The American Mastiff as a unique breed was first developed between 20 and 25 years ago in Piketon, Ohio. However, it can trace its lineage back many centuries through both of the breeds used in its development. The American Mastiff is primarily descended from the English Mastiff, often known simply as the Mastiff. The origin of the Mastiff is perhaps the most disputed and contentious of all dog breeds, with theories as to when and where it was developed ranging from 10, to 1, years ago and from Ireland to Tibet.
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Affectionately called Rotties or Rotts, the breed originated in Germany, where it was used to drive cattle and pull carts for farmers and butchers. That heritage is reflected in the Rottie's broad chest and heavily muscled body. When he moves, he displays strength and stamina, but when you look into his eyes you see warm, dark-brown pools reflecting a mellow, intelligent, alert, and fearless expression. A well-bred Rottweiler is calm and confident. He's typically aloof toward strangers, but never timid or fearful.
Are all mastiffs the same? Mastiffs excel as companions, family members, therapy workers and as watch dogs. Mastiffs have also done well, when properly trained and conditioned, at carting, tracking, obedience, conformation showing, search and rescue SAR , and weight pulling. They are also great foot warmers and couch potatoes. Aggression is unnecessary force or dominance in any situation.
The Bandog philosophy of breeding has existed just about as long as domestic dogs themselves. Mankind developed fleet, nimble hunting dogs that fulfill the purposes of the hunter-gatherers, through to the large breeds that guard settlements and livestock. The progression toward breeding these heavier dogs to the smaller, more athletic dogs producing a medium type has been a natural process that has independantly occurred across several geographic regions. The resultant dogs proving to be more flexible across a greater variety of tasks.