Boerboels and Rhodesian Ridgebacks – my favourite dogs

I was born and brought up in South Africa so I grew up with Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Boerboels – both South African dogs bred for working use on farms. Here are some pics. The Boerboels are the enormous ones (click the link below each picture to get to my article about each dog) and the Ridgebacks are the ones with the ridge down their backs. Ridgebacks weigh about 80lbs and Boerboels can be 150 to 210lbs. For a complete index of my Boerboel posts, please click here.  If you click on the links under or above each photo below you will get to articles about each dog.

Avalonia Waldor

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With Miriam Koopen of Blygedacht Boerboels

 

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Crazy Wolf of Blygedacht

Crazy Wolf of Blygedacht

Crazy Wolf of Blygedacht

Crazy Wolf of Blygedacht

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Makulu Laanie Warrior

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Makulu Laanie Warrior

Makulu Laanie Warrior

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Makulu Laanie Warrior

Makulu Laanie Warrior

Veiligplek Crespo

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Veiligplek Crespo

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Veiligplek Crespo

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Voorslag Tau

Voorslag Tau

Voorslag Tau

Voorslag Tau

Linga Longa (Yvonne du Randt)

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Other

 

Tequila Nenna, double bred Cabaret Straatkat

Tequila Nenna, double bred Cabaret Straatkat

Dopper Madala

Dopper Madala

Dandaloo Mack

Dandaloo Mack

Caberet Klein Buks

Caberet Klein Buks

Mouzer Adolph

Mouzer Adolph

Ysterberg Troffel

Ysterberg Troffel

Driefontein Grootpraat

Driefontein Grootpraat

 

And here are two videos:

 

and even though I don’t think there were black boerboels originally (mainly because I never saw one growing up and neither did anyone I know), even I can see the stunning beauty in Janieka Swartkat – 90.7% (Spitsvuur Ramkat 94.7% x Caberet Elra). Find complete pedigree here. Janieka dogs are beautiful!4

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Rhodesian Ridgeback



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  1. I think the Boerboel (or even the Bullmastiff) bred with the Rhodesian Ridgeback would make a wonderful animal….

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  2. Love both breeds too. Had 2 Ridgebacks for 11years and now 2 BB in the age of 28 and 18 months. The youngest one is a daughter of Pancer Mandolino.

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  3. Hi, me again…. incase you have options for me please contact me on my email,… allen.oseko@gmail.com ….that would be awesome ,… looking forward to your reply ,….thank you 🙂

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  4. preferably the Mastiff/Bulldog ones,

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  5. And I love your blog ,…. really cool 👍👍👍

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  6. Hi,
    my name is Allen , from kenya and I’m a big boerboel lover …,could you please hook me up
    ,… please?

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  7. Janet Carr these breeds are amazing how can i get one am in Zambia

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  8. Hi Janet, I came across your website and had to comment. I have a Ridgeback we call Ruger. He is 4 years old and my best buddy. His ridge is not as prominent as others but he has everything you look for in a Ridgeback. I absolutely love this dog and this breed. We live in a cold region of Colorado in the U.S. so he is an inside boy and loves to get close and sleep with me on the bed. He is very gentle with my grandkids and follows my grandson every where. We have a very large back yard to play in and wrestle around and to just hang out with each other. I would highly recommend a Ridgeback as a family dog and a close friend.

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  9. hi sister am from uganda i what boer boel female puppy

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  10. Hello Janet.
    My name is Sixolile and I’m from Port Elizabeth in South Africa. I consider myself as a huge Boerboel fanatic. I’ve been exposed to view these dogs and my dad had one but I wasn’t close with it since I didn’t grow up with him. This year I told myself that I’m gonna get dogs preferably Boerboels. I always found them to be adorably cute and intelligent. it’s going to be my first time raising this kind of dog which I’m getting month end. please furnish me with all the necessary info for beginners. also want to know whether is it wise for me to have both sexes in this particular breed of dogs? Another thing I wanted to find out is that wont there be any problems with these dogs seeing that my yard is small?

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    • If you buy from a reputable breeder (and for Boerboels you really should) they will do a home inspection and also check that you have the ability to take care for a dog of this breed. If you do not fulfill these criteria they will not sell you a puppy.

      Boerboels are very often same-sex aggressive and are also bred to be working dogs so small yards are not suitable unless you are in a position to give the dog much exercise somewhere else. They need to be with their family, which they have an instinct to protect.

      Please take care not to buy from a backyard breeder because incorrectly bred Boerboels can be extremely problematic.

      Good luck!

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  11. Janet do you breed boerbols. I’m looking for a pup out of something big. Male pup. Could you help me

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  12. I would like to know how do you get to grow your boerboels so big they really massive boerboels you have. I have a boerbull female and I admire the size of yours.she is now almost a year and was advised not to breed her after her third heat is this true to get good growth in my dog?

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    • Yes I like the big ones which is not viewed so positively by breed purists. Even I admit it does take the breed away from its working origins. If you look at my post about the different body shapes of Boerboels (just do a search of my blog for it) you will see that there are four main body types. The Mastiff/Bulldog ones (which I favor) will always be bigger and have much larger heads than a terrier/hound type. Nowadays they are often bred to be too big I think. Waldor (the big pic fourth from the top) was about 80kg lean so that pic is just taken from an angle that makes him look big. I have posts on him (search for Waldor) that show him at his true size and he was big (second biggest Boerboel in Australia at one time) but not huge. Dandaloo Mack was another big one – have a look for him on the blog as well. Odi is huge but then again, more a Mastiff/Bulldog type.

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