Bandogge Breed Information and Facts

Considering getting a Bandogge? Makes sure you know the characteristics of the breed. We've put together the following Bandogge breed information and facts to create a profile of this dog so you have the critical information necessary to make a decision. 


The Bandogge, or Bandog, has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.


Bandogge is a generic term used to describe a Bulldog-Mastiff cross. The Bandogge can represent a cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Neapolitan Mastiff, English Mastiff and American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog and Mastiff, or Pit Bull Terrier and Bullmastiff.

The Bandogge has existed in one form or another for thousands of years. In Europe, the Bandogge was used extensively as a working dog for hunting, guarding and fighting. Over time, many purebred guard dogs and watch dogs emerged and less emphasis was placed on developing Bandogges.
In the late 1960s, a veterinarian named John B. Swinford helped re-introduce the Bandogge. Swinford wanted to develop the ultimate companion guard dog and crossed the American Pit Bull Terrier with some type of large Molosser. He worked for more than 40 years to create a breeding program for modern-day Bandogges.


The size of the Bandogge can vary, but generally they weigh 85 to 140 pounds and measure 25 to 29 inches.

Grooming Needs

The Bandogge has a short, hard coat and is a moderate shedder. The Bandogge is low maintenance when it comes to grooming and only requires a weekly brush and the occasional bath. Like all dogs, the Bandogge also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  


The Bandogge is highly protective, but also friendly and stable.


The temperament of the Bandogge is dependent on their breeding, but most Bandogges are steady and reliable, dignified and courageous. Bandogges are naturally protective, although not aggressive. They are generally even tempered, springing into action only when necessary to defend and protect their families.

Bandogges make effective guardians but also wonderful family companions. They are loving and affectionate. Around the home, Bandogges are gentle and calm, and especially good with children. Bandogges are wary of strangers, but welcome people they know. They like to be with people and can grow unhappy and depressed if left alone for too long.

Training Needs

The Bandogge is highly intelligent and wants to be the dominant member of the household. The Bandogge is best suited to an experienced owner and requires assertive, but calm training.

As part of their training, the Bandogge also needs early socialization. They can be aloof and suspicious of new people and aggressive with dogs if not well socialized.

Activity Level

The Bandogge was developed from working dogs and thrives on regular activity. The Bandogge should have a long daily walk as well as plenty of time outside in a secure area to run around and play.

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