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Boerboel: Origin, Temperament, Training, Exercise (African Boerboel)

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About Boerboel

Country of Origin, History of Boerboels

The name Boerboel derives from the Afrikaans words boer which means farmer, and "boel" which is a short form of "boelhond" which means bulldog.

Historically, around 1850s a bulldog and a mastiff were crossed and the new dog was called the "Boer Hunting Dog". In packs, they could even hunt leopards and baboons.

In South Africa, traditionally the white population kept the Boerboel to protect their families and properties.

Between 1995 - 2000, the Boerboel was first introduced as a purebred dog to the world, including the United States.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

With a blocky head, the Boerboel is a large dog, with strong bones and well developed muscles. It has a symmetrical and balanced.


The short, dense, sleek coat can be cream white, pale tawny, reddish brown, brown and all shades of brindle.


Males 25-28 inches (64-70 cm.)  
Females 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm.)

Weight: 154-200 pounds (70 and 90 kg.)

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Boerboel Personality Traits

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This breed is obedient, intelligent and fearless. They are very affectionate towards their owners and their favorite pastime is to play games.

This breed requires a dominating owner. The Boerboel does very well with children and responds well to training.

They are very protective about their owners and also make great guard dogs.

Even though friendly towards cats and other canine or non-canine pets, they are, however, very aggressive towards strangers.

They get ample exercise through walks and runs and games with the ball.

Health and Care

Boerboels happen to be a naturally healthy breed.

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