Boerboel – Characteristics Temperament Health Care And Training


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Boerboel History

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The Boerboel is a large dog breed that was originally bred in South Africa to guard farms and Boer families. They are loyal and protective of their family and make excellent guard dogs. They are intelligent and easy to train and respond well to a confident and firm owner. Boerboels can be aloof with strangers, but once they become familiar with an individual, the Boerboel is very affectionate. They are generally good with children if raised together by puppies. Boerboels require early socialization and extensive training when young to curb any aggressive tendencies. If not properly trained, Boerboels may become too aggressive or dominant in the home and pose a threat to strangers and other pets in the household.

There is some controversy over whether Boerboels should be classified as a Mastiff breed or Boer Dog breed – we refer to them as Boerboel in this article (see below for more information on this controversy). Boerboels are large, strong dogs with an imposing appearance. Boerboels can weigh between 100 and 130 pounds (45 to 59 kg) for males, and females usually fall closer to the lower end of that range. Boerboel coats come in two main colors – red or black/tan (the tan usually appears on their legs, chest, cheeks, and bridge of their nose). Boerboels stand at around 24 inches (60 cm) at the shoulder for males, slightly less for female Boerboels. Boerboels have a tousled coat comprised of dense fur.

The South African Boers originally used these dogs as farmhands who aided them in guarding their farms against various vermin such as mongooses and snakes, and Boerboels were also used to hunt big game such as zebra and wildebeest. Boerboels were later bred for hunting lions and tigers (who were attacking Boer livestock), and Boerboel breeders focused on breeding dogs who were aggressive towards predators while remaining docile around humans so they could function as both guard dogs and working dogs on the farm.

Boerboel Characteristics

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The Boerboel is a large dog with an imposing presence. Males typically weigh between 100-130 pounds while females typically fall closer to the lower end of that range. Boerboels stand at around 24 inches tall at the shoulder. They have a tousled coat comprised of dense fur and come in two main colors – red or black/tan. Boerboels are intelligent and easy to train, but they require early socialization and extensive training when young to curb any aggressive tendencies. Boerboels make excellent guard dogs and are loyal and protective of their family.

Boerboel Temperament

The Boerboel is a large, strong dog with an imposing appearance. Boerboels can weigh between 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) for males, and females usually fall closer to the lower end of that range. Boerboel coats come in two main colors – red or black/tan (the tan usually appears on their legs, chest, cheeks, and bridge of their nose). Boerboels stand at around 24 inches (60 cm) at the shoulder for males, slightly less for female Boers. Boerboels have a tousled coat comprised of dense fur.

Health and Care of Boerboel

Boerboels are a healthy and hardy breed, but they can be prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and bloat. Boerboels should be fed two meals per day and should not be given large quantities of food at one time. Boerboels should also have access to plenty of freshwaters. Boerboels require regular exercise, but should not be exercised immediately before or after eating as this can lead to bloat. Boerboels who live in cold climates may need a coat or sweater in the winter to keep them warm.

Training of Boerboel

Boerboels are intelligent and easy to train, but they require early socialization and extensive training when young to curb any aggressive tendencies. Boerboels make excellent guard dogs and are loyal and protective of their family. Boerboels should be obedience trained and taught basic commands such as sit, stay, come, down, and heel. Boerboels can also be trained to perform various tricks.

The Boerboel is a large, strong dog with an imposing presence. Boerboels can weigh between 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) for males, and females usually fall closer to the lower end of that range. Boerboel coats come in two main colors – red or black/tan (the tan usually appears on their legs, chest, cheeks, and bridge of their nose). Boerboels stand at around 24 inches (60 cm) at the shoulder for males, slightly less for female Boers. Boerboels have a tousled coat comprised of dense fur.

Boerboel puppies should start training as soon as possible so that they can become well-adjusted members of the family.

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