Our American Sentinel Bandogs & APBTs excel as family companion protection dogs & hog catch dogs.
American Sentinel K9, LLC is the oldest and most proven bandog (bandogge) program in existence. The concept of the American Sentinel as a breed began in 1990. H. Lee Robinson, the founder of the American Sentinel Bandog, obtained both a B.S. in Animal Sciences in 1993 and Master's in Animal Sciences in 1997. During these years, Lee also developed extensive knowledge on working dogs and selective breeding. By using performance testing, health testing, and knowledge in genetics, Lee began pursuing his goal for the American Sentinel Bandog program. Today, American Sentinel K9, LLC has a consistent population (breed) of dogs with the superior attributes needed to excel as family companion guardians as well as formidable hog catch dogs, both of which are well defined as duties attributed to true bandogs. With decades committed to the task of developing the best bandog program in the world, the American Sentinel Bandog program has produced of more working class bandogs than any other program.
Understanding the concept of gene flow (the movement of genes from one population to another) provided us with the knowledge to produce our foundation dogs from carefully selected high performance working dogs. From there, the course of genetic drift (altering the frequency of genes within a population) was simply guided by objectively testing and selective breeding for many generations to refine the American Sentinel as a breed. The three primary differences between the American Sentinel and other "bandog programs" include...
1. All our bandogs are performance tested,
2. All our bandogs are health screened, &
3. After decades of breeding, we have developed a true family (breed) of bandogs.
The term "bandogge" dates back nearly a thousand years. Translated to modern English, the prefix comes from "bande" which means to bind (held together). This adjective describes the concept of bandogges as restrained canines worked as sentry dogs, protection dogs, or as catch dogs.
Just as the German Shepherd is one of many types of guard dogs, the American Sentinel is one of many types of bandogs. The resurrection of the ancient term "bandogge" has led to a number of undedicated "breeders" being drawn to the concept of bandogs. Unfortunately, undedicated breeders are unwilling to do the work required to produce and maintain true bandogs (guard dogs and catch dogs). Such fraudulent breeders wrongfully seek to validate their "breeding program" by misleading others in attempt to convince them that "bandog" refers to a certain type of "cross bred dog."
Why would undedicated breeders promote such untruths? The logical explanation is they seek to ride the coat-tails of legends despite not testing the working abilities of their own stock. Such breeders claim their dogs are suitable for protection work by associating their dogs to true working bandogs that worked as guard dogs or catch dogs, even though their own dogs have never been performance tested in either of these venues.
Correcting this myth is a constant battle. Buyer beware.
Please take the time to properly study the true History of Bandogges. Upon objectively doing so, you will not only learn the true meaning of the term "bandogge," but you will also learn this true meaning dates back nearly a thousand years.
Long before breeds existed, the first domesticated dogs earned their keep by serving and helping people secure food and/or protect their territory. Dogs earned the legendary title of "bandogge" only after they displayed exceptional physical abilities and relentless mental determination to apprehend, control, and subdue their opponent. The practice of tethering such dogs became the basis and justification of the use of the term "bande," which is the root word of the term bandog.
When used correctly, the term "bandog" does not define a breed or cross, but instead defines a "banded" (bound) dog with unique combative skills against man and/or dangerous game when released from binding restraint.
To produce healthy, practical, and functional protection dogs, we at American Sentinel K9, LLC strive to maintain the highest standards in the working bandog (bandogge) industry, and with a little research you too will discover we are unsurpassed in this regard. By "practical and functional," the American Sentinel must...
American Sentinel K9, LLC is licensed by the State of Mississippi and has the highest standards in the Bandog industry. H. Lee Robinson, M.S. is the owner and training director at American Sentinel K9, LLC. Before working to improve the quality of working dogs available, Lee pursued accurate information on the various philosophies, theories, and practices as they pertained to animal behavior, anatomy & physiology, husbandry, genetics, and reproduction. Lee's research and personal interests with working animals led him to study bandogs in the early 1990's while obtaining a Bachelor's Degree (1993) and a Master's Degree (1997) in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois.
While pursuing his education, Lee also gained experience in animal behavior, training, and reproduction by working with professionals in the animal industry, including various canine trainers as well as the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's, and became certified in Artificial Insemination. Every dog bred at American Sentinel K9, LLC is performance tested and hip x-ray tested, and we offer one of the best health guarantees in the bandog industry. In addition to the above, Lee has produced and trained hundreds of working bandogs. For these reasons, American Sentinel K9, LLC is able to offer a level of education, experience, and service that other bandog breeders cannot match.
To ensure every generation of American Sentinels is performance tested, the American Sentinel Canine Registry (ASCR-side 1 & Side 2) requires all breeding stock to display the traits required by bandogs before their offspring may be registered. Criminals and wild hogs both have a devastating impact on the lives of honest hard working people, which is why the ASCR remains true to the bandog's history and requires protection training demonstrations or documented legal catch dog hunts as validation of working potential. American Sentinels must display exceptional athleticism, drive, heat tolerance, stamina, determination, and combative abilities.
Like any dog, owning a sentry dog, guard dog, or protection dog requires responsibility and is not the best option for people that are irresponsible or that do not like animals. That said, there is a reason dogs are the oldest domesticated species on the planet. Simply put, they can be a great asset. Dogs provide not just companionship, they also watch, alarm, protect, hunt, and excel at scent detection.
Without getting into crime statistics, most of us already know that criminal activity occurs far too often, and in a struggling economy crime is a legitimate concern. Here at American Sentinel K9, LLC, we find great pleasure in helping honest law abiding citizens do what they can to maintain their safety and security by providing them with an additional layer of protection for their property, lives, and most loved possessions...their family and children.
Even in today's technological world, crime prevention statistics report that a large confident dog is still one of the best layers of home and personal protection that one can have. A home alarm is great, and we recommend them, but they typically do not actually stop people from coming into your home. Instead, they only notify you that someone is already in your home. It is obviously better to stop criminals from ever getting inside in the first place.
While firearms can also be a valuable asset, they cannot come to you when you need them nor can they wake you up when you are sleeping. Additionally, criminals are generally cowardice individuals that look for easy targets. When a criminal sees a big dog clearly telling them to go somewhere else, criminals tend to quickly honor that request.
In summary, a quality protection dog not only reduces the chance a criminal will come in, but should a criminal come in the dog will let you know when that happens and can come to your aid when needed...that is if one has the right dog for the job.
Catching dangerous game has remained a large portion of the Bandog's history, yet few bandog programs test their dogs in this venue. For these reasons, we welcome hunters of wild boar to try our dogs as catch dogs in legal hunting applications.
Our "Catch Dog Program" exists for people that can provide proof of their catch dogs being used in legal hunting situations, and allows qualified hog hunters access to quality catch dogs at a discounted price in order to further prove the American Sentinel as the premier bandog program in existence. Before you contact us about this program, there are a few things you should know ahead of time.
Before buying what you believe is a functional bandog, we recommend that you do a bit of research to make sure you do not purchase a poorly bred dog by one of the many fake, yet supposed, "bandog programs" that are unfortunately far too common today. "Bandogs" have become somewhat of a fad in some circles and are often misrepresented, and unfortunately many pretenders have popped up. These individuals some times believe their own nonsense, but more often than not they are knowingly misrepresenting themselves and will lie to sell an unqualified dog to a potential client. That said, do not worry. These fake individuals are easily and quickly recognized for what they really are. A little research now can save you many headaches later. All you need to do is ask for a performance demo of their breeding stock. We understand many of the people interested in protection dogs, sentry dogs, and/or guard dogs are new to the subject and do not really know what to look for, so below we are providing a few tips:
If we can help you, it will be our pleasure to do so. These K9 companion guardians are suitable for active lifestyles and family settings. It has taken years of research, education, and experience to produce the breed we consider to be the ultimate family K9 companion guardian. We believe our dogs are some of the finest canines in existence when it comes to being a family companion guardian. Our dogs are registered with us under the American Sentinel Canine Registry (ASCR).
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Boarding with or without obedience training will be available to the public on a limited basis (space permitting). Our very heavy duty all steel construction (no aluminum) kennels are 6'8" wide and 20'4" long and are the largest in the industry. Each kennel has over 100 square feet of full shade and over 35 square feet of sun. All areas exposed to sunlight are secured covered fence style roofing. Two further aid in security, the roof above each kennel is made of 20 gauge decking material, the side panels are top folded 24 gauge (no sharp edges), and every gate has two latches which only opens to the center isle. Finally, to enter or exit the kennel, we have secondary safety gates at both ends of the isle. Waste material feeds into a drain system for cleanliness & disease prevention.
American Sentinel K9, LLC - Creator of the American Sentinel as the premier family K9 companion guardian. The American Sentinel is the most tested and proven bandog in existence today, and performs very well in protection dog applications or as a canine hunter (aka..."catch dog") of dangerous wild game, such as wild boar.
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