The modern incarnation of the Brazilian Bandogge is a recently created protection breed, developed by crossing the American Pit Bull Terrier with the Fila Brasileiro and the English Bullmastiff, but a small percentage of Tosa Inu blood has admittedly been used as well. After experimenting with breeds such as the Weimaraner, Bullterrier, Boxer, Patterdale Terrier and others early in the programme, the creator of the Brazilian Bandogge settled on the use of the best available representatives of true rural Cabecudo-style Filas, imported game Pits and working lines of the Bullmastiff breed.
This powerful bandog is an extremely territorial and aggressive property guardian and personal protection dog, being more agile, as well as more driven than the Brazilian Mastiff. Intended to be the ultimate property protector and farm dog, this Molosser has a strong "ojeriza" instinct and very little tolerance for strangers, but is devoted to its master and gentle with children it shares the home with. The Bandogue Brasileiro is primarily a working dog, but it can also make an amenable companion for experienced and responsible owners. This rugged bandog has been recognized as a rare breed by the W.B.M.O. registry in the United States.
Early and broad socialization is needed to help control its natural dislike of strangers and a somewhat confrontational attitude towards other dogs, although animal aggression is undesired. Reportedly healthy and intelligent, this is a fairly large, compact and agile dog, with a muscular body, strong bones and a powerful head.
However, being a breed in development, the appearance of the breed isn't very uniformed, so there are still some dogs that resemble the old type Fila Brasileiro from the 1890's quite a bit, while others are closer to a Moseley-style Bullmastiff from the 1920's or a typical Bandog in terms of physical build and size. The ears are left unaltered. The nose is black and black masks are common in the breed.
The coat is short and flat, seen in a great variety of colours, either solid or with white markings, with fawn, red and brindle shades being preferred.
Average height is around 25 inches, but larger examples exist.
I would have liked to see this program followed through to completion in uniformity with type and temperament. The creator of the program found that few buyers needed as powerful and sharp a guard as the Brazilian Bandogge. It was later watered down with less intense breeds to fit the need for a less intense guardian than it's original vision.
Introducing game pit bulls would have lessened problems with hip dysplasia, bloat, prolonged life and making an overall healthier dog than the Fila. I don't know if I agree with the introduction of bull mastiff. Maybe it was used for bulk and size to ward off intruders or used in defense with power of more weight. However, this would negate many of the pros that adding the pit bull gave to the program.
This is still an interesting program with two very good prospects such as the Fila and pit bull as foundation dogs in this program.
|18.01.20181 replies1 replies|
After seeing this post I did a little search for working lines for a bull mastiff. I couldn't find any. I have looked into the bull mastiff many years ago. Never have I heard the term working lines associated with a bull mastiff. Most will tell you never to do protection work with a bull mastiff. it is naturally protective. Well the naturally protective comment is said of many breeds. But I have found that most dogs (not breed specific) should be protection trained if that is what you want from your dog. Most will not protect unless they are trained. Some will bluff and put on a good front, but bite. Usually that will be enough for most people. But there are those that will not leave when a dog bluffs. I have heard too many people say they know their dog will protect them. It is naturally protective. But I can walk right up to the dog and the dog will either move back away from me or stop barking and want to play or just become submissive.
I know some people that own or have owned some bull mastiffs. One of the complaints that I've heard from them is they are too friendly. They will not protect or do protection work. I haven't evaluated those dogs myself. But I have wanted to see for myself if they would do the work. I think in most of those cases the dog was never taught to do protection work. It may be in the dog to do it, but it was trained. They have been taught to accept people. Now they see all people as friendly and haven't been taught to discern when it is appropriate to protect and when to just observe.
|16.05.20151 replies1 replies|
I like this breed.