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For a short answer, no the breed would not do well with what you are looking for. The South African Boerboel is a very powerful, loyal and great companion dog; but they do not possess the qualities that a Service Dog needs. If you have poor vision and hearing loss; it is best to register with a company that specializes in training dogs for your disability. The main breeds for hearing and vision loss are the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever, the German Shepherd and the Goldador (Labrador/Golden Retriever cross). However, if you plan on having your dog privately trained and then registered; then some other breeds that possess the qualities of a Service Dog for your specific disabilities are the Newfoundland, the Bernese Mountain Dog, and the Leonburger. The South African Boerboel is known for its stubborness during training and aloofness to strangers. A service dog must be dog, people and other animal friendly (not aggressive) to be able to be in public safely. As well, if the person with the disability needs help; the dog must allow strangers to confront or help the owner without showing aggression/possession.
I have an 18month male 28" 140lb he is in class to be my service dog. I have a pinched nerve and herniated disc in my neck and lower back, CRPD ( chronic regional pain disorder) in my hands from carpal tunnel surgery, partial tears in both shoulders and elbows, and neuropathy in my feet. He holds his stand position so I can lean on him to take the pressure off my back. He also picks things off the ground that I have dropped and working on getting him to open H2o bottles for me. I socialized him to kids, dogs, cats and lizards. But I agree someone with vision issues May not work well with a Boweboel due to his own clumsiness and sway back walk, you might be walked into doors a lot.
First and foremost is to make sure you get the dog from a reputable, responsible and knowledgeable breeder. The South African Boerboel is not a first-time dog owners dog. They need extreme dog experience as aggression to strangers and other dogs are high in this breed. So make sure you socialize your puppy. Aim for your puppy to meet 100 new people every month and at least 50 new dogs every month until they are 6 months old. Take your dog everywhere, expose them to everything so that they can learn about people and other dogs. Sign your puppy and yourself up for training classes at 4 - 6 months with a professional dog trainer that uses Positive Reinforcement training methods only.
Anyone making an informed decision does lots of homework. Most every article you read will state A Boerboel is not recommended for a first time owner. I'm not judging you or anyone else. I am very much a dog lover, it is heartbreaking for all involved when someone gets a puppy without knowing much about the breed. A lot of people base their choice on looks. Only to find they are not compatible. Please do research and go to the spca, volunteer to walk some dominant breeds. It is important you be the alpha without using physical force. If you don't they will rule you! Any dominant breed needs a self confident and calm but firm leader. Then really research a reputable breeder. Don't buy from a backyard breeder.
Feeding a high-quality grain-free dog food will help limit the shedding of your dog. But the South African Boerboel should be groomed twice a week with a slicker brush or any other tool made for short-haired dogs. I would suggest the short-haired Furminator, it is amazing and will cut down the amount your dog sheds a lot.
Put some coconut oil in their food as it's good for their skin. Change the actual food and make sure the food is 100% corn free. Corn can cause allergic reactions such as skin conditions which then leads to extensive shedding.
I advise you buy kibble only and mix that with coconut oil (the same stuff you would use to cook with). I use Diamond Naturals Beef Meal & Rice Adult Dog Formula with a mix of 5 teaspoons oil and 5 cups of kibble / twice a day. This did miracles and decreased shedding significantly.
For grooming, try out the FURminator, once a week
and give the dog a good bath once every 2 weeks.
Use a good dog shampoo, however, this is not cheap because a lot of shampoos have corn as an ingredient which would lead to more skin conditions.
We had our intact female Boerboel on Orijen and had the issue. Since we switched her to raw she improved the shedding and brushing her less often. First I thought shedding was worse because she started her heat and was a hormonal mess, but it did not improve afterwards. Raw really changed it. We had added coconut oil before to her kibble food, but it didn't really change anything for us. She still gets coconut oil for the health benefits. Don't bathe your Boerboel to often as it can cause dry skin. Try to find the problem of the issue not bandage it.
Wow, I have never heard of a dog so old not being house trained yet. Okay, so this means you need to start from scratch. First things first, is to take your dog to the vet for a check up. Dogs at this age should be house trained, so a medical problem may be the reason why your dog isn't. If your dog comes back with a clean bill of health, it is time to set your dog up for success, not failure. When you are home with the dog, the dog must be tethered to you at all times with a leash. Set a timer for every 2 hours and take your dog outside, if he uses the bathroom outside, praise and reward him. When you are not home, crate your dog or have him outside so that he does not have the ability to use the bathroom inside the house. Using this method, I was able to house train my dogs in 3 - 5 days as 8-week old puppies, so it should work for your boy. Good luck!
I agree with the previous comment, but I think we need more info. Is he peeing? Pooping? Or marking his territory? Are you the alpha in the house? Is he trained otherwise? With a South African Boerboel you need to be a dominant owner. My belief is everything should be a privilege that's earned, especially roaming the house freely.