The American Bandogge Mastiff is a cross between any breed of Bulldog (American bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier) and Mastiff (Neapolitan Mastiff, Bullmastiff, Old English Mastiff). This large, powerful, muscular dog has a rectangular shaped, well-proportioned body, triangular ears, overhanging lips, strong jaws and wide eyes.
|Other Nicknames||American Bandogge, American Mastiff, Swinford Bandog|
|Coat||Short , close and thick|
|Color||Black, blue, fawn, red, brindle|
|Breed Type||Cross breed|
|Group (of Breed)||Working|
|Lifespan||About 10 years|
|Weight||100 to 140 pounds(Male): Greater than 85 pounds(Female)|
|Height (size)||More than 25 inches|
|Temperament||Gentle, Loyal, Intelligent|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Litter Size||2-5 puppies at a time|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, BBC, DBR|
Initially said to have originated in Europe this breed was used by British gamekeepers as hunter and fighter dogs, after which John Swinford, an American veterinarian, crossed an American pit bull terrier with a female Neapolitan mastiff in the 1960s to make a complete guardian dog. Another American breeder John Lucero played a pivotal role in developing this breed, calling his dogs American Bandog Mastiff.
This intelligent, confident, docile and loyal breed has the ability in indentifying suspicious human behavior, thereby emerging as great protection dogs, loving and protecting the family till the end. If socialized, they get along with cats and other dogs. Generally good to children, they might become their self-appointed baby sitter. Not being good to visitors when the owner is not at home, they may also howl constantly in his absence. Not performing the bark function of the ‘bark and hold’ technique is a temperamental drawback.
This mighty, easy-to-train breed needs a firm, assertive trainer who can control their dominant nature. Socialization along with obedience training is needed to be given since its puppy days to make it disciplined and well-behaved.
They should be given good quality dog food and artificial supplements are to be avoided. Clean drinking water should be always available as they often feel thirsty. Because of their drooling tendency, their bowl should be washed and water changed, as they do not drink the soiled water.