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