Probably stupid Fila question

Discussion in 'Fila Brasileiro' started by iwannafila, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. iwannafila

    iwannafila New Member

    I was interested to hear from anyone familiar with raising a litter of Fila puppies. Being that it appears most Fila do not start showing their temp until 6 months or older, I am led to assume the following: Being that the Fila temp is SO different than any other dog breed, there is no way for any breeder to "pick" a pup out according to what prospective buyer is looking for. RE: Strength of temp as dog matures. Am I correct to assume that? Thanks for any replies!
  2. fila4me

    fila4me Active Member

    Oh no, a good breeder can pick out a pup for prospective family. Mine started showing some temp as young as 7 wks. My 2nd Fila, Belly bit for the first time at 7 wks, she drew blood and was growling. She was not kidding at all. Her temp was off the hook as were the temps of 4 other pups out of the litter of 6. My first breeder called and said to come and get the little spawn since he was the one she went after He was cleaning poop from their sleeping area and she woke up and then growled at him and when he continued what he was doing she nailed him. After she went over and went back to sleep. He said she went after him again in the morning while he was getting he pups out to go outside to sunbathing and potty. She was very intense as an adult and hated me being pregnant. Even went so far as growling at my belly every time the baby would kove. I actually had to take her back to my breeder when my daughter was about 5 month's , she was so jealous of the baby that I couldn't trust her. If I was holding her she would sit behind me and growl. I had never had one ─║ike her before that or since. She was 4 yrs old when my daughter was born.My other Fila couldn't get enough of my daughter and would come and get me for every little peep the baby made. I trust my breeder to know which pup or pups in the litter will fit in best with my family. I prefer very strong temps, but also like a bit of a laid back attitude with it. That's my Maddie girl to a tee. She is so laid back with my kids it's crazy, but hen she will flip that switch in the blink of an eye. She has been like this from when we got her at 10 wks.
  3. Wv fila

    Wv fila New Member

    Not a good sign to be growling at the breeder
  4. dogman#1

    dogman#1 Active Member

    Horrible sign that it bit the breeder as that's it's "family". I wouldn't have taken any pup off of that litter. A breeder could make a good educated guess based on how the pup acts and the bloodline. How the pup turns out has as much to do with the genes as it does with the environment in which the pup is raised. An honest breeder can tell you what to expect if the pup if raised properly.
  5. fila4me

    fila4me Active Member

    She bit breeders husband as a pup. He did not interact as much with the litter due to dealing with pancreatic cancer, his wife was running errands and he had to. The whole litter ended up with people we know and we got together a couple times a week for years. The litter was wonderful with all of us. The breeder ended up passing about 5 wks after the bite.
  6. iwannafila

    iwannafila New Member

    Thank you for the replies! I am pleasantly surprised with answers. I would prefer to have my first Fila to be about a 5 or 6 on the 1-10 scale as far as temperament.
  7. zebraworks

    zebraworks Member

    the dog will be whatever it IS.
  8. iwannafila

    iwannafila New Member

    No reason for that response Zebra. I am WELL aware the dog will be what it IS. That is why I said I would "prefer".....
  9. Rugers-Kris

    Rugers-Kris Active Member

    Personally, I think that it is difficult to determine temp when they are young but a good breeder would be able to pick a lesser temp versus a harder temp in theory. Of course, the puppy may change but they can at least "guesstimate" to get a little closer, I think. a 7 week older Fila biting a person they are at all familiar with would be a red flag for me for sure.
  10. Ivan

    Ivan New Member

    get yourself informed about the type of bloodline, some have less temper than others.
  11. Esand

    Esand Member

    According to Leia's breeder you can't really tell too much about temperament when they're newborns. The best way to judge temperament is by the parents. The one thing I'd look for in a litter is if they're not playful with mom/pups that would make me suspect some sort of health problem and or early trauma.

    Also temperament is just a predisposition. Afterwards there is training an socialization which depends on you.

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