The word "Bandogge" is the generic name for any Bulldog Type Mastiff breed. The Bandogge has a very prominent musculature and an angulation that gives the dog a very athletic and agile look. Most are black brindle but other colors include black, blue, red, and tawny.
The American Bandogge is not a purebred dog, in the way we know the word "purebred". Their ancestry is of American Pit Bull Terrier and Neapolitan Mastiff. There are some kennels that do produce Bandogges successfully in many generations, without adding blood from other breeds, and have gains a homogenous type. In the late 1960's a veterinarian by the name of Swinford began a breeding program which was ultimately to produce the greatest of all protection dogs. Though breeders of Bandogges today disagree on just what breeds went into Swinford's original breeding scheme, the general compromise is that it was 50% American Pitbull Terrier and 50% very large molosser. The most common method employed to produce a Bandogge is to cross a good game male American Pitbull Terrier with a large and strong Neapolitan Mastiff bitch. Another somewhat common method used in breeding the Bandoggess cross an English Mastiff with an American Pit Bull Terrier. Also a similar cross is the Pit Bull Terrier and the Bullmastiff cross, however this cross is not called Bandogs but rather a Pit Bullmastiff. The name Bandogge was used in the old England by the Saxons and comes from the word Banda, a Saxon word for chain. It was common practice to tie the dog by day, and release him at night to enable him to carry out his guard duties.
The Bandogge is an extremely intelligent dog. Confident and very docile. Like all mastiffs, they should have an owner is fairly dormant. Although not bred as fighting dogs, they can on the whole be very aggressive, making them not a good choice for first time dog owners, as well as those who have not owned an aggressive dog in the past. Some people, mainly on the East Coast, still use this dog as a fighting dog. Luckily, there are more folks breeding these dogs for protection than for combat. As a protection dog, they are as a whole excellent. They have a great deal of drive and are very tractable. The only temperament draw-back to protection work is their unwillingness to perform the "bark" portion of the "bark and hold". As they are borne of fighting extraction, most dogs from this lineage do not bark as a warning, this is typically a difficult task. The American Bandogge is a breed that loves attention. They are very loyal and do not like to be left alone. Some, when left alone, will howl the entire time their owner is gone. They are happy to receive any attention and gladly accept whatever you give them. They prefer to be with their owners and live to please and protect them. Loving their families and protecting their domain. Bandogges can get along with other animals if they are raised with them including kittens, cats, and other dogs, but they can be aggressive with animals they haven't been socialized with. They will protect themselves and their families to the end. Confident and very obidient, they are excellent with children. Bandogges seem to have a sense of when to be gentle. They are excellent family member as well as an intruder's worst nightmare. They are said to be "The Silent Peacekeepers". This breed tends to drool and slobber.
I have given you a brief overview of the American Bandogge Mastiff.
Now for my particular breed....
This was a carefully thought out breeding and has produce one of the best Bandogges in California.
I have owned and bred American Pitbulls almost all of my life and have always been interested in the Mastiff breeds. When I lost one of my favorite Pitbulls to old age, I decided I wanted something new. A neighbor of mine owned a male Neapolitan and a female Dog de Bordeaux. He had bred the two together and was calling the pups Bandogges. He knew about my loss and offered me a pup at a reasonable price. I had seen some of his previous litters and was pretty impressed with the look of the pups. I told him I would think about it and decided to do some homework on the Bandogge breed. Reading about them, I realized the dogs he had were not actual Bandogges but just a Mastiff Mix.
Looking at pictures of different breedings I thought some of them were beautiful and then there were some that just looked like some old soup hound. I wasn't too much of a fan to the look of the Neapolitan/Pitbull cross breeding which was one of the original Bandogge so I thought to myself, With one of my neighbors pups and a really nice Pitbull I could breed Bandogges myself." I got a male pup from my neighbor and 7 months later I got a Bluenose Pitbull bitch. With this combination I have bred some of the best Bandogges around. I have had entire litters of top choice dogs. I only have one litter per year. My bitch has had 3 litters and will only have one more before I retire her.