Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Fila Brasileiro puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Filas Brasileiro, the best dog food diet for feeding Fila Brasileiro puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Fila Brasileiro dog breed

Fila Brasileiro Health Problems and Raising a Fila Brasileiro Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in the Fila Brasileiro:

Filas have extremely high rates of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 560 Fila Brasileiros and found 29% dysplastic. – the 17th worst rate of 142 breeds. Of 153 elbow X-rays, nearly 22% were dysplastic – the 6th worst rate of 82 breeds. And the true rates are even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.

Other orthopedic diseases in the Fila Brasileiro include osteochondritis, panosteitis, and luxating patella.

As with all deep-chested breeds, the Fila Brasileiro is at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

This is an uncommon breed and not much health information is available, but you can expect many of the same problems found in other mastiff-type breeds. Along those lines, I would be most concerned about inherited cancers, heart diseases, hypothyroidism, skin diseases (allergies, demodectic mange, pyoderma, elbow hygroma) and eye diseases (cherry eye, entropion, and ectropion).


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Fila Brasileiro?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Filas Brasileiro today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Fila Brasileiro puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Fila Brasileiro puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Fila Brasileiro puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Fila Brasileiro lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Fila Brasileiro
The best diet for feeding your Fila Brasileiro is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Fila Brasileiro. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Fila Brasileiro
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Fila Brasileiro. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Fila Brasileiro puppy really need? Does your adult Fila need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Fila Brasileiro. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Fila Brasileiro. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Fila Brasileiro.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.