What You Should Know About Boerboels

Know The Boerboel DogBefore purchasing a dog of this breed, it is wise to conduct some research.  An owner should be educated as to the expense and demands of owning a Boerboel.  This information will help keep the dog healthy and temperamentally sound.

Being easy to live with and train is a reputation held by Boerboel puppies.  Because of the easy-going nature of the puppies, some people believe training is unnecessary.  As Boerboels become older, willingness to protect, dominance, reactivity, and confidence substantially increase.  Owners need to be able to read these dogs and maintain control over them.  A Boerboel will remain well-adjusted if it is subjected to obedience training that is structured.  Continually checking command proof under various distractions is needed.  Training puppies avoids dominance issues and makes communication easier.  When regularly left alone, the Boerboel can become dangerous, reckless, and destructive.

Rewards for presented challenges are what make Boerboels thrive.  The name “Boerboel” literally means “Farmer’s dog”.  These dogs possess a utilitarian nature.  They excel in therapy work, protection sports, stock work, agility, weight pull, Rally-O, and obedience.  Individual dogs have unique temperaments and are better suited for some tasks than others.  Focused training and work provide Borboels with the energy outlet, interaction, and mental stimulation they need.  They are athletic, sensitive, and intelligent.

Boerboel Health

The Boerboel is easy to groom.  Brushing occasionally is all that is required.  The breed is generally healthy.  Much like other large breeds, they are susceptible to bloat and hip dysplasia.  Overfeeding should be avoided.  Meals should be spaced throughout the day.  A life span of 12 years is considered normal.

Due to exercise needs and size of the Boerboel, apartment living is not a recommendation.  A large yard with a fence is the best environment for these playful dogs.  Long walks can also provide some of the required exercise.  When walking, a Boerboel should always be on a leash.  If strangers are near, the dog needs to be closely watched.  The dogs are very protective.  Strangers may not be welcomed.

Boerboel Appearance

To protect these dogs from the sun and heat, nature has given them a dark skin on the stomach, under the fur, and on the roof of the mouth.  The coat is dense and short.  Colors of the coat include black, dilute, white-cream, yellow-cream, fawn, red, red-brown, brown, and black.

Males grow to heights between 25-28 inches.  Females measure 23-26 inches in height.  They weigh between 100-200 pounds.  A well-muscled Boerboel is powerful in appearance.  Many people find them intimidating.