The typical African Boerboel has a short, smooth, dense coat. Accepted colors for this breed are brindle, red, red-brown, brown, fawn, white-cream, yellow-cream, dilute, and black. Others with confined amounts of white on the head, chest, and legs are also acknowledged.
African Boerboels do not need that much specialized exercise. This kind of breed is not advisable to live in an area such as an apartment. They enjoy having a large fenced yard where they can patrol, guard, and even exercise themselves. Taking Boerboels on a long walk daily at a minimum is enough to keep them mentally and physically fit. They love to run with family members, and would enjoy a game of ball. During outdoor activities, it is advisable for the owners to keep them secured on a leash at all times, unless properly trained and socialized.
The African Boerboel is relatively easy to groom. They require occasional brushing and monthly bath. This kind of breed is an average shredder. An average African Boerboel lives for about 12 years and is considered a healthy breed.
The African Boerboel is believed to be the only breed in the world particularly bred to protect and guard without aggression. They make a very effective watchdog, and would loudly bark at strangers and unknown animals in the area. They are very protective of their house and space; therefore care should be taken to keep Boerboels in a fenced yard, as they tend to expand their space to protect.
African Boerboels are very loyal and affectionate family dog. They are known to be tolerant with kids and even play with them. A large dog like them makes a great companion for kids. They also get along with other dogs and pets, provided that they are socialized and trained properly. Socialization will help them determine how to differentiate between friendly visitors and potential danger.
The African Boerboel is known to be developed in South Africa, and is believed to be in the process of refinement. Their name is the literal translation for "Farmer's Dog" as they were bred for guarding the homestead.
An African Boerboel is intelligent and willing to work with the trainer. They are inclined to dominate the owner, but early training can prevent this. Hierarchy is developed not by being rough, but by being firm and consistent. Obedience training is advised at the earliest, and socialization should be a primary component.
African Boerboels are not recommended for first time trainers, or as first dog for a family. If the family is inexperienced in working with dominant breed of dogs, trained and socialized Boerboels from a rescue may be a great choice instead of training and managing a puppy at a very early age.
The African Boerboel has a keen intuition. They are intelligent, imposing, strong, muscular, and impressive. This kind of breed makes a very effective watch dog due to their protective nature. It is imperative, therefore, to take control of them at all times.