Boerboel breed information, pictures and more...

South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff
FCI Group II.: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs
Dogs 25-28 inches (64-71 cm)
Bitches 23-25 inches (58-64 cm)
Dogs 154-200 pounds (70-91 kg)
Bitches 150-200 pounds (68-91 kg)
12 years
6 to 10

The word "boerboel" derives from "boer" word for "farmer". Boerboel thus translates as either "farmer's dog" or "Boer's dog" in Afrikaans. The Boerboel is a perfectly balanced dog with all body parts being in proportion with one another. The head is short, broad, deep, square, is muscular and has well-filled cheeks. The body is extremely muscular, stocky and compact. The skin is thick, loose and well pigmented with moderate wrinkles on the brow when the dog is attentive.

This breed was and is kept as watchdogs, as friends, as playmates to children, and as protectors of families. The Boerboel does not retreat from any form of danger. It was originally bred as a watchdog, to look after the homesteads in South Africa.


The recognized and accepted colors of a Boerboel are all shades of yellow, brown or brindle. Pigmentation is also well proportioned in this large breed. The Boerboel is well pigmented, especially on the lips; palate; the skin and hair around the eyes; footpads and toenails.


The coat is short and sleek with dense hair coverage. The Boerboel is fairly easily to groom. An occasional brushing and a monthly bath and dip are all they need. This breed is considered to be an average shedder.

Health Issues:

The general health of the Boerboel is of a high standard due to the natural selection that occurred over the centuries. This is a hardy breed. Some health issues to look out for include: Hip Dysplasia, eye problems, heart issues, thyroid problems and bloating. To minimize the risk of your Boerboel developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Boerboel puppy from a reputable breeder. 

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