There is a no-frills, no-nonsense quality to this sleek-coated Avenger, which can be as much as 27 at the shoulder and weigh as much as you can. It is characterized as a descendant of the ancient “molluser” dog family, a foundation for today’s Mastiff-type breeds, with a broad and blocked head, powerful jaws, and thick muscles to emerge from the neck. In motion, the Boerboel may just be the most agile of all Mastiff types.
The imposition of Boerboel is dedicated to protecting the people and places he loves. Training and socialization must begin early, before a puppy becomes a dominant adult. It is a trained, versatile breed, eager to spend time with its adorable humans. Nevertheless, a Boerboel may be too much dog for a novice owner to handle.
“Boer,” a Dutch word meaning “peasant”, was a name given to Dutch, German, and Huguenot settlers of South Africa, which began in the mid-1600s. To protect their remote homesteads from predators, they brought with them large Guard Dogs, bull types and mastiff types. The exchange of these and other European bloodlines in South Africa resulted in the use of something called the Boer Dog, which was used by Boer settlers as a large game hunter and defender.
Further refinements eventually led to Boerbel (“Farmer’s Dog”), a fearless owner specializing in stove and home security. His agility and prodigious power came in handy when fleeing or molesting ferocious wildlife, whether hunting lions or feeding calves.
One should not conclude that Boerbel was a quarrelsome animal who was constantly spoiling for battle. Because the breed was primarily designed to be the defender of the family, Boerboels had to be sensitive and smart to tell the enemy from friends and take its cues from the people they protect. Boerbells have never been known to go back on a provocation, but their default mode is usually a clearly watchable one. Boerboels are very powerful for competitive weight-pulling, but they have also found success as dole therapy dogs, which hold a soft spot in their vast hearts for children.
Boerboel was recruited into the AKC Working Group on 1 January 2015.
Historically the boerbell developed from the seventeenth century as a common farm dog for pioneers settling in South Africa. These dogs were often the first line of defense against predators and were valuable in tracking and holding injured game. The old peasants told the story of Boerboel’s strength, agility and courage. The threats and harsh conditions of southern Africa allowed only the fittest to survive. Boerbel’s protective character is still evident today and is sought after, despite the breed being calm, steady and confident. The origin and purpose of Borboel must be understood to preserve the breed’s distinctive identity and qualities as the Queen of South Africa. Type, composition, functional efficiency, and mindset are equally important in Boeroel’s assessment as a whole. Boerbel is a large dog that is strong, confident and muscular with powerful, independent and flowing movement. He should show strength, poise, poise and agility when observing bourbel while playing or working, standing or moving.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time
The boerboel has a short, dense coat that sheds a moderate amount. Weekly brushing with a soft bristled brush, rubber grooming mitt or hound glove will help remove any loose hair and help the dog look its best. A good brushing promotes new hair growth and distributes skin oil throughout the coat to help keep it healthy. Boerboels require only occasional bathing. As with all breeds, Boerobel nails should be trimmed regularly, as long nails can cause dog pain as well as problems with walking and walking.
Boerboel is a protective, territorial breed – not a breed for the novice dog owner. He is steady, calm, highly intelligent and incredibly loyal. Boerboels should be with their people and will not thrive until they are placed as an integral part of their human family. Their innate guarding instinct mandates early socialization, as is structured, long-term obedience training that began at an early age. Boerboel puppies are easy and gigantic, and inexperienced owners may be lulled into thinking that dogs will live that way when continuous training must take place well before those qualities actually fade.
The strong, athletic Boerboel requires daily exercise, such as prolonged walking on a leash or safely playing sessions with its owner in a dense area. Boerboels require mental stimulation and interaction with their owners along with physical activity. They will not take pity to face challenges from other dogs, and visiting the dog park is not recommended. Due to their protective instincts, Boerboel should not be allowed to leash. The breed often enjoys participating in obedience, rallies, weight pulling, and agility competitions, as well as safety sports and stock work.
Boerboel should perform well on high-quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your veterinarian. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Boerboel is usually a healthy breed, and a responsible breeder will screen the breeding stock for two disorders affecting health conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia, heart disease, and eyelids: ectropion and entropion. As with all breeds, the ears of a boerboel should be examined regularly, and teeth are often brushed.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: