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The South African Mastiff – Boerboel .The forgotten breed.

This breed is popular in South Africa and surprisingly  not   much coverage is given about this self assured and fearless breed.

In the early 1900’s the Englishmen brought Bulldogs and mastiffs into South Africa and some of these dogs were bred into the Boerboel population.In the early 80’s a serious search started again for the original Boer dog which covered large parts of southern Africa. Two hundred and fifty were found and only seventy two selected to be registered. Selective breeding started and at last the dog of the old South African pioneers was ready to be registered as a pure breed. These dogs are now registered with the South African Boerboel Association.

South African Mastiff

Big strong breed

Well balanced dog with good strong muscle development

Swift in movement

Reliable, obedient and intelligent

Strong watch dog instinct

Self assured, fearless and perceptive to the needs of the family

Weight: 110-175 (IBS)

Height: 23-27 inches

Coloring: With or without a black mask, fawns, blacks, reds, brown, brindle, piebald and Irish markings.

“His pioneer owner required him to be a friend of the family   , a worker, and to provide protection. They could not afford to have a disobedient, moody, finicky, sickly dog – they had to be able to rely on him to protect the family and to work.”

Excerpt from the history of the breed from Molosser world’s website.


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  1. They were bred to be protectors of the farms in South Africa. They protected the homes and livestock. It is their size that makes them superior guard dogs to some of the other mastiff breeds. They are large, but also very balanced, unlike some of the extremely bulky and overdone mastiffs. I have a boerboel that is 120 lbs, and can jump over my 4 ft fence with ease. Very athletic and the best dog I have owned.

  2. Great blog abouth the greatest dog.
    We have one, my best friend, the best protector, friend of the family and especially for kids.
    Good learner with a lot of respect, patience and fearless.
    Just treat him right, be the boss from day 1 and you will have an unbelievable dog!!

  3. I LOVE MY little girl. She is going on 13 and still as active as ever. I am glad the breed is finally recognized. They are incredible! She is the most protection anyone family will ever need

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