Bandogges in the modern sense were bred first by Dr. Swinford.  He used multiple combinations of Bulldogs, Pitbulls, Mastiffs, and Bullmastiffs to try and establish a predictable offspring.  Bandogges or Bandogs by loose definition are any combinations of Bulldog type dogs and a Mastiff type dog.  Combinations using the American Pitbull are spelled Bandogges.  Other common approaches use American Bulldogs and the resulting offspring are called Bandogs.  With varying combinations of Bandogges/Bandogs there are large differences in appearances.  Also, whether the bulldog blood comes from the father or the mother can have a huge impact on the look of the Bandogge offspring.  For instance if you use pitbull females and English or Neopolitan Mastiff males, the result is a real gangely looking dog with big floppy ears.  Using the Pitbull or Amercian Bulldog as the father helps keep a more predictable bullish result.  Some combinations yield longer, taller type dogs, while others produce stockier dogs.  The sires tend to have a greater impact on the overall appearance.  The females however do give much of the size and structure.  While we appreciate what many other Bandogge breeders are doing, we chose our own path with the Bandogge.  First of all we use a Bullmastiff for the female because they are much more active and athletic than English Mastiffs or Neopolitan Mastiffs. Bullmastiffs are already 3/8 Olde English Bulldogge and 5/8 English Mastiff.  This breed was created to make a guardian like the English Mastiff more athletic and willing to get up and go after Poachers.  The result is just what it was intended: Strong, guardian dogs with just enough drive and athleticism to get the job done.  By combining the Bullmastiff with the American Pitbull we are simply adding athleticism, lean muscle, strength, and drive from the stongest pound for pound breed in the world to what the Bullmastiff already had.  The Bullmastiff takes some off the hyper edge of the pitbull side and results in a more laid back, but willing protector.  We wanted to add consistency in getting the thick type Bandogge, so we breed our Bullmastiff to my neighbor's black and white stocky pitbull, Gus.  Gus is about 19" has a real big head and weighs about 75lbs.  Gus is a very calm pitbull and is great with kids and other animals.  We believe this is imperative when breeding to create a dog as massive and powerful as a Bandogge.  We feel that our Bandogges are bred to make great pets, protectors/guardians, and performance dogs for events such as pulling.  As with anything, the proof is in the pudding.  So, we encourage you to check out our Produced page and see what we are producing and envision one of these beasts in your life.