South African Mastiff

By Claudia Bensimoun


                                                   Image credit: Wiki



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 Africaand 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.


Image credit: Wiki

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.


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  3 comments for “South African Mastiff

  1. March 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    the video was a feast for the eyes.

    My sister has Ridgebacks, and the face and heads are very similar to these.

  2. March 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Beautiful video, beautiful dogs!!

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