When it comes to dogs, the Boerboel is as proudly South African as biltong, vuvuzelas and braais. It has been around for hundreds of years and is believed to be related to the Bullmastiff – although the dog’s breeding history remains largely unknown. What we do know, however, is that it was bred to protect farmlands, which is clear from the dog’s large, muscular build.
The two sexes vary quite a bit in terms of looks, with males being distinctly more muscular than females. Males can stand about 64cm – 74cm tall, while females are noticeably smaller, between 59cm – 65cm.
In terms of weight, Boerboels can tip the scales at 70kg – 90kg.
Because of their breeding, Boerboels have strong guard dog instincts and are very reliable, intelligent and protective of their family. They are also quite energetic and can be very playful, which makes them great with children that they know.
Boerboels need strong leadership and appreciate a more dominant leader. Like most dogs, they are pack animals and thrive when they know their place and have an alpha to follow.
Boerboels are very energetic animals and love to play, making them unsuitable for apartment living. They need quite a bit of space and can live outdoors comfortably. They get along well with other dogs and animals, but don’t take kindly to strangers. This is why they should never be left to wander off by themselves.
Your Boerboel will require a long daily walk to stay active, or even a nice game of “Fetch” will do.
Boerboels are known for their great health, which makes them one the most resilient dog breeds available. Boerboels can develop hip and elbow problems, but this not very common.
Like most large pure bred dogs, Boerboels have a life expectancy of around 10 years.