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.

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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.

Does your South African Boerboel bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new South African Boerboel puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
154-200 lbs
Male: 25-30; Female: 22-26 inches
Yellow, fawn, brown, russet; all shades of brindle.



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South African Boerboel Questions

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.

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.

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.

I have an 11 month South African Boerboel and he is still not house trained. I have tried my best to train him based on treats and awards, but it's just getting worse. What else can I do?

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.

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