Fila Brasileiro mix breeding | Cross breeding with English mastiff
Rarely all the traits of mix breeding will be found in one dog. Also there are dogs with physical characteristics that point to several different crosses indicating of the frequency and widespread presence of this phenomenon. Each of the characteristics that we mention here will appear when their genetic pattern prevail due to its higher domination or strengthened by a connection of the parental factors and higher concentration of one of the involved breeds.
Gigantic, square figure. Bulky neck, no dewlap. Horizontal upper line slightly going down to the hind legs. Highly inserted tail.
Short muzzle with straight upperline. Vertical stop, creating an almost right angle with muzzle upper line. Skull upper line keeps apart two globulous forehead. Occipital hardly visible. Upper lips are not much deep, in some cases not even folding over the lower lips. Lower prognatism. Ears are too small, highly inserted and thin.
Nose is small, taking up only a small part of the muzzle. Muzzle is not deep enough, and lower jaw is prominent. Irregular teeth, amiss positioned. Eyes are small, egg-shaped, wide apart, dark, hazelnut colored. High insertion of the ears and arched sides of the head results in lozenge shaped head. That is because the distance between the root of the ears is usually shorter that the distance between the zygomas of the parotids.
COLOR AND TEMPERAMENT
Mastiffied Filas usually have the following coat colors:
Apricot yellow with black mask that covers the entire muzzle and encloses eyes too. Grayish yellow with mask restrained to the edge of the lips and ears. Striped, with irregular and large black stripes over a very reddish bottom. There are so many stripes and they are so wide that the evident coat surface between them is almost as wide as the stripes. With black mask.
Mastiffied Filas display cool behavior, appearing indifferent to the presence of an unfamiliar person. Non-reactive and fearful temper – going back slowly and hiding; If attack happens it is clearly instructed, so called “creeping attack” or tap-dancing beside the master.
Read about the unmixed Fila here.