What is a realistic size expectation for a Fila?

Discussion in 'Fila Brasileiro' started by flonk00, Mar 4, 2020.

  1. flonk00

    flonk00 New Member

    I just had a breeder from the US show me a puppy and tell me that he would grow to 235 lbs. I know that its usually just an estimate when looking at a puppy but 235lbs seems hyper inflated to me.
  2. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    I don't know much about the Fila but that would be a large English Mastiff and the Fila is supposed to be smaller than the EM. I would want to see documentation that the parents are that size and fit before I would believe it, like a picture of them on the scale.
  3. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I agree with Smokeycat. Also, that size would be out of standard which would indicate to me that the breeder was breeding for size rather than more important things. Like health and temperament. If I thought that was the case with any breed I'd run fast in the other direction. Just my opinion.
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  4. TylerDurden

    TylerDurden Well-Known Member

    100% agree with both @Smokeycat and @Boxergirl . Just to add another thought...I would always ask critical questions when it comes to somebody predicting future outcomes (in general). You will always need data points in order to do this with some degree of accuracy. Therefore, it‘s totally legitimate to ask: "How do you know? What data supports your claim?" Also, you would probably give a range like anywhere from 220-230 rather than a precise number (i.e. 235). Obviously parent site/weight would be the most reasonable data point to consider.

    Anyway, I‘m not saying he is right or wrong, but I would challenge the thought process and arguments behind the claim.

    I agree with you on your comment on inflated weights. We all know that "280 lbs Rottweiler that a distant cousin‘s friend neighbor had 47 years ago." I guess some of it is lack of knowledge, while some of it is just going for the biggest, best, fastest, greatest etc.
  5. DogMane

    DogMane New Member

    Well , we know one thing for sure is that they've bread some English into this dog to get this size..

    My Fila's dad was 200lbs.
    I saw this pup do things that I never saw do in ANY dog before in my life and that's why I'm going back with the Fila : Size , strength, and learning capabilities ... Ijs
    ( new member)

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