American Bully Association

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Boerboel / South African Mastiff



The Boerboel is a huge bully mastiff breed from South Africa. Used as a working dog in Africa they are often the first line of defense from such predatory animals as hyenas, lions and other large cat species.

 

The history of the breed is ambiguous but is believed to have started with Jan van Riebeeck's arrival to the Cape in 1652 when he brought a "Bullenbijter" with him.

 

Later in 1928, the diamond mining company De Beers imported Bullmastiffs to South Africa to guard the mines.

 

Given the tribal and farming nature of the country formal breeding programs did not exist much thus leading to the breeding of dogs more based on purpose than look. Over time however the look has become more generalized in nature thus resulting in the Boerboel breed as it is recognized today.

 

Weight

50 to 100 kg (110 to 220 lbs)

 

Muzzle

Square with no over or under-bite.

 

Eyes

All shades of brown

 

Tail

Maybe short or long with short the preference.

 

Coat

Short, dense, soft, smooth, and shiny

 

Height

55 to 70 cm (23 to 27 in)

 

Color

With and without a black mask. All shades of yellow ,fawns, reds browns, brindle, or black.