Throughout history the Bandogge
) has been described as a dog restrained ("banded") by chain or leash, yet released during combative tasks to catch various types of quarry. Depending upon the need, the Bandog's
quarry may have been man or beast. Quality Bandogges
worked as sentry dogs, protection dogs, or as hunting dogs for catching dangerous game, and many Bandogges
performed so well at such tasks that the Bandogge
earned legendary status as a gladiator. 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. The American Sentinel Canine
program is the only Bandog
program that consistently requires
dogs to meet and exceed all the requirements of the Bandogs throughout history
, as our dogs have excelled at both protection work
and catching dangerous wild game
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 and knowledge. My studies from 1990's to 2000 were extensive. Since the creation of the American Sentinel Canine
program, 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 do not use the name "Bandog
" to describe our line. Instead, we use the name American Sentinel Canine
as the breed name for our dogs. The name American Sentinel Canine
was chosen for our line for three primary reasons...
- "American" defines our line's place of origin,
- "Sentinel" defines the purpose for our line, which includes protection work or other combative tasks, and
- When people hear the term "Canine," they often think of a working dog, which helps 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. The statement "the most proven and historically correct" is not made without just careful consideration to what other Bandog
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
Unfortunately, most Bandogge
) breeders lack the dedication needed to properly develop Bandogs
, as they do not acquire or even seek professional 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
are working dogs. How can a breeder claim to produce working dogs if they do not even evaluate the working ability of their breeding stock? As a result, most "Bandog
breeders" today have dogs that would not live up to historical standards.
The term "Bandogge
is well documented throughout history and predates the 1500's; yet, these "Johnny-come-lately" breeders try to redefine the term to suggest that the Bandog
is just any cross bred Molosser type dog. Such misrepresentation is only an expression of their ignorance. Even though some will try to change your mind as to what is or is not a Bandog
, history has clearly spoken on this issue. Ironically, it is the documented history of the Bandogge
that motivates these breeders to use the term "Bandog
" in the first place...and they know it...as they wish to claim great working abilities for their dogs by associating their dogs with the term Bandog
even when their dogs have nothing in common with the noble working Bandogges that were seen throughout history
. Do not believe such nonsense. It is easy to make false claims about the accomplishments of one's dogs, but words are cheap so 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 'working' dog from non-proven stock?" Choose wisely, and if I can help you, it will be my pleasure to do so. Thanks for reading.
H. Lee Robinson, M.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois
Owner of American Sentinel K9
Founder 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.