Other name: South African Mastiff

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Life expectancy

The Boerboel has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years



Adult size

Female Between 23 and 26 in
Male Between 25 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 154 and 198 lb
Male Between 154 and 198 lb
Coat colour
Blue Red
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Boerboel costs approximately 1170£

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More details about the Boerboel

Boerboel: Origins and history

The Boerboel was developed by European colonists arriving in South Africa in the 17th century (these invaders, when hailing from Germany or Holland, were themselves known as Boers, meaning farmers). The mastiff-type guard dogs they brought with them were crossbred with other European breeds to create a quietly vigilant giant who is capable of wrestling a leopard and at least giving a fright to an unsuspecting lion. He has been slow to find acceptance back in Europe where, in Denmark for example, he is considered to be a fighting dog and potentially dangerous.

Training a Boerboel

The Boerboel is generally intelligent but he does require a great deal of training in order to ensure that he does not use his considerable might against the powers of good. He will enjoy training since he is fond of spending quality time with his peers, so long as a responsible, positive-enforcement style education is employed. Those who are not confident trainers of dogs should not consider the Boerboel a good option when looking for a dog to invite into their lives.

Boerboel: Purchase price

The average price for a Boerboel dog is approximately £1170.

The Boerboel can cost around £50 per month to feed and maintain.

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