The Bandog or Bandogge was a name first given to dogs of the mid-1200-1300s. Originally not a breed but a term used to describe dogs that were bound during the day, often by chain and then set free at night as guard dogs to deter intruders.
Originally this dog was made up of various varieties, each with a focus on its guardian nature. The natural inclination due to purpose was to select dogs of various mollosser types; thus, their more eventual standardized look resembles many of the bully breeds today.
In the mid-1960s, Dr. John Swinford set about to create, as he put it, "the ultimate guard dog." The primary foundation dogs for his program were the American Pit Bull Terrier and various mastiff lines, with the largest focus on that of the English Mastiff.
Those educated on dog breeds will see that this dog is the precursor to the modern-day American Bulldog and American Bully.
While many such as Dave Wilson, Tony Moore, and Richard Barajah are often given credit for developing the American Bully, the reality is that the practice of such purposeful breeding has been going on for centuries.
Many see these people as controversial figures due to their use of misleading documents with the United Kennel Club and feel that they have led to the demise of the true American Pit Bull Terrier. While this is a fair discussion, there is no denying the marketing prowess used in promoting the American Bully breed, which has led to widespread acceptance of the American Bully and significant changes in the dog registration industry itself.
Currently, most individuals who were at one time breeding under the Bandog / Bandogge moniker who remain breeding today have switched over to the American Bully as their goby name in preference due to its more widespread acceptance and softer imagery. However, due to the increased standardization of the American Bully, many breeders are again opting to go back to the Bandog description to have more flexibility in their base breed choices.