4 Things to Know About African Boerboel Puppies

african boerboel puppy lying in grass with a toy

The South African Boerboel is also known as the African Boerboel, the Boerboel, and the South African Mastiff. It is a Molosser breed and a working dog that originated in South Africa during the mid-1600s. These large dogs are a loyal, dedicated, charming, and good-natured breed that craves human companionship. Here are a few more things to know about African Boerboel puppies:

1. Socialization matters.

It should go without saying that socialization matters for any dog. No matter the dog breed or size of the dog, it is important for them to be socialized with other dogs, new people, other animals, and new situations as a puppy and throughout their lives.

Your dog needs to know they are safe and can be confident in new situations. Regardless of breed, dogs that are poorly socialized or not socialized at all often exhibit aggression and anxiety, which often results in aggressive, destructive, and problematic behavior.

That being said, early socialization to a variety of situations, people, and animals early on ensures your African Boerboel grows into a mature, well-mannered, and confident dog. African Boerboels are known for their calm composure and confident stature; proper socialization is important for developing these traits.

2. Moderate climates are best.

African Boerboels are best-suited to moderate climates. This dog breed has a short coat and, although they are large, they are very sensitive to more extreme cold or heat. You’ll have to keep a close eye on them in the summer in moderate climates too as they can easily become overheated or overexert themselves.

3. AKC-Recognized

The Boerboel is now recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Although this dog breed has been around since the mid-1600s, it was not recognized by the AKC until 2015. It is considered part of the Working Group, along with its Mastiff brethren. Before this, they were considered part of the AKC Miscellaneous Class.

The Miscellaneous Class is for dog breeds that are part of the Foundation Stock Service Program, but have not yet been fully recognized or assigned to a specific breed group. Breed groups include the Hound Group, Terrier Group, Working Group, Herding Group, Sporting Group, Non-Sporting Group, and Toy Group.

4. They were created to be defenders.

The Boerboel’s breed name in Dutch/Afrikaans translates to “Boer’s dog” or “farmer’s dog”. “Boer” is the word for “farmer” in Dutch/Afrikaans while “boel” is slang for “dog”. They are one of the most powerful dog breeds and were originally bred to be working farm dogs that also guarded the homestead.

In fact, they are the only South African dog breed created specifically to defend the homestead. Their territorial instincts make them a particularly good guard dog and also make them protective of their family and home.

Overall, the African Boerboel is a large, imposing dog with a soft heart and a calm composure. They love their families and are protective, intelligent, and eager to please their owners. They are happiest when they have a job to do and are a loved member of the family. If you think this is the right dog breed for you, check out the available African Boerboel puppies for sale!