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Dog Breed: Boerboel
The Boerboel, sometimes referred to as the South African Mastiff.
These dogs were initially bred as working farm dogs and are certainly one of the most powerful dog breeds.
The Boerboel is an intelligent dog breed.
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Origin: South Africa
Boerboel Facts – Temperament: Obedient, Confident, Intelligent, Territorial and Dominant.
Height: Male: 64–70 cm, Female: 59–65 cm
Weight: Male: 70–90 kg (Some males can be up to 120 kg)
Female: 70–90 kg
Colors: Mahogany, Red, Brindle, Brown, Fawn, Cream, Piebald.
Boerboel Facts – Personality.
The Boerboel has what could be considered a combination of both roughness and gentleness.
They can make good family pets, but must be correctly raised and trained.
They are generally affectionate, playful, loyal, and confident.
A Boerboel will protect its family with its life should it think it needs to.
It’s not unusual for them to refuse access to someone they were not introduced to, or see as a potential threat.
The Boerboel will need plenty of room inside the house and outside the house.
Boerboel Facts – Training and Exercise.
This breed must be socialized from an early age and socializing must continue throughout its lifespan.
Have no doubt should an opportunity present itself for them to test the limitations open to them they will seize the opportunity.
Relatively easy to train from the puppy stage, again socializing with people and other animals is essential.
Strong leadership that is also fair is needed for this breed, commands will need to be reinforced consistently.
It is important that the owner becomes the pack leader and all family members are of a higher rank than the Boerboel.
Reward based training and using positive methods works much better than any form of punishment training
Harshness or manhandling a Boerboel will only lead to resentment and may even result in aggression.
Boerboel Facts – Family Pet.
Firstly this is not a breed that should be considered by first time owners.
If raised with children then there is a strong possibility that there will be no issues.
The Boerboel is considered good with children that they know and other children providing they grown up with kids.
With that said never leave children in the company of dogs without adult supervision on hand at all times.
They can compete in obedience, rally, weight pulling, agility, livestock work, protection sports and therapy work
Boerboel Facts – One point worth remembering is that the Boerboel is a very large dog which will consume a lot of food.
Each member of the family must continuously be seen as above the Boerboel in the pack hierarchy
Boerboel Facts – Other Pets.
It is not be recommended that access to smaller pet mammals is granted unless supervised at all times.
When it comes to other dogs it would not be unusual for Boerboels to show aggression if they are unfamiliar to them.
With proper introduction and the correct training, Boerboels can make good pets in homes that have other dogs.
With the correct introduction, they will accept new companion animals into the family.
It is not recommended that this breed is off leash when strange dogs are around this includes dog parks!
Boerboels don’t respond well to dominant behaviour from other dogs
Boerboel Facts – They must be introduced to unfamiliar dogs and people with extreme care and attention.
Boerboel Facts – Watchdog.
Boerboels have strong instincts when it comes to being a watchdog, fearless and protective of their family.
A properly trained Boerboels will make an excellent watchdog.
Boerboel Quirky Fact – According to legend, the Boerboel was able to fight and kill lions. (Remember we did say according to legend!)
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