The American Bandogge Mastiff is a hybrid of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Neopolitan Mastiff. “Bandogge” is the primary name for any Bulldog-type mastiff breed. Swinford, a veterinarian in the 1960s, began a breeding program to build the best protection dog where the contribution in the breeding scheme is assumed to be 50% each of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Neopolitan Mastiff. In some cases, the English Mastiff can also be used in place of the Neopolitan. It was a practice to tie this dog in the day and release it at night for guard duties.
- American Kennel Club does not recognize these dogs
- Descended from wolves
- 85% of these dogs visit the vet in a year
- Breeding them started in the 19th century
There are various crosses done with the American Bulldog to make different types of this breed. An American Bulldog crossed with a Mastiff will result in an American Mastibull also known as American Mastiff or simply Mastibull.
Temperament & Personality
Bandogge is very intelligent, loyal and confident dog that requires dominant owners. First-time owners should not buy a Mastiff as these dogs need their handler to understand their canine instincts and establish good communication. Strangers should be kept at bay because this breed does not bark and hold. They love attention and will do anything to protect their owner and their family.
Lack of mental and physical exercise can make them upset and if their master does not take proper care, then they may turn aggressive and hard to control. A Mastibull is comfortable with children and other pets if raised with them. Bandogges are also known as “The Silent Peacekeepers.”