A Champion is Born

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."
João Ridgley do Eshabeta II & Owner
God has been gracious by the meadows edge!


Stop To Smell The Roses

Joao Ridgley do Eshabeta II on Christmas visit 2005
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ESHABETA II Kennel, Inc.

The Fila has vigor and authority to its elastic pacing gait. A very large, square, heavy and massive head holds deep, sad eyes. His honesty in his antipathy to strangers invading his territory or threatening his master seems more awe-inspiring than the word 'Ojeriza,' used to describe the Fila's aversion to strangers. Despite the no-nonsense attitude of the Fila, its devotion to its family is legendary. It does not permit familiarity of strangers. Clearly extensive socialization and obedience training are essential to give this breed a frame of reference for normal human interaction, so it will not mistake a pat on the back of its master, by a friendly stranger, as an attack. Filas are easily 'read' when they are reacting to a perceived threat. The cold-eyed stare, lowering of head, readiness, long body posture, low growl, all tell the world: "Beware, I am watching your every move!" Filas should never be judged solely on appearance. Not only should a quality Fila be beautiful but it is essential they be of good character and temperament and have structural soundness. Due to the intensity of this breed's temperament, clearly they are not suitable for just everyone. Educated and responsible owners are a must.
Please contact Dawna Berg Bancroft
Owner and Breeder of World Champion Fila Brasileiros
at ESHABETA II Kennel for more information.
Here's how to reach them:
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Fila Brasileiro Association, Inc.

July l992 was the date of the founding of the Fila Brasileiro Association, otherwise known as the FBA. The state of Texas issued the incorporation papers on February 24, 1993. The Fila Brasileiro Association, Inc., follows the procedures and breed standard # 225 of l976, revised on l984, of the Brazilian Confederation of Cynophile (CBKC). The FBA will not tolerate the internal promotion by any other organizations or individuals who support standards other than that of the original version # 225 of l976, revised in l984, issued by CBKC. The FBA is a non-profit organization that is truly interested in promoting and preserving the Fila Brasileiro breed according to the original standard of the breed. The FBA has no registry of its own. It will honor the registries of CBKC and FCPR (Federacion Canofila de Puerto Rico). The FBA Delegates, representing each state, and many foreign countries, may promote matches, specialty shows, working competitions, seminars, meetings, social activities, and distribute information on the breed and Association. The FILA DIGEST is their means of communication. It contains letters, articles, reports, health information, and show announcements. An annual fiscal report will be published in the newsletter as well minutes of all meetings, (General annual meeting or Special meeting). The FBA will not allow non-owners to vote.

American Rare Breed Association

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
Judges Seminars
Public Awareness and Education of the Rare Breed Dog

American Dog Owners Association

The American Dog Owners Association preserves the special relationship between dogs and mankind by protecting and defending the rights of responsible dog ownership, opposing detrimental and supporting appropriate regulation for dog owners; educating the public and promoting standards for safe and civilized treatment of dogs.

Fila Brasileiro Club of America

In Fila Brasileiro breeding, the emphasis shall be placed upon working ability and other outstanding qualities of character of this breed, as well as upon appearance. It is mandatory that a Code of Ethics be subscribed to by those who are concerned with the propagation of physically, mentally and temperamentally sound Fila Brasileiro of proper breed type. Measures should be taken to acquaint the general public with the contents of this code so that they may not become innocent partners in improper breeding practices. Consistent with the above, they will agree to breed discriminately and only upon strong evidence of the possibility of finding suitable homes for the resulting puppies. They understand and agree that to breed unadvisedly may lead to over-population and contribute to the deterioration of the Fila Brasileiro breed. They vow to uphold the Fila Brasileiro breed type as described by the Federacion Internationale Cynologique (FCI) official breed standard and agree not to endorse any other breed standard for the Fila Brasileiro in order to be considered as a member in good standing with the Fila Brasileiro Club of America, Inc., they also understand the importance of proper obedience training and socialization of the Fila Brasileiro and will ensure their Fila Brasileiro(s) are properly trained and socialized.


Rarities is the leading ancient and rare breed dog club of the United States. Rarities is going to promote interaction between both the ancient and rare breed fanciers and the recognized AKC breeds. Membership is required to receive any of the Rarities Championship Certificates. There are no political forums and membership is optional but definitely has it's benefits. No extra fees for Championship Certificates, they will be automatically mailed to you as long as your membership dues are paid up to date for the current year. Join in the fun at Rarities events and meet other exhibitors that share your passion for showing. They host shows across the United States - click on Show Calendar link to see when they will be coming to your area. They are here to help you in any way possible. Add this page to your "Favorites List" now for future reference and check back often as they update their site quiet frequently.
Rarities goals:
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.


Molosser World

The Fila Brasileiro is unique. The natural protective instinct that has been lost through the ages in most guard dogs is very much alive in the Fila. Their natural aggressiveness towards strangers is surprising for a dog which is very humble and docile towards its owners. The Fila is intelligent and sensitive. He is the first one to know when you are in a bad mood or ill. He will follow you in his gentle and smooth way, place his big head on your lap, or poke you with his nose. No one can tell by looking at this gentle and large dog that he will react with great aggressiveness if he feels that someone or something is a menace to his owner or his territory. In Brazil the Fila's faithfulness is a legend. Brazilians say, "Faithful as a Fila." In 1946, when the official standard was established, members of this breed became show dogs. The Fila Brasileiro has recently been present in international shows throughout the world; and dogs like João Ridgley's third generation great granddam "Happy do Camping" have represented the breed extremely well with a Winners Group victory in Puerto Rico over the champions of other breeds who have a great winning tradition in the ring.


The Fila Mastiff dog is the world's finest natural estate guardian and family protection dog. The Fila hunts Jaguar and needs no training to protect. A hearty rare breed old world Brazilian Fila Mastiff dog. Most people think they can make friends with any dog. That once they pet it the relationship is established. It does not work that way with the Fila Brasileiro!

Joys and Trials of Ownership (Forum)

Dedicated to the Fila Brasileiro - the national dog of Brazil. Open discussions of the joys and trials of owning (or admiring) this rare breed. Everyone is welcome, but no "politics" or "flames" will be tolerated. List is moderated in English; Portuguese replies will be translated and posted.
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Fila Brasileiro Club (Forum)

This forum is for every lover of the Fila Brasileiro Breed!
You don't have to own one to be a member.
FBC Rules:
* Please keep negative opinions about members & breeders out of this web forum *
* All suggestions about this site are very much appreciated *

What's Good & Bad About a Fila?

The most honest dog breed review you'll ever find. Information about Fila Brasileiro personality and behavior.



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.

Pound for Pound

Dogs that can fight:

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

Believe it. When it comes down to pound for pound that's just how it is!

The Protection Dog

A person should never select a dog beyond their capabilities to control — either physically or psychologically. For example, even though the Rottweiler is a highly intelligent and friendly breed (they excel as therapy dogs), they are powerful and stubborn, so they would be a poor choice for someone who is frail or weak; conversely, the Doberman Pinscher is a relatively compact and lightweight breed, yet they are too high strung and energetic for someone who is timid or slow. Exotic protection breeds (such as the Fila Brasileiro, Perro Dogo Canario, and Timbershepherd) should be left to the experts, as their temperament and strength require a master dog handler to control.

Temperament Test

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.

b.) Self assurance, courage, determination, and bravery of each individual Fila.


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.

Do's and Don'ts

Never: Under estimate your Fila Brasileiro.
Always: Have your Fila approach a guest or friend rather than having them approach your Fila. Basically, let your Fila pet the human first.
Never: Assume someone heard you. Even in a ring situation, never assume a judge won’t approach your Fila in a fast or assertive way. Never assume someone heard you say “Wait!” or “Just a minute!”
Always: Be aware of everything around you when out with your Fila. Make sure you see what he may deem to be a threat before he does. This will allow you to be able to stop him should the need arise. Sometimes just someone running quickly toward you can be taken the wrong way by your Fila. Turn his head or assure him that there is NOT a problem.
Never: Assume that your Fila is so well trained that he will not break a command if he feels the need to protect you.
Always: Learn to know how to read your dog. All dogs generally have a warning sign that they are alert. Sometimes it’s the ears, tail, body posture, or even a change in the eye! Don’t ever assume that because his tail is wagging, he won’t bite.
Never: Make the mistake of thinking that a fat puppy is healthy. Being overweight during this rapid growth period will cause all kinds of problems in the joints and muscles.
Always: Be prepared for lots of love, every day!

Educational & Informative Use

The American Rottweiler Club is an AKC-Member Club recognized as the national breed club; dedicated to education about responsible Rottweiler ownership and to preserving and protecting the Rottweiler breed. You will find this site educational and universally informative on lots of topics such as training and behavior, health issues, activities for you and your dog, and so much more.


A non-commercial website, authored by the nation's leading legal expert in dog bite law. Reviewed as "the most effective lawyer website on the internet... has everything anybody ever wanted to know about the violent side of man's best friend and the legal consequences thereof."
The most extensive resource for dog bite victims, dog owners, parents, journalists and others needing to learn about the legal rights of victims, how to protect children, and other aspects of the dog bite epidemic.


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."

Breed Restriction

A restriction means the dog owner is limited as to what their dog can do, where it go, how it can get there and who it can have contact with. There are also usually special licensing and insurance requirements. Right now, in various locations in the United States , there are laws restricting at least 11 different breeds and mixes of those breeds.

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.
Mandatory neutering/spaying.

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.


30 FAQs

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.

Dog Owner's Guide

If you have a dog, want a dog, or just plain like dogs, this is the right place for all kinds of information about living with and loving dogs!

What to Feed Your Fila Pup?

Fila Brasileiros are a rare breed in the United States and usually purchased as the result of many hours of studying breeds, talking to breeders, and checking out protection dogs. They are unbeatable natural protection and companion dogs; s/he will be an eye stopper, not only at shows, but wherever you go. Money shall not be an object, you live with your dog for 9 to 14 years and you shall want the best. One three or four hundred dollar Vet bill on a bad pup can even up the price difference quick when buying from a reputable breeder.

Blackwatch Feed Program for Puppies

This diet has 8 major components and this is it in summary form. This is a lot of information, but with the check list you can see what is involved, then go down and read the detailed information about amounts to use, why to use them and where to purchase products?

The Dog Food Project

One of the most widespread myths the manufacturers of some (mostly poorer quality) products perpetuate. They claim that table scraps will upset the balance of the commercial dog food, but just like humans, dogs do not require a diet that provides uniform meals every single day of their life. Dietary deficiencies do not appear overnight but need a long period of consistently poor nutrition to develop.

J-B Wholesale

A great site to purchase Tripe and Salmon Treats for your pet plus much more.


Your dog is aging 7 times faster than you... As we age, supplements can help reduce the signs of aging, restore our vitality, improve our quality of life and promote good health. There are special formulations for Men and Women of all ages... So, why not give a chance at these benefits to all the members of our family: human AND canine?

PAAWS® is a revolutionary vitamin system for your dog. Developed by skilled veterinarians and recommended by a top team of animal health specialists for dogs over 2 years old, PAAWS combines natural ingredients with the benefits of essential Vitamins and Minerals.

PAAWS benefits include helping to:
Restore energy Renew playfulness
Improve quality of life Sleep better
Reduce bad breath

PAAWS are delicious turbo-charged nutritional treats that are NOT available in stores. In fact, you would have to separately purchase up to 10 different over-the-counter supplements to match the ingredients found in PAAWS treats — with no guarantee your dog would even enjoy the taste!

PAAWS AM/PM FormulaGiven in the morning, the PAAWS AM formula provides energizers to prepare your dog for the day ahead. The PAAWS PM formula, taken at bedtime, calms your dog naturally and helps to maintain a level of vitamins throughout the night. Both formulas work together to help fight fatigue, defend against immune system deficiencies and restore and maintain your pet's energy levels.

PAAWS Has Been Designed For Your Dog! Nutritional and supplemental requirements can vary based on not only the time of day, but also by the size and age of your pet. To ensure dogs of different sizes and ages receive optimum results, PAAWS has formulated its system into two parts — one for adults and another for senior dogs that can be dispensed in dosages based on the size of your pet. When you order, we'll help you learn which is right for your dog.

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Vet Info 4 Dogs

They have compiled veterinary information pertaining to dogs at this site. They hope it will be useful to you. They add to the information on a regular basis. As time goes on, they hope to make it a more and more valuable resource for dog owners seeking information on veterinary medicine. In many cases they have left the original question and answer format - feeling that the dialogue is helpful.
Please do not use their site to attempt to diagnose or treat your pet. Your veterinarian is the best source of health advice for an individual pet. Please do use their site to become better informed about the medical problems your pet may have. They will do their best to ensure that information presented is accurate and up-to-date. The most current information will be at the top of each page. Remember that veterinarians often disagree about the best treatments for pets. There are often several perfectly acceptable ways to treat the same condition. Just ask a lot of questions!

In Case of Emergency

Do you know what to do in case of an emergency? Visit this site for advice on when you should call your veterinarian immediately, what to keep in your dog's first aid kit, and what to do for certain emergencies, including how to perform CPR.
The information on this site is not meant to be a substitute for immediate attention by a veterinarian. It is first aid, which is the initial help during an illness or after an accident that can save a dog's life. The objectives of first aid are to preserve life, relieve suffering and prevent the illness or injury from becoming worse until the animal can receive treatment from a veterinarian.

Virtual Vet

This is your starting point to find all the information you need on the care and health of your pet, with special sections for kittens, puppies, and even senior dogs and senior cats. You can search for a local veterinarian, find pet products for both dogs and cats, find your next pet at a shelter or breeder, have your pet looking good by finding a groomer, as well as get timely tips on traveling with pets at thousands of pet-friendly lodging locations. They also provide the latest in education and research, information on holistic pet health care and alternative medicine for pets, forums to chat about your pets and even their "Ask a Vet" eMail service. Don't find what you need? Just drop them an eMail and they'll look at ways they can improve their site for you.

Bloat in Dogs

Bloat is a very serious health risk for many dogs, yet many dog owners know very little about it. According to the links on their site, it is the second leading killer of dogs, after cancer. It is frequently reported that deep-chested dogs, such as Fila Brasileiros, Great Danes, and Dobermans are particularly at risk. This page provides links to information on bloat and summarizes some of the key points they found in the sites they researched. Although they have summarized information they found about possible symptoms, causes, methods of prevention, and breeds at risk, they cannot attest to the accuracy. Please consult with your veterinarian for medical information.

Fila Brasileiro Foundation

Canine Hip Dysplasia is very prevalent in many breeds and particularly in the Fila Brasileiro. Less than 70% of the Fila Brasileiros evaluated by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals have normal hips. Approximately 20% of Filas studied have Canine Elbow Dysplasia. This site is being designed as a tool, and represents work in progress. The goals include provision of information on individual dogs to those who are seriously dedicated to improving the breed. Intelligent use of this information will result in the reduction of canine hip dysplasia and canine elbow dysplasia in the Fila Brasileiro. The Fila Brasileiro Foundation website is sponsered by AIM Kennel.

Dog Pictures Etc. provides a fun way to look up free dog breed pictures, dog posters and find dog breed information on dogs and choosing a dog or puppy to add to your family! Below is a snippet of the resources also available on this site:

Drs. Foster & Smith

More than 2,500 articles written by Drs. Foster & Smith veterinary and expert staff to help you provide the best care for your pet.

Educational & Informative Use II

Again this site is dedicated to the Rottweiler and I have found great tips on: Feeding, Vaccines, Worms, Fleas & Illness, Crates, Exercise, Grooming, Training, Socializing, Chewtoys, and Loose dogs, that can be universally informative.


American Dog Trainers Network

The American Dog Trainers Network is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for dog owners, dog trainers, and the media. They offer dog training articles, safety tips, a recommended book list, seminars, and free referrals to reputable dog trainers, pet care services, associations and organizations throughout the United States. Their primary goal is to promote humane education, responsible pet care, and positive motivational dog training.

Dog Wise

Their focus is on creating humane, understandable and scientifically sound information for people who enrich their lives by working with, playing with and loving dogs. Dogwise Publishing has an insider's knowledge of dogs and serves both the dog-loving public and the dog-oriented professional.

Activities for Dogs

Here is an introduction to some great things people do with their dogs. Most activities welcome all dogs, whether purebred or of mixed breed heritage. Some of these activities are classed as "working dog" activities, but are also done on a recreational basis, or as a public service. Some are purely recreational in nature. Many of these activities may be new to you. They have chosen their links based upon how welcoming they are to the merely curious. Have fun with your dog!

Dog Tricks & Games

"Control the games, control the dog," says British behaviorist John Rogerson.
GAMES can be a fun way to teach leadership and control.


Most of the actions you see dogs doing in movies are simply an assembly of simple tricks. By teaching your dog to do each trick, you can have him/her capable of being a movie dog (or just a fun pet). Some of these tricks help the dog in other sports such as agility and in obedience. Likewise, agility work can be incorporated into movie work. For example, dogs that can jump obstacles can be taught to jump in and out of moving cars, leap over people or other dogs, or jump in and out of windows. A-frame work can be used to teach the dog to go over fences or other high obstacles and dog walk training can be used to teach dog to walk along narrow walls, etc. They use the circle obstacle with the hole covered with saran wrap to teach the dogs to jump through a window. This list doesn't include tricks such as retrievals which are used often in movies or bite work. Bite work should only be done by a trained handler as you must do it properly to be effective. None of these tricks require special equipment. These tricks are meant to be fun for you and your dog. There are many ways to teach the same trick. Use the one that works for you and your dog.

Editor's Note: Even the tricks that don't list an agility use make good warm-ups to get your dog's attention!

Please Click on Individual Topics Below:
Trials vs. MatchesRunouts and RefusalsThe Cross-OverAgility games/Fun DayTrick TrainingFlying with Your DogKeeping Your Dog Cool Hotel EtiquetteAgility TitlesJump HeightsTidbitsUS vs. EuropeObedience vs. AgilityRecipes

Working Weekend

6TH ANNUAL April Working Weekend!
All responsible dog owners are welcome! Every year is better than the year before! 2005 had additional stations, TT/HIT challenges, improved breed evaluations, and more! Hosted by Eanlo Kennels and SouthLand Farms in Zebulon, Georgia April 8,9, & 10 2005.

Children are welcome but please remember there will be many people and dogs on the grounds and children must be supervised by parents or be crated (they do not provide babysitting). Dogs must be leashed or crated at all times! Uncontrolled dogs or children will be asked to leave for the safety of all concerned.

$85 for one human and 2 dogs for the weekend. If you have additional humans or dogs participating in events add $20 each. This is all inclusive of all events and includes food on Saturday (lunch and dinner) and Sunday Brunch! If your prepaid entry is received before March 15th you will receive a $10 discount. So save some money and send in your registration today. Humans attending without dogs will be charged $25 for the weekend. (If you plan on attending please notify them via email so they may have an approximate head count ensuring enough food for everyone)!
You are responsible for your dog, including any damage the dog does to people or property, including cows, — so make sure your home owners insurance is paid up or don’t let your dog bite anyone or tear anything up. They are happy to say that in 5 years they have had no significant injuries and this year makes number 6. Everyone participating must sign a release form on site. SAFETY IS FOREMOST AT THEIR EVENTS. If you are looking to buy or sell a dog, Working Weekend is a great place to meet representatives from most of the US kennels — and know that your potential buyers have been educated about the breed. All dogs that are brought to the event must be current on vaccinations, free of fleas and parasites, and in good health! They discourage bringing puppies under 12 weeks or unvaccinated pups because of the great exposure to multiple dogs - you risk the health of your pups in such case.
eMail or for any questions.

The Incomparable Fila Brasileiro

This Fila Brasileiro website is dedicated to the most beautiful and awesome of all the guardian dog breeds. The aim is to provide a comprehensive collection in one place, of information and resources from all over the web on the peerless Fila Brasileiro dog, for both long time enthusiasts as well as newcomers to the breed.

Impartial Fila 411

This web site is dedicated to the communication of articles, books and other texts related to the Fila Brasileiro. The "Cattle dog, Jaguar dog and Guard dog, native of Brazil". The articles and book chapters translated here are for information sharing purposes only and some are unauthorized. This is a privately run web site. Opinions stated in articles are not necessarily those of the translator and as such are not endorsed. This is an impartial web site. Their main objective is to preserve the Fila Brasileiro Culture. They do not endorse clubs, associations, kennels or private individuals. They do not accept financial contributions, although a percentage from the proceeds of product sales will be donated to Fila Rescue in the United States.

The Wonderful World of Sidy Boy

The Fila Brasileiro is a descendant of the 15th-century English Mastiff, Bloodhound, and the Olde Spanish bulldogges. From the Bloodhound, he inherited loose skin and keen sense of smell. The Mastiff contributed compact body, courage and an ever-alert disposition. The Olde Spanish Bulldogges added the unforgiving impetuous temperament. In early history Filas held escaped slaves unharmed for the master. Filas are used as cattle drovers, as well as for the hunting of the jaguar, boar and bear. They are also excellent home and ranch guard dogs. They are not typically animal-aggressive, but will defend it's family and property at all costs.

Castle Filas

Castle Kennels offers full training services for all breeds and owner education seminars by professional trainer Donna Lindsey. They teach basic and advanced obedience, confidence training, beginning tracking, show handling, assistance to people wanting to train their own service dogs, refresher training for service dogs and their partners, and specialize in behavior modification. They also specialize in the training and handling of Fila Brasiliero. Whether you want to show or just have an obedient fila, they can help. At Castle Kennels they believe there is no bad dog, just bad relationships between dogs and their people. Their goal is to help owners better understand their canine counterparts so that they can build a respectful and rewarding relationship!

Houndmaster Filas

The Fila Brasileiro is a wonderful breed developed in Brazil, the loyalty of these dogs to their owners is impossible to describe. Fila means “to hold” in Portuguese. Filas are great family dogs, amazingly gentle and loving with the family unit. However, they do not like strangers, because of this last characteristic, a Fila is not a dog for everyone. Their main function is that of a guard & personal protection dog. They have very strong protective instincts, therefore need no training in order to perform the job for which they were created. They are known for never challenging family members. These dogs are extremely caring & submissive with their immediate family only! They do not accept strangers.

The Big and Tall Dog Specialists

Formerly Pyraphernalia-Big Dog Basics. BigTallDog are an online catalog dedicated to serving our magnificent canines by offering the quality products you need to care for and enjoy them. Products selected by dog evaluation, not market hype! They offer special Dog Products for your gentle giant ~ from hard to find extra large sizes in big dog collars to the toughest dog toys.

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Universal K9 (mastiff size collars)

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Leerburg Video & Kennel

Leerburg Video is a small, family-owned business. It has produced 80 dog training videos since 1979 (videos and some equipment can be used universally to train all breeds - not only the German Shepherd). The Owner, Ed Frawley, is one of the top breeders of working bloodline German Shepherd puppies in the world. He has bred over 340 litters of German Shepherds since 1978.
Leerburg specializes in breeding working bloodline German Shepherd puppies for Police K-9, Search & Rescue, Agility, Personal Protection, Schutzhund work and Obedience Competition. Leerburg puppies are some of the top dogs in each of these fields.
This web site is over 4,500 pages. Go to
Leerburg Table of Contents to help navigate their huge web site.

Glamour Dog

Glamour Dog began in 2001 they sell clothes, carriers, leashes, gifts, collars, accesories, beds, and furniture. At Glamour Dog they always try to keep their prices as low as possible. However, in the event you ever find a lower price for any of their items at an established competitor they will gladly match that price.

Sit Stay

Extraordinary Dog Supplies for Extraordinary Dogs and Their People.

Morrco Pet Supply

Morrco has one of the largest selections of Unique Dog Collars for your favorite Dog. They sell Rhinestone Dog Collars, Jeweled, Studded or Spiked Leather Dog Collars. They also carry a large selection of Dog Supplies including Dog Harnesses, Dog Muzzles and Leashes. They offer Secure easy on-line ordering with personal service! If you want to place a order, order online, or call them from 9am to 6pm CST Monday - Friday at 1-800-575-1451

Top 100 Pet Websites

Here ye, here ye! This site has One Hundred, count 'em, 100 stores listed for your convenience + Kurandas.

Catalog City

This website has a host of pet company catalogs listed offering unlimited supplies for all your pet needs.

Operation K-9 Rescue

Operation K9 Rescue is a non-profit rescue organization whose objective is to rescue, rehabilitate and find forever homes for the abused, neglected and abandoned American Bulldogs, Rare Mastiffs, and Bull breeds. They aim to educate the public and dog owners as to the care, training, and requirements of owning one of these breeds. As the only Tosa (Japanese Mastiff) rescue in the United States and one of only a handful of American Bulldog rescues on the West Coast, they take pride in finding loving forever homes for the dogs in our program. Established in 2001, they have rescued and found homes for more than one hundred dogs with volunteer and community support.

Fila Rescue

The official website for information on Fila Brasileiro puppies and adults in need of foster or permanent homes.
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man." ~ Mark Twain
Please check site often - you may save a dog's life!


"On the tail of lost dogs since March 2001"

Lost dog searchers are often under an enormous amount of stress and tend to forget advice, ignore suggestions, and waste precious time. Please print a hard copy of all the "Lost Dogs" documents (you will need Acrobat Reader) and then read through each one carefully - attention to small details can make a big difference.


The first and largest database of lost and found dogs on the Internet.
Joining Dog Detective is a way to make your dog's information available to someone who may find him or her. Simply click on "Register Lost Dog" and fill out the form to add your dog to the database.
Your dog's profile will automatically be added to the search feature for lost dogs and a free web page will be generated for your dog.
People nationwide will have access to your dog's profile. When your dog is found, log back in and change his or her status to found. It's that easy! You may cancel at anytime and are under no obligation. Please click on "Register Lost Dog" to register.


Pet Protect

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Pet Protect® guarantees personalized care and superior customer service--we know your dog or cat by name, not just by his or her Policy number. Staffed with caring and knowledgeable pet owners, Pet Protect® understands the importance of the health and well-being of your pets. All underwriting, issuing of Policies, customer service and claims processing are administered directly from Pet Protect’s Naples, Florida office by a team of trained individuals with Veterinary practice experience and a genuine love of animals.

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American Kennel Club

The Fila Brasileiro is a rare breed (not recognized by the American Kennel Club). Many Fila owners consider this a good thing fearing that the AKC will alter the Fila's true temperament. However, the facts, remains a great website full of useful information and worth noting!
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