Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby Warrior372 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:47 am

Other options that are not quite as difficult to control - due to size or general temperament - Cane Corso, Bulmastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux, or Neopolitan Mastiff. All need to be socialized a lot as puppies and obviously need training like any large dog would, but they are generally very accepting of strangers they estimate are not a threat. Depending on where you live, you might get some heat for owning a Cane Corso, as they look like Staffordshire Terriers. I know some cities have banned similar looking breeds. Traditional lines of Bullmastiff's were breed as estate guardians and traditional lines of Neopolitan Mastiffs were bred as family guardians. Dogue de Bordeaux was much the same as the other two mastiffs just in France.

Not as large, but possibly more intelligent and just as well regarded as a guard dog would be a Belgian Malinois. They are notorious for their intelligence and accomplishments as police dogs.

There are a lot of options for breeds that are trainable, but also function as guardian dogs. I think a Boerbol is complete overkill for 99.9% of people and as someone who owns a dog that weighs 110lbs, you need to be very diligent with training early on as the dog will easily be able to out muscle you if not well trained.

My father lives in a community where one of his neighbors has a Schutzhund Trained German Shepherd. The dog is like a robot that does anything and everything the owner asks at any time. The dog in at a constant heel one foot to the side of the owner as he walks for exercise everyday. That dog was outrageously expensive, but if safety is your concern I am sure the owner sleeps very well at night and is afraid of almost nothing when the dog is present.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby JONOV » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:25 am

I met one at the local dog park. It was a nice enough dog IMO. Nice enough that he could take it to the dog park as an intact male.

There is a Boerbohl on Craigslist here...
https://raleigh.craigslist.org/for/d/ge ... 10652.html

Neat dogs, but there are plenty of more attainable options...and to be honest, I think I would get a pit from the shelter that looked mean and barked.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby hicntry » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:49 pm

Some of the dogs mentioned should require the owners to go in with the dog and be required to pass a test on their ability to handle the dog with an experienced agitator pushing the dog. The weak link is usually the handler.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby oldtimer » Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:37 am

If anyone is agitating my boerboel, I want them to bite them.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby LongHammer » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:31 am

oldtimer wrote:If anyone is agitating my boerboel, I want them to bite them.


That is crazy. A bite from a dog like that could cost a person an arm or leg. Big dominate dog like that will get agitated with you more than once I asure you. My Corso would let me know when I was pushing him harder then he liked with a big growl over the shoulder at me. What are you going to do then?
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby LongHammer » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:31 am

oldtimer wrote:If anyone is agitating my boerboel, I want them to bite them.


That is crazy. A bite from a dog like that could cost a person an arm or leg. Big dominate dog like that will get agitated with you more than once I asure you. My Corso would let me know when I was pushing him harder then he liked with a big growl over the shoulder at me. What are you going to do then?
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby carramrod » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:06 pm

oldtimer wrote:If anyone is agitating my boerboel, I want them to bite them.


If everyone had that mentality, I'm pretty sure I'd be bit every night going into my yard. Luckily my neighbors have a fence.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby oldtimer » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:15 am

The only way anyone will be around my dog, is if they have jumped a fence that has "Beware of dog" signs all over it. If people lose a limb, consider it a lesson of life.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:39 pm

A cane corso would be much more manageable around family and friends, and still capable of significant damage if there was an intruder.

One of my favorite mastiff breeds. Very intelligent and capable dogs.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby SMAbby » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:41 pm

oldtimer wrote:The only way anyone will be around my dog, is if they have jumped a fence that has "Beware of dog" signs all over it. If people lose a limb, consider it a lesson of life.


When it I was in animal control, a bite at a house with a "Beware of Dog" sign was still sighted. Instead of it being a warning like most people think, it is actually an acknowledgment that you know you have a dog that will bite. You are still liable for injury.

I was involved for a very short time with Schutzhund. I loved the sport. The dogs are trained to a T. I trust those handlers with those dogs. But folks like you that are basically thumping their chests about it, worry the hell out of me.I have seen the results of it, both with the injured people and as I euthanized the dogs. None of it is good news. I think you need a nice Chihuahua and a zanex. Not a dog of the caliber that you are after.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby oldtimer » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:06 pm

Listen, I have never had a dog I couldn't control. I will start with obedience and socialization.
I want a weapon. If some person hops my 8 ft. fence in the middle of the country, I want my dog to destroy the intruder. I will not worry about being sued. There are many ways to insulate your finances so that other people cannot take your money.
Furthermore, I have spoken to numerous Boerboel breeders, and they sound like very nice dogs. I think many people on this board lack the knowledge about the breed.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby JONOV » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:49 am

In any case, I think you're overcomplicating the problem. Plenty of breeds will do what you want. I would look at a working line shepherd myself. Otherwise a Great Pyrenese.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby oldtimer » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:48 am

JONOV wrote:In any case, I think you're overcomplicating the problem. Plenty of breeds will do what you want. I would look at a working line shepherd myself. Otherwise a Great Pyrenese.


I agree that shepherds would do what I want, but so will a boerboel. I like their looks and relatively easy needs for exercise. Why does everyone seem to want to steer me in the direction of a dog that is so similar to the one I want?
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby SMAbby » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:02 pm

JONOV wrote:In any case, I think you're overcomplicating the problem. Plenty of breeds will do what you want. I would look at a working line shepherd myself. Otherwise a Great Pyrenese.


My vote is for a chiuahua............or a pug, those things scare the hell out of me. :lol: :lol:

Yes, he is very much over complicating things.
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Re: Anyone ever own or been around a Boerboel?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:11 pm

oldtimer wrote:Listen, I have never had a dog I couldn't control. I will start with obedience and socialization.
I want a weapon. If some person hops my 8 ft. fence in the middle of the country, I want my dog to destroy the intruder. I will not worry about being sued. There are many ways to insulate your finances so that other people cannot take your money.
Furthermore, I have spoken to numerous Boerboel breeders, and they sound like very nice dogs. I think many people on this board lack the knowledge about the breed.


That doesn't prevent you from going to jail for murder. Your comments here alone could implicate you in "wanting a weapon "
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