The African Boerboel is a relatively recent addition to the American Kennel Club’s long list of dogs. The breed was recognized in 2015 and has since been well on its way to becoming popular. While new in the AKC, the Boerboel is a mastiff with a long and rich history dating back to the mid-1600’s.]
History of the Breed
Hailing from South Africa, Boerboels are very large dogs measuring at 28 inches and weighing up to 200 pounds. These dogs were bred to protect farms and military outposts. They also were used to hunt large game such as leopard and baboon. The breed was also known to hunt lions.
An energetic dog, the Boerboel is described as fiercely loyal to its family and will defend them to the death. They are also a very affectionate dog which enjoys being indoors with its family. To some, it is known as a velcro dog, one that does not stray away from their owners for long, if at all. Boerboels are highly prized for their intelligence and confident, calm disposition.
The Boerboel Today
This disposition along with their size and agility keeps them a favorite among modern-day farmers. In South Africa, breeding African Boerboels is a hobby and dogs are exported across the world. They are used in many activities today such as weight pulling, agility, and livestock herding. In certain countries, however, the African Boerboel has been banned for either its size or skepticism concerning its use as a fighting dog.
Aggression in the African Boerboel
To restate, the Boerboel is a territorial dog and is fiercely protective of its owner, family, and homestead. Unless trained properly, the Boerboel will become aggressive towards trespassers or unknown guests. A Boerboel chained to a backyard will be a bored Boerboel, which will lead to boredom, destructiveness, and territorial aggression. Constant training and socialization are advised to keep an African Boerboel from displaying unwanted aggressive behavior.
- Boerboel, translated as “Farm Dog” was bred for farm life and hunting
- Recognized recently by the AKC in 2015
- Used to hunt game such as leopard, baboon, and lion
- Extra large dog weighing up to 200lbs
- Fiercely loyal and protective of it’s family and territory
- Must be constantly trained to avoid unwanted aggressive behaviors