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Intelligent and territorial are the two qualities most often associated with the Boerboel, although loyal and loving should be included as well. Boerboels are large, muscular, brave and smart; they are warriors for their families. Those qualities make them the guard dog of choice for many farmers and urban communities. Although they require consistent training from an early age, a well-trained Boerboel is outstanding with children and a great addition to a home.

Adult Size

  • Huge
  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long
  • Wrong Dog to Leave Alone

Breed Group

  • Working Group

Coat Length

  • Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Smooth Coat


  • Brown
  • Red
  • Tan


  • Drools Constantly
  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise
  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 24-26″

Full Grown Weight

  • 121-130lbs
  • 131-140lbs
  • 141-150lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed
  • Pretty Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog
  • Poor Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Can Manage in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather

Good With Children?





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