American Bandogge (or Bandog)

The American Bandogge, or simply the Bandog, is an impressive breed that combines mastiffs and bulldogs to create a powerful and loyal working dog. Known for its imposing appearance, the Bandog is equally cherished for its protective nature and versatility in roles such as a family guardian or a reliable working companion. In this overview, we'll explore the origins, distinct traits, and the valuable roles this breed plays in various environments. As well as the health issues that that Band Dog Breed can face and why pet insurance is important for this breed.  

Bandog Traits, Personality and Behavior 

The American Bandogge is not the best choice for an inexperienced dog owner. He is large, strong, intelligent, active and protective. A Bandog needs a leader who can guide him with firmness and consistency and without using force or cruelty. 

Early, frequent socialization is essential. Purchase a Bandogge puppy from a breeder who raises the pups in the home and ensures that they are exposed to many different household sights and sounds, as well as people, before they go off to their new homes. Continue socializing your Bandog throughout his life by taking him to puppy kindergarten class followed by basic obedience class, visits to friends and neighbors, and outings to local shops and businesses. This is the only way he can learn to be discriminating, recognizing what is normal and what is truly a threat. 

Begin training as soon as you bring your American Bandogge puppy home, while he is still at a manageable size. He is smart and trainable but has a mind of his own. A nothing-in-life-is-free program, requiring puppies to "work" for everything they get by performing a command before receiving meals, toys, treats or play, often works well with this breed. He also responds well to any type of positive reinforcement training using rewards such as praise, play and treats. 

The Band Dog Breed has a moderate activity level and needs a job to do, which can be anything from being your walking companion to daily training activities. Expect to walk him at least a mile daily, in addition to 20 minutes or so of training practice. If you're interested and talented at training, he can participate in dog sports such as agility, obedience and rally.  

Always keep him on leash when you're walking him. The Bandogge Mastiff has a high prey drive and a territorial nature, so he needs a strong, solid fence at least six feet high to keep him on his own property. An underground electronic fence is never appropriate for this breed. 

Like any dog, American Bandogge puppies are inveterate chewers and because of their size can do a whole lot of damage. Don't give them the run of the house until they've reached trustworthy maturity. And keep your puppy busy with training, play and socialization experiences. A bored Bandog is a destructive Bandog. 

The American Bandogge should spend plenty of time with his family. Chaining him out in the yard and giving him little or no attention is not only cruel, it can also lead to aggression and destructive behavior. 

The Bandog Breed has a smooth coat that sheds. Brush him at least once a week to remove dead hair and keep the skin and coat healthy. Clean the ears and trim the nails as needed, and bathe him on the rare occasions that he's dirty. 

If your American Bandogge has facial wrinkles, it's important to keep them clean and dry. Wipe them out with a damp washcloth or baby wipe, dry the folds thoroughly, and apply baby powder or corn starch to help them stay dry. He may also do a little drooling, so be prepared to wipe his mouth after he eats or drinks. 

Tips to Bring Home a Healthy American Bandogge Puppy 

  1. Finding a good breeder is more important than finding the right puppy. A good breeder will match you with the right puppy, and will without question have done all the health certifications necessary to screen out health problems as much as possible. 

  2. Consider an adult dog from a shelter or a rescue group. Many of the health problems in American Bandogges aren't apparent in puppyhood, but by adopting an adult dog, most of them can be ruled out. In addition, American Bandogges can live 10 or more years, so an adult dog will still be a part of your family for a long time to come. 

  3. Puppy or adult, take your American Bandogge to your veterinarian soon after adoption. Your veterinarian will be able to spot visible problems, and will work with you to set up a preventive regimen that will help you avoid many health issues. 

  4. Make sure you have a good contract with the seller, shelter or rescue group that spells out responsibilities on both sides. In states with "puppy lemon laws," be sure you and the person you get the dog from both understand your rights and recourses. 

Health Issues Common to American Bandogges 

Run, don't walk, from any breeder who does not offer a health guarantee on puppies, who tells you that the American Bandogge is 100 percent healthy and has no known problems, or who tells you that her puppies are isolated from the main part of the household for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the American Bandogge and the incidence with which they occur in her lines. 

Select a breeder who has done the health testing to ensure that her puppies won't carry the genetic diseases common to American Pit Bull Terriers and mastiff-type breeds. And while there are no guarantees in life, it's also a good way to minimize the possibility of big veterinary bills in the future. 

Ask the breeder to show evidence that both of a puppy's parents have hip and elbow clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or PennHIP and certification from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation that the eyes are healthy. 

Do not purchase a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed. Having the dogs "vet checked" is not a substitute for genetic health testing.  

Why Pet Insurance for Your Bandogge?  

All hybrid dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as purebred dogs can. Whether you just brought home a young Bandogge puppy or have a full-grown adult, each segment in your American Bandogge's life brings about new health risks.  Providing your dog with the medical help they need for typical Bandogge health issues should never be a financial decision. Our dog insurance provides coverage for accidents & illnesses while allowing you to build a dog insurance policy that fits your budget and the needs of your Bandogge Mastiff.  

American Bandogges may develop health conditions common to American Pit Bull Terriers and mastiff-type breeds, especially if you aren't cautious about whom you buy from. They include hip and elbow dysplasia, eye diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy, autoimmune thyroiditis, epilepsy, various types of cancer, and skin problems. Because of his deep chest, the American Bandogge is also prone to gastric dilatation volvulus, also known as gastric torsion or bloat. Responsible pet ownership, regular veterinary check-ups, and considering pet insurance for Bandogs can provide the support needed to address these potential health issues and ensure a happy and healthy life.   

Embrace dog insurance plans offer full coverage for all breed-specific conditions (excluding those that are pre-existing) to which American Bandogges are susceptible. The best time to get pet insurance for your American Bandogge is when he's a healthy puppy. You can't predict what will happen in the future and pet insurance is the one thing you can't just go get when you need it the most. 

Condition Risk Profile Cost to Diagnose and Treat
Hip Dysplasia Medium $1,500-$6,000
Elbow Dysplasia Medium $1,500-$4,000
Bloat High $1,500-$7,000

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More About the Band Dog Breed 

What breeds make a Band Dog? 

The American Bandogge is not a breed as the word is usually defined. He can be a cross between an American Pit Bull Terrier or American Bulldog and a Neapolitan Mastiff or a Mastiff. Some breeders take the offspring of one of those crosses and breed them together. 

What does a Bandogge look like? 

American Bandogges have a big head, a large, muscular body, and a short coat that can be brindle, black, blue, red or fawn. 

Is a Bandogge a good family dog? 

The American Bandogge has a protective personality and is suspicious of strangers, although affectionate with his own family. Bandogges’ can get along well with children and other pets if brought up with them, but may be too large for families with toddlers. 

How big are Bandogge dogs? 

The size of Bandogges can vary depending on the specific breeding and the individual dog's lineage. However, in general, Bandogges are large and muscular dogs. On average, male Bandogges typically stand between 25 to 29 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 90 to 140 pounds. Female Bandogges are slightly smaller, with a height range of 23 to 26 inches and a weight range of 80 to 120 pounds. 

What are Bandogges good for? 

In the Middle Ages, a Bandogge was a guard dog, usually a type of mastiff, that was let loose at night to guard property. Today, Bandogges are often well-suited to be guardians or protectors, security and personal protection, working dogs, hunting companions, and for companionship. Bandogge Mastiffs also has the potential to make great therapy dogs.  

While Bandogges have these potential roles, individual temperament and behavior can vary. Proper training, socialization, and responsible ownership and essential to ensure that American Bandogges fulfill their potential in a positive and well-balanced manner.