Thank you for visiting our BlogSpot and posting your highly regarded comments. This is an all inclusive BlogSpot dedicated to the betterment of the Fila Brasileiro (FEE-la Bra-sill-YERO). This blog has been made possible by enthusiast alike to assist with proper ownership & responsibilities, behavior, true life stories, training, feeding, veterinary care, mental wellness, canine tricks & games, health, grooming, rescue, association(s), dog bite law & dangerous dogs act, advice, breed info, faqs, adoptions, health insurance, photos, big dog supplies (custom collars, leads, muzzles, fancy dog tags, books, toys, videos & more). We welcome eMails and appreciate the wonderful tales about and tips for the Fila Brasileiro that we have received. Please feel free to reference this BlogSpot and The Truth About João Ridgley frequently for updates as we love to post new information, pictures, links, and share lots of good times, laughs and smiles, while offering free virtual greeting cards to all our visitors at our most popular Fila Brasileiro website "A Champion is Born - click on title above to visit."
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The mission of the American Rare Breed Association is to serve and protect the "Rare Breed Dog" here in the United States. To promote and educate the public dog fancier about over 130 or more breeds from around the world that are not now recognized by the major kennel club of the United States, the American Kennel Club.
Rare Breed Dog Registrations
Rare Breed Conformation Dog Shows
Public Awareness and Education of the Rare Breed Dog
To host shows for the ancient and rare breed dogs & AKC breeds as well.
To preserve and protect all of the ancient and rare breeds.
They invite all to participate in these important mandates.
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The motivation of this law is to regulate the conditions under which animals with any form of agression may be held as to insure the safety and well being of people and other animals.
First Class American Pit Bull Terrier & Tosa Inu
Second Class Dogo Argentino, Perro Dogo Canario, Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, Bully Kutta, & Fila Brasileiro (Hunting Dog w/ Fighting Capabilities)
Third Class Caucasion Ovtcharka, Neapolitan Mastiff, Akita, Spanish Bulldog, Cane Corso, Ca De Boa, Gul Dong, Dogue De Bordeux, Guatemalan Bull Terrier, Indian Bull Terrier, & Staffordshire Bull Terrier
And finally dogs that have no chance or little of beating the third class but can still hold their own:
The Fourth Class German Shepherd, Doberman, Rottweiler, Shar Pei, Malamute, Bullmastiff, & other popular breeds (too many to mention) Wolf Hybrids, & the rest of the Ovtcharkas
It is a must that all Filas after 12 months of age pass a temperament test in order to obtain a registered championship title. All champions must have a certificate of approval from the temperament test. The temperament test is made available at most all specialty shows. The test includes:
1.) Attack with a stick. The Fila is supposed to attack in front of the handler, without being coached, and the handler is to remain in his position. The handler is not to touch the Fila.
2.) Shooting test. Blanks are to be fired approximately 5 meters from the dog. The Fila should express attention, self confidence, and self assurance.
3.) During all performances in the ring, the judge will analyze the behavior and temperament of the Fila, paying attention to his expression. During the test, the following should be observed:
a.) Dislike by the Fila of strangers.
The Fila Brasileiro was bred to guard the ranches in Brazil. Today they are still used as guardian dogs. The breed has a natural distrust, hatred, and aversion to strangers. This is known as "ojeriza". Ojeriza is a natural breed characteristic that is desirable for a guard dog and much cultivated in its country of origin, where in order to gain a championship all Filas must pass an attack test. The Fila is to be confident, faithful, brave, tolerant of all the family members and to display ojeriza towards strangers. Timidity should not be tolerated in a guard dog, and cowardice is a disqualification in the Fila. The Fila is a naturally protective guardian requiring no training for this aspect of its character. The Fila is a large, strong dog capable of serious damage in the hands of an irresponsible individual. The natural "ojeriza", or hatred of strangers, develops at different ages in different Filas. Some Filas are wary of strangers as pups, and some do not show the inclination to protect until as late as two years of age. Always be aware, because your cute little puppy can and will become a Fila overnight, and usually lets its unsuspecting family know this when they least expect it. Obedience training and absolute control are a must with the Fila. They are naturally quiet and well mannered, but each dog must be evaluated and trained properly to ensure that they are not a danger when out in public or in the company of strangers. It is best to put the Fila up when company is over visiting. The Fila is predictable but visitors are not. Most people visiting think the Fila is just another breed of dog and that they can treat it just like any other breed of dog. This is how most accidents occur. The natural ojeriza is a trait unique to the Fila Brasileiro. The will to defend and protect is an innate behavior, not a trained response. Therefore, early socialization is important, and obedience is a must. The Fila must understand who is alpha.
A dog bite can be a traumatic event resulting in serious injury. Multiple deaths are reported each year as a result of the most vicious attacks. Often a bite will result in permanent scarring, nerve damage and a significant risk of infection. Many times there is psychological harm that lasts well beyond the physical injury.
The facts regarding dog bite injuries illustrate the frequency and seriousness of these events:
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States seeks medical attention for a dog bite related injury.
It is estimated for every dog bite that is reported, three go unreported.
Nationwide, as many as one million people annually require medical treatment for dog bites.
More than 334,000 victims end up in the emergency room.
More than 4.7 million people, or 2% of the U.S. population, are bitten by dogs each year.
More than half of all the dog bite victims are children.
National figures estimate that 60% of dog-bite attacks happen in the home, either by the family or a friend's dog.
This site is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource center for dog bite related legal issues.
"If a dog bites a person, without provocation while the person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner of the dog, the owner of the dog shall be liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness."
What are the usual restrictions that are imposed?
Restrictions vary from locale to locale, but common restrictions are as follows:
Muzzling of the dog in public.
Use of a chain leash.
Dog can only be walked by someone 18 years or older.
Dog must wear a special collar or tag that denotes it as a dangerous dog.
Posting of dangerous dog warning signs at house entrances.
A requirement for extra liability insurance (usually ranging from $50,000 -$100,000).
Higher licensing fees (up to $500.00 per year for an unaltered dog, even a show dog).
The dog is not allowed contact with children, even as a puppy.
Mandatory tattooing, and/or microchipping.
While these are not inappropriate restrictions for a dog designated dangerous as a result of behavior, they are not appropriate for dogs designated dangerous solely by breed.
1. How big do these dogs get?
2. How much do they eat?
3. What is their temperament like?
4. What are they like at home?
5. Are they good with children?
6. Are they good with other animals?
7. What are they used for?
8. What is their life span?
9. What are the health problems associated with the breed?
10. How do you adopt an adult?
11. Why do some Filas look different than others?
12. What colors do they come in?
13. Are they easy to train?
14. Are Filas good indoor dogs?
15. How much room does a Fila need?
16. What is the best way to raise a Fila puppy?
17. How much is too much socializing?
18. As a Fila owner, how do I go on vacation?
19. How do I handle veterinary visits?
20. What are the differences between males and females?
21. What will my Fila do if I am threatened?
22. What are some questions that I should ask breeders?
23. What are some questions that I should expect the breeder to ask me?
24. How can I tell if I am getting a healthy puppy?
25. Where and with whom is the Fila registered?
26. Where can I show my Fila?
27. How much would one cost?
28. Are there any breed books available?
29. How can I stay actively involved in the learning process of the Fila?
30. Disadvantages to the breed.
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