The Boerboel is a protective, territorial breed—not a breed for a novice dog owner. He is steadfast, calm, highly intelligent, and incredibly loyal. Boerboels must be with their people and will not thrive unless kept as an integral part of their human family. Their inborn guarding instincts make early socialization a must, as is structured, long-term obedience training, started at a young age. Boerboel puppies are easygoing and pliant, and inexperienced owners may be lulled into thinking the dog will remain that way, when in fact consistent training must be well underway before those qualities fade.

One of the most important parts of a puppy’s life is socialization. Socialization should begin as early as possible, by exposing the puppy to as many things as possible. Such as different sounds, children, cars, trucks, animals, car rides, bikers, joggers, etc. If you take the time and effort to socialize and train your Boerboel, your Boerboel should be the ultimate companion and family dog.

Also the Boerboel is a dominant breed and can be dominant toward other dogs. But if you raise your Boerboel around other dogs from the beginning of his/her life you should have no problems, he/she should be fine. Also, take him/her around other animals so he/she knows they aren’t any threat to him/her as well. The Boerboel will not back away from a fight or challenge, so if you are at any threat he/she will be there with no problem you can let that be known, but they are not mean just protective to its own.. And remember this breed is a guard dog so this is totally allowable.

The Boerboel will automatically attach to their family and that goes for children especially. It is better to have them grow together that’s our opinion and I believe this is very good advice. And they love their family no matter what.


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Some Boerboel can be Aloof/Wary
Others are Outgoing
Some also reserved with strangers