Today's mastiffs are manmade for example the Old English Mastiff was possibly created by using the small British Fighting Mastiff crossed with Mastiff of Asia which would have been supplied by the Phoenician traders. Mastiffs were primarily used for hunting, protection and going to war. Kubla Khan, (Genghis Khan’s grandson) used approximately 5,000 mastiffs in his war campaigns as did the Romans and the English.
The Bandog is a Saxon term for mastiff. The name Bandog came about by a mastiff being kept secured on a wide leather band as a watch/alarm dog and more than likely they were black as black mastiffs existed in ancient times. The colour black was preferred as they could not be seen in the dark. If you cannot see the dog in the dark this makes for a better guard dog.
Due to the devastation of the Second World War a lot of dog breeds were threatened with extinction. The mastiff being one. From the end of the Second World War the people of the canine world have been line breeding many different breeds of dogs in the belief that they were reconstructing and preserving their choice of breed. However due to narrow mindedness they have lost their way and a lot of dogs are endangered breeds displaying serious health problems such as temperament, structural soundness, digestive and eye disorders, skin and immune system problems. Overall they seem to have lost the ability to be functional.
The mastiff is a utility dog that is family orientated but capable of guarding, hunting or going to war.
Our Australian Mastiff is an all round dog that is temperamentally sound. These dogs have a high level of intelligence and ability. They possess longevity, are easy to train and have a natural guarding ability and are excellent personal protection dogs and are low maintenance. They have virtually no dog odour. Colours available are apricot, fawn, silver, brindle and black. (Black is very rare colour).
Breeds used in the construction of the Australian Mastiff
Ancient mastiffs are extinct, but all breeds that are in the Australian Mastiff descend from them by various lines:
English mastiff: as it was reconstructed using Old English Mastiff, Great Dane, Bull Mastiff, Newfoundland, many crosses of St Bernard (The Alpine Mastiff), Deerhound, Bloodhound, Wolfhound, Douge de Bordeaux, Spanish Mastiff and Scotch Collie.
Great Dane: To give and maintain height and intelligence
Bullmastiff: It’s genetic background is closer to the original Old English Mastiff
Rottweiler: This dog was constructed using 3/4 Old English Mastiff and 1/4 Collie. Super smart , with the advantage of collie giving great intelligence and trainability.
Rhodesian Ridgeback: Heat tolerant and tick resistant, great temperament and originally bred in a country of extreme conditions
Douge de Bordeaux: Is a dog of great determination and once his adrenaline reaches a certain level he is almost unstoppable, but at the same time time he is a wonderful family companion. Contains French Parisan and Doguin (Docaan)
Central Asian Ovcharka: This has been the most exciting part. This ancient and largely unknown dog is certainly some dog. Great all round ability, however like all other breeds it is now starting to display problems that have obviously come from a lack of selective breeding and line breeding. This dog has been carbon dated back 7,000 years.
All the breeds used in the creation of the Australian mastiff relate back to the early mastiffs.
In summing up our dogs possess great genetic strength, disease resistance, are temperamentally sound. Subservient to children, tolerant to extremes in temperature change. Easy to train and perform to a high level. We feel that this pedigree is comparable if not superior to any other pedigree in the world.
Our dogs are undoubtedly supreme guard dogs for personal/family protection, companionship and all security work. Their natural senses never fail to give advance warning of approaching danger. These magnificant dogs are happy to be at home with the family and love to sit beside you in the garden or just be inside and watch TV, but are always on guard duty and will detect strange scents and strange noises instantly. If you like swimming they will love it more than you.
It has taken me over 45 years to reach the level of quality that I have now produced. It has taken a lot of hard work and research to produce what you are now looking at. I am constantly striving to maintain a world class dog.
When you purchase one of our dogs I am available for ongoing training consultancy to help you and your dog become one. This can be done by telephone and you will find it is of great value to you.
These dogs are not registered with any canine society
I hope that you find my dogs as enjoyable as I do.