Our expert says:
Most behaviourists in SA are extremely wary of the boerboel breed at present and have seen a lot of cases of aggression as these dogs have become more popular. The problem seems to be that they have been selectively bred as protective farm dogs and thus have guard dog and fighting dog types in the "cross". It is a new breed and so is unpredictable in nature. Thus it is possible to get a really docile and even-natured dog and a vicious fear-biter from the same litter of pups. Remember that the breeders will only tell you positive characteristics of "their" breed. Owning these dogs on a farm is one thing, but I believe they are not suited to urban homes where they are part of the family and allowed in the house. I would certainly not recommend them if you have other small animals or children. There are many other "deterrent type" breeds which are more established (e.g. Ridgeback, German Shepherd, Labrador) and thus their temperaments are more predictable, so I urge you to reconsider and do some more homework. (Look in breed books or on the net at breed sites.) I suggest you get one puppy at a time, waiting a few months before getting another, as this gives you time to develop a relationship and start with training before the next one comes. They should be opposite sexes. Puppy socialising classes are a must, starting from 8-14 weeks old and can prevent a lot of behaviour problems.
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