South African Boerboel
With a name in Afrikaans meaning "farmer dog", the South African Boerboel doesn't sound like the massive, protective Mastiff that it is. They have thick, stocky bodies that are brindle, brown, cream, reddish brown and tawny colored with a black mask and ears. South African Boerboel's are of Mastiff stock, large animals, and act like the typical Mastiff. They are protective of their family, but can be discerning as to whether a stranger is a threat or not. They like to be with their people, and are friendly and affectionate to their own. South African Boerboels originate from a tough and dangerous land, which has worked to their advantage to create a truly tough and sturdy dog. South African Boerboels are strong, intelligent, and territorial. They are protective of their families, and are thought to have been used to defend against leopards. Although they can be confident and dominant, the South African Boerboel needs human companionship throughout the day. They are not good to leave alone, and they may resort to destructive instincts if this is done. Said to have a sixth sense about people, this breed can distinguish a threat from a friend.
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