Thinking about purchasing an South African Boerboel? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the South African Boerboel breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good South African Boerboel owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the South African Boerboel and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an South African Boerboel Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new South African Boerboel and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
South African Boerboel Profile
With a name in Afrikaans meaning "farmer dog", the South African Boerboel doesn't sound like the massive, protective Mastiff that it is. They have thick, stocky bodies that are brindle, brown, cream, reddish brown and tawny colored with a black mask and ears. South African Boerboel's are of Mastiff stock, large animals, and act like the typical Mastiff. They are protective of their family, but can be discerning as to whether a stranger is a threat or not. They like to be with their people, and are friendly and affectionate to their own. South African Boerboels originate from a tough and dangerous land, which has worked to their advantage to create a truly tough and sturdy dog. South African Boerboels are strong, intelligent, and territorial. They are protective of their families, and are thought to have been used to defend against leopards. Although they can be confident and dominant, the South African Boerboel needs human companionship throughout the day. They are not good to leave alone, and they may resort to destructive instincts if this is done. Said to have a sixth sense about people, this breed can distinguish a threat from a friend.
Other Names: South African Mastiff, Boerboel
25 - 28 inches; Female 23 - 25.5 inches.
yellow, brindle, brown, cream, reddish brown and tawny. Often they have a black
mask and possibly some white on the legs, chest, head and neck.
African Boerboels are protective, territorial, and judging of strangers. They
are aggressive towards people walking by on the street, and should be confined
constantly unless on leash and trained. The South African Boerboel is, however,
very friendly and affectionate with its owners. It loves to be around people
and hates to be alone. If left alone for a long period of time, this breed may
become destructive. They are surprisingly gentle with children they know, and
will even give them rides on their backs! The Boerboel is obedient, intelligent
and self assured. They can be rather dominant and need a dominant owner. They
are surprisingly good with other pets including cats and other dogs.
South African Boerboel Care and
Training: The South African Boerboel needs little maintenance
compared to other breeds. The fur is short and needs little grooming, but brushing
every once in a while is sufficient. They can also get their exercise from playing
in their own backyard. They love to play with balls, and love to go walking
as well. Either solution is good exercise for the Boerboel. Be sure to check
the nails, ears and teeth periodically.
South African Boerboel Health Issues: This breed is relatively healthy and has no health issues specific to this breed.
Life Span: 7 - 10 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
South African Boerboels
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