The South African Boerboel. South African Mastiff

By Claudia Bensimoun


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Alternative Names: South African Mastiff, African Mastiff

Country of Origin: South Africa

Group:Kennel Union Club of South Africa-KUSA


South African Breeders Association-SABT

Boerboel International

Working Dog Group

In 2010 the South African Boerboel was recognized into the AKC Miscellaneous Group, and the American Boerboel Club was officially designated the Parent Club for this breed.

Having been raised with a pack of six or more  Boerboel’s in Nelspruit, Southern Africa , these wonderful family dogs not only protected me from crocodiles, snakes and the many lions, monkeys  and other wildlife around our citrus farm, they were the gentlest and kindest dogs out.They love to run, play and swim.Great as guard dogs, brave and fierce, they are also very  intelligent and love being around people.The South African Boerboel  needs to be socialized and trained from a young age .This breed is very different from the English Mastiff, and is not lazy at all.They do need exercise and to be kept busy or mentally stimulated.

They are very hardy and are great outdoors on farms and small holdings.The South African Boerboel is a dominating breed that is extremely possessive of it’s family.Boerboel means a “farm” dog ,and that holds true since these dogs thrive on farms in Southern Africa.

Physical Description: The South African Boerboel is a muscular and powerfully strong dog.He has a block head with dark markings on his handsome face, stomach,  under his fur and roof of his mouth.This protects him from the South African sun.His coat is short, thick and can either be brindle, brown , cream or coppery brown in color.His head is longer than the English Mastiff’s.

Height: 22-27 inches at the shoulder

Weight: Similar to Mastiff around 150 pounds upwards.

Activity Level:  High

Special Needs:None.

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American Boerboel Club


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  1 comment for “The South African Boerboel. South African Mastiff

  1. October 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Thank for sharing this! I have never seen a South African Boerboel (I live in NJ, in the USA). They are very handsome and look so powerful.

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