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Boerboel

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Boerboel

The Boerboel (also known as the South African Mastiff) is a large, molosser-type breed of dog from South Africa. The word boerboel is Afrikaans for "farmer's dog". They have a massive, well-balanced head that is wedge shaped. The top of the head is broad and flat. The muzzle is black and the nose has large nostrils. The loose upper lip should cover the lower lip but not hang over the jaw. The teeth should meet in a scissors-bite. The eyes can be any shade of brown and have firm, well-pigmented eye-lids. The medium-sized ears are v-shaped, sit high and align with the top of the head. The ears should form a straight line when the dog is alert. The muscular neck is strong and has loose skin under the throat. The chest is broad and strong. The topline should be straight. The back paws are slightly smaller than the front paws. The large, well-padded front paws are round with dark toe nails. Dew claws should be removed. The short tail is straight and attached high on the body. The coat is short and dense and comes in cream white, reddish brown, pale tawny, brown and all shades of brindle.

Temperament The Boerboel is intelligent, obedient and is a strong watchdog and guard dog. They are playful and patient with children in the household; however, they are leery of people who they perceive as strangers. They do fine with other animals and dogs in the household. They love to be around their people and hate being left alone for long periods. This is a dominant breed that needs a dominant owner. They love to play ball but their strong jaws may puncture it. Do not fret! They will play with the flat ball just fine.
Height, Weight Male Height: 25-28" ; Weight: up to 200 lbs.
Female Height: 23-26" ; Weight: 154-190 lbs.
Health Problems There are no known health concerns associated with this breed.
Living Conditions The Boerboel should not live in an apartment. They need a large, securely-fenced yard where they can play and run. This is an outdoor breed but they should not be left to run on their own as they have very strong protective instincts.
Exercise This breed requires lots of daily exercise which should include a long daily walk or jog. This breed loves a good game of ball.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming This breed is fairly easy to groom. Brush occasionally and bathe monthly. They are average shedders.
Origin The Boerboel originated in South Africa. When Jan van Riebeeck landed on the Cape of South Africa, he brought with him his protective mastiff known as a Bullenbitjer. These heavy and big dogs resembled mastiffs. The Mastiffs had to be strong to survive the dangers of South Africa. There was no place for the weak. The African Boerboel was developed through these tough and strong mastiff dogs. Today, the breed is rare and relatively unknown. They have recently been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Working, UKC Guardian Dog