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Size: Large

Weight: 90 - 110 lbs.

Height: 24" - 30"

Life Span: 9 - 11 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Brazil

Also Known As: Fila Brasileiro, Brazilian Mastiff

Group: Guardian

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

No special exercise requirements.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


The Brazilian Mastiff is an extremely large, intimidating breed that tends to be wary of strangers, but loves its family. Some countries have banned this breed due to its size and tendency for aggression.

Compatibility with Kids

Extremely tolerant with children


The Brazilian Mastiff was used in Brazil during the 1800s for tracking and large game hunting. This breed was also known to track and return fugitive slaves unharmed to their owners.

Pet Facts

One of Brazil's native breeds, the Fila was developed from the Spanish and Portuguese Mastiffs, as well as bloodhounds.

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