The Boerboel is a Mastiff-type, powerful dog that was originally bred to guard the homestead and to hunt leopards and baboons. Also known as the South African Mastiff, the Boerboel is the only African breed bred to be a guard dog. They are considered to be one of the most powerful dog breeds in the world. This is not a breed for a novice dog owner. The Boerboel needs a strong leader willing to put the time and effort into properly training their new puppy. Once you have decided the Boerboel is the breed for you, start researching breeders and find one that is willing to work with you to ensure your new puppy is properly socialized and trained.
Boerboel Dog Names In Pop Culture
In 2015, the American Kennel Club (AKC) approved the Boerboel as an official breed. On January 21, 2016, the Westminster Kennel Club hosted a press conference to introduce the seven new breeds that would be represented at their prestigious dog show held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show is the second oldest sporting event that is still running. During the January 21, 2016 press conference people were given their first glimpse of the Boerboel. Obilo, the Boerboel, was present to be photographed and his handler answered questions about the breed. Oblio, pronounced Oh-Blee-oh, was named after the guards in The Wizard of Oz. Oblio was the number one Boerboel in the United States in 2015 meaning he had an automatic invitation to the Westminster dog show in February of 2016. Oblio resides in southeastern Virginia at Darkwater Boerboels Kennel. Darkwater Kennel is neighboring the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge provides plenty of opportunities for the dogs to run and explore with their owner, Diane Weatherbee and her husband. Oblio was born July 19, 2014 and is AKC, UKC and SABT registered. His father is Afrika Baako and his mother is Afrika Zainabu. Oblio’s formal name is GCHs CH Darkwater Oblio BN RN CA RATN CGC CGCA CGCU TKN. Oblio has not just excelled in the conformation ring; he has been able to go into several different performance rings and has done excellently. Weatherbee is excited to watch Oblio come into his full potential. When he stepped into the Westminster ring for the first time in February of 2016, there were big expectations for then 19 month old Oblio. He was able to win best of breed at the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club dog show; however, he was outshined in the Working Group and was not able to advance in the show.
Weatherbee and her husband fell in love with the Boerboel breed after bringing their first one home in 2002. Koa, a large male with a big block head, had a sweet nature and was easy to train. Weatherbee had never considered competition obedience until she needed an outlet for all of Koa’s energy. Like all Boerboels, Koa had to have a job to do so he felt productive. Competition obedience was a way to provide structured training and make Koa feel as if he were accomplishing a task for his master.
Boerboel Dog Name Considerations
The Boerboel is a strong, powerful breed that can be a dangerous breed. This breed has been known to maul adults and children to death and does require extensive training and socialization to be a well-adjusted member of the family. If you are a first time dog owner, do not consider the Boerboel. Families with small children should also not consider the Boerboel for their family’s pet. However, if you have thoroughly researched this breed and feel you can handle the responsibility that comes with owning a Boerboel, carefully interview the breeder. There are health tests that need to be performed on the Boerboel prior to being bred, make sure your breeder has all the proper health documentation and they also handle each puppy from birth for proper socialization. After locating a Boerboel breeder and picking your puppy, you will want to start deciding on a name for your new family member. Since the Boerboel is from South Africa, the place to start looking for a name would be African culture. There is a plethora of interesting, unique African names that are easy to pronounce and have great meanings. Not all Boerboels have to carry an African name; you can choose any name that you like as long as it is one that is easy to say for all members of your family. Do not rush when it comes to naming your new Boerboel, take your time to find just the right name for them.