At first glance, you might think the large, intimidating Boerboel would make an excellent guard dog, and you’d be correct, but this breed is equally known for being loving, calm, and family-friendly, especially towards human children. These gigantic protectors were bred to help farmers in South Africa defend their homesteads from hyenas, lions, and all manner of deadly wildlife while also providing invaluable companionship. The Boerboel, pronounced “boo-r-bull,” gets its name from Dutch/Afrikaans words that roughly translate to “farmer’s dog.” It is also known as the South African Mastiff, South African Boerboel, Borbull, or Bole. Although Boerboels are generally docile, easy to groom, and have few health problems, don’t make the mistake of thinking they’re an easy breed to handle for first time owners. These dogs are confident, territorial, and prone to pulling and chewing. They need an assertive, experienced owner with plenty of space for a massive dog that needs to exercise. If you’re interested in adopting a Boerboel, make sure you and your home are ready for the challenge. If you are, you’ll be rewarded with a loyal, protective friend for life. See below for full list of Boerboel characteristics!Boerboel Dog Breed Pictures Boerboel Dog Breed Information & Pictures – DogtimeInitiate Gallery Additional articles you will be interested in:AdoptionChoosing The Best Dog NameBringing Home Your DogTraining To Walk On-LeashHousetraining PuppiesFeeding A PuppyIndoor Activities For DogsTeaching Your Dog TricksHow To Take Pictures Of Your Dog If you’re looking to buy a Boerboel for sale, click here. If you’re looking to buy Boerboel puppies, click here.

Watch and learn about Boerboel dog’s key characteristics:

Key Vitals of Boerboel Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Boerboel Dog Working Dogs 22 to 28 inches 110 to 200 pounds 10 to 12 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Boerboel is rated 2 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Boerboel has scored low and is not suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Boerboel is rated 1 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Boerboel has scored low and is not suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Boerboel is rated 1 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Boerboel has scored low and is not suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level parameter.

Boerboel is rated 2 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone. This means Boerboel has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Being Alone parameter.

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs parameter.

Boerboel is rated 2 out of 5 in Friendly Dog. This means Boerboel has scored low and is not suitable in Friendly Dog parameter.

Boerboel is rated 2 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers. This means Boerboel has scored low and is not suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers parameter.

Health Grooming:

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Health Grooming. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Health Grooming parameter.

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Amount Of Shedding parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Drooling Potential. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Drooling Potential parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Easy To Groom. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Groom parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in General Health. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in General Health parameter.

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Weight Gain parameter.

Boerboel is rated 5 out of 5 in Size. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Size parameter.

Trainability:

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in Trainability. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Trainability parameter.

Boerboel is rated 2 out of 5 in Easy To Train. This means Boerboel has scored low and is not suitable in Easy To Train parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Intelligence. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence parameter.

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Mouthiness parameter.

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in Prey Drive. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive parameter.

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Boerboel is rated 3 out of 5 in Energy Level. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Intensity. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Intensity parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Boerboel is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness. This means Boerboel has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Working Dogs

Height

22 to 28 inches

Weight

110 to 200 pounds

Life Span

10 to 12 years

Highlights

The Boerboel is a massive dog and incredibly muscular. They weigh as much as Great Danes, even though they are significantly shorter in stature.There is much speculation about which breeds were bred together to make the modern Boerboel, but their exact ancestry is not well known.Dutch settlers brought dogs to South Africa to defend farms from big cats and other wildlife. Only the strongest dogs were able to survive the harsh climate and conditions in South Africa, and they became some of the ancestors of the modern Boerboel.After the World Wars, breeding wasn’t regulated, and the Boerboel almost completely disappeared. It has made a resurgence after breed enthusiasts began an effort to restore the Boerboel in the 1980s.Boerboels are known to be especially loving and protective of their human children. They are excellent guardians, though they can be overprotective.The Boerboel has minimal grooming needs and few health concerns, though their need for training and socialization makes them a poor choice for novice owners.Since Boerboels have been revived in South Africa, they have grown in popularity and have been exported around the world. Even so, they are still considered to be a more rare breed.Although they average between 110 and 200 pounds, it is not unheard of for Boerboels to weigh well over 200 pounds.The Boerboel is considered to be the most agile of the Mastiff type dogs.Socialization is necessary for Boerboels, as they can be aggressive toward other dogs, especially those of the same sex and breed.