The Boerboel is named after the Afrikaaner settlers in South Africa and its name translates to ‘farmers’ mastiff.’ It is an ancient breed, going as far back as the 1600s. It was originally bred as a tracking, hunting and guard dog, but almost became extinct after the Second World War until the South African Boerboel Breeders Society was established to safeguard this dog’s unique genetics. It was officially recognised as a distinct breed in 2010. It is a large, powerful and loyal breed known for its protective instincts. It has a short, dense coat that requires very little grooming.
Boerboels are affectionate with their families and make excellent guard dogs. They will bond with a family unit rather than one person in particular, and take their guard dog duties very seriously. They are highly intelligent but can be strong-willed and stubborn, requiring early socialisation and consistent training to establish a pack leader. Boerboels need homes with experienced owners and a large property to protect and call their home turf.
The Boarboel’s protective nature can make them reserved around strangers, so early socialisation is important. They require an owner who can establish themselves as the pack leader, and although they can be protective of children and babies, they should never be left alone with young children due to their large size. They should never be left alone with cats or smaller pets as they have a strong prey drive.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Boarboel, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.