Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): South African Mastiff; South African Boerboel
The Boerboel, or South African Mastiff, may be a new breed recognized in 2015 by the American Kennel Club (AKC), but this powerful farm dog has an extensive history in its native South Africa according to the South African Boerboel Breeders Association. (Indeed, its name literally means "farmer's dog" in Afrikaans.) With mastiff and bulldog in its background, this working breed was developed to protect people and livestock on isolated farms and ranches. Because it's highly territorial, the dog is not a good fit for every household or neighborhood. The AKC strongly advises potential owners only to consider the Boerboel after they have gained experience working with another large breed.
Appearance / health:
The Boerboel is a typical mastiff: large, strong, and muscular. With a well-proportioned body, it looks impressive and imposing. The head is short, broad, deep, square, and muscular with a short muzzle and black nose. The eyes are broad and horizontally set; the V-shaped ears are set high at the back of the head and usually drooping. The neck is broad, strong, and muscular. The tail is set high and generally docked; however, long tails are also seen.
The Boerboel is an average shedder. Maintenance is easy and an occasional brushing and a monthly bath helps to keep the dog clean.
They require daily exercise in the form of walks and play sessions.
The Boerboel is generally a very healthy breed. However, the breed does suffer occasionally from common canine diseases including distemper (bad cold with a fever caused by a virus attack), hepatitis (liver disorder), leptospirosis (fatal liver disorder), parvovirus (intestinal disorder caused by a virus attack), bordetella (respiratory disorder leading to coughing), and Lyme's disease (a disease caused by ticks leading to chronic arthritis). Some of the other common diseases found to trouble the breed include rabies (disease that attacks nerve tissues, resulting in paralysis and death), diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting.
Behavior / temperament:
Boerboels make an excellent guard dog, as their protective instincts are quite strong. They require a dominant owner who has the time for socialization and training. When kept alone for long periods, they may indulge in destructive habits such as barking and chewing simply out of boredom.
The Boerboel responds best to firm, consistent obedience training. Dogs of this breed respond well to praise.
The breed is not very noisy by nature. It seldom barks.
wonderful pet, playful family member, Fierce protectors, athletic dog, devoted protector, loveable dogs
strong personality, alpha male, dominant signs, aggressive, alpha owner
correct scissors, black nails, careful mother, strong bones, heavy bark, square head
"We selected Jack from a litter of pups, all paws and happy puppy energy! He was the cutest looking dog amongst the litter, and we were adamant we wanted a male dog! On the way home my son and I debated on his name. There was a massive storm brewing at that time, and I thought of naming him something to do with the weather, but my future daughter-in-law had recently lost her dog called “Storm” so we vetoed that idea. A while back we had begun naming the animals after alcoholic drinks – for no particular reason. We had a Lab called Shandy, another Labrador cross called Guinness (yes pitch black and with a perfect head!) and a mixed breed brown dog called Sherry. To carry on the “tradition” we called him Jack Daniels – Jack, or Jack Jack for short.<br>With his smooth coat he was a pleasure to groom and have in the house! His size proved a problem at the start – he was by far the biggest dog we had owned so far! As well as the amount of food required as his daily allowance! But he is such a kind loving dog.<br>We were told by his breeders that their dogs were trained attack dogs and that Jack would have the same temperament. My son and I decided that we wouldn’t train him that way and taught him to be gentle – our gentle giant! He is generally placid and even tempered but his sheer size intimidates any would be thief or intruder!<br>The most off-putting thing about a Boerbul is their tendency to drool, and a handy cloth to wipe his jowls is often needed, especially if he is watching you eat!<br>Jack has attached himself to my daughter-in-law, he will do anything for her! She was the first one to coax him into having a collar on for his first walk. She can easily coax him out of his kennel when no-one else can and he is the first one to greet her when she walks into the yard. I think, if he could, he would sit on her lap!."
From Coralbell Jul 24 2014 5:18AM
"Boerboel dogs are large muscular and agile working dogs. They need farms or large yards to keep them occupied and to exercise. My puppy was very loving and very social, seeking attention from his master at every opportunity.<br>Like most Boerboels, he was an outdoor dog, due to his size and long tail. Playtime could turn any indoor space into a war zone in mere seconds, therefore this mastiff relative needs to be considered only if you have the room for it to be free. A Good fence is recommended. My dog frequently "escaped" from our farm and eventually this lead to him being bit by a snake. Unfortunately he died from the snake bite, and we only found him a few days later in the bush about one mile from home.<br>My Boerboel was one of 15 dogs we had, so he was trained in basic obedience, and to be a watch/guard dog. It was very easy to train boerboels in guarding the homestead, since they are instinctively very protective of their territory.<br>They all got along very well with other animals, including rabbits, cats and chickens. They did not like strangers though, specifically strange people. They would pin anyone in a corner, and not let them go unless instructed by their master.<br>They require a consistent and strong minded owner, and will turn on their owners if treated badly. In general they are extremely protective of their "pack" and will protect children and their owners to the death.<br>This bread was used to hunt Lions, so expect it to be a Lion eater at heart.."
From Pokkel25 Jun 28 2014 4:29PM