The strong muscular boerboel is native to south africa, where it has excelled as a working dog since the 17th century. they are bred to defend against predators, track and protect farm and family. boerboel translates as "Farm Dog" and this mastiff-type breed is an agile and intelligent worker. they're also dominant and protective of their family and may be too much dog for inexperienced owners. early obedience training, daily exercise and socialization for your boerboel puppy will help make him a good family member, confident, calm and loyal.