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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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