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Old 06-12-2005, 01:05 PM
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They have some similarities, I think, in their guardian roles, but the Fila's environment is so different from the European environment and there were so many tasks that were required of the Fila running the fazendas that they developed rather uniquely.

They also are accomplished tracking dogs - something that was extremely valuable when hunting jaguar, and during the time of slave labor the Fila was also used to track down runaways. Their instinct is to catch and hold without killing or permanently maiming, although they will do anything necessary to protect members of their family.

They do have a high prey drive, as they often had to fend for themselves, especially when working on their own without human supervision for many days, but they can differentiate between appropriate prey and creatures under their care. They would not kill calves, for instance. They can survive - and even thrive - for extended periods without a high percentage of animal protein in their diet.

They are at home in the water, as you can see by the huge webbed feet. And their toes extend much like a cat's, giving them toes that are far longer in relation to their feet than most dogs'.

One historic similarity is their use for hunting wild boar.
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