Throughout history, the Bandogge
) has been described as a gladiator type of dog that was often restrained by chain or leash ("banded"); however, such dogs were released to catch their quarry during appropriate times of combat. The Bandog's
quarry may have been man or beast, depending upon the need. Quality Bandogges
were used as sentry dogs, home protectors, protection dogs, or as dogs for hunting and catching dangerous game at times performed so well that the description "Bandog
" has come to pretty much describe mythical dogs of legends. Today's Bandogs
should not just be mere shadows of the Bandogges
described throughout history, but instead should remain healthy, capable dogs that may live and work for 10-15 years.
Unfortunately, most Bandog
breeders are so uncommitted that they not only lack the dedication needed to do the work required to develop such dogs, but even worse, they do not acquire the PROPER knowledge about breeding, training, and testing working dogs. To entertain the thought of getting a "Bandog
" from someone who does not work their stock is to entertain the thought of dealing with someone that has no business using the term Bandog
in the first place. Bandogs
can not be produced by someone that does not work their breeding stock. As a result, most "Bandog
breeders" today do not have dogs that would live up to the requirements described above. The term "Bandogge
is well documented throughout history, and if the term is not thousands of years old, is certainly is at least several hundreds of years old. Yet, these
"Johnny-come-lately" breeders try to redefine the term to suggest that the Bandog
is a cross bred dog, but such misrepresentation is only an expression of their ignorance. Even though some will try to change your mind about what history has clearly stated; ironically, it is the documented history of the Bandogge
that actually motivates these breeders to use the term "Bandog
" in the first place...and they know it...as they wish to claim greatness by association even when there is no functional association between their dogs and the noble working Bandogges of history
. Do not believe such nonsense. Words are cheap. It is easy to make false claims about the accomplishments of one's dogs, but I suggest you look for proof. Ask yourself, have they earned the right to use the title "Bandog
If not, ask yourself "do you really want a dog from non-proven stock?"
The American Sentinel Canine
program began in 2000, after I obtained my Bachelor's
(1993) and Master's
(1997) degrees in Animal Sciences and acquiring the needed property. Since its creation, the goal was to develop consistent lines of powerful canines that are bred in true accordance to the Bandog standards of legend
. The word Bandog
is more of an adjective than a noun; therefore, we use the name American Sentinel Canine
as the breed name for our dogs. The American Sentinel Canine
program is the only program that consistently requires
dogs to meet and exceed all the requirements of the Bandogs throughout history
, a that history reveals the Bandog
to dogs that excel at both protection work
and catching dangerous wild game
. The name American Sentinel Canine
was chosen for our line for three primary reasons. First, "American" defines our line's place of origin. Second, "Sentinel" defines the purpose for our line, which includes protection work or other combative tasks. Third, when people hear the term "Canine," they often think of a working dog, which helps to preserve the functional purpose of the breed.
These companion guardians
are suitable for active lifestyles and family settings, and are bred to preserve mental stability (to be safe with family), drive, courage, power, athleticism, stamina, and intelligence. It has taken years of research, education, and experience to produce the dog we consider the ultimate Family Companion Guardian
and "total package" for our needs and desires. I am not one to claim our dogs
are for everyone, but if your desires from a dog are similar to ours...to serve as a Family Companion Guardian...then there is no better dog
. This is why the American Sentinel Canine
is the only breed of dog we own or produce. Every dog we keep, own, or co-own is part of this goal and therefore every adult used in the American Sentinel Canine
program is required to pass a performance based breed suitability test as outlined within the breed standard before the dog is accepted as breed worthy.
The banner above states, "The American Sentinel Canine is most performance proven and historically correct Bandog program in existence today"
and this may seem like an overly bold statement at first glance, but let me explain that statement. Since 2000, we have produced hundreds of dogs that have excelled at protection work and catch work. While there are a few
programs that have obtained a single or even a couple of titles in protection sports, or may have a dog or two here or there that has done some hunting, simply put...the number of dogs that we have produced is so extensive that it has become very difficult, if not impossible, for me to recall all of them. Our video page is now so long that at some times it has difficulty loading, and this is just a small sample of some of our dogs. The page that discusses our catch dogs only contains a portion of the dogs from our program that have excelled at such work. The statement "the most proven and historically correct" is not made without just careful consideration to what other programs have accomplished. I have much respect for other programs that are getting out there to prove their breeding stock, and do not wish to disrespect any program that is doing so; however, performance has become normality in our program...and performance selection will remain the key driving component of the American Sentinel Canine
We are located in Brandon, MS - USA.
There is a great deal of information about our program throughout the various pages of this website; however, if you would like to arrange a visit or discuss things in further detail, contact me at AmericanSentinelK9@gmail.com.
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