Breed Standard for
The American Bandogge is a molosser hybrid genetically engineered from a Neapolitan Mastiff and the (APBT) American Pit Bull Terrier. This breed possesses massive bone throughout it’s entire skeletal frame with well proportioned muscle mass for their length to height ratio. Phenotype & genotype are all dependent upon the percentages of each breeds genes that are used, or its “BR”, standing for “Blood Ratio”.
The American Bandogge is slightly longer than it is tall. The head (again, dependent on the “BR”) is bulky with a broad top skull & predominant crown on most, especially males. Massive cheek and broad muzzles are also common features. Ears should be cropped. The rib cage/undercarriage is broad, (considering the “BR”), and quickly tapers from loin to hindquarters. Docking the tail is preference, tail length also varies upon use of the dog. It is common for a Bandogge to produce a tail that exceeds the length of its own hock. This breed stands proud and alert, so rear pasterns are commonly kept at a slight angle for immediate weight projection. You may see this breed in all colors except Merle.
Characteristics & Dimeanor
Tracing back to its originating ancestors, (the APBT or American pit bull terrier & Neapolitan Mastiff) the Bandogge possesses the instinct & ability to distinguish a perpetrator from accepted family members and/OR associates. Loyal & truest to its primary care taker, The Bandogge will & can side or favor one of two or more handlers/owners.
…..Again, like its decendants, the bandogge is not a fan of quick movements. Under assumption that such movement by man or animal could pose a threat, will & should the Bandogge naturally defend itself and/OR owner(s) by submitting its target efficiently.
The first & foremost important trademark of the Bandogge is its ability to bite & subdue. To begin, the skeletal structure of this hybrid should genetically produce a broad top skull, boxy muzzle (medium in length), and massive cheek, all attained from from its originating ancestors the Neapolitan Mastiff & (APBT) American Pit Bull Terrier/ American Bully. Research show these two breeds ranking within the top ten canines with most “bite force” and/OR psi, allowing for more than enough gripping power.
Intelligent by conservation, the Bandogge reserves its energy to maximize its full guarding potential if and when necessary. Appearing near lazy in stature, this sometimes unpredictable hybrid can go from a mopy pawed canine, to a vicious man eating machine with the ability to lunge nearly ten feet from a stand still if provoked or specifically trained to do so.
Genetically engineered from two purebreds which possess and offer the traits needed to protect, the Bandogge has massive bone & well proportioned muscle mass for its length to height ratio which allows for sufficient stopping power. The Bandogge is agile on its feet (dependent upon the “BR”, diet, social upbringing, and level of drive and training).
[From experience, I’ve witnessed the females to be quicker, better jumpers. The female Bandogge can be less tolerate of trespassers and/OR strangers than males are when it comes to protecting their territory, but this isn’t always the case. Either sex provides adequate protection indoors or out, yet there are numerous reasons I prefer males for indoor protection.
….In most cases, a break-in or encounter will occur within twenty feet or less, where a males massive frame can/will provide the take-down power needed to subdue the assailant, in comparison to a female who may just slow a larger perpetrator versus stopping them like a male would. Males are also more likely to tire out before females due to the oxygen a massive frame like a males requires. Another advantage to preserving males for indoor use versus outdoors is that it allows them to reserve, focus, and maximize their energy exertion on short/direct contact when necessary,… where the athleticism behind your average female allows them the ability to go the distance without getting winded, usually due to less mass. Other benefits to consider when using females for outdoor protection include sprinting faster, jumping higher, lunging further and chasing longer.]
The Bandogge’s head is one of the important & intimidating features of this breed. Large & bulbous, it can resemble both Neapolitan mastiff and/OR APBT/Bully in structure from all views. Dependent upon the “BR”, females are more likely to resemble the bully, where males are more likely to end up with a broader pan shaped top skull like the Neapolitan Mastiff. The skull & muzzle run parallel and are conjoined by a wide and predominently steep stop. Typier skinned versions of the Bandogge are heavy in flew & dewlap.The overall shape & look appear armored & threatening. A slight to moderate sagging of the skin in the orbital region is normal.
Faults – Under developed top skull, thin/tapered or excessively short muzzle, weak/under developed jaw structure.
The skull can vary in shape and size dependent upon the “BR”. Higher blood ratio’s of one breed may dominate and/OR dictate the skull shape of that particular litter.
When dominated by the neo’s gene, the skulls construction is bulky (especially in males) and wide from a top view with a “pan shaped” appearance. From a side view, cheek muscle can make up one third of the skulls entire height. Loose skin or dewlap is expected throughout the entire skull, especially the flew and top skull. When dominated by the APBT/bullys gene, the skulls construction is bulbous in shape, tighter skinned, shorter in length, and more likely to produce a predominant stop with a shorter snout.
(for a closer comparison, refer to the standard for the APBT or American Bully).
Regardless of which breeds gene dominates the litter, the muzzle shall be broad and wide, yet long enough to breath and grip efficiently. Muzzle length can vary, averaging one third of the heads total length from a side view. The muzzle is straight, with no arching or bow on the bridge. The lower mandible is strong, wide, and conforms snugly into the upper jaws cavity. The flew of a Bandogge can resemble its ancestor the Mastini, overall traits & development derive from both its originating ancestors, and yet again are dependent upon the “BR”.
Faults - Narrowing of the muzzle/snipey; exceeding one third the length of the skull; weak, under developed, and /OR under sized lower mandible.
The Bandogge has an evenly spaced set of teeth, large in size. The back set/row of teeth are set wide, jagged and large, enforced by heavy duty gum lining.
Faults – Uneven, displaced, crooked, and/OR missing teeth. Overbite and/or under bite.
The nose is large and wide enabling plenty of oxygen to freely flow. There is no standard for color, commonly dark.
Eye’s are medium to large in size dependent upon the “BR”. General shape is almond with a wide eye separation. Average color is Brown, or various shades of. Heavy skin development within the orbital region may cause cherry eye.
Faults - Blue eye’s/ an unaccepted color by standard in either ancestory. Bulging eye’s; Mismatched eye coloring.
Crop is standard. Ears height may vary upon the dogs actual use or purpose. Moderate bell is acceptable. Stance may be erect or lay down on the top skull.
Faults - No bell, un-even, or no ear. Excessive height.
The neck is large yet flexible. Skin should have dewlap unlike an APBT, but less than its other ancestor, the Neo Mastini. Neck should taper thickly into upper shoulder and wither.
Faults – Too short or long, under developed muscle mass, lack of dewlap.
Shoulders and shoulder blades are massive and bulky in bone structure as well as wide and long. When at rest, it is common for the shoulder blade to abduct from the centerline. The front legs are massive in both muscle and bone structure, and provide for an active and larger type canine. Elbows set wider than the rib cage and are extraordinarily bulky, providing adequate strength and support necessary to propel an extra large frame. Viewed at an angle, pasterns are long yet massive, and provide for a correct and upright stance.
Faults - Narrow, thin or short shoulders and/OR shoulder blades. Elbows turned in and/OR weak narrow stance. Weak or sloped pasterns, bowed in front legs, toeing inward.
The chest is almost as wide as it is deep, overall broad. Chest appears like an embossed armored plate throughout anterior shoulder, tapering into neckline. The brisket or rib cage/carriage run deep, large in appearance with a shallow upward taper from front to rear when viewed from the side. Mid topline swallows before slight upward arch nearing the croup/rear of the dog, (may vary dependent upon the “BR”). The loin extends deep and tapers into the anterior upper thigh, and is usually athletic in appearance. The croup tapers prior to forming the base/or proximal portion of the tail.
Faults – Obesity. Narrow rib cage, barrel chest, excessive height, lacking bone mass.
The hindquarters are strong, athletic and broad in build. The rump of the dog is lean and athletic. The musculature and stance are narrower than the forequarters. Thighs are athletic and lean descending to the hock region. The hock is sturdy and able to support the rear weight.
Faults - Bulky or overdone rump, weak/uneven pasterns, lack of angulation in the croup, overly narrow in the loin, under developed thighs.
Dependent upon the “BR”, paws are round to semi long, not too tight, yet not as splayed as its ancestor the Mastini. Healthy archs, tough large pads with full development and adequate spacing. Dew claw removal is preference; suggested for working and/OR dogs used for protection.
Faults - Too correct/ or tightly spaced toe construction. Too narrow, lacking width in overall paw spread.
The tail is thick throughout the entire length and extends from the posterior topline, through the midline croup, and well past the hock dependent upon the “BR”. The tail is carried low unless challenged or excited where it will then raise upright (challenged), yet wont curl over the back.
Faults - Kinked or weak tail; under developed, short, skinny, curved, curly, or genetically tucked under body.
The coat is full; length is medium to short; semi coarse on top with a soft undercoat.
Faults – Thin, long, wavy, curly or too short.
Any color is acceptable except merle. Blue and brindle are common colors.
Faults - Merle, faint and/OR inconsistent shades or patterns.
Height & Weight
The American Bandogge is well structured with a height to weight ratio that still allows it adequate agility dependent upon the “BR”. Males will average 115-165 lbs., females will average 75-145 lbs. Males can range in height from generally 23”-27”, females usually range from 21” -25” at the withers.
Faults - Too tall, too short, obese, over bulky in muscle mass.
The Bandogge is confident, alert, willing and driven. Its ability to fear none keeps it in a forward progression. When surveiling, the topline remains stearn in posture as long strides help it reach its intended target. The wide stance and massive forequarters can cause the dog to sway/or offset the direction of the hindquarters while walking at a calm even pace, from a top view this appears like a swagger in which keeps the neck and head in a constant left/right motion, allowing itself a natural one hundred and eighty degree surveilance. Forelegs and forefeet are conjoined by strong pasterns, a frontal view shows no inversion of the feet.
Faults – Front legs cross over one another in movement; integrated movement disrupted from an inability to propel each leg independently. Hocks touching or too close together; lack of stride.