10 Most Amazing Facts About The Boerboel - South African Boerboel

Dec. 24, 2015, 5:17 a.m.

The Top 10 Most Amazing Facts About The Boerboel - South African Boerboel.

Bred as a farming dog in South Africa, this boerboel breed had to be tough to survive harsh conditions and predators. But these thick-necked protectors are generally calm, so long as they can get some exercise. The boerboel dog are known for being great with kids and families, but you should have a dominant personality or they may be taking you for a walk instead of the other way around.

The development of the south african boerboel can rightfully be described as a true South African success story and is today a beacon for those who have made a contribution to improve the breed. The refining of the breed is still on the developing stage. Much has already been written on the descent of the Boerboel but nobody can state with certainty that it is bred from one, two or more breeds of dogs. What is confirmed by investigation is that Jan van Riebeeck brought with him a bullenbijter on his arrival to the Cape. This dog was a large strong breed which reminded one of the Mastiff type of dog.

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Those who followed Van Riebeeck to the Cape had also brought with them only the largest and strongest dogs and over a period of decades only the strongest survived in the now desolate country.
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With the arrival of the British Settlers in 1820 they brought amongst others the Bulldog and Mastiff type of dog. In 1938 the real Bull Mastiff was imported to South Africa by De Beers to guard the diamond mines. It is also known that they imported a champion obtained from the Hottentots, who played a role in the development of the Boerboel. The Boerdogs (as they are known) were scattered by the Voortrekkers during the Great Trek and they continued to breed with them. According to tradition, after the Anglo Boer War in 1902, these dogs were cross-bred with the English long legged Bulldog and also with the Bull Mastiff in the late and early 1950s. The history is especially known among the farmers of the North-Eastern Free State, Northern Natal and in parts of Transvaal.

The Boerboel is reliable, obedient and intelligent, with strong watch and guard-dog instincts. It is self-assured and fearless. The Boerboel is very playful and affectionate toward its owner. Its favorite pastime would be to play a game of fetch loving every minute it spends with its master. Its jaws are strong and they will most often pop the ball it it playing with. Not to fret, it will just play with the popped ball! They are very gentle and good with children they know; allowing them to ride on their backs like a horse, loving every minute of the attention they are getting. Boerboels will do okay with other dogs, cats and other non-canine pets, letting birds come down and snatch from their food bowl! They will guard their family, friends and property with their life. When their owners are not home they will not allow anyone to enter the home, unless they know them very well.

With a unique ability to see the world through their eyes, renowned boerboel dog behavior expert Cesar Millan the dog whisperer rehabilitates all manner of troubled canines in this popular reality series, and often that involves Millan not only teaching dogs new tricks but also training their owners how to achieve a balanced relationship with their pets.

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