Boerboel/ South African Mastiff

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

36 months

Height (Shoulder height)

70 cm


60 kg

Coat texture

short-haired / smooth

Coat color

red&brown, creme&white, yellow&brown

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / enropion / gastric torsion

Food expenses per month in €

about € 99

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


quick and eager to learn / alert / bold / bave / intelligent / territorial / protective / reliable / confident

Bred for

watchdog / guard house and farm / guard dog

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / enropion / gastric torsion

Dog type according to FCI

not FCI approved

FCI description

Not FCI Approved

Short description

The Boerboel or South African Mastiff is primarily an independent, territorial protection dog. He is very alert and indicates the smallest changes in his environment. They are very protective of their family and guard house and farm with their life. They are very sensitive and notice every feeling of their family. They act fearless, bold and are very independant. Boerboels mistrust strangers and are sceptical around them. They are not really compatible with conspecifics. Next to a soft but firm training a good and early socialization is of utmost importance.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.