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2012- Andante fun page on the Facebook (with new pictures)!:              www.facebook.com/AndanteBandogKennels

 

 

 

2011- Lord Henry Baliasinsky (Russia) to visit our kennel, with one 5 weeks old puppy from Andante Bandog Kennels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011- New pictures in Gallery (look in Gallery from 21-23 page) "Rocky Andante (male), Missy Andante (female), Hector Andante (male)"- 8 months old puppies on the pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANDANTE BANDOGS produced in 2011 (selective promotion). Puppies are 5 months old on the pictures, typical representation of Andante Bandogs bloodline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On / Off Bandogs „Karma" ( Dam: On / Off Bandogs Kimi x Sire: On / Off Bandogs Sumo), import  from Greece- Athens. Andante Bandog Kennels want to thank our breeding partner and friend Stelios Sdrolias from Greece- Athens (On / Off Bandogs Greece) for this unique and extraordinary breeding gift. Female „Karma"  is for Andante breeding program big honor! „Karma" combines the most exclusive combinations of working Bandogs bloods in the „Bandog world", the world famous: On / Off Bandogs (Greece), Lucero´s WCK9 (USA), Thunderdome (USA) and Molosser Gate (Greece) bloodlines.  Karma parents: the mother „Kimi" is a double-bred Lucero´s Judo (granddaughter) and the father „Sumo" is a son of On / Off Bandogs Vito (son of Lucero´s Judo- litter brother of Lucero´s Curly).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucero´s Judo „Dude" (Lucero´s Working Class K-9, USA): parents- Lucero´s Mugsy x Lucero´s Knuckles. Imported from USA to Greece by Stelios Sdrolias in 2004 and has been the foundation stud for many breedings. Previously owned by Tom Richie (USA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010, Exclusive Andante Bandog Kennels interview with Stelios Sdrolias- On/Off Bandogs Kennel (Greece).

We took the occasion of announcing our co-operation and partnership between Andante Bandog Kennels and On/Off Greek Bandog Kennel,to ask  some very interesting questions and talk with Stelios Sdrolias from Greece.

Stelios Sdrolias is owner On/Off Greek Bandog Kennel, Head instructor and trainer specialized in K9 training, security services, dog behavior  issues, protection  dogtraining. On/Off Bandog Kennel is,for us, one of the best Bandog Kennel in the world, producing quality and consistent working bandogs. Stelios Sdrolias personaly imported first Bandogs from USA to Greece, directly from Lucero´s Working Class K9 (USA) and Thunderdome Kennel (USA). He is the only one  co-operating with Joseph Lucero III. building his On/Off Bandogs blood line, which consist of unique and rare Lucero´s and Thunderdome´s  blood lines along with lines he has created from "ground zero".

1. Question: Hi Stelios, firstly I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Why did you choose  to  breed Bandogs and  not ,for example, Pitbulls or Mastino Napoletanos or any other breed?

Stelios: Hi Patrik and Petra! It will be my pleasure and honour to answer any questions you might have.Breeding bandogs , or any other breed, was not in my priorities when i was first exposed to them.It came as a necessity ,after being dissapointed by so many other breeds that i trained and tested.I chose the Bandog as my personal dog. This is what i wanted to guard my house and family and this is the dog i had extreme pleasure working in personal protection! Don't get me wrong,I love all dogs esp Pitbulls and Mastinos, but they are not my breed of choice.They do contain many qualities i like in Bandogs.It is just that the Bandog has it all in one package!

2. Question: When and how did you import  unique Bandog blood lines from USA to Greece?

Stelios: I obtained my female bandog Kalma in 2001 from Molosser Gate kennels in Greece. But i was infected by the "Bandog Virus" (laughs).Then,I imported Rony and Mila in 2002 from Joseph Lucero's kennel (Working Class K9) . Mila was for a dear friend of mine who died almost a year after while fishing,and Rony was for my ex-partner who owns BandogFarm kennel. In 2003, Mario Governale from Thunderdome kennels contacted me -after seeing some training videos from my dogs- about sending me a puppy from his line as a gift.I was very honoured by his proposal.In addition to the puppy i got, i also imported a female and an a male puppy from his breeding.They were placed ,again, at my ex-partner.

After almost two years after importing Rony , and countless hours of training,I reached the decision that Rony is not a dog that someone could base a serious breeding program.This is when I contacted Joe Lucero again for a new dog.His friendship shined through the fact that he managed to obtain a great dog from his line for me. This dog was owned by the late Mr.Tom Richie and was named Lucero's Dude while he was in USA. I got him on July 4th ,2004 , the day Greece played against Czech Republic in the unforgettable 2004 Euro Football Championship ! I renamed him from Dude to Judo the minute i layed eyes on him. Judo is a litterbrother to Lucero's Curly (famous for his appearances in HULK movie and Fear Factor among other things).

3. Question: Why did you aim for Lucero´s and Thunderdome's bloodlines?

Stelios: I first heard about Lucero Bandogs in 1999 when i was in a seminar at San Diego. Less than a year after that , i saw the first video footage of them working..They were the best molosser dogs i have ever seen in action.At that time i was heavily involved in American Bulldogs via the European Am.Bulldog Club. The Thunderdome lines i first saw in 2001. Martin Lieberman (who was a key-man in the original Swinford Bandog project ) had written a great critique about Mario Governale and his kennel.

I believe these two lines were the best in their era and that is why i chose them.

4. Question: Your kennel name On/Off is very interesting, what does it mean?

Stelios: (Laughs) On when you need them, Off when you don't !! (laugh) Well, joking apart, the term On/Off comes from what i call the "internal switch" my bandogs seem to have. They enjoy doing bitework and serious protection work but at the same time they are great pets for the family and kids.

5. Question: Which are your priorities in your breeding program?

Stelios: First of all comes Working temperament , second (but equally important) is good health , third is to produce bandogs that are genetically good with little kids and fourth is their appearance (height,weight etc). Many programs i see nowadays ,sacrifice working ability for size and/or they produce good pets without producing serious workers.

 I stick to my plan, and so far it works out very good!

6. Question: Only few people in the world own  dogs from Lucero´s or Thunderdome or even your On/Off blood line , owner must qualify to have a dog from that  lines?

Stelios: First of all, i consider it an honour to be put in the same sentence with Joe Lucero and Mario Governale.I hope to re-pay their trust and friendship by my actions as a bandog breeder.

For me , the Bandog is a dog that few people must own.And this is for various reasons..First being that Bandogs are rarely for first time owners.They are powerful animals and potentially dangerous in the wrong hands.Another primary reason is that the future owner has to appreciate the history and hard work it takes to produce a working caliber Bandog.If he does not, then he can use a unique dog like that as a "money making machine" to support his income! or even worse , if the wrong people are involved ,we might end up seeing Bandogs in dogs shows and beauty contests!

I very much fear that this will be Bandog's ugly future!

7. Question: When Andante Bandog Kennels chose you for co-operation (application for co-operation), what did you know about us?

Stelios: Well, I knew you come from a country that has a history in dog breeding (among other things) and i had seen bits and pieces from your dogs doing bitework. I really liked that you put emphasis in working abilities first and foremost!

8. Question: This interview also serves as the announcement   of  Andante kennels and On/Off Bandogs co-operation. Why Andante? Why share your bloodilne  to different blood line dogs from Slovakia?

Stelios: Yes, after quite some time , I have decided that i cannot win the battle against the so-called programs that do not produce Bandogs true to their history and Function. I made a huge mistake by helping people that actually ruined Bandogs in my homeland.If i had known better ,things might have been much better in the bandog scene in Greece..

The reason I decided to work with Andante  is that you share the same principals and priorities when it comes to Bandogs. This is the only way for the Working Bandogs to be preserved and succeed in the future! Things like big kennels , high end supplements, breeding for looks , breeding for money etc , will only ruin these magnificent dogs..And those with open minds can already see it coming!

Another reason that i wanted to work with Andante kennels comes from your own words Patrik.

You once told me " I feel that I have the top of what our lines  here in SK can offer me and my program!". To me this is a huge reason to search for something that will elevate your program to the next level.

9. Question: What do you expect from our co-operation ? maybe new working blood line Bandogs?

Stelios: First I expect honesty , which is something that goes both ways! Honesty is the base.The good dogs will certainly follow.There is no doubt in my mind about that.Like I always say : It is the human behind the dog and not the dog in front of the human..

10. Question: Stelios, once told me: "Bandog is for good people!" what did you mean by it?

Stelios: Only people with good heart and good intentions will help the preservation of Bandogs in the future.It has been done throughout the centuries and with all breeds of dogs..This is why you see extremely few breeders in every breed, keeping the original -in mind and body-  dogs alive!

11. What is your message to young and starting breeders or Bandog owners, who don't know much about the qualities of good working Bandogs?

Stelios: Education is the key! First educate yourselves,there is litereture for working dogs and Bandogs. Go out and see for yourselves, ask questions ,test dogs if you are qualified enough.

Breeding bandogs is hard work with lots of rough paths..If you want to make money, breed toy breeds. Bandogs are for good people!

12. Thank you Stelios from On/Off Bandogs Greece !

Stelios: Thank you Patrik and Petra from Andante Bandog Kennels!

On/Off´s Vito "Corleone" (Lucero´s Judo x Thunderdome´s Lara), owner: Stelios Sdrolias- On/Off Bandogs Greece

A short glance in the modern Bandog history in Greece

My quest for the strongest protection dog - regardless of breed - prompted me to meet and test many breeds, both in Greece and abroad.

The first to deal with these dogs in Greece was Mr.Panagiotis Tsikouris , owner of Molosser Gate kennels. His first Bandog was imported from Romania on 1993-94 for Mr.Dimitrios Gletzakos (Top applied martial arts instructor and expert in VIP bodyguarding).Due to Mr.Gletzakos house move, the dog ended up at Molosser Gate kennels. From people who have seen the dog work, it  results that this dog was a mediocre specimen temperament wise..Maybe this what pushed Mr.Tsikouris to create his own line from his existing stock of APBT and Neapolitan Mastiffs. A new line was created,which became very famous all over Greece.The most famous ones were : Hades, Lulu Bell , Boss and Kronos. Offspring from those dogs were used for protection and breeding purposes.

Among the first  who shared his experience on Bandogs in a private circle of people, was John Sideris. A protection dog trainer from UK who trained dogs and K9 handlers for security agencies.He had a personal experience with these dogs since his partner owned the famous "Zane".His views sparked a flame for many who were searching for the ultimate defence dog for PP and patrol work.One of the most noteable UK breeders of that era was John Young (J7 Security).His dogs defined the beginning of the re-birth of the Bandogge in the UK.

In 1999 I had the opportunity to discuss more about the Bandogs from an American Bulldog breeder in California (I was attending a technical seminar in San Diego at the time ).I tried to meet the most significant breeder of our time, Jospeh Lucero III, but it was not feasible at that time..We kept a good contact which proved to be priceless in the future.

In 2000 I contacted Mr.Tsikouris and visited his kennel numerous times.I tested his Bandogs and it was the first live encounter I had with these dogs.The most impressive specimen was -for me - Boss (First generation Bandog). Although I bought my first Bandog named Kalma in 2001 from his kennel, my quest for a more complete Bandog had just begun. This was the time I met Nikos Meligounakis  - a non-commissioned officer of the Greek Air Force and dog trainer- who saw Kalma for the first time in 2002. Thrilled by her temperament, we started exchanging ideas and views about Bandogs and similar breeds.After a while he was converted from a Cane Corso fan to a Bandog one.

My next step was to import straight from Mr.Lucero's kennel(Working Class K9) 2 puppies in 2002. The male pup was named Rony , which Nikos asked me to import as his personal future dog, and a female pup named Mila for my late dear friend Alexandros Antiochos.

In 2003 I was contacted by a Bandog breeder , Mario Governale owner of Thunderdome Kennels NY, who was kind enough to offer me a pup for free after acknowledging my dedication for Bandogs. It was then ,when Nikos asked me again to import 2 more pups (a male for his brother and a female for him).Due to the excellent relationship I had with Mr.Governale, I managed to import 3 pups from his kennel. Thunderdome's Zara, Lara and Atlas.

This created a core of good Bandogs from selected kennels in Greece.

In 2004 and after extensive training scenarios and tests, Rony (the dog was trained by John Sideris) it was obvious that he was not a dog that could "base" a breeding line the way I had imagined it. It was then that I asked for Mr.Lucero's help again. His response was phenomenal. He bought back a dog from his very successful bloodline , a full brother to the famous Lucero's Curly (TV: Fear Factor, Movie : Hulk, Don't mess with the Zohan ). His name was Lucero's Dude and was owned by the famous dog trainer Mr.Tom Richie. Before the dog was sent to Greece, Mr.Lucero told me to make clear to Nikos that Rony should be -at least- neutered , so he could never be bred. A perfectly sound  demand from someone who believes that only the supreme quality specimens should be allowed to be bred. It was July 4th , 2004 ,when Dude arrived in my country. It was the same day that Greece won over CZ Republic in the renowned Euro 2004 Football Championship. A typical Lucero Bandogge in both type and temperament. I changed his name from Dude to Judo.

At that period I could not keep another dog in my house ,so  Judo was kept under co-ownership terms by Nikos in his house.

Unfortunately my collaboration with Nikos was terminated in August 2008. The main reasons that led me to end it was that he did breedings for financial purposes and mainly because he lied to me repeatedly , violating our agreement on the number and frequency of breeding the dogs. A prime example of that is Thunderdome's Lara who has been bred at least 6 times by the time she was 7 years old and sometimes without resting between litters. He also violated the agreement on Rony's non-breeding status, who he bred for financial gain, putting my relationship with Mr.Lucero  on the line. Needles to say that Mr.Lucero was outmost disappointed by Nikos's ethics.

Some might consider this testimony as a personal attack against Nikos. I can assure them that this is not the case. I gave far too many chances to him to step back on the right track,but he chose to become a puppy producing farm.. It is obvious that education and moral values are the driving forces of our actions. It is those actions that will ultimately provide a judgment against the passing of time.. I cannot ethically afford to associate my name with the mass producing of Bandogs. I feel committed to myself and to the people that supported me in raising,training and breeding these dogs.

On/Off Bandogs Greece ® remains true to the policy "few selected breeding for few selected owners". My love for these dogs and  my mission to perfect them, has no room for financially driven mass production of dogs for the general public . Dogs from my breedings have found their way in the USA, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Finland, Norway, Slovakia even Madagascar. Gaining excellent testimonials even from other Bandog breeders. This is my payback for the the effort I place upon these dogs.

We are the only kennel in Greece (and quite possibly the world) that has access to dogs from the Lucero bloodline for breeding purposes. Mr'Lucero's friendship ,guidance and of course his dogs will continue to be a huge part of our program.

Stelios Sdrolias

On/Off  Bandogs Greece

ANDANTE BANDOG KENNELS working videos:

Andante Bandog Kennels- Killa and Mocca

Andante Bandog Kennels

Andante Bandog Kennels- 7 months old female puppy "MOCCA"

Andante Bandog Kennels- 6 months old female puppy "MOCCA"

Andante Bandog Kennels- 5 months old female puppy" MOCCA"

Andante Bandog Kennels- 3 months old female puppy "MOCCA"

Andante Bandog Kennels- 18 months old female "KILLA"

Andante Bandog Kennels presents 18 months old female "KILLA"

„Gun without gun licence"Andante Bandog Kennels provides comprehensive FBS- Full Bandog Service for elite and special units, security agencies, special police and military corps and also private persons. We offer high quality dogs from our selective breeding, exclusively unique blood lines for work as for private security and for property security- K9.