Boerboel Pet Guide

Pet Guide

A strong and impressive dog, the Boerboel is protective and loyal to his family. Those in his “pack” can expect this brave dog to lay down his life for them, if the need arises. A vigilant and mighty breed, this dog can be an awesome guard or watchdog as well as a trusted and loving companion.

With his well-muscled body and typical Mastiff style good looks, the Boerboel is athletic and needs room to run in a secure area. Fetch is one of his favorite pastimes but beware, toys don’t last long with this breed. The Boerboel’s jaws are tremendously strong and can rip apart the strongest of toys. He can be affectionate and loving toward his family, provided that the dog understands his place in the “pack.” Letting this dog become the “top gun” in the home is dangerous. Training and socialization is needed to live a happy life with a Boerboel. To learn more about this fascinating breed, read on.

A strong and impressive dog, the Boerboel is protective and loyal to his family.

Food/Diet
The Boerboel is a massive dog and he consumes a lot of food. It is essential that he is fed a diet of high-quality, dry dog food. Dry food will help prevent potential dental health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

Firm and consistent training is necessary for the Boerboel to coexist successfully with human families.

Training
Firm and consistent training is necessary for the breed to coexist successfully with human families. This is a bright breed that is strong-willed and will do all things possible to become the Alpha dog in the pack. This can never be allowed to happen. The Boerboel must have an assertive owner who will ensure that the dog has daily training session, even if they are continuously going over the same commands. Every member of the family must continuously be seen as above the Boerboel, in the dog’s mind. Training can help do this.

All training should be done using positive methods and a treat based reward system. Harshness or manhandling the Boerboel will only lead to resentment and aggression. This dog wants to be the Alpha dog in the pack. Your family is his pack. A dominant and solid pecking order must be established and maintained in order to have a peaceful and pleasant existence with the Boerboel.

Temperament/Behavior
The Boerboel can be an obedient and reliable companion, provided he has had proper socialization and training. Although this breed is generally good with his own family, Boerboels should be watched carefully with young children. They do have the tendency to dominate all those around, including their own families.

Brave, fiercely loyal and powerful, the Boerboel makes an incredible watchdog or guard dog. He is so protective of his family that he would be willing to give up his own life to ensure that they are safe. This can be a recipe for disaster when friends or family visit. The Boerboel does not readily accept people into his home. Nor does he welcome other pets. Proper introductions and a watchful eye are needed when visitors are around.

Playtime is necessary for the Boerboel. He is playful with his family and loves toys and balls. On the downside, this breed has incredibly strong jaws. The toys will be destroyed rather quickly so be sure to pencil a budget in for dog toys.

Common Health Problems
Although generally a healthy breed, the Boerboel is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. This is quite common in very large breeds of dogs.

Life Expectancy
Boerboels usually live between 10 and 12 years.

Exercise Requirements
The Boerboel requires a considerable amount of exercise to keep him healthy, trim and happy. Brisk walks throughout the neighborhood will help to keep the dog in shape as well as reinforce his social skills. Although he does need to run, the Boerboel is not the perfect companion for those who like to run for long distances.

It is essential that the Boerboel has a large and completely fenced area in which to play. The breed is very active and will be happy to play ball or fetch with his family members for hours. Playtime is a great way to reestablish your role as Alpha with the dog.

Boerboels do well in many competitive activities provided they have been trained well. Obedience and agility trials are favorites of those interested in competing with their Boerboels. Although most do not like people that they do not know, there have been a few Boerboels that have become certified therapy dogs.

The Boerboel can be an obedient and reliable companion, provided he has had proper socialization and training.

Coat
With thick and loose skin and a short, shiny coat, there is no mistake that this breed is a Mastiff style of dog. The skin pigment should be dark in color. Although fawn, red and brown are the most commonly seen colors in the Boerboel. A black mask is highly desired. A black Boerboel is not permitted to compete in the breed ring because black is considered to be unacceptable.

Puppies
Boerboel puppies require a lot of care. They need to be well-socialized to cut down on the possibility of aggressive behavior. Obedience training from an early age is essential for the owner to be considered the Alpha person in the chain of command. Without this, the puppy will grow up to dominate the family.