BOERBOEL A MASTIFF DOG BRED TO DO BATTLE WITH AFRICAN LIONS
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– I’m Jennifer Fuller
and I own Fuller Boerboels in Mariposa.
– And I’m Kim Bazzar
and I have Gallant Boerboels
and I’m out of Atwater, California.
– So Kim and I met through the Boerboels,
realized that we were pretty close together
and since that time, since we met
we’ve worked a lot together
in finding the right Boerboels
to complement or breeding programs.
My husband and I owned a Mastiff mix.
He lived to be 16 years old.
When we moved up here from the city,
we realized what an incredible dog he was.
He protected us.
He would go with the kids on hikes
out on this property.
And when he got to the age
of getting close to passing away,
we started researching Mastiff breeds
that met his temperament.
Not by looks or anything like that
but purely by temperament.
And the Boerboel best described that.
About two years after we started
researching the breed,
we brought home our fist one.
We moved here 20 years ago
and with our other dogs,
prior to the Boerboels,
we would have bears getting
into the trash can all the time.
And things such as that.
There would be a lot of evidence
of mountain lions
taking down deer close by the house.
And once we got the Boerboels,
we saw that diminish greatly.
The Boerboels have an incredible
sense of smell.
We can be in the house
and they can all of a sudden
throw their nose up in the air
and know that there’s
a large animal outside.
Which is kind of neat.
It made me feel–
I was a city girl.
I didn’t grow up in the mountains,
so coming up here
was a little scary for me.
And that really helped me
to feel safe.
I love that I can take
one or two dogs
and we can outside of the fence
and go on a hike right here.
Good exercise for them,
they have three yards
that they can just
stretch their legs in
and run and wrestle.
They are big wrestlers,
they love to do that.
And we just let them.
So, right now my pack consists of
six dogs total.
I have two males and four females.
He’s my alpha male,
he’s the oldest.
He is six years old.
He’s a strong male.
He does not like everybody he meets.
He can be very protective.
And so we are cautious with him
We typically like to introduce
through the fence, over the fence.
Not just have somebody walk in.
And then this is Johari,
she’s my alpha female
and she’s almost six years old.
This is gonna be her last litter.
She produces some beautiful puppies
and you’ll meet one of ’em
a little bit later.
My male, Bu.
And we also have her granddaughter here
So I’m not gonna make her
do too much today
because she’s due to have puppies
and I don’t wanna work in too hard.
^ The great thing about Nzuri is that he,
he’s really nice.
^ (dog pants)
His head could be a little more square.
But because he is so thick,
he doesn’t move nearly as well as his son
who has a much more athletic build.
So, but conformation-wise,
he has great conformation,
he scores well.
He’s got decent,
he could be better in rear angulation
which is pretty typical for Boerboels,
we lack rear angulation.
But other than that, he’s a solid dog.
So this male is a son
of my older male.
And they were,
they played together,
they did everything together
until this guy started mating.
And then he got a little cocky.
Got a little bit of an attitude.
And although there was never
any incident or fight,
I could just tell
that their relationship had changed.
So I don’t allow them
to have direct contact.
They can be separated by a baby gate
and they’re fine.
Fence to fence, they’re fine.
They can be nose to nose
through a fence, they’re fine.
It’s just I’m overcautious and don’t wanna
take that chance.
I have had male Boerboels fights before
where we’ve had an older male
come in as an older male
and break through the fence
to get to my male
and male Boerboel fights are horrible.
They’re a mess.
Even with the females,
sometimes even though they can all
be hanging out
in the living room together,
there are certain times
when we do separate them and shuffle them
because heat cycles, they get moody.
Pregnancies, they can get moody.
And so there’s just different times.
So my dogs do live in the home,
so typically, if I have everybody
in the house,
one male would be behind a baby gate
in a bedroom
and the other male would be out
and I just switch ’em out,
so they each get pack time.
^ We have Bu.
^ He is almost 29 inches
at the shoulder.
^ And he’s between 145 and 150.
He is a therapy certified dog.
He loves therapy visits
but he’s also incredibly intense.
So anything that Bu does,
he does pretty intensely.
You see his build is far more athletic
than his dad.
He can move much better and quicker.
His negatives are his angulation,
If I could change anything about him,
I’d give him more rear angulation.
But other than that his front–
Bu (kisses lips)
His head is really nice.
He’s got a beautiful front,
he’s got a straight front.
A lot of times, what we’re seeing
is the easty westy feet
and you don’t wanna see that,
it’s really bad, it’s poor.
So nice straight front.
He’s wanting to.
This one has a pretty high prey drive.
Well, actually, all three of these
have pretty high prey drive.
Prey, play drive.
Bu is an offspring from Nzuri and Johari.
^ This is Saabi or Saabira,
I brought her in from Michigan.
^ Saabi is four years old, going on five.
^ And she would be the one
I would call the most fiesty.
She has the most gumption.
She’s the one most likely
to take off your hand
if you reach over the fence.
She is only 23 and a half inches
at the shoulder
and she runs about 110, 115.
We love her, she’s most protective,
She’s just a really great dog.
Saabi (kisses lips)
And this is their daughter, Ki.
^ So Ki is my third generation.
she hasn’t been scored yet.
^ She’s four months old,
she’ll be scored this spring.
^ But conformationally,
she’s pretty darn correct.
^ She’s a pretty nice dog.
Nice straight front.
When she stands right,
she’s got decent angulation.
It’s not perfect, but it’s decent,
She’s got a nice head,
she’s a nice female.
^ The baby of the pack is Ama
^ and she was just imported
from South Africa
along with her sister, Cosmo,
who Kim owns.
And they are five months now.
They’re a little different
than what we’re used to.
They’re incredibly high energy.
– The reason we imported the dogs
from South Africa
was to improve on the rear angulation.
Also to improve on the lines.
We needed to broaden our lines,
the lineage of the Boerboels.
– You can get a lot of varying thoughts
on where the breed really originated.
Basically, it came over on the great truck
to South Africa.
The dogs, the Mastiffs that they
brought with them, the hunting dogs
made it with the South African native dogs
and somehow, along the way,
the breed began.
1950 is when they really started focusing
on, what is it?
I have the name written down.
Diager started focusing on breeding them.
After that, it wasn’t until 1983
when they decided to gather
a select number of these dogs,
name them, make them a breed
and breed them specifically
for their job as farm protectors.
– I would say they’re the best Mastiff
for farm protection and guardians.
If you have livestock,
– [Jennifer] Stay.
– Or you have property
that you need to protect.
But for just the average dog owner,
they’re not the best Mastiff,
they are a lot of work.
A lot of socialization,
a lot of training.
They are a lot of work.
– I would say that there’s
many different aspects
to the Boerboel community.
When you say community,
I think of one big community
that’s bound together
by one set of goals
and I don’t think that’s true
in the Boerboel breed.
I think that there’s may sub-communities
within the Boerboel breed.
– [Interviewer] Okay.
– So, there’s some who really only believe
they should be farm dogs.
Purely farm dogs.
There’s others that are
doing different things.
Competing, sports, dog sports.
Several of mine are therapy dogs,
they could do therapy visits.
So there’s just a big,
there’s just a huge variety.
My objective with the breed
is to continue,
I don’t want to water them down so much
that they’re not what they should be.
I mean, they have to maintain
that protective instinct.
There are a few that don’t, you know.
And there’s a few that are overboard.
And they’re working dogs.
They should be able to work,
if you ask them to work.
That work could be multiple things.
It could be dock jumping.
It could be farm.
I could be moving firewood.
It could be pulling a sled.
It could be the guardian protection.
It could be going on therapy visit,
and visiting people could be their work.
So they are a working dog
and if you don’t keep them working,
doing something, they tend to get bored,
Like I said, I have a couple
that are therapy dogs.
I have a couple that could not
be therapy dogs.
– [Interviewer] Why?
– I wanna keep their working ability.
I want to keep them lean
They need to be able to move
and do their job.
And they can’t protect
if they can’t get up off the couch.
If you think about what the
original purpose of the breed was,
is to be on the farm
and protect the livestock.
And they would do that in packs.
You wouldn’t have a single Boerboel
out there protecting aganst
a hyena or a lion,
they would do that in packs.
So therefore, the Boerboels
had to be able to think on their own.
And do the job
without being directed.
But in the home environment,
in the pet environment,
you don’t really want them
to be free thinkers.
You don’t want them taking over
’cause they will.
They are dominant,
they will try to direct your home
to get what they want
and to rule the roost.
And oftentimes, their dominance
because they can be very well-behaved,
so you don’t really notice that.
It’s really important to have a bond
with your breeders
to help you understand
when those situations come
and when they hit.
And it can,
suddenly a 10 month old male
can start showing severe dominance
because the boundaries
have not been set from day one.
The dog hasn’t been made
to follow guidelines and rules.
And because they’re so cute
and adorable as puppies,
they’ve kind of pushed their way
into the leadership role
of the family in the household.
Some of the signs of your dog
ruling the roost,
it can start very subtly.
In the beginning,
by pushing through a door in front of you.
Not obeying on the first command.
Refusing to eat certain places.
Refusing certain foods
so that you feel bad for the puppy
and you give it what it wants.
And it can escalate all the way up to
your own dog growling at you.
Barking, biting, showing dominance
with visitors and that type of thing.
– Both of us feed our Boerboels
strictly raw, it’s a prey model raw.
We have found that the dogs
are much healthier.
We have less incidents
of any kind of health problems.
It seems to be about the same cost
when you look at it health-wise
as a good quality kibble.
We just like the raw.
It’s a little bit of work but it seems
to be worth it in the long run.
– I’m Kim with Gallant Boerboels
thanks for watching the video.
Hopefully you learned something
If you have any other questions
feel free to visit our website.
Mine is AGallantBoerboel.com
and hopefully you learned something
about this great breed.
If you have any questions,
contact one of us.
And I’m Jennifer,
thank you so much for watching.
What I hope you took away
from this is that
Boerboel’s not for everybody
but if you do think that a Boerboel
would be right for you
we encourage you to seek a breeder
that’s gonna work with you,
that’s gonna stick with you
in the long haul.
That’s gonna stick by your side
and be there
through the life of the Boerboel
to help you and assist you
with your questions and answers.
We are FullerBoerboels.com
and we’re in Mariposa, California
and love answering questions
about the dogs.
Anytime you wanna give a call,