Fred: what are are some good things to know about fila Brasileiro dog?
im getting another dog and i looked at the shelter and there this fila Brasileiro puppy but its said you can only get him if you have experiences i don't have experiences but i have a Newfoundland already so can some one give me some tip on having one of these dogs
if you you dont think i should get one list some other breeds
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Answer by Santa Basset
If you don't know about this breed, don't even consider getting one. They're not kidding when they say they need a very experienced owner - of TOUGH dogs, not pushovers like Newfies.
A Fila in the hands of an amateur is a lawsuit (or even a tragedy) waiting to happen.
Answer by Dianna
What about another Newfie? I bet there is a contact somewhere close to you. Rescuing the Fila would be great, it is a different personality and could be a great thing or a real heart break for both of you. Depending on their genes, they can be a velcro dog, following your every footstep through the house and yard while you’re home. It is a breed that will lay down it’s life for you without a heartbeat. It is also a 24 hr/365 dy responsibility…..Worst/Worst case scenario, say that if someone steps from behind a car while you are out for a walk, unmeaning to but threateningly, it could turn ugly if you are not always ready and trained. A Newfie re-home might not have the same intensity.
Answer by Brenda
I rescued a Fila from animal control 10 yrs ago, he was about 6-12 months old according to the vet. I had no idea what type of dog he was but he was the best dog I ever owned. Do your research on the breed.
Maybe he is the dog for you...........
Answer by Oregano13
If you don't have breed experience, or at least experience with another molosser breed of similar size and temperament, they aren't going to adopt this dog to you. They have a tendency to be dog aggressive AND human aggressive and are deeply suspicious of strangers. This is one breed where the FCI actually permits them to show aggression (though not "excessive") towards the judges in the show ring, to give you an idea of the extent within the breed. They are very large, powerful, and need a firm handler. No one in their right mind would sell or adopt a Fila into a home that did not have experience with similar temperament breeds prior (and a Newfie most definitely would not fall into that category).
Add: Steer clear of any mastiff breeds or bully breeds. Other than that, look for a dog with gentle temperament that is dog-social since you already have another dog. It should be of sufficient size, ideally, that your Newfie can't harm it accidentally during play.
Answer by cimkill
I own 3 english mastiffs 140lb, 192lb, and 212lb. I have had all of them from pups and now dutchess is 9 years old. My friend has a fila brasiliero, and wow! I thought Duke was unpredictable till I saw that dog. They are man killers! He, His wife and daughter can do anything to the dog and its unresponsive, but as soon as I or anyone gets close to the gate the dog turns into a bezerker. Just wants to attack! I have lots of experience with bully breeds, and would hesitate on getting one of them.
Answer by Frank
I can tell you my life rotated around my dog, everyone doesn’t have the ability or desire to do this, I raised my girl through my 50’s I had no experience with Fila’s only a Toy Poodle, you learn just like they are learning, your their whole life and they are your whole life, if you offered me a million dollars to trade in those 10 years I would refuse the money, and not even blink an eye.
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Talk with the shelter. Your lack of experience with the breed may be a deterrent; some shelters may reject your app and others may simply require that you take the puppy for training.
Newfie’s are generally pushovers :)
The breed you are looking at… you want to have experience with tough, dominant bully-breed type dogs.
Jessica Depasquale says
Unless you know about this breed, you should not get one. They need a very experienced owner! A Fila in the hands of an inexperienced owner is an accident waiting to happen.
Rayven ~ Here we Go says
Newfs are nothing like Filas and personally i'm surprised that pup hasn't been handed off to a Fila rescue, but I commend them for wanting to make sure that pup goes to an owner with breed experience. As far as other breeds look at getting another newf or similar breeds.
Experience means time spent working with that breed. Simply getting anecdotal advice from the internet or friends is not enough to ensure them that you can handle that specific kind of dog. However, you should contact them and inform them about your interest in the puppy. Then at the interview you can tell them about your Newfie and plead your case. The worst they can say is no. If you’re dead set on getting a Fila Brasileiro, then I suggest finding a rescue for them in your area (probably hard, it seems like a rare breed) or something else like that. Good luck, just ask the shelter if your experience is enough.