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South African Boerboel


Also called the "South African Mastiff", the South African Boerboel originated in South Africa back in the early 1800's. This breed had to stand the test of isolation and show their survival skills early on when they were placed on an island to survive with only a handful of resources and skills. This breed today can be seen in the USA at times, however they are generally busy completing daily duties and jobs for their owners.


The South African Boerboel is a large breed with males and females measuring 23-28 inches in height and weighing an average of 150-200 pounds in weight. This breed has an extremely broad, square shaped head, forming into a rectangular shaped muzzle that comes to a short stop. Their large nose is generally black, as their two eyes are almond in shape and generally a dark hazel to black in color as well. This breed has a very large jaw bone. Their two triangular shaped ears are folded firmly alongside of their face. Some SAB's may have a few wrinkles on their face. Their overall body appearance is extremely lean, broad and muscular - are you able to tell within seconds that this breed has a lot of power and strength just standing there. They have a short, single layer coat that is available in cream, pale tawny, all different shade variations of brown and rust, and brindle.


The SAB is a large and strong working breed, both physically and mentally. This breed is extremely protective, loyal, obedient and excellent with children that are within the home to grow up next to. The South African Boerboel will be at his or her happiest when spending time with their owner; time can be spent preforming tasks together, training, playing or simply just being around each other. This breed is an excellent family member and is extremely self aware, confident and gives 100% into anything he or she is doing. This breed does require a firm and confident owner who has experience with large breeds. Positive reinforcement training only.


This breed does shed and has potential to drool. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

The South African Boerboel requires land to live and roam on safely within a properly fenced in yard for their size. This breed cannot live in an apartment or small setting. Please properly educate yourself about the South African Boerboel prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new 4-legged companion. Do not add this breed to your household unless you are able to make a life long commitment to your new addition. This breed is not for everyone, including first time dog owners. Overall, this breed is very healthy.

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