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Carioca is the oldest Fila Brasileiro kennel in the United States. This year we celebrate 34 years of raising, training and breeding these exceptional dogs. Located on a 40 acre farm near Raleigh, North Carolina  we concentrate on breeding our Fila for work and companionship. They are the ultimate family guardians. Our Filas have also done very well in dog shows and temperament tests. These days their focus is to help with the sheep and guard the farm against predators of all kinds.  We were the first breeder to follow the CAFIB philosophy of  selecting for true breed type and traditional temperament. Carioca is not a prolific kennel, but when we do breed the results are exceptional—every mating is planned years in advance with the ultimate goal of protecting and preserving the original traditional Fila Brasileiro.