Other name: Boerboel

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Hair type Short
Origin South Africa
Template Giant
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 70 kg to 90 kg From 58 cm to 66 cm
Male From 70 kg to 90 kg From 58 cm to 66 cm
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History of the breed

Native to South Africa , the Boerbull (also called Boerboel)   is a breed developed by Dutch settlers from the Brabanter Bullenbijter, a powerful hound with hunting qualities. He was crossed with other dogs of European origin, but also local breeds. The Boerbull was mainly used as a farm dog , with the mission of protecting the herds and the structure itself from wild predators.

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Physical features

His hair: short, smooth, covering thick skin.
Its color: all shades of fawn and brindle, with red, brown, gray, even white markings (a small mark on the chest is only tolerated).
His head: broad, rather short and well muscled, with powerful jaws (preferably scissors).
Its ears: triangular in shape, hanging, well proportioned to the head, broad and strong at their base, set relatively high, carried forward when the dog is attentive.
His eyes: brown in color, positioned on the same horizontal line. The eyelids are well pigmented. The gaze is both soft and determined.
His body: stocky, massive, with very developed bones and musculature. Slightly tightened at the level of the kidney. The back line is straight, the croup is straight, broad and strong, the loins are short and strong, the chest is well developed.
Its tail: attached high, strong in its attachment, very mobile, raised when the dog is attentive or in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Boerbull is a courageous, extremely protective , intelligent and calm dog. He appreciates family life and knows how to be gentle with children . Watchdog par excellence, he will not tolerate any intrusion into the home of his masters: his imposing physique, his determined gaze and his grunts are enough to dissuade anyone who dares to venture into his territory.

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The Boerbull   is often described as easy to train . As long as his education is early, conducted in a manner that is both firm and gentle, and he is sufficiently socialized, a balanced dog is obtained. He calls for a good balance between authority, affection and respect.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Boerbull is mainly aimed at experienced masters , who know how to show authority during their education , without seeking the balance of power. He is not really made to live in an apartment, because he needs spaces and a territory allowing him to express his qualities as a guardian. In town, he must be equipped with a muzzle due to his categorization.


Ease of gaining weight

The Boerbull enjoys generally solid health . Her dress is perfectly suited to the South African climate. However, as with any large dog breed, the risk of hip dysplasia can never be ruled out. Care should also be taken not to overfeed him to spare him the effects of obesity and joint problems.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Boerbull dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Boerbull is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Boerbull is subject to 2 moults per year , with moderate hair loss. It is very easy to maintain due to its short and rustic coat, but it is at the level of its diet that it is necessary to pay particular attention, avoiding both deficiencies and excesses.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week . Brushing becomes daily during the moulting period. The inside of his ears should be examined regularly to prevent infections and deposits of debris that may lodge there.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Boerbull is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Boerbull is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

If he is very calm outside of his active times, the Boerbull needs a lot of exercise to be active. Two good daily walks are enough to satisfy him


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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