The Boerboel, also known as South African Mastiff, is a Mastiff-like dog native to South Africa where these large dogs were bred to work on farms and as guard dogs. Translated, their name means "farm dog." They are very impressive looking dogs, and although imposing, they boast of being gentle giants as long as they are well socialised and properly trained from a young age. For this reason, they are definitely not a good choice for first-time owners. However, the Boerboel is a good choice for someone who is familiar with the needs and training requirements of the breed or this type of very large Mastiff dog and who has enough indoor and outdoor space for them to roam freely.
Read our Boerboel Buying Advice page for information on this dog breed.