Interested in a Boerboel puppy?
First and most important thing what you should keep in mind is that you can't buy a registered Boerboel puppy. When you are buying a puppy from registered and appraised parents, a birth notification should be always issued by the breeder. The breeder will submit the litter's paperwork to the association of their choise. This birth certificate will be needed later at an appraisals to register your Boerboel pup. (Normally earliest age you can appraise Boerboel is at 12 months.) The Boerboel will be appraised on it's appearance (and based on it's temperament for example on BI's appraisals) on the appraisal day. A Boerboel must achieve 75% or more to be eligible for registration. With higher score than 85% Boerboel is eligible to be included in the stud-register.
Secondly, consider your needs and whether you have the means to care for the dog for it's entire life? Do you want a puppy or an adult dog? A male or female/dog or bitch? Are you looking for a breeding dog, a watchdog or a companion and a playmate to your children? Do you and your family have the necessary time to pay attention to specific raising and training requirements of a Boerboel? Do you have sufficient space and a secure environment for a large guarding breed? Do you have a fenced yard, or are you ready to fence your garden before the arrival of the puppy? High-quality dog food is not free, are you ready to pay for the quality food of your puppy for more than 100 euros a month?
Obtain as much information as you can about the Boerboel and breed standards by talking with breeders and enthusiasts of the breed. Visit breeders to see their breeding dogs with your own eyes and visit appraisals to see many representatives of the breed in the same place. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
Always ask for the pups birth certificates as well as both of the pup's parents registration certificates (they includes appraisal points), both parents test results for genetically hereditary diseases (e.g. hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, vaginal hyperplasia, and entropion/ectropion - eye conditions). Check the import and export regulations of relevant countries, if you will not be buying locally.
Last, but not least: accept that the perfect Boerboel has yet to be bred. If you have done your ‘homework’ by following the above advice, and you are confident that you will be able to have a life-long relationship with the dog of your choice, then you have found THE PERFECT BOERBOEL!