle and playful with children, the Fila Brasileiro is a solid protector of the home. It makes an excellent watchdog—intimidating but restrained.
The Fila Brasileiro can live as long as 11 years. Common health issues include hip dysplasia and eye problems. Some are prone to bloat, so feed them smaller meals throughout the day instead of one big meal. Grooming is a breeze—just brush and bathe when necessary.
The Fila Brasileiro (also known as the Brazilian Mastiff) was developed to guard Brazilian farms and plantations. Derived from a mixture of the Mastiff, the Bloodhound and the Bulldog, it combines protectiveness and loyalty with a dependable tracking ability.