Ask Uncle Chico # 17
Friends, continuing with our answers:
68. Uncle Chico, was passing through the Port of Rio de Janeiro and I remembered that a few years ago you wrote a beautiful article about a Fila that was considered a War of Paraguay hero, since he was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro harbor. I searched for this article in my files, but could not find it. Would you send it to me?
Sure, I just posted it on my blog under # 49 (https://filabrasileirochicopeltierblog.wordpress.com/). But it is also on my website and on Google. It is a fascinating story of the beginnings of the formation of Fila. The famous Brazilian writer Viriato Correa is who better tells and endorses this story. I published it in 1976 in the weekly column about dogs that I wrote in the Rio de Janeiro newspaper “Daily News”.
69. Uncle Chico, have you ever seen any Fila Purebred having “black and tan” markings?
Never. Of course not. Even having a pedigree, in my opinion, I believe it is a crossbred Fila X Rottweiler. Likewise, I do not consider as a purebred Fila those called “midget-fila, fila-toy, fila-pet, mastifila, neofila, dane-a-fila, black-fila, blood-fila, giant fila or freaky fila”. These dogs may have whichever Fila pedigree, may have received hundreds of awards at shows and even been featured on magazine covers, but in my opinion, they make up the Mastin Brasileiro breed ( click http://www.filabrasileirochicopeltier.com.br/novos/pergunte_chico_3/materia_eng.html ) and I must report that some breeders of this new breed have begun to organize themselves and to develop their own Standard, which is in the final stages of revision.
Rgds, Chico Peltier.