Boerboel: The South African Guardian
The Boerboel is a breed of dog native to South Africa, known for its strength, loyalty, and intelligence. These powerful dogs have been used as guardians and protectors of the home and family throughout history. In this article, we will explore the characteristics, history, and care needed for the Boerboel.
Characteristics of the Boerboel
Boerboels are large dogs, with a height ranging from 60 to 70 centimeters and a weight ranging from 50 to 90 kilograms. They have a muscular body, with a broad and strong back. The head is large, square, and in proportion to the body. The eyes are medium in size, dark in color and alert in expression. The ears, of medium size, are V-shaped and fall forward.
Their fur is short, dense and soft to the touch. The most common colors are brindle, brown, red, fawn, and black. They often have white markings on the chest, toes, and tip of the tail.
The Boerboel is a loyal, affectionate and protective dog. They are intelligent and responsive, making them excellent watchdogs and protectors of the family. Although they can be reserved with strangers, they get along well with children and other household animals.
History of the Boerboel
The Boerboel is an ancient breed that originated in South Africa during the 17th century. The Dutch settlers brought with them mastiff-type dogs, which were crossed with native African dogs. The result was a strong and resilient dog, capable of protecting family and livestock from predators and threats.
Evolution and recognition
Over time, the breed was refined and adapted to local needs. The Boerboel became a versatile working dog, used in hunting, guarding livestock, and defending the home. The breed was officially recognized by the International Cynological Federation (FCI) in 2015.
Boerboel health and care
A high-quality, balanced diet is essential to maintaining the health of the Boerboel. It is important to control the amount of food, since they are prone to obesity. Consult your vet to determine the right amount and type of food for your dog.
Exercise and physical activity
Boerboels need regular exercise to maintain their physical and mental health. At least one hour of daily activity is recommended, which may include walks, games, and obedience training.
Health and common problems
The Boerboel is a generally healthy breed, but can present with problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, and entropion. Get regular vet checkups and keep vaccinations and deworming up to date.