The Magnificent American Bandog Mastiff

The dog known as the Bandog Mastiff is not what you'd call a "purebred" breed. Well, not like other breeds are. These amazing dogs are descended from the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Neapolitan Mastiff. Currently, this breed is not recognized by any official kennel club.

However, that should not stop you from thinking about adding this amazing dog to your family. While his history is brief, he is a bundle of love and loyalty.

The American Bandog Mastiff has been developed over the past 40 years. The fact that it exists at all today is due to the work of two American Mastiff breeders. Back in the 1960s, an American veterinarian named John Swinford thought that he would breed the ultimate guardian dog. He bred a male American Pit Bull Terrier with a large Neapolitan Mastiff female. Joe Lucero, another breeder of American Mastiffs, helped this breed develop. He refers to his dogs as American Bandog Mastiffs.

While there are many variations of this breed available, those developed by Lucero and Swinford consistently produce stable dogs. The dogs from these lines are well known for their even temperament just as much as they are known for their outstanding guardian qualities.

An American Bandog Mastiff is instantly recognizable by his prominent musculature. He has an athletic air about himself. Most dogs in this breed are a black brindle color, but there are some that are blue, black, red and tawny.

Surprisingly, this dog is very docile. Considering that they were bred to be protective, they are quiet and confident. They are not small, but they're not overly large, either, weighing in between 100 to 140 pounds.

Now take a look at the intelligence of this breed. If Dr. Swinford were alive today, he would be very pleased to know that his breed is an excellent guard dog. As guard dogs go, however, they lack one thing that many other protective breeds have… they don't like to bark. Most dogs will bark to warn their owners of danger, and to warn the approaching stranger to stop where he is.

Bandog Mastiffs are very social. They love attention. They are loyal to a fault, and hate to be left on their own. Just ask anyone who owns one of these incredible dogs. About the only time a Bandog Mastiff howls is if he's left home alone.

Just like other mastiff breeds, these large dogs only want to be with their owners. They love to please their family, and will protect them, of course. The Bandog can also get along just fine with other household pets if they have been raised with them from a young age. Be careful if the dog has not been socialized with an individual animal though… they can become aggressive if they are not watched.

Despite their size, this breed does fine in small spaces like an apartment. Just remember to regularly exercise them. They really do need exercise!

As for grooming, Bandog Mastiffs are easy to care for. They do shed, of course, but no more than the average dog. Brush your dog regularly, and this will remove the dead hair and get rid of any shedding problems.

When you let an American Bandog Mastiff into your family, he becomes part of your heart as well. It will be the beginning of a wonderful relationship for your entire family.

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