These dogs are large, fearless protectors, but underneath the strong appearance lies a companion who adores children and other animals.
Boerboel dogs (a.k.a. South African Mastiffs) are large, mastiff-type dogs and the most agile of their type. They are strong, balanced and imposing in appearance. Despite their size, they can move swiftly and powerfully. The face may feature a black mask, and the broad, horizontal eyes can be shades of brown or darker.
The Boerboel is agile for his size and can be energetic, especially when young. Activities in which this breed tends to excel (health permitting, of course) can include agility, obedience trials, protection sports, rally, therapy visits, weight pulling and working stock. The Boerboel is best suited to a home with a securely fenced yard. He should never be allowed to roam free.
Assyrian dogs entered Egypt after the country was conquered, and they later spread throughout Europe with Alexander the Great’s help.
The dogs were responsible for the development of mastiffs and hounds, 2 large and strong working breeds.
This breed is a confident working dog and loyal companion. They are intelligent but require thorough socialization and obedience training.
- Predators the Boerboel was expected to drive off included baboons and leopards.
- Beneath his fur, the Boerboel’s skin is dark, a trait thought to help protect him from the African climate.
- The Boerboel’s coat can be brindle, cream, brown, tawny, red or reddish brown. Some have a black mask or white markings. Piebald (a spotting pattern of large white areas) and Irish pattern (any color or pattern with white spotting) markings are also seen.
MEDIUM: Long, daily walks are necessary for this breed, as well as a large yard to play in. Boerboels should not be left outdoors without tall, secure fencing or supervision because of their wariness of strangers.
LOW: The Boerboel is a healthy breed and has no genetic health issues. Large-breed dogs are susceptible to bloat and hip dysplasia.