Brazilian mastiffs are large dogs, male and female both. The males stand upwards of thirty inches at the shoulder and weigh more than 100 pounds, while the females are usually just a few inches shorter and tend to top out at 90 pounds. They have soft, short fur and their necks are very thick. They resemble bloodhounds in the face and their coat color comes in various hues and might range through yellow, brindle, reddish tan, and black. They are quite a lovely dog to look at!
This breed has the ability and the bone structure to run fast and to attack if they feel it is necessary. They are known for their bravery and their value as a watchdog due to their alertness is quite impressive. With good training, though, they can be as loving with children as they are fierce with strangers.
There are several qualities of the Brazilian Mastiff. Well be looking at both of the breeds, you see the hunting instinct from the Bloodhound. Add that with the guarding instinct of the Mastiff. There are well known for looking out for cattle. They seem to be a great well rounded dog. They were also trained to attack and then waiting on their master. Some were able to even keep wild jaguars away from cattle.
Another one of their unique tasks were to track down slaves that had run away. The word ‘Fila’ means ‘to hold’ in Portuguese. Along with their great hunting and holding skills, the Brazilian Mastiff can even run extremely fast and are able to gallop to the fullest.
The Brazilian Mastiff is not too keen to strangers. They do not like people that they don’t know. That could be good in some ways; on the other hand it is not so good if they are around people on a regular basis. They do undergo character testing to make sure that they remain self-confident and also to see if they would attack without being instructed to. That is one characteristic that may shun you from purchasing a Brazilian Mastiff. They are even cautious during dog shows and the judges are advised not to touch the dog, even though that is necessary for judging.
Despite the way they are with strangers, the Brazilian Mastiff is extremely gentle and loving towards his own family. He is also very protective and extremely loyal to his master. Keep in mind that the Brazilian Mastiff will attack strangers. It is their natural instinct to attack when they feel threatened or cannot trust the one who is unfamiliar to them.
If you are thinking about adopting a Brazilian mastiff puppy, there are many things that you are going to need to keep in mind. Start by going to the dog shows and finding out about good breeders. If at all possible, go to their homes and check out what kind of environment they foster. Do their dogs seem healthy and happy and are there any questions that you would like them to answer? Take a look around for someone who can answer all the questions that you have about the breed, and take a look online for reviews.
The Brazilian mastiff is quite adorable, with its blocky shape, its droopy long ears and its soft floppy lips. Always be careful when approaching an animal that you do not know well, and remember that the breed’s reputation as a guard animal is well earned. Despite this, you’ll soon see that with the right training, he can be amazingly sweet with the family in his care.