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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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South African Boerboel Temperament, Personality and Breed Guide

African Boerboel

The South African Boerboel’s Temperament Is Courageous, Protective, Active And Loyal

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Boerboel Temperament

The African Boerboel is a bit of a study in opposites. As a fierce and loyal watchdog they will bark and loudly announce strangers and strange animals in the area, however they will quickly learn who is friend and welcome them into the house when they have been introduced.

The Boerboel is a  natural guard dog, using their size and strength to defend their property and family with as much aggression and physical action as required. They have a very protective personality and care must be taken to keep these dogs securely within an enclosed area as they will expand their territory to suit the area that they have access to.

Children:  The African Boeboel’s temperament, makes them a surprisingly affectionate and loving family dog, they are generally good with children being very tolerant of even rough treatment from kids  however care must be taken especially with younger ones as they do have a tendency to try and dominate those around them. There are of course loads of other great dog breeds that are good with children.

Animals: Properly trained, they can be accepting of other pets including dogs, cats and even other small pets and livestock. Proper socialization is key for these dogs to help them learn how to differentiate between potential dangers and friendly visitors.

Training The African Boerboel is an intelligent dog that is very eager to work with the owner. They do have the tendency to try to dominate the owner until a hierarchy is developed. These dogs must learn as puppies that the owner is the boss, rather than allowing the dog to think that they are making the decisions about what he or she will do.

The sheer size and weight of the Boerboel combined with their protective temperament and guard dog tendencies means that they  must be kept under control at all times.

The importance of training cannot be over stressed as an untrained or poorly trained African Boerboel is a potential disaster if it ever gets out of the yard or fenced area.

Obedience dog  training is recommended at a very early age and socialization should be a key component of the training Since this breed is a large dog and does have a tendency to be dominant it is not recommended as a first dog for a family. If you do not have experience in working with dominant types of dogs




The Boerboel Is a very large, muscular and imposing breed looking somewhat like a cross between a Mastiff and a Bulldog, which has been developed primarily in Africa as both a protection and working dog. The ancestor of this particular breed was a Mastiff like dog called a Billenbijter which was first brought to South Africa in 1652 by the Dutch and was bred with various local breeds to produce some very hardy and self-reliant dogs.

When the English arrived in the region in the 1820's, they brought their own breeds of fierce tough dogs such as Bulldogs and Bullmastiffs that interbred and ultimately developed into the Boerboel breed we see today.The breed was only recognized by the AKC in  2006.

Health Problems The African Boerboel is a very healthy breed due to the selective breeding of the original dogs in Africa. Find out more about what it means to own an extra large dog breed.

In addition the Boerboel has largely had to survive as a breed without veterinary care or specialized treatments, providing a sort of natural selection process, however  there may be certain inherent problems associated with extra large breed dogs that you might want to consider finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend

Grooming: The short, dense and thick coat of the African Boerboel is easy to care for. They can be groomed once or twice a week using a heavy pin brush or stiff bristle brush

Ideal Boerboel Owners are Strong-willed and experienced with large or domineering breeds, preferably with a large well fenced yard and the willingness to undertake the proper training, socialization and exercise that this breed needs. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club .


South African Boeboel Breed  Inofrmation and Notes

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