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Brazilian Fila: As a protection dog

It is my long term dream to own big live stock guardian breeds or mastiffs that are naturally protective.
Unfortunately now the circumstances don't permit. So I indulge myself only by reserching about these breeds.

Recently I did some research on the Fila Brasileiro also known as the Brazilian Mastiff.
One of the unique characteristics of this breed is the Portuguese word "Ojeriza", which directly translated into English means dislike and distrust.

They bond closely to their family, but have extreme disturst with strangers ehich make them effective guard dogs. They attack by jumping and holding the adversary in the face. They were originally developed to hold the prey, rather than tearing the prey apart.

Has any body in this fourm trained a Fila?
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It's my understanding that all mastiffs are protective of their families. One of the guys that work for me has had a lot of old English mastiffs and said that they have all been pretty distrustful of strangers.
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I'll admire them from afar.The liability issues scare me.
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One of the worse breeds to have if you expect ANY interaction with new people. They have a 6 month window (read somewhere) for socialization, and after that good luck trying to get them to be ok with new people. Not a breed for anyone that doesn't live on a 1000 acre ranch.
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You better be very sure a stranger was trying to kill you if you have a 100 lb plus dog who will jump up and try to rip their face off. That is a lifetime disfigurement for the UPS guy...
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I'd rather have my 75lb lean quick gsd than a 100lb mastiff. Also I'd rather have a dog that is neutral to everyone that i can light up easily than one that is naturally distrustful and I have to fight against every time I go for a walk. I dont know much about the fila but they dont seem like the ideal candidate for a PPD. Then again everyone will have their own goals and preferences.
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Our neighbor had a Fila for a time. Reading about them, I was intrigued that they are judged in the show ring UNTOUCHED by the judge. I would not want the liability involved with owning such a breed.
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Our neighbor had a Fila for a time. Reading about them, I was intrigued that they are judged in the show ring UNTOUCHED by the judge. I would not want the liability involved with owning such a breed.
The way that reads it sounds like they weren't a permanent home for the dog? Any details of what happened.

A couple years ago i heard about this guy who was crossing filas, dogos, and pit bulls trying to make the ultimate guard dog.

My impression was that it would be safer to put a little bottle rocket where the sun don't shine then be around that cross.
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My issue with a dog like that, is where is the enjoyment of being on guard all of the time? A well bred, sound gsd or malonois, or dutch will be a lot more enjoyable.
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The way that reads it sounds like they weren't a permanent home for the dog? Any details of what happened.

A couple years ago i heard about this guy who was crossing filas, dogos, and pit bulls trying to make the ultimate guard dog.

My impression was that it would be safer to put a little bottle rocket where the sun don't shine then be around that cross.
Well, the dog suddenly was not around anymore - we could see him in his fenced back yard when we drove home every night from work. One of the other neighbors said he died. I don't know the details, but he was a young animal. Then soon after the neighbors moved out and allowed their home to foreclose.
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