When it comes to finding the right guard dog that will be fiercely loyal to you and gentle with your children, the search can be difficult, especially when looking for a companion that will also double as a good Emotional Support Animal (ESA). Looking for a breed that combines the protective personality of a Bulldog and American Pit Bull Terrier with the gentle nature of a Mastiff? Then look no further! The American Bandogge Mastiff might be right for you.
What is an American Bandogge Mastiff?
The American Bandogge Mastiff is a cross between a Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, and a Mastiff. Therefore, these animals are fantastic guard dogs which are incredibly loyal to their owners, with the added benefit of being great with kids. They are also known to stay quiet and don’t bark much at all, unless to alert their owner of an imminent threat. In fact, this breed is considered to be an excellent therapy dog because of how gentle and quiet they are!
In addition to that, they are considered to be quite intelligent and docile, however, it’s important that their owners know how to remain dominant over their dog, or they can easily become the alpha of the “pack.” When training an American Bandogge Mastiff, it’s important to always have the upper hand and be firm. That is why many breeders don’t recommend the breed to a first-time dog owner. However, as long as you are assertive with your training, these dogs can be quite easy to train for whatever tasks you may need them to perform; whether that be guarding your family, turning off a light, or dramatically playing dead to amuse your kids.
They are some of the most sought-after guard dogs, and because of this, you can expect to pay as much as $2000-4000 for a well-bred puppy, however, they can be found for as little as $300 from a less reputable breeder. If you would like a trained puppy or adult dog, expect to pay an additional $1000-2000. However, if you’re looking for an amazing dog that will not only protect your family from harm, but play softly with your children, these animals are worth every cent!
Because they are so loyal and protective of their owners, we think they would make a great addition to any family, as they would protect the children or serve as a great security system for anyone living on their own.
History of the American Bandogge Mastiff
While the breed has “American” in the name, it is speculated that the breed originated in England around the year 1250-1300. During that time, farmers would often purchase Mastiffs or Mastiff mixes to be chained during the day and let loose at night to guard their farms, since they are incredibly powerful dogs. They were also used as hunting and fighting dogs in Europe, and since Mastiffs are such loyal dogs, they are known to have gone into battle with their owners. In the 20th century in America, breeders began to combine Mastiffs with American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers after veterinarian John Swinford crossed a Pit Bull with a Neopolitan Mastiff. The American Bandogge Mastiff was officially created after John Lucero coined the term “American Bandogge Mastiff.”
Today, the American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes the American Bandogge Mastiff, while the Designer Dogs Kennel Club recognizes it as the American Masti-Bull. The United Canine Association has also recognized and recorded/registered the breed since 2002. Since they are not a purebred breed, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC) do not recognize the breed.
What Does an American Bandogge Mastiff Look Like?
These lovable, cuddly creatures don’t look like their personality – they appear to be powerful, ferocious beasts. Standing over 25 inches and weighing around 100-140 pounds, their commanding appearance is only accentuated by their square shape and muscular form.
You can find the American Bandogge Mastiff in five colors: black brindle (the most common), black, blue, red, and tawny, but depending on the breed mix, they may come in other colors, such as parti (two colors, such as black and white) and gray. Their coats are quite short and don’t require a lot of brushing and upkeep, however, this does not make them hypoallergenic.
What Makes Up an American Bandogge Mastiff?
An American Bandogge Mastiff is a term to describe any mix between a Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, and a Mastiff. Because of this, they can contain any mix and still be considered an American Bandogge Mastiff. The most common version of an American Bandogge Mastiff is a 50/50 cross between a Bulldog and Mastiff, but others can be a different mix of the two or a mix of all three.
What is an ESA?
An ESA, or Emotional Support Animal, helps people who have a disability. The disability can be anything from PTSD to a physical disability that restricts your ability to perform daily tasks without help. That’s where an ESA comes in.
Dogs are great ESAs because of their ability to understand and perform commands or tasks and come in a variety of sizes and breeds for nearly every purpose, meaning there is a dog for nearly everyone that can fit their needs. There are no breed or size restrictions, either, so from small chihuahuas to a gigantic Mastiffs, they can all help a person function.
Would an American Bandogge Mastiff be a Good ESA?
Any dog can be an amazing ESA – it just depends on what your needs are. Because of the American Bandogge Mastiff’s docile personality, loyalty, and intelligence, they make great ESA candidates.
American Bandogge Mastiffs are quite smart and can be easily trained to guard both yourself and your family, giving you peace of mind, but because of their gentle and quiet qualities, they are wonderful therapy dogs, as well. They are smart, too, so you can be sure they will catch on to all your commands and signals.
Despite their remarkable personality and qualities, though, stigmas surrounding the “bully” dog type have pushed lawmakers to illegalize the breed in some areas of the U.S. and Europe. However, if your area does allow the breed, they make a marvelous, loyal friend and ESA.
Since they are extremely quiet, they shouldn’t bother others around you while traveling. Their size may be somewhat difficult to travel with, however, and they may be particularly cumbersome to travel on busses and airplanes. Additionally, their authoritative appearance may scare people nearby. Regardless, transportation services are still legally obligated to help any patron with an ESA, provided they have the right registration and paperwork.
How Can I Register My Dog to be an ESA?
So, you finally found the right dog—perhaps the powerful American Bandogge Mastiff—or maybe you already have a little fuzzball at home that means the world to you and helps you with your disability already.
If you have a physical or emotional disability that significantly limits your principle life activities, you are entitled to a service animal, or ESA. This can be nearly anything, from PTSD, to anxiety, depression, and more.
Once you’re ready to register your dog to be an ESA, we make the process easy! All the information you need to know is easily laid out on our registration page, which addresses your personal information and your personal pet’s data. All this information will be printed on your emotional support animal’s ID tag, along with their name and photo.
We will also provide a card that entails all your rights as a physically, emotionally, or psychologically disabled person with an emotional support animal, just in case you are ever questioned for your validity. This helps you to be prepared for any situation that arises.
Also, on the ID card is all your pet’s information, spanning from their date of birth, to their breed, and registration number. Additionally, it also includes your information, including your registration number, your name, and your address. We take care of it all, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!
The Perks of Registering Your Dog as an ESA with Us
– You not only get a card, but a certificate, as well. The certificate acts as an official document that confirms your animal is registered as an ESA in our database, and contains all the necessary information, such as the date of issuance and the animal’s name.
– You and your animal are entered into the largest online database of U.S. service animals.
– We supply numerous resources to help you secure a support animal, or a licensed medical professional, should you need an official letter for a landlord or airport.
– If you register with us, you can get up to $60 off your consultation with any medical professional in our network, when you seek out an official letter for your housing or travel.
– Registering your animal allows you to also carry all the necessary equipment and accessories needed for your animal, such as a leash, collar, tag, vest, and so on.
– We can help connect you to our on-staff attorneys who are there to protect your rights as an ESA owner.
– You get access to our ESA kits and products.
We offer so many perks, so all you have to do is BYOA (bring your own animal)!
Other Useful Background Info You Should Know
Unfortunately, if not prepared, ESA owners can run into trouble everywhere nowadays, it seems. From facing legal issues with landlords to being denied transport with an animal, we want to do as much as we can to help you legally. That’s why we try our best to educate ESA owners of their rights. Here are some acts / laws we want you to be aware of:
Fair Housing Act
Are you planning to register your ESA to move into a new living space? Great! We want you to be aware of the Fair Housing Act. Under this act, landlords are required to permit the resident to keep any animal that provides a benefit to persons with disabilities, including emotional and psychological, even if they otherwise restrict animals on the premises. Your task is to only register your ESA and procure a letter confirming its role in your treatment from a licensed medical professional. At, U.S. Service Animal and Support Animal Registry, we are here to help you with every step of the process.
Air Carrier Access Act
This act prohibits carriers from practicing discrimination in public air travel, whether domestic or international, as it pertains to persons with physical or mental impairments.
American Disabilities Act
The ADA requires entities that providing public goods or services to provide “reasonable accommodations” to persons with disabilities in order to satisfy the provider’s regulations, procedures, rules, and policies. The American Disabilities Act extends from government agencies, to private enterprise, and non-profit organizations.
We care about your privacy and want to help you protect it. No person or business is allowed to invade your privacy by asking about your disability or requiring medical documentation, a special identification card, training documentation (in the case of a service dog, for instance), or a demonstration of your ESA’s service to you (i.e., perform a task). You should never be required to disclose any details about your disability. While boarding a flight or applying for housing, however, the proprietors and agents will have access to the basic information provided on your emotional service animal’s ID card and in your letter from a licensed medical practitioner.
While you have the right to live and travel with your emotional support animal, if your ESA escapes your control to the extent of disrupting others, proprietors or their staff members can request your animal be removed from the premises. Therefore, all service animals must be either harnessed, leashed, tethered, or confined to a carrying container while in public places, unless such containment interferes with the animal’s task or role as it pertains to the disabled person, including the emotionally and psychologically disabled.
Lastly, we want you to beware of scams! Just like any other industry or company, there are imposters everywhere. Therefore, if you have any questions about anyone acting or pretending to conduct business on behalf of U.S. Service Animals or you have suspicions about the actions of any person claiming to be a service animal authority, please don’t hesitate to contact us. At U.S. Service Animals, we are here to protect, help, and support both you and your ESA.
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