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.
Regarding physical features, they have a well-developed body which features muscular limbs and long body which makes it appear quite athletic and robust.
A typical breed has come in a variety of black, red and, brown colours. One of the notable features of this mastiff is its exceptional intelligence. This coupled by its calm demeanour 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 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 colour.
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 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. 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 guarding.
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 instil 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 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 years.