The American Bandogge Mastiff is a breed that has long been used for guard and protection duties. The dog is impressive to look at, is good with children and, in the hands of the right owner, can make a wonderful family pet and protector.
When the word bandog or bandogge was first used, it was not to describe a breed. Instead, in the mid-13th century it was used to describe a dog’s working life. Bandog meant chained dog, and it described the way dogs would be chained up all day and then released at night to guard property and drive off intruders.
Today the word bandogge typically refers to a dog that is a cross of a Mastiff and an American Bulldog. Other mixes are possible, but that is the most common.
In the 1960’s a new effort was begun to create a dog that would be the perfect guard dog. A vet by the name of John Swinford worked to eliminate the undesirable traits while enhancing desirable ones.
Since then, his efforts have been somewhat undermined by breeders who care more about appearance than other more important characteristics.
An American Bandogge Mastiff is an imposing creature. The large head and muscular body alone could be enough to put off some intruders.
The coat is most typically black brindle but other colors, including black and red tawny, are possible.
Males weigh between 100 and 140 pounds and females between 85 and 95 pounds.
The American Bandogge Mastiff is a very smart, loyal and confident dog. These are all wonderful traits when the dog is the hands of the right owner.
They will be fiercely protective of their families, but must be properly trained in order to eliminate the possibility of misplaced aggression, especially towards other dogs.
They do well with other animals, including cats and other dogs, with which they
have been properly socialized.
This is a breed that requires a lot of exercise. They will, however, do well in a smaller house or apartment. This is because they are fairly calm when inside as long as they get plenty of exercise.
If the dog does not get enough exercise and mental stimulation then he will be very upset and, perhaps, destructive, especially when left alone.
The American Bandogge Mastiff is an excellent guard dog and an excellent family pet – but only when in a home with the right owners.
From an early age these dogs must be properly trained. The owner should be someone who is very familiar with canine’s natural instincts and must know how to be the pack leader.
These dogs do love affection, but it is much more important that the owner get and maintain the top pack position at all times.
For these reasons and others mentioned above, this is not the right for:
• A first time owner
• Someone who does have the skills, time or money to provide proper training
• Someone who does not understand canine instinct
• Someone who cannot provide the dog with adequate exercise and mental stimulation
• Someone who wants to leave the dog tethered or in a kennel most of the time
This is an ideal dog for:
• An owner with experience with Mastiff breeds
• Someone who wants an inside dog that will spend time with the family while also acting as a loyal guard dog
• Someone who has the knowledge and is willing to invest the time to become and remain pack leader
Consider the above carefully before choosing an American Bandogge Mastiff. With the right owners these are fabulous dogs.