The Boerboel is a huge dog that comes from South Africa. They have a blocky head, large stature, and can look quite intimidating! They come in brindle, fawn, and brown coats and that coat is usually quite short. Despite that, it’s fairly dense, and they are known to shed quite a bit at times.
There is also a black version of the dog, though it isn’t recognized by certain kennel clubs so his is something to be aware of.
The Boerboel is illegal in many countries, particularly as Europe. This is due to its perception as a dangerous dog.
Like many dogs, the Boerboel is very intelligent. However, it can also be stubborn and when it feels threatened, it is especially courageous. This is where the ‘dangerous dog’ reputation comes from. It has been known to be aggressive towards strangers and other animals and has a natural predisposition to guarding. While a lot of training and socialization can make them great dogs, there are definitely more things to consider when taking on a Boerboel than there might be with other breeds.
Boerboel – A Loyal And Smart Dog
It is, however, very obedient and loving with its owners. If you do train your Boerboel well and have a lot of patience while developing a bond with it, you’ll end up with a great dog. The issue is that you must prepare yourself to commit. The Boerboel needs a lot of space to get their energy out, and they need a firm but gentle hand. You may want to consider making them your only pet, as if you can’t supervise their interactions with other animals all the time, their protective instinct may kick in.
Overall, this isn’t the dog for everyone, so make sure you know what you’re doing when taking one on.