A. What is a Boerboel and what are they used for? The Boerboel is a large, mastiff type dog breed from South Africa. The word Boerboel is an African name for “farmer’s dog”. But they are also can be a great companion as well and working, show or guard. They absolutely LOVE their family and are fantastic with kids. They do require a strong ‘pack leader’!!
B. Can I show or work my Boerboel? Yes, you can show and work your BB. The Boerboel is a very intelligent breed and willing to please. If your Boerboel qualifies for AKC, they can show.
C. What should I feed my Boerboel? When buying food for your Boerboel you only want what’s best. Your puppy has been raised on Victor All Life Stages food. Some examples of foods we suggest would be; Eagle Pack Large/Giant Breed Puppy food, Wellness Large Breed Puppy or Pro Plan Focus Lamb Puppy.
D. What age should my Boerboel be when I decide to get him/her Penn-Hip tested or OFA tested? For Penn-Hip testing, we recommend it at about 18-24 months of age (optional) and OFA testing should be done at 2 years of age. OFA #’s are not given any earlier then 2 years of age, however you can have an OFA preliminary done younger if you chose to do so.
E. When can I start bathing my puppy? We feel that as soon as you feel he/she needs one would be a good time to start. Give your puppy a few days to adjust to his/her new environment before attempting this chore.
F. Should I be concerned about my Boerboel playing on the slippery surfaces such as linoleum or excessive stair climbing? We recommend that if you’re going to have you Boerboel on surfaces like linoleum floors that you put down some rugs to make it less slippery. Slippery surfaces could cause a fall which could lead up to loose hips or even a broken hip. Excessive stair climbing is not good for the same reasons. You want be extra careful and give you puppies time to grow and mature, so they can grow up to be healthy dog with excellent hips on your account.
G. What is the Ideal height and Weight for my Boerboel an how long does the Boerboel usually live? The Boerboels average life span is about 12yrs, height is 64 to 68 cm on a male and a females height is about 59 to 65 cm. Weight on a Boerboel can be anywhere from 140+ for males and 110+ for females.
H. What colors do the boerboels come in? Cream white, pale tawny, fawn, red and all shades of brindle. All colors contribute to the gene pool of the Boerboel and have been a part of the breed since the beginning.
I. Does the Boerboel get along with other animals and children? They are great with children and other animals as long as they are brought up properly. It is very important that you socialize your Boerboel Pup from the start, puppy and basic class is a must. It is our recommendation that you do not have two ‘intact’ females or two ‘intact males’ together as they may be competitive for attention.
J. Where can I buy my puppies food, toys, crate, and other supplies? We buy 90% of our supplies from www.chewy.com.
K. What type of collar should I buy for my new puppy? We use a basic nylon collar until the pups are between 5 or 6 months of age. We then suggest a plastic training collar, for training time only! You still must be very careful with these collars and never pull up to lift your puppies front feet off the ground. For a correction, always pull quickly to the side. Just a ‘pop’ is sufficient. For further instruction-please call us!
L. What kinds of treats do I use for my puppy? We do not use treats for training, we use only positive reinforcement. If we were to suggest a type of treat it would be an all-natural like shredded chicken breast, cooked and cut into small pieces or shredded turkey breast pieces. Please note boil the meat with no seasoning until cooked.
M. What flea/tick product should I use on my dog? We use K9 Advantage II as it also helps with mosquitos.
N. When should I feed my puppy? Your puppy should eat 2/3 times a day until he is a year, this can fluctuate depending on the needs of the puppy and your schedule. After 1 yr, he can eat twice a day. Once he is fully potty trained, you can provide access to water at all times.
O. Should I crate my puppy? ABSOLUTELY!! For the puppy’s safety and your homes safety! Pups need to be in their crate whenever they are not being watched, while you are not home, and for sleeping. Crate training is a must. It can be quite a challenge, in the beginning, but it is a life saver-literally. For advice on crate training-please call!