a dog related question. I know we have alot of foster parents on board.... does anyone here have any experience with the Portuguese Fila? There is a young female at the shelter I volunteer at and my husband loves her. She seems very good natured, but I have heard and read that they are very protective dogs. Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
There are no Portuguese Filas the breed is Fila Braziliero (from Brazil, not from Portugal). Unless you are talking about the Presa Majoreiro (a rare presa- mastiff type of dog from Portugal).
Filas are natural guard dogs and do not like strangers. This breed is actually not touched by many judges in comformation shows because of the risk of being bitten (and it´s stated in the breed standard that they should not be friendly towards strangers).
It became somewhat popular in my country about 4-5 years ago but lost popularity mainly because of their difficult temperament, they require experienced dog owners.
As most mastiff type dogs, though, they are loyal to their own family.
A breed like that will generally result in an increase in your Home Owner's Insurance. Check with your insurer before making a decision on bringing her home.
I'm composed of 85% kick-ass and 15% crippling self-doubt.
Do you know she is actually a Fila? Or are they just calling her that. I find it very, very hard to believe that one of those has wound up in a shelter given their rarity.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
She is a beautiful dog and she may have a home already with a Dr.