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Boerboel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Boerboel so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginSouth Africa
Group Working Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Boerboel have? The dog breed also known as...
South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Boerboel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Boerboel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Boerboel breed?
American Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
Price
How much does the Boerboel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Boerboel price:
$1500-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Boerboel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Boerboel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Boerboel gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Boerboel size:
LargeGiant
Weight
How much does the Boerboel weigh? Boerboel weight:
154-200 pounds (70-90 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Boerboel? Boerboel average weight:
177 pounds (80 kg)
Height
How tall is the Boerboel? Boerboel height:
Male: 25-28 inches (64-70 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Boerboel average height:
Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Boerboel have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseShinySmooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Boerboel's coat?
BrindleCreamReddishBrownRedTawny
Grooming
How to groom the Boerboel and how often?
Effortless: The Boerboel requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Boerboel is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Boerboel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the South African Boerboel? Boerboel shedding level:
Boerboels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Boerboel have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ConfidentIntelligentTerritorialDominantObedient
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Boerboel? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Boerboel obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Boerboel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Boerboels are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Boerboels, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Boerboel sensitivity:
Boerboels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Boerboels are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the South African Boerboel need? Boerboel social needs:
Boerboels need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Boerboel dogs bark a lot? Why does my South African Mastiff bark?
Low to Average: The Boerboel rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Boerboel good as a watchdog?
Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Boerboel dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Boerboel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Boerboels are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Boerboel can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Boerboel will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Boerboel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the South African Boerboel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Boerboel? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Boerboel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Boerboel do?
Boerboels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Boerboels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Boerboel to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Boerboel roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Boerboel have high prey drive?
Boerboels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Boerboel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Boerboels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Boerboels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Boerboel dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Boerboels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Boerboel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Boerboel and children:
Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Boerboel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Boerboel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Boerboel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Boerboel is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Boerboels good office dogs? Do Boerboels make good office friendly dogs? Can Boerboels be ofiice dogs?
No
Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Boerboel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the South African Boerboel temperament with senior people? Are Boerboel dogs good for elderly owners?
Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Boerboel dogs get along with other pets? Are Boerboel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Boerboels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Boerboel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Boerboel be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Boerboel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Boerboel be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Boerboel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Boerboel be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Boerboel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Boerboel be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Boerboel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Boerboel be a boat dog?
Not really
Boerboel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Boerboel be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Boerboel breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Boerboel dogs have health problems?
Boerboels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Boerboel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Boerboel breed? Health risks of Boerboel:
AllergiesEpilepsyHip DysplasiaJoint DysplasiaVaginal Hyperplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Boerboel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Boerboel be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Boerboel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Boerboels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Boerboel have?
Boerboels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Boerboel dogs require per day?
Boerboels need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Boerboels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Boerboel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two mealsA Boerboel diet should be formulated for a large to giant breed with moderate to high exercise requirements.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Boerboel risk for obesity:
Average. The Boerboel has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Boerboel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Boerboel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Boerboel drool?
The Boerboel drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Boerboel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Boerboel puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Boerboel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Boerboel have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Boerboel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
7-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Boerboel

Pros
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Boerboel requires minimal grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Boerboels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Boerboels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Boerboels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Drooling tendency: The Boerboel drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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  • JLN115

    Jul 17, 2019, 3:52:08 PM:

    Literally will not find a better guard dog!!