Adrian Boerboels is a passion drawn out of necessity.  In order to make a difference their has to be a difference.  That is why I use "the difference is everything" as my slogan.  My hope is that anyone who considers creating a life knows the awesome responsibility involved.  My clients chose my program because they know that their is a better way of doing things.


DIFFERENCE OF ADRIAN BOERBOELS.

  • Due diligence.

  • Passion in preserving the health, athleticism, and sociable character of the traditional Boerboel.

  • All dogs are house dogs living with me; they sleep in my bed and have constant contact as companions should!

  • All puppies are placed with spay / neuter contracts ONLY.  see contact page.

  • Contract includes specific ownership expectations to ensure life long care!

  • NO TAIL DOCKING!

  • All breeding stock are PennHIP and appraised when available before entering breeding program.

  • Breeding stock is allowed to mature physically and mentally beyond the age of 2 until such a time they are capable of improving the Boerboel breed.

  • Breeding based on purpose not population.

  • Females have limited litters without duplicates.

  • Puppies are exposed to early neurological stimulation.

  • Superior puppy nutrition is maintained by the mother’s decision to wean.

  • Purina Pro Plan, weaned puppies continue their superior nutrition and are sent home with Puppy Starter Kits.

  • Puppies have continued contact with their litter mates to further their social skills.

  • Puppies are placed in homes between 12-16 weeks of age with appropriate vaccinations and a Petwatch microchip (over a $300 dollar combined value).

  • Full contract as to quality of care and what is expected as a Boerboel owner.

  • $300 dollar (spay / neuter) cash refund after proof by your licensed Veterinarian is provided by the contractual date.

  • Select puppies are placed in Foster Breeding Program homes to monitor their potential and further develop Adrian Boerboels.

  • Suitability screening of potential Adrian Boerboel owners to ensure lifetime placement.

  • A full return on security deposits*.

  • Lifetime support to answer any and all concerns.

  • Health guaranties to maintain a healthy breed.

  • Affordability, Adrian Boerboels is a committed hobby and operates at a financial loss every year because doing it right takes a lot of money. 

*once another buyer is found minus any bank fees on that litter.


DOG OWNERSHIP REALITY.

It is generally accepted that only 35% of a dog’s potential nature comes from genetic makeup. The remaining 65% is a compilation of nurture, training, and nutrition, of which is the sole responsibility of the owner.  The "wives-tale" that great dogs are a result of proper breeding is only slightly accountable.  It takes 5 generations to solidify a change in genotype, whether it be human, dogs, or any other reproducing creature.  This is by no means a cop-out for any breeder, which is not the case in point.  I am stating that the best way to have a dog that you can live with is to nurture a dog how to live with you.

When children are involved, it is amazing some of the fairy tale reasons people want to get a dog.  Next in line are the different excuses people give for unacceptable animal behavior.  It is therefore in your best interest as a potential owner to re-evaluate your commitment if you find yourself in one of those groups ie: unrealistic or negligent.  The following statements are based on facts published by the Insurance Information Institute, National Council of Pet Population and Study, Animal Welfare Forum, and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Nearly 2% of the US population REPORTED dog bites accounting for more than 4.7 million.  In 2001, 1,008 victims went to hospital emergency departments per DAY because of dog bites.

  • The median age of patients bitten are 15 years old, with children, especially boys aged 5 to 9 years, having the highest incidence rate.  The odds that a bite victim will be a child are 3.2 to 1.

  • 77% of injuries to children under 10 years old are facial.

  • When a child less than 4 years old is the victim, the family dog was the attacker half the time (47%), and the attack almost always happened in the family home (90%).

  • The vast majority of biting dogs (77%) belong to the victim's family or a friend.

  • Dog bites rank second among other common causes of emergency-room injuries in children.

  • Dog bite claims in 2005 accounted for about 15 percent of liability claim dollars paid under homeowners’ insurance policies equaling an average of $21,200 and a yearly expense over $1 billion.

  • Around 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States each year.

  • Those shelters that kept records noted that behavioral problems, including aggression toward people or nonhuman animals, were the most frequently given reasons for canine relinquishment.  Today on www.petfinder.org, 172,368 dogs were listed as adoptable throughout the nation; one of the many venues for animal adoption.

This information is outdated, and often times under documented.  The core argument I wish to make is that while starting with the best intentions for your dog as a best friend, bad things can happen when you lose complacency.  REMEMBER, 65% of your friends' potential is reflected on how much time you spend directing him.

...a MOMENT of CORRECTION offers a LIFETIME of DIRECTION…


REGISTRIES and BREED PROGRESSION.

You have looked into the Boerboel breed and noticed there are a plethora of different breed registries with all sorts of initials and multiple breeders using different registries.  What are you to do?  You have also noticed a variety of pricing expecting the higher the price the higher the quality, right?  Wrong!  When it comes to a high appraisal score people also assume a highly appraised dog has highly appraised puppies.  Wrong!  

Uggh, frustrating I know, but you still want the best breed example you can find.  Keep doing your research and ask questions.  Even better, ask for proof.  Truth be told, there is a lot of deceit anytime someone is out to make money through sales, especially to thoughtless buyers!  I am cynical when it comes to the Boerboel community after years of seeing it degrade into its current state.  The frustrating realization is that there is no movement to improve it.  Breed registries should be there to improve a breeds' health, structure, and character to fit into modern society, not be an escape for those wanting to just sell dogs.  That is why we have many “registries” and no conformity.

The South Africans have their parent organization, the KUSA that begun in 1891 and oversees multiple dog breeds much like the American AKC or Britain’s KC.  The Boerboel is on their foundation stock registries.  When the usually white, Afrikaans, Boer farmer started developing the Boerboel in the 1980’s, they began the SABT and used a “+”, “-“ system with a studbook registry.  The breed was much different in appearance and character than what you see today.  This early period saw piebald, irish, and black brindle colored Boerboels favored. Piebald and irish were the predominant colors on the farm; whereas black brindle's were preferred for guarding.  The local thieves were more superstitious of darker colored dogs and they were tougher to spot at dusk.  Many had longer legs much like a Great Dane and almost a Bullmastiff head.

Boer farmers also controlled the health of their stock by culling.  If a dog was a liability such as aggressive toward their family or friends, or not structurally sound, it was killed.  So the Boer farmers started out with a great family dog that was notably healthy.  It was not until later that breeders felt they needed more conformity among their dogs so they came up with today’s scoring system concentrating on what the dog looks like.  Those that had the highest scores with the least amount of faults were used heavily as stud males.  If you follow a pedigree back to this time you will see a select few names used.  The breed standard had not changed on paper over the last 20 years, but the highest appraised dogs of yesteryear would not even qualify in today’s stud registry.  How does that happen?

The first national appraisal began in South Africa in 1990.  The few breeders involved were the ones elected to the board and directed its progression into what you see today.  It was not without dissension however; in early 2000’s a group of breeders were tired of the controlling politics.  They broke away and formed the EBBASA.  Their scoring method usually gave a higher score to the same dog than did the SABT.  The SABT did not offer many high appraising dogs at the time.  An 87 or such was a highly appraised breed example and clients accepted that.  Today, the SABT has backed themselves into a corner with high appraisal scores, yet there still is no conformity to structure.

Within the next few years you see another shift in the appearance of today’s Boerboel.  With the influx of American dollars, South African breeders developed the breed to the American whim.  In early 2000, South African breeders could sell 1 puppy (excluding shipping) to an American buyer and cover 30% of their yearly household income.  The average white South African household income in 2000 was $8,300 usd/year.  The average African household income was $1,300 usd/year.  As a business model you can see how Americans created the large market for Boerboels in South Africa.  Even today looking at their local classified ads, the same breeder will market the $2,500 American Boerboel for $25 on its own soil.  If they do not sell before 6 weeks old, many you can find for “free” or in puppy shop windows.

What the Americans want are a big guard dog, fawn in color with a recent interest in black, little emphasis or concern of character, and a high appraisal score so they can try to make money on their ill-conceived litters.  The first imports were the biggest puppies in their litters and developed with guarding tendencies, much of which was the result of our “breeding kennel” mentality.  You invest this much into a dog, lock it away into a pen or left to live running a circle at the end of a chain and bred every opportunity to make your money back on litters to the first cash customer; dumping puppies at 7-8 weeks old with never a question or concern for their future.

Once Americans had invested enough into these less than desirable dogs the South Africans were selling, they needed confirmation they were the same quality as overseas in order to sell them locally at a disconnected price.  The first appraisals were done by flying over South African SABT appraisers.  Needless to say the dogs did not score at the level breeders thought they would.  Realizing they had been taken advantage of with no way to recoup their financial investment, they started their own “registry”.  This equated to building a website and throwing in some initials with the hope of providing some validity to anyone doing research, but in essence they just issued themselves a pedigree much the way the AKC hands out paper for their pedigrees.  Some of these registries still exist while others have folded in America; it is a way for those who have garbage breed examples to pull the wool over ignorant buyers.  As I stated earlier, there is a lot of deceit anytime someone is out to make money through sales, especially to thoughtless buyers! 

Around 2003 we begin to see yet again another beginning of dissension in the SABT registry. A small group of South African breeders are making a lot of money from American buyers, and a larger market is developing in Europe.  While the majority of the SABT board are traditional Boer farmers, they begin to get in the way of what American buyers want.  The small group getting rich off American sales see this as a threat because their dogs are not maintaining the high score necessary ignorant Americans want.  Their dogs are much bigger than traditional and are getting mean.  Today you can look at the South African equivalent of the New York Times and read about Boerboel attacks much the way we report Pitbull attacks in our paper.  The good news for those wanting a high appraisal score in South Africa is that they are able to take their dogs to multiple appraisers, even in the same day to get the score they want.  This approach is still used today, and while some breeders complain about the practice they continue to do it because high scores sell dogs to unwitting buyers.

Eventually the old timers are run out of office or just fed up with the degradation of the breed. In 2007 the SABT becomes the SABBA and an emphasis is put on size because those making money on their large dogs are now the ones in charge.  While the SABT/SABBA appraisal does score the Boerboel on “temperament”, the factors scored are: Obedient and Manageable, Reliable, Self-Confident and Fearless and account for 4% of the total score.  You would assume the group would be happy they are in control; their dogs are now scoring high enough to fetch a premium from American buyers and they can continue to breed the way they see fit.  One major downfall, they still have not changed the breed standard on paper. This becomes problematic because new colors are introduced; solid black and solid white. Solid black becomes the “hot” color, but the registry does not recognize either color as acceptable.  I will not get into the politics of it, but black has become an acceptable color now.

A group still wanting to maintain the traditional South African Boerboel and remove the politics of appraisals broke off and started BI in 2008.  They try to incorporate more hands-on measurable differences to legitimize an appraisal score.  Many of those wanting to get away from the politics surrounding the financially motivated SABT/SABBA have joined BI.  They preform temperament testing, DNA and health testing with medical certificates, and body measurements.  They are less recognized as of yet and attending an appraisal venue is more difficult because they are not a big group.  This has also assisted them in comparison to other registries because their are less egos to involve.  Given enough time they will face the same challenges other registries have had because their preferences surround what their kennels already breed for.  They are still based in South Africa, but have an international following. Eventually a breeder will breed for their preference and become frustrated when they do not get the appraisal recognition they think they deserve.  History always repeats itself.

The KUSA (Kennel Union of Southern Africa) instituted the Animal Improvement Act no. 62 of 1998 and states the SABT/SABBA, EBBSA, BI, and any other Boerboel breed organization in South Africa will have to form one breed organization.  The SABBS (South African Boerboel Breeders Society) is the result of that, however, progress is crawling at a slow pace since the first meeting in 2012.  Those that have perceived power do not want to relinquish it, and those that have played the political game to better their kennel are also meeting the mandatory consolidation with a challenge.  It has turned into an ugly situation for no apparent reason IF those that are entrusted to better the Boerboel breed really are there to do just that.  It is evident that is not the case, and it saddens me.  Money continues to plague the breed’s progression.  It does not surprise me however, as I have had the misfortune of observing the degradation of this magnificent breed over the years in the hands of the SABT/SABBA and back yard breeders since the breed became a walking bank.

KUSA- Kennel Union of South Africa was created in 1891 and oversees 223 different breeds.  Membership is $18.50/year with additional services extra.  Pedigrees are issued sight unseen.

SABT/SABBA- South African Boerboel Breeders Association was created in 1983 and 2007 respectively and oversees 1 breed.  Membership is $60.00/year with additional services extra.  Appraisals are hands on with temperament taken into account.

EBBASA- Elite Boeboel Breed Association of South Africa was created in 2001 and overseas 1 breed.  Membership is $32.00/year with additional services extra.  Appraisals are hands on and require more stringent DNA, Hip, Health, and Temperament testing.

BI- Boerboel International was created in 2008 and oversees 1 breed.  Membership is $50.00/year with additional services extra.  Appraisals are hands on and require Temperament, Health, and Body Measurements taken into account.

AKC- American Kennel Club was created in 1884 and oversees 243 different breeds. Membership is $30.00 per dog with additional services extra.  Pedigrees are issued sight unseen.  A Killing Certificate.

SABA- South African Boerboel Association founded in 2003 in America and oversees 1 breed.  Membership is $35.00 with no additional service.  Pedigrees are issued with a picture.  A Killing Certificate.

ABC- American Boerboel Club was created in 2006 in America and oversees 1 breed.  Membership is reduced to $25/year with no additional services.  Pedigrees are issued sight unseen.  A killing Certificate.

WWB- WorldWide Boerboel was created in 2006 in America and oversees 1 breed.  Membership is unknown.  Pedigrees are issued sight unseen.  A Killing Certificate.

NABBA- North American Boerboel Breeders Association was created in (recently) in America.  Membership is $75.00 first year and $60.00/year renewal with additional services extra.  Video appraisals and appraisal tour planned.  A bunch of Americans who’s ambition is to take over where the SABT/SABBA ends.

There are others that have gone defunct in America who issued a pedigree sight unseen.  Without appraisals taking place in person with health and character being a factor, all you are getting is a paper with ink on it much like the American Kennel Club pedigree.  The AKC or as I call it “A Killing Certificate” will be the downfall of the breed.  An ink trail does not make a dog worth breeding.  We will see many more dogs in shelters and rescues as a result of the typical back yard breeder.  There is nothing we can do to stop it except to challenge others in rising to an ethical standard that improves the breed and keeps it in responsible hands.


My last experience at the 2011 SABT Appraisal was very memorable, but not in a good way.  I have always been aware that certain preferences, relationships and interests play a role when it comes to scoring ones opinion...of anything.  I know this because I was an appraiser while working 11 years in the ski industry, but we had a great system to even out the politics and preferences by having 3 judges score an exercise at the same time; it was a simple pass-fail.  Each appraiser has their "ideal" Boerboel and compares that to the animal at hand.  I might not agree with their interpretations nor they mine, but the bigger issue facing the American Boerboel is how aggressive they have been allowed to become!

In America it does not matter if the dog had "just" cause or not to show aggression because it will lose every time!  You would be better served to carry a gun and kill whoever confronts you in a threatening manner because we have better self-defense and gun laws protecting owners than we do animal protection laws.  What I saw at my appraisal of the other 17 dogs being appraised made me reflect on the direction of the breed.  Besides still not having any conformity of structure, size has been given higher precedence over the last few years and aggression has been overlooked.  

We had 2 incidences of dog fights and numerous square offs.  All attending dogs had heavy duty equipment on such as choke chains, prong collars, and heavy chains attached to those... and they were still out of control!  I almost received the brunt of aggression from a dog sitting behind a truck near the entrance to the appraisal area.  These are dogs of breeders. This has to change!  This has been going on for some time now; the last time I was at an appraisal a dog was scored down because he was not allowed to be aggressive!  Look to any South African Newspaper and the incidence of Boerboel attacks are dramatically on the rise.  From a woman having had an arm amputated because of damage, too children being facially disfigured and serious breed concerns among the public.  The Boerboel will be on many U.S. cities "Ban-Lists" if we continue to overlook aggression.


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