Boerboel

Non-KC Pedigree, Large

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

Named after the Dutch for 'farmer' (boer) and 'bull(dog)' (boel), this large mastiff type has long protected remote South African homesteads from predators.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Someone experienced in the breed with the home environment and land that best replicates the rural homestead of the Boerboel's homeland.

Not the best for ...

Most people. This dog is powerful with natural guarding instincts and needs experienced handling.

Aliases

South African Mastiff

Cross between

None

Origin

South Africa

Size

Large
Large - but would still fit in a small car

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!

Coat

Smooth
Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

11 years

Good first dog?

No

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