The Bandog is categorized as a bulldog which resembles a Mastiff. It is officially
recognized by several dog associations. Initially, they were developed for combat purpose but nowadays they are
bonhomie pets which can be found in many modern homes. Although its ancient heritage remains a matter of
considerable doubt, much of the aggressive instincts and savage predispositions of the Bandog has been eliminated
through selective breeding and early socialization.
With regard to physical features, the Bandog has a well
developed body which features muscular limbs and long body which makes it appear quite athletic and robust. A
typical breed has comes in a variety of black, red and, brown colors. One of the notable features of this mastiff is its exceptional intelligence. This
coupled by its calm demeanor makes the Bandog the ultimate pet although the owner may need to maintain control
over the dog to prevent it from becoming manipulative or dominant.
The Bandog is a muscular dog with fully formed features
which are quite proportionate to the body. The legs are well boned and strong and provide the needed support for
its heavy frame. The ears droop to the sides of the head. Its broad chest makes the front appear wide than the back
side which is much narrower. The nose is medium sized and black in color. The muzzle is black with less loose
hanging skin and no wrinkles unlike other bulldogs. Generally, the male Bandog weighs 55-70kg and measure 63-73 cm
while the female weighs 50-58 kg and tends to be quite shorter in height.
Regardless of its intellectual acuity, the Bandog remains a stubborn breed and the
owner may have to exert authority on the dog to make it subservient. Individuals who want to raise this breed as
pets are advised to do so from the dog’s infancy to take it through the rigors of training. Socialization may
actually help the breed get along with humans and other pets in the homestead.
In some places, the Bandog is used as a fighting dog because of its ingrained
aggressive instincts .Still, some have used it for protection purposes instead of combat. Instinctually, they
can be aggressive to other pets when they intrude into its territory. Thus, the owner should make sure that other
pets don’t intrude into its territory to avoid fights. One of the general weaknesses of the Bandog is its
inability to bark. This can be great undoing for the home owner who employs them for the purpose of
Nevertheless, the Bandog breed is quite affectionate to its master and the family at
large and may reciprocate positively to good care and maintenance. Early training may instill a sense of duty
loyalty, and obedience to the family. To keep it healthy and frivolous, the owner may need to take it for routine
walks and exercises. But most importantly, giving it the guidance it needs enables it to attain mental resilience
and also physical endurance.
Currently, the Bandog is being cross bred with other dogs such as the Bull Terrier and
Mastiff to improve its endurance and resistance to disease. This breed seems to have a deficiency in that it does
not breed pure and so cross breeding is a viable option. Its mixed ancestry is evident in the traits displayed by
the new progeny of puppies which display mixed traits. Breeders seem to have been unable to develop a pure Bandog
breed. With good care and maintenance, the owner can expect to enjoy the dog’s company for as long as 10