The Boerboel, also known as the South African Mastiff, is a large, Molosser-type breed from South Africa bred for the purpose of guarding the homestead.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Boerboel.
Boerboels are descended from the large mastiff dogs that accompanied the Dutch colonists that settled in South Africa in the 16th and 17th centuries. These European dogs were crossed with native African dogs to create the Boerboel we know today.
2) Working Dog
Boerboels were traditionally an all around working dog for African farmers. South Africans say that a good Boerboel would accompany the children to the fields to watch the cattle, hunt small game for the children's lunch, escort them home and then join the family around the fire at night while all the while protecting the family. Now that's a hard working dog!
3) Lion Killer
According to legend, the Boerboel was able to fight and even kill lions, but the truth is that it would be quite difficult. However, Boerboels are strong and large enough to take on the occasional leopard if need be.
The average Boerboel stands 24-27 inches high, and weighs between 110-175 pounds. Boerboels have short, smooth coats that are shiny and dense. The skin of this breed is thick and somewhat loose, but it should not hang in folds.
The Boerboel dog breed has a personality and temperament that is protective, reliable, obedient and highly intelligent. If trained correctly, they can make affectionate companions for experienced owners who are comfortable using firm, kind, consistent and repetitive training methods.
6) Tracking Ability
One of the best abilities of Boerbole’s is the sheer tracking ability. Upon their first introduction as hunting companions, they were amongst those few dogs that could easily track wounded prey and return them to their masters without eating it themselves. This is one quality which many dogs lacked as even if they could track preys, they would end up eating them.
7) Around Strangers
Not only with family members, but Boerboels are also extremely easy-going with other pets in the house as long as they don’t pose a threat to the family members. Few Boerboels are known to be so gentle with other animals, that they also allow them to eat their share of food.
8) High Energy
When not spending their free time lazing around the house, Boerboel’s have an extremely high level of energy and playful nature which couple with their intelligence, makes them very easy to train. This playful nature is one of the main reasons that makes them one of the best stress busting dogs around.
Having short bristles like coats, these dogs are extremely easy to clean and maintain. If they get dirty during one of their play sessions, all they need is one quick dip and they will be more than ready to go for their next mud bath.
10) Good Health
A big problem with many mastiffs is related to their health. Along with their ill temper, health has been one of the main reasons why many people avoid mastiffs, but with the South African Boerboel, it is quite the contrary. Boerboel is one of those dogs that have relatively good health and do not end up gaining too much weight, making them easy pet to keep in your home.