BULLMASTIFF VS BOERBOEL
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Bullmastiff Vs Boerboel Origins:
It was the early 19th century in England, nestled in the seemingly quiet countryside where the story of the Bullmastiff starts. Game wardens and estate owners were facing a severe problem with poachers. These poachers would shamelessly sneak onto privately owned land to bag a prized piece of wildlife. Game wardens and those that kept private estates safe were at a loss. As there was no good way to deter the poachers, as the penalty if they were caught was a death sentence. This would lead to shootouts more often than not, as there was nothing left for the poachers to lose. Or what was worse, the poachers would come late at night, making it almost impossible for them to be found, and if they were a getaway was almost assumed in the pitch black of night.
The Gamewardens and private estate owners concluded: They needed a specific dog breed. Something substantial, something imposing, something could track and engage trespassers in the dead of night and brave and agile enough to make sure anyone considering breaking the poaching law thought twice. They started crossing mastiffs with the native variation of bulldogs, and eventually, their vision became a reality in the embodiment of the Bullmastiff.
The Boerboel's journey starts much more south of England. All the way in South Africa in the 1600s. During this period, South Africa was attracting Dutch and German settlers. They brought with them a variety of Bulldogs, and Mastiff types served as guard dogs in their homelands and were just as needed in this new and very different land. Especially with the large and dangerous predators indigenous to this part of the world. Eventually, the breeding of the settlers' dogs brought rise toe the Boer, which means "Farmer's Dog" in Dutch.
The breed was first used as a big game hunter and protectors of homesteads and people alike. The dog was so good at what it did it lead to further refinement of the breed and eventually became to Boerboel we know today.
Bullmastiff Vs Boerboel Appearance:
The Bullmastiff has a striking appearance. They possess a dark, keen gaze, high-set floppy ears, a deep, board muzzle backed by large, powerful jaws. Their size also leaves quite the impression. They have thicker bodies that are just packed with muscle under their short-haired coats.
The male Bullmastiff stands as high as 27 inches (or 68 centimeters) and weighing up to 130 pounds (or 58 Kilograms), with the females being slightly small at up to 26 inches tall and 120 pounds of hulk.
The most common color we see in the Bullmastiff breed is a light fawn with a black mask. However, the breed does come in other colors. Such as brindle, red, black, and blue.
The Boerboel does share some characteristics with the Bullmastiff given they are both the results of mixing bully breeds with mastiffs. They have a sleek, short coat—a large blocky head, with powerful jaws. The Boerboel is thickly muscled from neck to rear. Though, it is also quite agile and is often argued that it is the most graceful of the mastiff-type breeds. However, their skin lips and around their eyes should always be a dark pigment.
Male Boerboels can grow up to 27 inches tall, and females up to 25 inches tall. This breed is also a heavyweight and can range anywhere from 150 to 200 pounds.
The Boerboel comes in varying shades of brown, red, and fawns for colors accepted within the breed. Though, other color variations are popping up, such as black and blue.
Bullmastiff Vs Boerboel Energy Level and Exercise Requirements:
Bullmastiffs are among the few breeds where the energy level is a toss-up from one individual to the next. Some require more physical stimulation, while others are fine to take a lazier approach to life and are well suited for the role of a couch potato. A long walk once a day should do it for them and is an excellent way to stave off obesity, which can easily plague this breed. Potential owners should aloe be cautious with this breed as a puppy. They have more energy when young, but their joints are fragile and need to make sure they are closely monitored, so they don't overdo it.
The Boerboel has very similar energy levels and exercise requirements as the Bullmastiff though they tend to be the slightest bit more active. They would benefit from a long walk or a good play session in a fenced backyard. But once its energy is trained, it is perfectly content to just laze around the house with its humans. Like the Bullmastiff, Boerboel puppies can develop joint issues or hurt themselves if their owners let them overdo it.
Bullmastiff Vs Boerboel Life Expectancy and Health:
The life expectancy of a Bullmastiff is nothing to write home about. They tend to live anywhere between seven and nine years.
The breed also has numerous health issues. They are prone to Bloat, which is when the dog's stomach rotates in their abdomen and requires emergency surgery to correct. Other problems include Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, which results in joint issues in these areas and can cause mobility problems. They also experience eye and thyroid issues. Cancers and allergies are also prevalent in this breed. The Bullmastiffs biggest health concern is heart issues.
The Boerboel's life expectancy tends to be a little bit longer. You could expect a dog of this breed to live anywhere between nine and eleven years.
As for health-related concerns, this breed is a healthier one. They can suffer from Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, allergies, thyroid, and heart issues though the rate at which they suffer most of these ailments are much lower than a lot of other breeds. Some cancers show up in the Boerboel as well, though most of the time, cancer is only found in older dogs of this breed. The biggest issue is eye problems, and it recommends that the dog gets its eyes examined at 18 months and again at six or seven years of age.
Bullmastiff Vs Boerboel Social Needs:
The Bullmastiff is a people pleaser. They are a loyal, loving, and good-natured breed with those that they hold dear. Anyone who does not make that list will experience a very different dog. This breed is brave and will not hesitate to engage in a threat. A bullmastiff needs proper socialization from a young age to tell the difference between good guy ad a bad guy instead of lumping all strangers into one category and greeting them with hostility. The breed tends to do fine if they need to be left alone for some time. Though, they are still at their most content around their people.
The Boerboel must be with its people. This is a breed that profoundly embeds itself into its family and will not tolerate anything less than being a full-time member. A stranger who approaches a Boerboel with malcontent is in for a very rude awakening. The Boerboel is no-nonsense when it comes to a threat or someone trying to stir up trouble.
Bullmastiff Vs Boerboel Temperament:
As we go forward with the rest of the video, it will be with the assumption that the dog has been given proper socialization and training from a young age. It will also be assumed that the dog is of correct temperament and disposition for its breed.
The Bullmastiff is affectionate, loyal, and brave. Their people are the apple of their eye, and they would indeed lay down their lives for them if they were asked. They tend to have interesting personalities that can make for some comic relief for their families.
The Boerboel, on the other hand, is a more serious canine. They are confident, intelligent, and calm. While they adore their people, this breed is a no-nonsense one. They are solely devoted to protecting their families. While they can be easier going as puppies, this fails to remain into adulthood, and the breed may be way too much dog for a novice owner.
Bullmastiff Vs Boerboel Intelligence and Trainability:
While the Bullmastiff is a biddable breed, it can also be a little hard-headed. But, don't mistake this for lack of intelligence. Rules and routines are best set when this breed is still in puppyhood and will serve them well into adulthood. As the breed can be a little thick-headed, it takes a bit more consistency to get your point across, and it is easy to fall into a pattern of frustration if you are not mindful.
The Bullmastiff is most commonly found as a family guardian and companion. But it has found itself participating in some competitive canine spots. They also do very well doing scent work and tracking. If you have a Bullmastiff and need help, check out the other videos on this channel as we have some excellent breed-specific training videos with more on the way.
The Boerboel is an observant and intelligent breed. Since they are so easy going when they are puppies, it is always best to put training regimes and expectations in place. Because of their intelligence and watchfulness, they tend to take cues from their owners and commit them to memory. This is important to remain mindful of while training that you are not sending the dog false signals that may cause problems down the road.
Boerboels are a versatile breed, though they are not often found outside of protection roles currently. The breed does have the smarts to excel in several canine sports and jobs if you have training questions about working with you Boerboel, head on over to the Fenrir Canine Training channel, and check out the collection of training topics.
Bullmastiff Vs Boerboel Child, Small Animal, and Other Dog Friendliness:
A Bullmastiff can be a thing of beauty with children. Their adoration for their family and their calm nature usually means they excel with the household's younger members. Though their size can be something of an issue as with a dog of their stature, simply knocking into a child on accident can lead to injury.
This breed is a little iffy with small animals, as it depends on the individual. They have a large prey drive, and the instincts to capture and kill a small fleeing animal are present. However, most individuals will do very well around small animals and tend to be quiet tolerant of them.
As for other dogs, the Bullmastiff is not a fan of strange dogs, it does not know even if it can be more accepting with the right training. This breed also has some cases where individuals have been same-sex intolerant, or not accepting of dogs of the opposite gender. Some bloodlines have steeper aggression. These dogs, in particular, have a rough time being accepting of other canines.
Boerboels adore their family, children included. They can be a great family pet and have a pleasant disposition towards younger members of the household. But, again, size should also be a consideration since they can easily knock someone over.
The Boerboel was originally used on farms for protection, so most of this breed tends to do well with smaller animals. Though, they do still possess some prey drive.
The Boerboel can coexist with other dogs. However, strange should be met with caution. This is not a breed that would be best suited for frequent visits to the dog park. As they dislike rude individuals and a challenge from another dog will often be met with full force.