The bandogge American Mastiff is not a purebred dog, as we would normally perceive the term. Bandogge refers to any breed of mastiff of the bulldog type, and comes from a Saxon word – banda – which means chain. This is because these dogs used to be leashed during the day and released at night to perform their guard duties. The American Bandog Mastiff fits this criteria as it originated as a guard dog and the ancestry of these dogs is often part Pit Bull Terrier and part Neapolitan Mastiff. However, these dogs have been bred for several generations by some kennels, without introducing any other breed. The American Bandogge Mastiff has a homogeneous body type and is a recognizable variety of dog.
These dogs originated in the late 1960s when Mr. Swinford, who was a veterinarian, decided to produce the best protection dog possible. It is not known exactly what breeds were used at the time, but the most common theory is a combination of a pit bull and a large molosser, such as a mastiff. Most people produce American Bandogge Mastiff puppies by crossing pit bulls with large, strong Neapolitan Mastiffs. Usually the mastiff is the female. Sometimes an English Mastiff is used instead of the Neapolitan one. Another method used to create dogs that conform to the appearance and standards of this particular mastiff breed is to breed bull mastiffs with pit bulls. However, these dogs are often called Pit Bull Mastiffs.
The Bandogge American Mastiff is known for its high intelligence. These dogs are docile, but very confident. Like all mastiffs, they should have a teacher who is available to them as they are loyal but need a lot of attention. It is not advisable to have an American bandog mastiff if you are going to be outside most of the time. While these dogs were not bred to be fighting dogs, they do share aggressive traits with animals that are, at least when it comes to other dogs. That means they make a poor choice for people who have never had a dog or are unfamiliar with dogs that don’t socialize well with others. Some use these dogs for fighting, but this is a bad idea, and most of the people who breed them do it to have good pets that are excellent guardians.
Bandogge American Mastiffs have a lot of drive and are easy to train. They have a small drawback when used for protection, which is their relative silence. “Bark and hold” is the preferred behavior of protection dogs, but Bandogge Mastiffs are generally unwilling to bark. This is because part of their ancestry comes from fighting breeds, which do not normally bark as a warning. Therefore, teaching your dog to speak can be difficult.