Boerboel is a breed of mastiff introduced by the settlers in the Cape of good hope in South Africa since the 17th century. It is warm to family and friends, but it is a formidable and powerful guard dog for strangers. Experienced dog owners are very important for Boerboel's early social training. The historical development of South Africa's own Mastiff - the boerboel is complex and its origin can be traced back to ancient times.
Morphological characteristics of Boerboel
Boerboel is tall, strong and robust. Square head, body height more than 63 cm, weight 60-80 kg, chest and shoulder broad, muscular. The coat is short and smooth with yellow, red, brown, gray or mottled. Boerboel is bold, brave, good at biting and fighting. But absolutely loyal and submissive to the master. It is a very good guard dog. It is also used as a hunting dog or police dog. Some places are used as fighting dogs.
History of Boerboel
Boerboel was bred by settlers from 17th century to Cape of good hope in South Africa. It is enthusiastic to family and friends, but it is a formidable and strong guard dog for strangers. Experienced dog owners are very important for early social training of Boerboel.
Boerboel has a long history of feeding in South Africa. It has been used as a watchdog for farmers, and it is named "boerboe", which means "farmer's dog" or "Boel dog" in the general language of South Africa. Boerboel has a mysterious origin, and native South African dogs, which cross with dogs brought by Dutch, French and British immigrants, have their ancestors. In 1820, it was also introduced into the British colonists' pedigree of the bulldog and the bulldog. It was used as a guard dog to guard against the lions.
In 1902, after the second Boolean war, Boerboel was crossbred with the British long legged bulldog, and in the late 1950s, it was mated with the bulldog and other dogs, which formed the form. English speaking countries call it the African mastiff.
However, today's mastiff has little to do with the animals in these history. South African mastiff is no longer a hunting dog, nor a fighting breed. But they are still big, agile, muscular dogs, and family dogs.