Bandog (Bandogge)

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History

The Bandogge, or Bandog if you prefer, is not a purebred dog in the way we know the word purebred.

The words Bandogge and Bandog is being used on dogs of mixed Molosser ancestry, most often with Pit Bull as one of the parent components.

The name Bandog, or Bandogge, comes from the old Saxon word “banda”; the Saxon word for a chain. It was used on watchdogs chained at day and released at night, to carry out its watching and guarding duties. It is quite obvious that the name was used on any chained watchdog, Mastiffs, Bulldogs and dogs of mixed ancestry, but it is also certain that these chained dogs must have been of a recognizable watchdog type, which eliminates all dogs which were not of more or less Molosser blood.

This means that any Molosser cross of today could rightfully be called a Bandog, even if the most common crosses today which is called Bandog is the Mastino Napoletano/Pit Bull and the Bullmastiff/Pit Bull.

One of the fairly common methods of producing Bandogs is by crossing Pit Bull males with Bullmastiff bitches. This cross was earlier much more used in Europe than the Neo/Pit cross. Some refer to this cross as Bandogs, while others, especially in the USA, call them Pitbullmastiffs. Considering that the Bullmastiff is a British breed and that the Pit Bull is derivatived from the British “Bull and Terriers”, this cross should be more like the original Bandogge of Britain than the Neo/Pit cross.

Another method to bred Bandogs is to cross the Pit Bull with English Mastiffs, but many breeders are of the opinion that the Mastiff is a too much laidback bred and they prefer using the Neo in the cross instead of the Mastiff, so the cross will be tougher and inhabit more gameness.

In the late 1960s, a veterinarian by the name of John Swinford began a breeding program which was ultimately to produce the greatest of all protection dogs. Though breeders of bandogs today disagree on just what breeds went into Swinford’s original breeding scheme, the general consensus is that it was 50 % American Pit Bull Terrier and 50 % very large molosser, most likely the Neapolitan Mastiff. It is now agreement that the best method employed to produce the American Bandogge is to cross a good game male American Pit Bull Terrier with a large and strong Neapolitan Mastiff bitch. This cross (Neo/Pit) is also known as Swinford Bandogge.

Today the Bandog of Mastino/Pit cross is fairly common all over the world. In the later years, it has however been difficult to obtain this cross, especially in Europe, since the Pit Bull have been outlawed in many countries.

There are breeders that have bred Bandogges for several generations now, without adding more cross-bred blood, and that has obtained a homogeneous type and size.

Breedfacts

The most common Bandog cross today is the Mastino/Pit Bull, also known as the Swinford Bandogge, even if any Molosser cross could rightfully be called a Bandog, of course, all depending on who you talk with.

Another method of producing Bandogs is by crossing Pit Bull males with Bullmastiff bitches. This cross was earlier much more used in Europe than the Neo/Pit cross. Some refer to this cross as Bandogs, while others, especially in the USA, call them Pitbullmastiffs. Considering that the Bullmastiff is a British breed and that the Pit Bull derivatives from the British “Bull and Terriers”, this cross should be more like the original Bandogge of Britain than the Neo/Pit cross.

Another method to bred Bandogs is to cross the Pit Bull with English Mastiffs, but many breeders are of the opinion that the Mastiff is a too much laidback bred and they prefer using the Neo in the cross instead of the Mastiff, so the cross will be tougher and inhabit more gameness.

The Swinford Bandogge is known as an extremely intelligent dog, confident and very subservient.

Males normally weighs 45-63 kg. (99-138 lbs) and females about 38 kg. (83 lbs) and up.

The height for males is 63-73 cm. (24-29 in) at the withers with a very prominent musculature and an angulation that gives the dog a very athletic and agile look. But remember that this is a crossbred dog and therefore one dog can differ much from the next, in appearance, size, and temperament.
Black brindle is the predominant color but others included are black, blue, red, and tawny, all depending on the colour of the parents of course.

The Swinford Bandogges are excellent family members, and it is said that they are the intruder’s worst nightmare.

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