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Overview of Boerboel

Boerboels are known as the reliable South African guard dog. "Boer" is a Dutch word meaning "farmer" - a name given to European settlers who began arriving in South Africa during 17th century, and "boel" is a slang word for dog. These pups were bred initially for protecting homesteads from large predators like hyenas, baboons, leopards, and other large cats. From the Malossar family of dogs, which include the Neopolitan Mastiff, and other Mastiff breeds, these are massive, powerful dogs that can tip the scales at 200 lbs. Still a very rare breed, the Boerboel has been around since the 17th century but only gained breed recognition in the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2015. Known for their athleticism and hunting instinct, Boerboel puppies can get a bit dirty from all the time spent outside. It is recommended that you bathe them once a month to reduce their doggy odor and keep them clean. Their coat is short and smooth and comes in a range of colors.

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Boerboel

Eye Diseases in dogs:

All breeds may be susceptible to degenerative eye diseases but Boerboel Dogs may be more susceptible to such conditions. Diet and nutritional supplementation can help maintain eye health and slow down degenerative disease.

Recommendations for Eye Diseases in dogs in Boerboel Dogs:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Boerboel

Ear infections in dogs:

May be a problem for your Boerboel Dog because they like to play and tumble outside. Regular cleaning of the ears is a must for any working breed.

Recommendations for Ear infections in dogs in Boerboel Dogs:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Boerboel

Hip Dysplasia in dogs:

Is a genetic condition that causes mild to severe issues in the hip joint, and surrounding cartilage. These changes may lead to arthritis down the road.

Recommendations for Hip Dysplasia in dogs in Boerboel Dogs:



Their large stature may look intimidating, but Boerboels are playful and very devoted to their families. They are dominant and confident creatures and will not back down if challenged. Early socialization is very important (first 16 weeks) with Boerboel puppies since their protective instinct can develop aggressive tendencies. This is a very sensitive, intelligent breed. Lots of positive reinforcement and affection can bring out this pup's gentle, patient temperament rather than encourage their fighting instincts. Introducing visitors to your Boerboel is crucial so they may familiarize themselves with the newcomers and not trigger their guarding instinct. This breed is not recommended for first-time owners because they require consistent training and a lot of socialization to be a well-balanced companion. These dogs would be happiest in a large fenced yard where they can burn off energy throughout the day.

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