Intended to be a re-creation of the ancient working Molossers of Rome, the Australian Bandog is an alert, active and courageous breed, bred primarily for protection duties. This powerful mastiff is very intelligent and reportedly very easy to train. Devoted to its owner, loving of children and reserved with strangers, the Australian Bandog makes an agreable family companion. Although bred to be indifferent to provocation, it can still be moderately aggressive towards other dogs, needing early socialization. The body is muscular and well-boned, resembling the old-type Neapolitans.
The coat is short, soft and flat, coming in solid colours of black, blue, fawn, red and brindle, with small white markings allowed on the chest. Average height is around 26 inches.