The Banter Bulldog is a recreation of the Brabanter Bullenbeiser. Banter Bulldogges appear to the eye as a cross between the Boxer and the American Pitbull Terrier, both breeds are well-used in the breeding of the Banter Bulldogge, however the Boxer influence appears stronger present (both in genotype and phenotype).
The Banter Bulldog History
The Brabanter Bullenbeisser was the small Bullenbeisser type that was found as a family guard and working dog in the 1700's early 1800's. The Brabanter Bullenbeisser was the smaller more bull doggy type of Mastiff used to create the modern day Boxer in conjunction with other Larger Bavarian mastiffs and the obvious infusion of the "Old Time English Bulldogge's". It is also widely known that the Brabanter carried very little if any White until the 1830's when the first English type Bulldogge was first imported into Germany.
The Brabanter Bullenbeisser, once the sole property of the nobility, became the butcher's and the cattle dealer's dog. His intelligence and tractability enabled the Bullenbeisser to reinvent himself as a family and a guard dog. The Brabanter, was developed for use in close quarters on small game and was bred in the central Belgian province of Brabant.
His intelligence and tractability endeared him to a large group of individuals so that he carried on when many breeds completely disappeared. Eventually the Brabanter Bullenbeiser also dissapeared.
Created by Todd Tripp of Ohio in the late 1990's. Todd's vision was to re-create the Brabanter Bullenbeisser of the 1700's in central Belgium province known as Brabant. A strong working dog with a bully build, their legs still underneath them and were believed to range from 40-80 pounds, having a slight underbite and mostly solid in color with minimal white. My foundation consisted or dogs that were Boxer and of a working bull breed. Most of all was the consistency of using a High percentage of Boxer in the foundation brood stock. Being very selective in choosing dogs to be in his foundation and by using selective breeding to reach the final goal.
How the Name came to be.
The Banter meaning in definition "to address in a witty and teasing manner, good-natured and usually witty and animated joking" this uncanny word meaning to the description of the temperament of our breed was interesting. Also coming from the Old Belgium dogs of the 1700's from the area in and around Brabant know as the Brabanter Bullenbeisser. This lead to the name Banter Bulldogge.
The Banter Bulldogge was founded to build a strong working dog that compares to the Brabanter of the 1700's. These dogs are not direct descendants of the Extinct Brabanter Bullenbeisser but a recreation of what is believed they once were.
The component breeds used in the recreation are:
Keep in mind that all Banter Bulldogge's carry dominant Boxer heritage and a compilation of the other component breeds. A true Banter is not just a Boxer Pit mix, although often these mixes do make the best working Banters.
Banter Bulldog Appearance
The Banter Bulldogge should be a robust, athletic, muscular, mid-sized Bulldogge/Mastiff with minimal white. A strong working dog, a muscular build, athletically sound with the legs underneath them. The Banter Bulldogge is best represented at 45-80 lbs (keeping in a range we feel the Brabanter Bullenbeisser was when it was still around) a slight under bite and broad strong head while still proportionate to its body. It must compare to the Old dogs of the area of Brabant known as the Brabanter Bullenbeisser. Most of all they must be a working breed and should be proven at every opportunity.
Body: Well-muscled thick high neck blending into very muscular strong forelimbs. Their impressive strong chest should come down to meet elbows. Should appear square but not overly exaggerated. The Rib should have spring to it to allow for heavy intake of air. The back should have a slight arch with a high set tail, well muscled above shoulders. The tail is high set, naturally reaches near the hock and preferred to be docked (although less functional if docked). The feet are compact, round and the pasterns should be strong. The legs should not be "stubby" or "lanky" but have a nice balance of height compared to the length of the body to keep "performance functionality" in this breed. Front legs are muscular and well defined. There should be no appearances of turning outward or having a commonly referred to "Easty Westy" look to them. Rear Legs are very muscular for strong bouncing leaps and superior pulling power. The rear leg, ankles and feet should appear in-line and have no appearance of being cow hocked. Their legs are slightly shorter than their body is long.
Head: Head should be proportional to body, square, muscular, should have a pronounced stop between skull and muzzle with the top of the skull mostly flat. Strong Muscular Jaws. Their bite should be a slight underbite. Good strong teeth, with impressive canine teeth. Should appear "Bull Doggy" but a straigth top line. Muzzle should not be upturned allowing unresisted breathing. The rounded almond eyes that are wide set with a wrinkled brow for a look of heavy concentration., any color is acceptable. The ears are short, either dropped or rose. preferred natural but may be cropped short. The nose should be solid black or red
Height at Withers: the height at the withers for males is 40.6 centimeters (16 inches) to about 63.5 centimeters (25 inches). Bitches are around 35.6 centimeters (14 inches) high to about 58.4 centimeters (23 inches).
Weight: the weight of males is around 22.5 and 37.8 kg (50 - 85 lbs) and for bitches, this is around 22 to 34 kg (48 - 75 lbs) depending on their size.
Coat: the coat should be short and smooth.
Colors: fawn, black, red, brindle of all types, with or without black mask. All colors can posses various amounts of white up to 30%.
Banter Bulldog Temperament
Character: easy to train and very obedient. The Banter Bulldogge should be excellent with children and always loyal to its family. It is a excellent watchdog and will bark to alarm danger or to scare off trespassers. Are steady to protect if necessary but accepting of welcomed guests. They have a lower energy level indoors than out. However Banter Bulldogges do need to get a good workout or energy can become built up. They are a rough and tough during dog playing and can be fine with other dogs as long as they have been properly socialized (this largely depends on the amount of american pitbull terrier used in the breeding and the temperament of the animals (including Boxers, and American Staffordshire Terriers used). A fun dog with its family always eager for play time and is smart enough to know when play time is over.
Social Build: they must be loyal, great with children and never be overly human aggressive but yet cautious of strangers.
Banter Bulldog Socially
Care: the short coat only needs limited care. Now and then a brush is sufficient.
Education: very eager learners, flourish by dominant stable owners. Banter Bulldogges can be a bit stubborn, but their sweet nature and playfulness make them very nice trainees.
Activity: medium to high. Three daily walks, four daily walks are preferred. Exhaust them once a week and their energy levels inside are very pleasant. They have a lower energy level indoors than out. However Banter Bulldogge's do need to get a good workout or energy can become built up.
Usability: weight pull, working, hunting, guard and family pet. Banter Bulldogge's are athletic and very capable of many of today's canine sports such as weight pull, agility and personal protection. They are also at home doing terrier work or just as a home pet/watchdog.
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