Other names: South African Mastiff
Country of Origin: South Africa
Height: Male: 64–70 cm, Female: 59–65 cm
Weight: Male: 70–90 kg, Female: 70–90 kg
Color: Mahogany, Red, Fawn, Brindle, Cream, Brown, Piebald
Life Expectancy: 7 – 11 years
Temperament: Obedient, Confident, Intelligent, Dominant, Territorial.
Litter Size: 5 - 14 puppies
Health Problems: Due to artificial selection the Boerboel is a very healthy breed.
The South African Boerboel is famous in its native country for being protective without displaying any aggressiveness.
Most of the time, it is a gentle and affectionate companion that prefers to stay close to its family, enjoying long games of fetch and togetherness during family gatherings.
In the 17th century Jan van Riebeeck an employee for the Dutch East Indian Company was sent to South Africa to establish a trading post. He brought along with him a large Mastiff-type dog that eventually mated with molossers and other large dogs that came later with the settlers.
Over the generations, the offspring that survived this harsh land were tough and durable and helpful, eventually developing into the South African Boerboel (which means farmers dog in Afrikaans).