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American Bandogge… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

Rather than thinking of the “American Bandogge dog” as a particular “type” of dog like you would another purebred breed, to fully grasp what an American Bandogge is, you’re better off imagining what a dog bred for a specific purpose might look like and then “label” THAT dog an American Bandogge!

You see…

Nowadays, the term the term American Bandogge is applied to dogs of certain “mix”. A mix that could include a cross between an American Pit Bull and a Neapolitan Mastiff, or it could also be a Bulldog and an Old English Mastiff.

Or in other words…

To have an American Bandogge, you’re basically going to need to mix one “type” of bulldog with one “type” of mastiff and voila!  You’ve got yourself an American Bandogge Mastiff!

Origin of the Breed American Bandogge

The origin of the “American Bandogge” actually dates back to the middle ages in  Europe where they were working dogs assigned with jobs like hunting or providing protection to gamekeepers who’s job it was to guard the grounds of wealthy estate owners.

It wasn’t until…

The early 1960’s that the breed was actually labeled the “American Bandogge” when a man named John Swinford first began specifically breeding them within the United States.  This is why you’ll sometimes hear some folks refer to the American Bandogge as a Swinford Bandog.

And while we’re on the topic of…

Other names that the American Bandogge can go by, we might as well as mention the names:

  • American Bandog,
  • American Bandog Mastiff
  • And/or the American Mastiff

Since they’ll frequently be referred to by these names as well.

Foundation Breeding of American Bandogge.

So… We’ll be the first to admit that knowing exactly what an “American Bandogge” is can be a bit confusing.  After all, it seems like an American Bandogge can actually “be” any one of several different “types” of dogs.

So how can anyone really tell what an American Bandogge really is?

We’re not going to sugar coat it, sometimes figuring out what an American Bandogge really is, is tough!  That said, most Bandog breeders look to combine three different breeds to create that “perfect” Bandog breed.

The three different breeds…

Will generally be referred to as a Primary breed (most dominant blood line), a secondary breed (second most dominant) and a tertiary breed (the third most dominant). It should also be noted that some breeders may not choose to include a third breed.

In the Primary group…

Most Bandogge breeders will use an American Pit Bull Terrier as the “Primary” dog or may also choose to use an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier as well. Using these mixes, the dog bred will have 25-75% of its genes from this “first group”.

For the secondary group…

Many breeders will choose to use an English Mastiff or a Neapolitan Mastiff. Breeders tend to like to see around 25-50% of its genes from this group be represented in the Bandogge litter.


If a tertiary group is used, it will most likely consist of either a Presa Canario, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog, Bulldog Campeiro or even a Great Dane may be used. Breeders will “shoot” to have less than 25% of its genes from the tertiary group.

Characteristics of the American Bandogge

Since there are a few types of dogs you can use to get an Bandog breed, that means there are some definite differences in looks.

Your American bandogge mastiff puppy could be grey, white, tan, or a mix. You may even see Bandogge Mastiff puppies that are black and golden in color, like a calico cat!

Whatever their coloring, almost all of will have a boxy, strong body triangular shaped ears, and a droopy mouth. You’ll notice most of this right away in American Bandogge Mastiff puppies.

Personality of the American Bandogge.

The Bandog is a pretty smart dog from the time it’s a puppy.  Which means that unless you begin your obedience training early, these “giant” dogs can become a handful later on as they grow.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet will typically only recommend this breed to folks who are familiar with owning and raising a “head strong” dog and are comfortable with taking control over such a large animal.

Now we don’t…

Want to make it sound like the American Bandogge isn’t a great pet to own, but folks need to be realistic about this breed and understand that because it is so large and because it was specifically breed to help provide protection for its owners, in some situations it might not be the right pet for everyone.

For example…

If you, life in a small apartment or don’t have plenty of room for your Bandog to roam, then this dog probably isn’t going to be the best fit for you.

Also, if you have small children living in the home with your, or you’re frequently having guests or strangers over to your home, there’s a really good chance that adopting an American Bandogge isn’t going to be the “best” fit either.

That said…

If you have plenty of room for your dog to explore, and your looking for a loyal guard dog and companion that truly has a heart of gold, then you really ought to consider purchasing or adopting an American Bandogge because one could be the companion you’re looking for.

Health Concerns for the American Bandogge.

Just like most breeds, this dog is prone to some health issues. The number one issue an American Bandogge is at risk of is gastric dilatation volvulus.

What is gastric dilatation volvulus?

Now if you’re like most, you’re probably asking…

“What’s that?  It sure sounds serious!”

And if you are, guess what?  You’re right.

Gastric dilation volvulus or bloat is a very serious life threatening medical condition that occurs when a dog develops too much gas within its stomach that can cause stomach torsion to occur cutting off the blood supply to several organs within your dog’s body leading to necrosis of the affected organs and death to your pet!

If this occurs…

Your pet will need immediate medical attention and possibly surgery which can be pretty expensive (think $7,000 or more)!

Other health concerns…

That could affect your American Bandogge, may include hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Now neither is as costly as a diagnosis of bloat nor as common for this breed, but they are both still something that very well could occur which is why you should still be aware of these conditions when questioning your dog breeder so that you can get a better idea about what the long-term health of your puppy may be like.

Now we know…

That we just hit you with a ton of information, and we probably even scared you a bit talking about what might go wrong with your new pet, but we do this so that you fully understand the commitment you are making when choosing to be a pet owner.

You see…

When you decide to be a pet owner, you are committing yourself to the well being of your animal for the life of that animal.  This is why we like to point out what might go wrong so that you can make an informed decision before you decide to take on this type of responsibility.

We also like…

To point out all the things that could “possibly” go wrong because we like to encourage folks to take a moment and just see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy on your new family member.  This way, if anything does happy to your loved one later on down the line, you won’t be on the “hook” for 100% of cost to treat your furry companion.

For more information about what it might cost to insure your American Bandogge, and which pet insurance company might be the best for you, feel free to check out our article Best Pet Insurance Companies.

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