The Boerboel is thought to be a descendant of dogs who the Dutch, French and English pioneers brought from Europe. These dogs intermingled with dogs belonging to local tribes. The South African Boerboel Breeders Society (SABBS) only registers dogs on individual merit, and not on pedigree. Dogs are appraised from 12 months, but preferably a little older. To be registered, the dog must receive an appraisal point of at least 75%. For entry into the SABBS Stud Register, the dog must be appraised at 85% or higher. KUSA also recognises the breed. Coat colours are yellow, red, brown, grey or brindle.
Temperament: The Boerboel is a Mastiff-type dog who can play many roles – from protector and guard to hunter and friend. If bred and raised correctly, the Boerboel makes a fearless, loyal, alert and obedient companion. He is calm with a confident nature, but shows courage when threatened.
Lifestyle: A breed who needs space – indoors and out. Suitable for active families/singles and experienced dog handlers. He is very adaptable – happy in the city or happy on the farm.
General care: The short, smooth coat is easy to care for.
Exercise: He needs a firm hand from an early age. Daily exercise will keep him mentally and physically challenged. An intelligent breed.