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Boerboel

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #126
Name Boerboel
Other names South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff
Origin South Africa
Breed Group working (AKC:2015)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years
Temperament ConfidentDominantIntelligentObedientTerritorial
Height Male: 25 - 28 inches (64 - 70 cm)Female: 23 - 25.5 inches (59 - 65 cm)
Weight 154 - 200 pounds (70 - 90 kg)
Colors BrindleBrownCreamRedReddish BrownTawny
Litter Size 7-10 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1500 - $2000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 2 stars
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 2 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also shy toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 2 stars
Exercise Needs 4 stars
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 2 starsRanking: 80+
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: Training will be enjoyable. This dog is inclined to listen to commands and obey its owner. This breed will require fewer repetitions to obey specific instructions, pleasing owners who like to see quick results.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Daisy
02 Buddy Sophie
03 Toby Lucy
04 Charlie Ginger
05 Riley Coco
06 Henry Annie
07 Louie Luna
08 Sammy Roxy
09 Duke Luna
10 Bruno Stella
Overview

The Boerboel is a large dog that is strong, confident and muscular with a distinctive, blocky head. Despite its size, it is the most agile of the mastiff-type breeds. The word Boerboel means "Farm Dog" and it serves as a capable working dog as well as a loyal companion in its home country of South Africa. The skin of a Boerboel should be dark on his stomach and under his fur, as well as the roof of his mouth, which protects against heat and sun. The coat is short, dense coat can be brindle, brown, cream, reddish brown or tawny.

The Boerboel is self assured and fearless. It is highly devoted to family and affectionate with children it knows, but can be aggressive toward strangers. Friends and other pets should be introduced with care, preferably early in the dog’s life. The Boerboel has an unusually high requirement for human companionship—periods of isolation will result in destructive and disobedient behavior.

History
The Boerboel (‘farmer’s dog’ in Afrikaans) originates in South Africa. It is a guard dog which was created by mixing various African and European breeds, possibly including the Bulldog, Bullmastiff, and Rhodesian Ridgeback. By some reports, the Boerboel was brought to South Africa by Jan van Riebeeck, the founder of Cape Town. Boerboels were used to protect diamond mines by the De Beers Corporation and for personal protection by Dutch settlers during British rule. Today, most are bred in South Africa.
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