Rare Dog Breeds
This eclectic group of ancient dog breeds is anything but ordinary. To describe the dog breeds in this group as "rare" is entirely relative. Many of them are hugely popular in their native countries. The powerful Fila Brasileiro is used throughout Brazil as a police dog and a hunter of jaguar and other big game. The Canadian Eskimo Dog has a long history working with the Inuit peoples. The Sloughi and the Azawakh are ancient North African sighthounds. For our purposes, these dog breeds are considered "rare" because they have not yet...
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|Country of Origin:||South Africa|
|Life Span:||8 to 12 years|
|Color:||Yellow, tawny, reddish brown, and all shades of brindle.|
|Coat:||Short, smooth, and dense.|
|Grooming:||Brush weekly to remove loose hair.|
|Size:||Large Dog Breed|
|Height:||Males, 26 inches; females, 24 inches|
|Weight:||Males, 130 to 150 pounds; females, 100 to 125 pounds|
Bred in Africa since the 17th century, the Boerboel is a fearless protector of home and family. A blend of European mastiff-type dogs and large African native dogs, the result is an imposing, self-assured, loyal dog with strong guarding and watchdog instincts. The African Boerboel bears the large, muscular body; thick, loose skin; and broad, square head that are characteristic of mastiffs around the world. Ideal height for males is 26 inches at the withers; females, 24 inches. This breed's short coat may be cream, pale tawny, reddish brown, brown and all shades of brindle, with or without white markings, often with a black face mask. The African Boerboel is a strong, intelligent breed that requires early and consistent training and socialization. It's known for its love of children and its protective, obedient nature..