South African Boerboel

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The South African Boerboel is the only South African dog specifically bred for guarding and protecting without being aggressive. Dating back to 1652, this breed is a descendant of the Boer dog. In the 20th century, the Boerboel was nearly extinct. They were revived, and are steadily gaining in worldwide popularity with dogs being exported and bred in Australia, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Russia, and the U.S.A.
This powerful and large breed possesses an even character and keen intuition. It is the keen intuition that enables the South African Boerboel to sense what their human companion is thinking and feeling. They are intelligent, strong, muscular, imposing, and impressive.
The South African Boerboel is not recommended for inexperienced or first time dog owners. This breed will do okay with other dogs, cats, and other household pets. They are calm, loving, intelligent, and obedient. They are extremely affectionate with children and make excellent playmates. The South African Boerboel is fearless, confident, and highly protective of their family, home, and territory. This breed is sensitive and will only act aggressively upon danger if they detect hostile intentions or are asked to do so.
The South African Boerboel requires regular brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Bathing should be done when necessary. This breed has no health issues due to careful and selective breeding.
The South African Boerboel's coat is smooth, dense, and short. This breed is an average shedder.
The South African Boerboel requires a dominant owner. Obedience training is absolutely crucial. This breed will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. South African Boerboel's require respect, firmness, and consistency.
The South African Boerboel breed is not recommended for apartment living. They do best with a large securely fenced yard. They should never be left alone or unsupervised when outside. The South African Boerboel thrives on family play time and securely leashed walks.
154-200 lbs
Male: 25-30; Female: 22-26 inches
Yellow, fawn, brown, russet; all shades of brindle.
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do South African Boerboel puppies cost?

The cost to buy a South African Boerboel varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much South African Boerboel puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all South African Boerboels sold is $2,000.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a South African Boerboel with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $3,100 upwards to $7,000 or even more for a South African Boerboel with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all South African Boerboels sold is $1,400.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $2,000.00
Average Price: $1,400.00
Top Quality: $3,100.00 to $7,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 747 South African Boerboel puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a South African Boerboel puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a South African Boerboels true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular South African Boerboel Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 747 South African Boerboel dogs.
  • 1. Candy
  • 2. Clair
  • 3. Champ
  • 4. Coop
  • 5. Curt
  • 6. Cody
  • 7. Cotton
  • 8. Faith
  • 9. Sunshine
  • 10. Astrid
  • 11. Alexa
  • 12. Angelica
  • 13. Bella
  • 14. Bruno
  • 15. Carson
  • 16. Molly
  • 17. Bb Pups
  • 18. Cash
  • 19. Chunk
  • 20. Diamond

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Anonymous asked:
How are South African Boerboels with kids?

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The South African Boerboel is a fiercely loyal and protective guardian. They were bred to protect the home and farm of their owners against anything, from human to lion, to leopard. With proper socialization, a firm but calm training regimen for its entire life and an owner that is dedicated in working with their dog forever, this breed can thrive with a family with children. However, there are things to remember. This breed is powerful, agile, and on guard all the time. They do not like strangers, this includes human or animal. Because of this, you must be wary of getting this breed if you have children. Kids friend change all the time, and a S.A.B may not be okay with your kids bringing home multiple friends over after school. Also, if your children are running around and playing, the S.A.B could misinterpret play wrestling or play chasing as aggression and react protectively towards your children. This is not a joke breed of not, and not a breed of dog to use as a trophy. This breed deserves respect and an owner that is going to be dedicated from day 1 until the end. Over all, the South African Boerdoel can do well with a family with children, but there are necessary steps that must be taken to do it properly.

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Interested in getting a South African Boerboel puppy soon. Just wanted to know what happens if we receive a puppy that's sick or has health issues?

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First things first, if you are getting your dog from a reputable, responsible and knowledgeable breeder; then you will be getting a written contract with your puppy. There should be a health and wellness section to that contract. Once you know the date that you are getting your pup, you need to have your pup seen by a vet within 3 days to ensure that the pup is healthy and is not showing any signs of being sick or other genetic problems. If you are however getting a puppy from a breeder that does not offer a health or wellness contract / guarantee; then you are out of luck. If your pup is sick when you get him/her, then you have to go to the vet and pay for everything on your own. Good breeders that care about their puppies and dogs will have the puppies health checked before they leave and have a health and wellness guarantee towards immediate and future genetic conditions pertaining to the breed.

Anonymous asked:
Do you think the South African Boerboel is a good breed for working in public as a service dog? Main purpose would be to help me navigate due to my poor vision and hearing due to health issues.



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.

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I'm getting a South African Boerboel and I'll be a first-time puppy parent. What things should I watch out for and do, to make sure I am raising this puppy the right way?



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.

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I have a South African Boerboel, he will be 2 in June and sheds all over the place. How frequently should I be grooming him? Any suggestions to stop or limit his shedding?



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.


Use olive oil as well. We used high quality food and brushed her couple times a week. We lost her last last week still shining like new penny never shed. She had Blue Buffalo no grain Until she turned 9 then dropped protein using Blue Senior. Boerboels really do not shed much I would have your pup checked out.


Awesome advice to whomever is responding to the above questions.

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Updated: 7/1/2022