Misconceptions About Boerboels

Boerboels are not mind readers or psychic.  They are not instinctively aware when an owner feels threatened.  Many dogs can pick up on psychological differences after spending time with an owner.  The best environment for Boerboels and owners is one in which the dog is treated almost like a family member.  They will, then, develop the sense of something being wrong in much the same way that other family members do. There are many misconceptions about Boerboels but with proper training they are very well-behaved and useful dogs.

Misconceptions About BoerboelsBecause of good-naturedness as puppies, many owners do not feel the need to have Boerboels trained.  Allowing any large dog breed to develop and decide who presents a threat, on its own, is irrational and irresponsible.  There have been  many innocent dog bite victims because of owners’ lack or vision.

Many Boerboels do have a natural tendency to protect and guard.  That cannot be a blanket statement.  Known cases of Boerboels abandoning children to pursue and kill an animal, that might become dinner, have been documented.

Boerboels have descended from ancient dogs.  Good dogs were matched with good dogs to derive the species that now exists.  That fact does not guarantee that Boerboels are the healthiest breed in the world.  Proper care and training go into having a healthy dog.  Like so many other large dogs, they are susceptible to bloating and hip dysplasia.

Having a large fenced yard is, of course, ideal for this breed.  It is not a necessity.  Boerboels thrive when they live indoors and are treated like one of the family.  The need for mental stimulation and physical exercise can be provided without having acres of land.

Train Your Dog to Avoid Further Misconceptions About Boerboels

Training for Boerboels is absolutely necessary.  The kind of training these dogs receive is just as important.  Kindness must be blended with training to develop a pet that provides protection of its owners.  Improperly training a Boerboel can result in a dog that displays avoidance behavior.  The dog may not fully bite.  If a decoy relaxes, the dog will not re-grip.  The attack mode is mainly lunging nips and an unwillingness to fully engage in fight mode.  Boerboels need to have their drive challenged on a continuous basis.  Along with socialization and friendly treatment, the dogs need to be taught to counter attack by re-biting a different body part.  Boerboels also need to learn to avoid being hit.  Putting these dogs in a frenzy, will not turn them into close personal protectors.

There is a great deal of hype about Boerboels.  They are not necessarily the strongest, most fearless, healthiest, protective, or dangerous animal that is sometimes reported. Don’t believe all the misconceptions about Boerboels that you may hear.

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