Where Is the Boerboel From?
The ancestry of the Boerboel breed can be traced back to the “Boer Dog,” which developed from the interbreeding of Mastiffs, Bulldogs, and other large European dogs used for power and guarding. The Boer Dog served as both a hunter and protector for European settlers (the “Boers”) in 17th century South Africa.
The Boerboel was introduced to other countries by Dr. Carl Semencic, an American anthropologist. The breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015.