meet theBoerboel


Training &Temperament

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Did You Know?

At the February 2014 Board Meeting the American Boerboel Club became the official parent club for the Boerboel. The Boerboel became eligible for AKC registration, on December 1, 2014 and was eligible to compete in the Working Group, beginning January 1, 2015. AKC will maintain an open registry for the breed until January 1, 2020.

The docked tail of the Boerboel, according to legend, has it's origins in practicality. As a farm protector the Boerboel might encounter marauding baboons and with a short tail he could not so easily be held by the dexterous baboon.

The Boerboel has been assigned the Working Group designation.

The Boerboel has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2006.

At the May 2011 Board Meeting the American Boerboel Club, Inc. will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Boerboel.

Stories are told of the Boerboel killing and vanquishing lions in South Africa. Truthfully it is unlikely that a Boerboel would be able to kill a full grown and healthy lion however, they were strong and agile enough to handle the occasional leopard.

The skin of a Boerboel should be dark on his stomach and under his fur, as well as the roof of his mouth. This darker pigment was considered necessary in his country for protection against the sun and heat.

At the May 2010 Board Meeting the Boerboel was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class, effective January 1, 2011.

At the July 2007 Board Meeting the Boerboel was approved to compete in AKC Herding Events for suffix titles effective January 1, 2008.

A Boerboel can be both a capable working dog and a loyal companion. The word Boerboel means "Farm Dog" and as such he should be mentally and physically versatile. These were dogs of the people and not merely the elite.

Early socialization and obedience training will go a long way to ensuring success with your Boerboel. The Boerboel is both clever and smart and is capable of learning many useful tricks.

At the May 2007 Board Meeting the Boerboel became eligible to compete in Companion Events effective January 1, 2008.

At the July 2006 Board Meeting one new breed was added to the Foundation Stock Service Program - Boerboel.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Brindle 057
Brown 061
Cream 076
Red 140
Reddish Brown 159
Tawny 198


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Mask 004
Irish Marked 115
Piebald 025
White Markings 014