The Boerboel is a mastiff-type dog that hails from South Africa. Its name translates to “farm dog,” and it is this life that suits the Boerboel well. The Boerboel is a cross between native African dogs and those that were brought to Africa by Dutch, French and British settlers. In fact, the breed may trace back to Jan van Riebeeck, who brought his dog with him for protection when he founded Cape Town. He then crossed his dog with other native dogs, possibly resulting in the large breed today known as the Boerboel.
At around 150 pounds, the Boerboel is a fierce and loyal protector, and in addition to farm work, he also protected his owner’s home and possessions against predators. The Boerboel is extremely powerful and brave. He does not back down from a fight and will fight to the death to protect his family.
The Boerboel is not a dog for the first-time dog owner. Even though they are calm and aloof, this breed needs a strong leader and plenty of obedience training. They have proven to be kind and gentle with family members, but a Boerboel who cannot be controlled is a liability.
In addition to their strong personalities, Boerboels are also known for being predisposed to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Boerboels are prone to include eye conditions such as entropion and ectropion; neurological problems such as epilepsy; and joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of your pet as standard. Which means if your Boerboel inherits anything more than a large frame, you’re protected.