Bandit - Stray black and white Scottish border
collie featured on the frontier drama
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE/NBC/1974-83.
Laura Ingalls and family with Bandit
Bandit entered into the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Melissa
Gilbert) soon after her faithful little mutt
Jack died. Laura was
reluctant to accept Bandit, but she eventually learned to love him.
Bandit debuted in the second season on the episode "A Day at the
Jeff the Dog played the role of Bandit, He was trained by veteran animal handler Ray Berwick and
Ray's nephew Brian Renfro. Michael Landon bestowed the name of "Bandit"
on Jeff the dog because he thought the black fur across
the dog's face looked like a mask.
Jeff (Jeffrey) the dog had two other litter companions: Jake and Joey. After
three seasons, Jeff was retired from the show. He is now in doggy
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