Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: South Africa
Group: Guard Dog
Height: 25-28 in.
Weight: 150-200 lbs.
Life span: 10 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes

What is the origin of the Boerboel?

The Boerboel dates back to the 1600s when Dutch, French and English settlers brought their large dogs with them to Africa. These dogs interbred with the African breeds. In the 1920s the De Beers diamond mining company wanted dogs to guard their mines and imported Bull Mastiffs. These dogs bred with the Boerboels. They can be found worldwide now except in Denmark where in 2010 the Boerboel is outlawed. People there believe the Boerboel to be a fighting dog, possibly due to its appearance.

What does the Boerboel look like?

The Boerboel is a large, powerful dog. Height is 25-28 inches tall. Weight is 150-200 lbs. Ears are folded over and v-shaped. Eyes can be light or dark brown. The nose is black. The muzzle is black and the face sometimes has a black mask. The coat is short and dense, lying close to the body. Colors are cream, tawny, reddish brown, brown and brindle. Occasional brushing is required.

What is the temperament of the Boerboel?

While the Boerboel is an excellent guard dog, it is not actively aggressive unless guided by the owner. However they do need obedience training with a firm but positive hand. The Boerboel needs to know the owner is dominant. They love children and will get along with other dogs and pets, but should be socialized early. The Boerboel is fearless, obedient and loving. They should have daily long walks and a yard for exercise. They are not suited to apartment living.

What is the Boerboel used for?

Once used for big game hunting, the Boerboel will guard its family and property and be a loving companion as well.

Possible Health Issues

Hip and elbow dysplasia, vaginal hyperplasia,, entropion, ectropion, crytorchid (undescended testicles).

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