kk: which is better an english mastiff or a south african boerboel and why?
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Answer by moof
That depends on what you want.
English Mastiffs typically have more laid-back guarding instincts than African Boerboels. ABs are more assertive about guarding the home. They tend to be more wary and reserved with all strangers. The EM tends to be more friendly toward strangers you accept.
ABs tend to strive more for dominance than EMs. While both require firm leaders, the AB requires a 110% calm, firm, assertive leader. It is in their nature to try to be "top dog."
EMs are typically way, way more mellow than ABs. Most EMs require relatively little exercise; they need a good hour of exercise over the day, then they're couch potatoes indoors. ABs are more active working dogs. They require more stimulation and need to be worked considerably harder.
ABs are typically more confident and independent than EMs. EMs are often "velcro dogs" who NEED to be with their family. ABs are a bit more indifferent and independent.
In my case, the EM is better. I like big, lazy and mellow. Maybe you want a dog with an "edge." I don't know, I don't know you.
Answer by When life gives you lemons
Sorry dont know too much about either breed except they are HUGE dogs!
Here is some info though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Mastiff, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boerboel
Hope this helps!
Answer by Cassie-DANE lover
Boerboels are extremely good guard dogs. maybe overly so
I looked in to the breed…and decided against it
Answer by Shirley
I have personally been a registered breeder of the SAB for 9 years. They are fantastic dogs and integrate into a family very well, they are not one man one dog – they protect the whole family unit. They are a little slower to teach than for example a Retriever, however, it is important that you maintain dominance as their character is domineering. Females are a lot less dominant than males, and are quite happy to take their place in the pecking order.
This breed and any large breed MUST be trained, because of their size and weight, all puppies are cuddly and cute but once they are 65kg, they just will NOT fit on your lap, and you will no longer be able to sleep in your bed, it will belong to your dog! I am a mother of 5 children and socialise my dogs AND my kids. There just is not a BAD dog or a BETTER dog, it depends on what your personal preferences are and your own level of commitment to your pets.
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