Background- In the harsh enviornment of the pioneers, they were strongly dependant upon their dogs as protection.
The dog was the first warning of any signs of danger. These dogs are not noisy or yappy for this could be a huge liability.
The dogs would have to protect the farmers and livestock against wild animals such as leopard, lion, and large reptiles as
well as hostile people stealing from the farm. The Boerboel is strong, agile and a very watchful dog, he had to be to fulfill
his duties. The Boerboel is reliable, obediant, and intelligent. He should also be self confident.
The Boerboel is a perfectly balanced dog. He has well developed muscle he should have strong, smooth movement. He is an impressive,
imposing dog of strength. Males should be more masculine than females.
Males- 25-30" at the withers
Ideal male is 26" tall and between 125-145lbs
Females- 22-26" at the withers Ideal female is 24" tall and
Head- This is the most important Characteristic of the breed, it represents the whole character of the Boerboel.
A) Occiput "top of the head"- Wide, flat, and musculature.
B) Face- Must melt symmetrically together with
the head. With or Without mask. Mask prefered.
C) Stop- Visible but not prominant
D) Muzzle- Straight and
in line with the top of the head. The muzzle is deep, wide and should slightly narrow at the sides towards the front. Muzzle
should be in proportion to the size of the dog and can range from 3-4 inches in length. That measurment does not include the
E) Nose- large widely spaced nostriles.
F) Lips- Top lip is loose and fleshy and does not hang
past the bottom jaw. Top lip must cover the bottom lip which should not be loose and fleshy.
G) Jaws- Strong, Deep,
Wide in the back and slightly narrow at the sides towards the front.
H) Teeth- Well Developed, correctly spaced, with
no missing teeth. Dog should have a Scissor Bite.
Eyes- Widely spaced with well pigmented eyelids. Eye color should correspond with coat color .
Ears- Medium sized, V-shaped and in porportion to the head. Ears are set high and wide. When alert the top of
the ears must form a straight line with the top of the head.
Neck- Average length, Neck forms a noticeable muscle arch attaches high at the shoulders. Scruff of the neck
is loose under the chin and tightens up as it reaches the chest.
A) Back- straight, wide, and in proportion to the body. prominant back muscles with
a short loin.
B) Croup- Wide, strong, with well defined muscle.
C) Tail- set high, straight, does not curl
over back, cut short, long tails are accepted.
A) Shoulders- Very muscular and set so
elbows are not angled out.
B) Legs- strong and straight with well defined muscle.
C) Pasterns- thick, strong,
medium in length.
D) Front Paws- large, ball shaped with strong, dark toenails.
A) Hocks- short, strong and thick, parrallel with each other. Dewclaws must be removed.
B) Back Paws-
Slightly smaller than the front, well formed, strong dark toenails.
Movement- The gait is balanced and smooth,
powerful, with ground covering strides showing strong driving action in hindquarters with corresponding reach in front. Topline
remains firm and level.
Movement Faults- Any suggestion of clumsiness, tossing and/or rolling of the body,
short or stilted steps, twisting of joints, paddling. Simular movement faults will be penalized according to the degree to
which they interfere with the ability of the dog to work.
Skin- thich, loose and well pigmented with slight wrinkles
on the brow when dog is alert.
Coat- Short, Dense, and smooth.
Color- Yellow, tawny, reddish-brown,
black, blue, and all shades of brindle. We are looking for little to no white. White is accepted on chest and toes
(should have black toenails). It will be considered a fault if anywhere on dogs upper thighs or legs, back, muzzle or neck.
Pigmentation- Should be well pigmented especially the lips, eyes, footpads, toenails, and genitals.