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Old 06-06-2005, 05:12 AM
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Hey, renee, im looking at you, anyone know how much energy fila's have.

My mums next dog she wants one she can go running with. I was thinking Fila's, but are they active enough to do that or are there any other dogs that are big and active?
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Old 06-06-2005, 05:28 AM
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I only know what I've heard from Renee but I just don't see them as a running companion. They like to heard not sprint. lol At least that's how I see it.

I do have a fila question though now that we have a thread going. I kept forgetting to ask but are there other breeds/types of filas Renee? I was watching a show with Steve about typical 'dangerous' breed and it said 'now here's one that is not common in the U.S.....' and I said 'the fila!' because steve and I were trying to guess them as they come up. Anyway it was a fila but not a brasilero ???? I swear. I think it was a Fila S-something or C-something. I keep thinking Cao.... I don't know! But I searched online and found nothing...
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Old 06-06-2005, 06:11 AM
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oh, i asked what she is looking for in a dog. She wont want one untill after the ones we have now so we have 5 or 6 years but i was just seearching the breeds.

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a big, mastiffy dog - heavy dog but still one that will go walking/jogging with her. It also has to be able to look after itself if it gets stuck in a fight
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Old 06-06-2005, 07:49 AM
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Saje (REAL glad to see you, by the way), the Fila is sometimes called a Fila Cao Brasil - it's the same dog. NOT a dangerous dog at all in responsible hands, as you know, but one that's been misused and mis-judged - and mis-bred in some places. Don't you just LOOOOVE ignorant propaganda? They don't even use the proper name! All the 'Cao' signifies is 'dog of' then the country name follows - that's how it was explained to me by people who have spent a great deal of time in Brazil searching for good bloodlines.

Mrose - a Fila would make a good jogging companion (on leash) as they have a loping stride that they can continue for great distances. They're very different from the other Mastiffs in that they are VERY athletic dogs. They don't even run like dogs; they have what is called a 'camel gaited' stride, like any of the cats, moving the front and back legs on the same side of the body together, rather than front and back legs on opposing sides like a dog. Someone told me they were banned in Australia though. Isn't that where you are? It's a shame they aren't used in Australia, as they would be perfect ranch dogs there. They were bred to do everything that's needed in an environment like that - including keeping cattle predators at bay. They are loving, adoring, devoted, doting family dogs and typically adore their children. The one thing you do have to watch out for is make sure other kids don't rough-house with the Fila's kids in front of the Fila because they could conceivably think their child is in danger. They were bred to catch and hold humans (back in the days of slave-worked farms in South America they were used to track and capture runaway slaves), not kill or maim unless their people are in danger, but are not an aggressive dog in any way, shape or form. They are guardians, and are defensive. Significant difference there!

You do want to begin socializing a Fila at an early age so that it will have a broad understanding of normal behaviour and a good base for its ability to gauge a situation as it becomes an adult.
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Old 06-07-2005, 02:15 AM
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ok, thanks.
I am in australia, and i have to laugh because you call them ranches. Got nothing against it. It just amuses me because here it is called stations and ranch is so different.

I dont think Fila's are banned here because there is a woman we know that owns a fila coss. but im looking it up now. (its sad though. the wife of the man that owns this dog is recking it, apparently it is scared of everything and because it is big and she has no control over it, the dog rules supreme, but that is only what my parents have told me they have seen)

ok, i have just found something on the net saying that we have banned filas "bloody government!"

and this was at the bottom.
QUEENSLAND
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Queensland Government has proposed bans on dogs of pitbull type.
Even if you do not own a pitbull or support them, you should be wary of any law worded " that it is a crossbreed or offspring of a dog of a breed or type mentioned in paragraph (a) (b) or (c) whether or not THE DOG APPEARS TO BE A DOG OF THAT TYPE OR BREED".
Please read the proposed legislation in full at http//www.dlgp.qld.gov.au
If you disagree with this legislation please make a submission to the Queensland Government by November 2, 2001.



so thats a few years ago, but god... everyone takes great delight in hating pitties. I dont think I would ever get one, They just dont do it for me but, hey, its no there fault they are a breed. that is like going back to when "if they arnt white they are a slave" makes me mad... thats not a quote just wanted to highlight it

anyway. she used to have a bully/boxer and she was lovely. unfortunately she dies very young, but she was the est dog. she could be walked anywher off a leash
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Old 06-07-2005, 02:18 AM
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http://www.wwwins.net.au/dog/law.html
thats the site i was on
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Old 06-07-2005, 08:59 AM
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Here in the states I get looked at oddly when I use the term ranch. I grew up on the west coast where land that grows crops is a farm, and land that is used for raising animals is a ranch. Here in the south, EVERYTHING is called a farm if it's got a few acres to it It doesn't matter if you raise crops, animals or nothing - it's a farm.
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Thanks Renee. Good to know. I was confused by the cao part for sure.

I didn't explain the program that well. They had the top 10 or whatever stereotypical dangerous breeds on the program but they actually did it quite well. They had people who had owned/trained/bred each breed come on and defend it and explain different behaviours. So it didn't really bother me. It wasn't done in a 'fear this dog' way.
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lol, here, evrywhere down south calls them farms aswell, but they are either blocks - small areas of land or stations - HUGE (like thousands of acres) of land
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Saje - glad they presented the show differently. Down here we keep getting this trashy programming (mostly from FOX) that's always titled "When (fill in the blank) Attack!" The tapes and discs of the idiotic shows are always big sellers too
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