This week on Meet the Giants, we're talking about the Boerboel! Read more for tons of fabulous breed information!Today on Meet the Giants, we’re going to be talking about the Boerboel! This is another breed that I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting in person, but it’s just such a stunning breed! Many thanks to Emily Musgrove for providing the information and pictures of the Boerboel!

This week on Meet the Giants, we're talking about the Boerboel! Read more for tons of fabulous breed information!

If you currently have a Boerboel, please list their names, ages, and gender.
Egypt 4 years, female spayed. I have had 21, including Egypt as fosters.

Are there any other names/nicknames for the Boerboel? If yes, list here.
African Mastiff, South African Mastiff

What are three words you would use to describe the Boerboel?
Independent, Intense, Dramatic

This week on Meet the Giants, we're talking about the Boerboel! Read more for tons of fabulous breed information!

What is the average size of a Boerboel?
Most are between 100-150, males can be up to 200. Most of mine were 120.

What are the acceptable colors of the Boerboel?
Fawn, apricot and Brindle. Black is not accepted by AKC and most other registries do not accept, piebald, blue or anything with more than 30% white.

What is the average lifespan?
10-12 years

This week on Meet the Giants, we're talking about the Boerboel! Read more for tons of fabulous breed information!

What was the Boerboel bred to do?
Guard people from lions and predators in Africa. Some say they were breed to guard diamond mines too. I have never had one guard things always people.

How much exercise does the Boerboel need?
High for a mastiff but low for most breeds. 1-2 mile walks are plenty.

What are some common health problems?
Heart disease, joint problems, eye problems.

This week on Meet the Giants, we're talking about the Boerboel! Read more for tons of fabulous breed information!

How much grooming does the breed require?
They do shed a lot of little short hairs but no hair cuts or anything extra.

What do you wish people knew about the Boerboel before bringing one home?
Research!!!!!! This is not a breed for 90% of the population. They are only loyal to the family and they do not like change or strangers. If you like the look but want a social dog, go for a Bullmastiff instead.

This week on Meet the Giants, we're talking about the Boerboel! Read more for tons of fabulous breed information!

Why do you love Boerboels?
I love the spunk, the attitude, and they are not for everyone. They love their family and not many others. I love that they are more agile than most mastiff but still laid back. They get their feelings hurt and do not respond well to punishment or force. They really need positive reinforcement based training. Tell a Boerboel to do something and they will give you a look; make them do it and you will get hurt. Ask them to do it and reward them and they will jump over the moon for you. The same could be said of Neos.

This week on Meet the Giants, we're talking about the Boerboel! Read more for tons of fabulous breed information!

I found this week’s Meet the Giants post SO interesting because I don’t know a single thing about Boerboels! I love people that truly embrace the personality of each breed. Thanks again, Emily, for all the info!

This week on Meet the Giants, we're talking about the Boerboel! Read more for tons of fabulous breed information!

Interested in your own Boerboel? Head to Big Dogs Huge Paws for a list of available dogs and more information!

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This week on Meet the Giants, we're talking about the Boerboel! Read more for tons of fabulous breed information!

 

7 comments on “Meet the Giants: Boerboel”

  1. I must say I’ve never heard of the Boerboel, what a beautiful dog! I can’t believe a male Boerboel has reached up to 200 lbs, that is a LOT of dog! Thanks for educating us on this interesting breed, great interview.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  2. I have been around and own Boerboel in 5 years and I disagree in some of the things sayin about the temperament : the boerboels ive been around Where and is very social even with strandens if you as the owner say the person is ok and still have theyre guarding instinct, also abot the colours : today the piebalds are accepteable at SABBS and in BI . I recommend people who read this do research ans also look at Boerboel forums such as : Boerboel International, Original Boerboels and so on so we owners can reply about them !

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