USD $1500-$2000 Price Avg.

Working Dogs



Breed Type

Large, Giant


10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Working Dogs
Popularity/Rank 124
Origin South Africa
Other Names South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1500-$2000
How much does it cost to buy a Boerboel?
Boerboel are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $1500 to $2000 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Boerboels can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Large, Giant
Weight 154-200 pounds (70-90 kg)
Height Male: 25-28 inches (64-70 cm),
Female: 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by AKC
The American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Protection, guarding farm
Date of Origin 1820s
Ancestry Great Dane, Mastiff, Rottweiler

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Shiny, Smooth
Coat Colors Brindle, Brown, Cream, Red, Reddish, Tawny
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Amber, Brown, Black, Blue
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, Red, Grey
Coat Color Possibilities Fawn, Red, Brindle, Tan, Cream, Black, Brown, Grey
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Smooth and short.
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, Pin brush, Undercoat rake, Shedding blade, Grooming mitt, Nail clippers.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Confident, Dominant, Intelligent, Obedient, Territorial
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Yes

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Allergies, Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia, Joint Dysplasia, Vaginal Hyperplasia
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 30-60 minutes
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals,,A Boerboel diet should be formulated for a large to giant breed with moderate to high exercise requirements.
Cups Per Day 4-5 cups
Daily Cost $10-$20
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Boerboel have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 7-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The Boerboel is a large, powerful breed of dog that originated in South Africa. It is a cross between the Bulldog and Mastiff breeds, and it has become popular in recent years due to its loyal and protective nature. The Boerboel is an impressive looking dog with a strong, muscular body and a large head. Its coat can be short or long, but it usually has a thick undercoat that helps protect it from the elements.

When it comes to size, the Boerboel can range from 24-28 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 80-150 pounds. They come in various colors including black, brown, red, fawn, brindle and white.

The personality of the Boerboel is one of loyalty and protection towards its family members. They are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners but can also be stubborn at times if not properly trained or socialized early on in life. They are also very alert dogs that will bark when they sense danger or something out of the ordinary happening around them.

Boerboels are generally friendly with other dogs as well as children if they have been properly socialized from an early age. However, they may be wary of strangers so proper introductions should always be made when introducing them to new people or animals for the first time.

The temperament of this breed is one of courage and confidence which makes them excellent guard dogs for their families as well as great companions for those who want an active pet who loves being outdoors with them on hikes or walks around town.

When it comes to health issues common among this breed include hip dysplasia which can lead to arthritis later on in life if not treated properly; eye problems such as cataracts; skin allergies; ear infections; bloat; heart disease; obesity; joint problems such as elbow dysplasia; thyroid issues; epilepsy; cancerous tumors; luxating patellas (slipping kneecaps); entropion (inward rolling eyelids); ectropion (outward rolling eyelids); cherry eye (prolapsed third eyelid gland); hypothyroidism ;and von Willebrand’s Disease (a bleeding disorder).

The adaptability level of this breed is high due to its intelligence which allows it to learn quickly how to adjust itself according to different environments or situations presented before it by its owners/family members/friends/etc.. This makes them great pets for those who travel often since they will easily adjust themselves according to their new surroundings without much difficulty or stress on their part! The benefits of having a Boerboel dog as your pet include having an incredibly loyal companion who will always have your back no matter what situation you find yourself in!


The Boerboel is a large, mastiff-type dog breed from South Africa. The name "Boerboel" is Afrikaans for "farmer's dog". The Boerboel is the only dog breed developed in South Africa. It was bred for the purpose of guarding the homestead and working as a farm dog.

The Boerboel's origins can be traced back to the early 1600s when Dutch settlers arrived in South Africa. These settlers brought with them various mastiff-type dogs, which were then crossbred with local African dogs. The resulting offspring became known as the Boerboel.

For centuries, the Boerboel was an important part of life on the South African farm. They were used for guarding the homestead and working as farm dogs. However, by the late 20th century, the Boerboel was in danger of becoming extinct. This was due to a number of factors, including the mechanization of farming, which led to a decline in the need for working dogs on farms; and the increasing popularity of smaller breeds of dogs as pets.

Fortunately, there was a resurgence in interest in the Boerboel in the 1990s, and today they are once again a popular breed both in South Africa and around the world. The Boerboel is now recognized by a number of major kennel clubs, including the Kennel Club (UK), American Kennel Club (USA), Canadian Kennel Club (Canada), and Australian National Kennel Council (Australia).

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