South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff, Boerboel


Breed characteristics

  • Popularity: 1
  • Training: 6
  • Size: 8
  • Reason: 6
  • Security: 10
  • Relations with children: 6
  • Dexterity: 4
  • Shedding: 2


The origins of this breed are still vague and lost in fog time. In African, “drill” means “farmer,” and this the breed is said to have been a farmers dog. According to some sources, this the dog has been known since the time of Alexander the Great, when such strong and large dogs were used for hunting and fighting other animals. Other sources determine the origin of this the breeds later when Jan van Riebeck arrived in Cape in 1652; he brought with some massive dogs similar to mastiffs. Later, European settlers also took dogs that mixed with local dogs and as a result, today’s was bred Boerboel.

In 1830, these dogs looked more like hounds because they accompanied European settlers over 1400 km from Cape to Gauteng. Today’s Boerboel has retained most of its physical abilities, but now it’s a family dog, with a gentle and defensive behavior, not with hunting or fighting instincts dogs.


This is a large dog, massive, durable, well-built, with a strong, muscular and graceful body. The head is short, wide, deep, square and muscular. The Boerboel has a black face with large and widely spaced nostrils. The jaws are strong, deep with white, well-developed teeth; he has a bite of type scissors. The eyes are dark, usually dark brown. V-shaped ears medium sized and drooping. The body is strong, strong and fat with deep breasts. Nose, eyelids, lips, eyes, paws and claws highly pigmented; the skin is black. Boerboel legs are strong, strong and muscular. The tail is thick, strong, with a pointed tip. The coat is short, smooth, shiny and can be beige, reddish brown, brown, coffee color, dark brown or striped.


Boerboel is reliable, obedient and smart, with strong instincts. sentinel and guard. This is a confident and fearless dog. Boerboel is very playful and affectionate to its owner. They are very gentle and get along well with the children they know, let them ride your backs like a horse. Boerboels get along well with other dogs, cats and other pets, even let the birds come down and take food from their plate. They will protect your families, friends and property at the cost of your life. When the owner is not at home; the Boerboel will not allow anyone to enter. This breed requires a dominant owner.


Training requires an experienced, dominant trainer. Boerboels are smart and easy to learn.

It will be a little harder to prepare for battles.


He does not need too much care. Rare brush and bath once a month will be enough. It has an average level of molting.

Common diseases

Thanks to artificial selection, Boerboel is very healthy. breed.


Boerboel is an excellent defender and watchman. If not trained for fighting can also be a great companion.

Breed Information

A country South Africa
Life span 10-12 years old
Height Males: 64-70 cm Bitches: 59-65 cm
Weight Males: 70-90 kg Bitches: 70-90 kg
Long wool short
Colour fawn, brindle, cream, red, brown
Group fighting, guard, guard, guard
Price 1300 – 2000 $

Breed photo

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