Breed Summary

The Boerboel is a gigantic dog, with a strong, confident, and muscular appearance. Their head is magnificent and appears blocky, with a short length between the stop and nose. Boerboels are longer than they are tall. Their skull is flat and neck and shoulders are muscular and thick and his hindquarters are large. They carry themselves powerfully, yet gracefully, with confidence and courage.

Country of Origin: South Africa

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 121 of 196

AKC Classification: Working Group

UKC Classification: Guardian dog

Exercise Requirements: 40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 22-25 inches, Male: 24-27 inches

Weight: Female: 150-220 lbs.; Male: 150-220 lbs.

Physical traits: Large, Strong, Muscular

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Flat

Colors: Red, fawn, brindle

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Personality traits/Temperament: Confident, Intelligent, Calm

Energy Level: Low to moderate

Tendency to Drool: Highs

Tendency to Snore: High

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate


It’s a fact that Boerboels are usually dogs with great health. Their life expectancy is 9 to 11 years. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. A responsible breeder will screen breeding stock for health conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia, heart disease, and two disorders that affect the eyelids: ectropion and entropion. Like other all breeds, a Boerboel’s ears should be checked regularly for any sign of infection and wax build-up and their teeth need to be brushed often to avoid dental diseases.


The Boerboel needs high-quality dog food to fulfil its nutritional requirement. Any diet should be appropriate according to the different dog’s stage (puppy, adult, or senior). Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so monitor your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level frequently. Don’t provide human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian in case of any emergency.


The Boerboel is a protective and territorial breed that requires an experienced owner to rear. They are a highly intelligent, steadfast, calm, and loyal breed. They love human companionship and will not thrive unless kept as an integral part of their human family. They need early socialization and obedience training at a young age. Boredom may lead to developing their destructive behavior.


The Boerboel is a strong, athletic dog that needs regular exercise, like long walks on a leash or play sessions in a securely fenced area with his owner. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. They need mental stimulation and interaction with their owners along with the physical activity. They don’t like to get challenges from other dogs, and visiting dog parks are not recommended for them. They have protective instincts, the Boerboel should never be allowed off-leash. Barboel enjoys taking part in obedience, rally, weight pull, and agility competitions, and protection sports.

Fun Fact

Boeboel’s are one of the most powerful dog breeds in the world and have an estimated bite force around 800-850 PSI.


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