The Boerboel is not only confident, sweet, and protective, but is also one of the best farm dogs. This breed is used often in South Africa to protect against wildlife and terrorism and is also one of the best dog breeds to have around children if well-trained and well-socialized from puppy-hood.
With a temperament that is confident and affectionate, the sweet Boerboel can also be aggressive with strangers and is not a dog breed for a novice owner. That said, let’s take a look at why this awesome dog breed is so popular in South Africa.
The Boerboel originated from South Africa. The name “Boer” comes from the Afrikaans word meaning farmer. Dutch, German, and Huguenot settlers began arriving in South Africa during the mid-1600s. They brought along Bull Mastiff and Bulldog type breeds to guard farms.
In 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck and company arrived in Cape Town, they brought along a dog breed called the Bullenbijters for protection. In 1938, De Beers used Bull mastiffs to guard their mines, and these dogs were then integrated with the Boerboel gene pool.
Other colonists arrived with dog breeds that also guarded dogs. By the 1800s, the British arrived with Bulldog and Mastiff dog breeds. These breeds all interbred and were dispersed further during the Great Trek in 1838. It is believed that interbreeding continued together with the native African dog and that the Rhodesian Ridgeback could also have been involved.