Monday, October 6, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Boerboel

The Boerboel is a South African breed, and the name means "Farm Dog." It is a loyal family dog and capable working dog known for being intelligent, hardy, protective, and willing to please. 

Boerboels stem back to the 17th century when survival was of utmost importance. Settlers brought dogs from their home countries, but there were no veterinarians or dog medicines available, so the dogs had to be tough and able to look out for themselves. Only the biggest and strongest would survive, and this resulted in a versatile and hardy dog that would be a friend, babysitter, worker, and protector against predators.

Speaking of predators, today, docking dogs' tails is a practice banned in many countries. When it comes to the Boerboel, docking was originally done to protect the dogs from marauding baboons. If the dog didn't have a tail, the baboon couldn't grab it.

These dogs are generally calm, confident, and devoted to the family. As all working dogs, the Boerboel is intelligent and versatile. They do best with experienced owners that will provide training, socialization, exercise, and something to do.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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