Q: Do Fila Brasileiros make good pets?
I heard that these dogs are powerful & tough. Are they supposed to be aggressive towards strangers? Have there been any cases of Filas attacking and/or killing strangers? Do they make good family pets? I am very sure this breed needs a very firm owner/handler & it needs STRICT training from young. Is that right? Anything else I need to know about the Fila?
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Answers and Views:
Answer by Dogman
I own/show/breed CAFIB type Fila Brasileiros… Are they stranger aggressive? YES! can a stranger come up and touch a fila? NO! I have never heard of one ever attacking its own family member (unless that family member never met the dog) and yes they are capable of doing great harm to anyone that does not live with the dog. They are calm and docile in the home and you enver have to worry about anyone breaking in or the dog doing anything malicious to the people it considers family. They are not "fear biting mutts" but rather have a high defense drive that some in the "Sport" field cannot understand. training is needed as in any dog but a very gentle approach must be taken as they are really emotional and submissive with their owners. They can make awesome pets but when someone comes over they MUST be crated or put out for the safety of your guests. do more research and try to attend a CAFIB expo and all your questions would be answered.
Answer by JenVT
No- they do not make good pets for the average family. They are still very close to their working lines and have not truly been "domesticated" in the same sense as a lab or even a mastiff. It is absolutely true that they need firm obedience, constant socialization, etc.. Filas were bred to be an ultimate guardian. They typically don't do well in households that have lots of people in and out as their instinct is to not trust strangers, so houses with busy kids/teens and people that like to entertain and have parties would not be good places for these dogs. They actually cannot be shown in a typical conformation environment because of their breed standard and the standard itsself warns judges from touching the dog. That should say something to you about their temperament.
Answer by BYB's breed crapadoodles
You need to know that you aren't the right home for one. They don't need "strict" training from their youth. They need PROPER training. There's a HUGE difference and too many men get these dogs and kick them around screaming at them because they think that that's how you control a dog.
They are a breed that's very very strong willed and aggressive towards strangers that are suspicious. They should NEVER be uncontrollably aggressive towards non-aggressive strangers. It's a breed fault if they are. However, they will be suspicious and uncomfortable about strangers - they will not meet & greet them like a lab will.
They are not good family pets like a German Shepherd can be. They are working dogs that need jobs to channel their energy. They will not tolerate your friends coming over and pestering them, they will not tolerate the friends of children coming over and running around screaming.
Answer by Manuel
I think that the people that posted the coments about the filas in the way they are not a family pet, are extremely wrong, and talk without any knowledge about it.
Along my life, i had three filas, in different moments, one after the other (they just live for aprox ten years), and the singularity in all of them, is the kindness, loyalty and love for his owner family. I cant even think in a fila attacking a family member who knows.
Its very important he interacts with family members since the puppy stage. When it grows, wont accept further members. Its the best guardian dog i ever met... wont tolerate strangers. Temperament is fully decided and fierce.
Best dog if your house have enough surface for him and fence to avoid he goes out and could bite someone...
You can be sure, your house and members will be protected and the dog never will bite some family member, even a kid who hurts the dog, they stand it patiently. Its a a golden retriever with family, and a lion with everybody else. Seriously, best dog you could have.
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