The Beautiful Brazilian Mastiff

by Hedi Salson

A mastiff and bloodhound combination produces the Brazilian mastiff , the mind boggles. These gentle giants have a nose that can sniff out anything but can be as gentle as a giant. These cross mastiff’s come originally come from Brazil and go by the Name of Fila brasileiro. When this breed was first brought to light they were Mainly used for guarding plantations, and were later introduced to the United States of America.

As mastiffs go this breed is big, they can reach up to 2 feet tall and weigh in at over 100 pounds .The fur ranges from black to tan and even yellow, brindled dogs been high in value. The faculae features are very similar to that of the the bloodhound.

mastiffs can be gentle or aggressive when the situation requires it, very very loyal and make a valued member to anyone’s family, very good with children also.

the full title of the breed starts with Fila, which means to hold in Portuguese, this is relevant because of the hunting instincts of the mastiff due to its brother, the bloodhound, the dogs are used to track the hunted and to hold the capture until it’s masters return.

protective and loyal are only part of the traits of this breed of mastiff, they are in general a much healthier dog benefiting from been more active and not been prone to been over weight.

The Brazilian mastiff is like all others, they don’t like strangers, they feel at home with their own family but have been known to be aggressive to people who are unknown to them. So if you know you are going to have an unfamiliar face visit make sure the dog is out of the way.

The way to a Brazilian mastiff’s heart is food and , feed them and spend quality time with your dogs and the will repay you with loyalty and be protective till the end, they have even been known to be slightly aggressive to judges in dog shows.

So if your in the market for a Brazilian mastiff be sure to ask the right questions, make sure your breeder is above board and will provide references upon request, and if you do not know ask some one who does.

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