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Safe to buy a Rottweiler Boerboel cross?

by Phillip Lourens
(Somerset West, South Africa)

I'm thinking of getting a rottweiler boerboel cross, but I'm not sure if this would be a safe buy.

Do you know what such a dog's temperament would be like? I've read that a Boerboel's temperament is not as stable as a Rottweiler's, is this true? I'm afraid that a mix could possibly create a monster!

Or does it all go back to the old rule that the dog will be what you make it? If it's introduced to other dogs/animals early in its life and well trained, not abused and given enough attention and stimulation etc...

I have an 8 month old female long-legged Jack Russell. She is obviously very energetic and playful. Do you think a Boerboel Rottweiler cross could live in harmony with her? Or would the busy-body JR irritate it to the point where they will fight?

Your advice would be much appreciated!







Hi Phillip
Unfortunately it's impossible for me to give you any kind of definitive answer to this question as there are so many variables involved!

However, this would be my general (and personal) opinion.....

With any cross-breed there is a much greater range of temperament characteristics as you can't say for sure which gene/trait each individual pup will inherit. Boerboels are a large, strong and guardian breed and share some characteristics and traits with Rottweilers so there's not necessarily going to be the sort of temperament clash that you sometimes get with a mixture of very different breeds.

I don't have personal experience with the Boerboel breed but in my opinion, if you meet both parents of the pup you're interested in and they are both calm, confident and don't show any aggressive/fearful tendencies, then the pups are fairly likely to have sound temperaments also. After that, the way you raise, treat and train your pup will have the biggest influence on his eventual temperament and behavior.

Do bear in mind though that both Rotties and Boerboels are big, intelligent, strong-willed and have a tendency to be dominant if allowed to be. They're also smart enough to try to 'take over' if they don't feel their owner is in charge. That's why I wouldn't necessarily recommend this type of breed for a first-time dog owner or someone who isn't secure and confident dealing with large dogs.

As for the Jack Russell, Rottweilers are usually fine with other dogs/cats if they're raised with them, and as far as I know so are Boerboels. It's important to make sure that the pup isn't allowed to be too rough with the smaller dog as he grows stronger, but with a terrier breed like this they can usually take care of themselves pretty well.

Overall I don't think that this should be a no-on situation because of the mixture of breeds, but it is very important that you evaluate the parents and pups carefully and that you know what you're getting into and are confident you can handle it.

I wish you the best of luck whatever you decide and if you bring home your pup, do check out my Taking Care Of A Puppy and other related pages as the tips and advice there will apply as much to your pup as to a purebred Rottweiler. Enjoy your puppy.

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Jul 02, 2014
mixed breed of a rodv-boerbull NEW
by: Anonymous

I am growing a rodvilled boerbull. It is still eight weeks but I am afraid it will be a real monster. I hits the cage with its head and even feel petty for it. I love it badly. It hate other dogs and they don't eat around it coz it is too greedy. It has a an extraordinary temper. It goes wherever my little daughter goes.

it is a bad breed

Oct 05, 2012
Rott/Boerboel male and full blooded Boerboel NEW
by: Anonymous

We have a 2 year old registered boerboel female. We raised her with our two other female dogs and she was trained from an early age. After her first heat, she became very aggressive towards our other two. It has been a year and they are unable to intermix. The Boerboel is able to mix with other male dogs and other large breed female dogs. Something about small female dogs just hit. Next door lives a male rott/boerboel mix. He is about 4 years old - and has the most laid back temperament. GREAT MIX. Our kennel club here has seen the mix - when raised and trained like a responsible person would - they are a great mix. I have seen that to be true. We live in a 3rd world country with high crime. Security is always an issue and on our minds. She loves to ride in the car (started training her to ride in the front seat as a puppy). There is just not any better security against car and home security than a Boerboel!

Training, being the leader and consistency are essential. Never had a better companion than our boerboel!

Aug 07, 2012
rottie/boel NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had rottie Boerboel cross for the past 5 years and experienced no problem

Aug 04, 2012
Boerboel rottweiler mix NEW
by: Motolo

I have 9 weeks Boerboel rottweiler puppy, I'm very happy with her but she worries me of her stubborness sometimes. But she is a very charming pupp that is always playful but very stubborn

Jun 29, 2012
Rottweiler Boerboel cross NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi all. How lucky for me to find this site. I have received my Rottweiler Boerboel cross just yesterday. Man what a pup. Playfull and stil young (6weeks)but verry aware of what is going on around him espesialy in a new home. I have 2 other doggies, maltese poudles, Gizmo (male) and Gi Gi (female). What I would like to know, if you can help, is that would these doggies get allong well. The 2 normaly takes a while to accept another form of live in the home but eventualy gets along in the end. Gizmo is a very protective dog over me and Bakkies the new pup is now my new baby my wife got me. I love big dogs, well all dogs, just not pit bulls verry much. Would you advise any one with this cross breed to have my female doggie fixed. What would be the case if I should fix the new one. Other than that am I going to give lots oflove to all of them and go for training with my new pup. What age would be perfect to go to doggie school. Regards Ian Stoffberg

Apr 12, 2012
Rottie Boerboel cross NEW
by: Batie

Hi. We have a 35mos old Boerboel (father) Rottie (mother) cross. I'd say that ours is a loving-protective dog. He knows the people to be suspicious of. Even a better guard than our real guard. He's ever loyal & sweet. People who sees him usually say that he's a lion-dog and they get scared because of his size. He grew taller than we expected. He was 73cm when he was 2yrs old. But he still grew more after that. Now he's 75cm and more than 60kgs. Our 2yrs old love him. I guess being free in our compound (not caged nor tied up) helped him not to be agressive. I even joke sometimes that our dog is more obedient than my terrible two's (toddler).. hehehe... Just show him that you're more authoritative than him. Even we leave this country we are now, we'll definitely bring him with us. If you'll ask of what breed we'll have next. It's definitely the same Rottie Boerboel cross.

Nov 04, 2011
comment on rotti x boerboel
by: Jacky Price

I have a boerboel x rotti, besides being the biggest dog in size I have ever seen (a small pony), he is also the most loving, gentle, caring and his favourite thing is to try and sit on his "mommy's and daddy's" lap. We have had no problems with him in regards to our 3 cats,1 rabbit and 1 jack Russel. Please also note the 1 cat and rabbit came after he arrived into our house. He is very protective of us and also his things, ie his chair. He was socialized from a very young age with all our friends and we have had no problems with that regard. He is highly intelligent and knows exactly what you are saying to him and also knows exactly what he wants, he can be very stubborn and can be very domineering, though we don't allow the domineering bit. Must admit he has a naughty and stupid streak in him as well, he loves to play and roll around on his chair making funny noises. He is the perfect all round dog. I would highly recommend this type of "breed" to anyone willing to work and build a lasting relationship with their animal. I would not give my “big monster” up for all the tea in china

Sep 26, 2011
ROTTIE BOERBOEL MIX
by: Anonymous

I adopted a Rottweiler Boerboel mix from my local SPCA here in Mossel Bay, she was 3 years old when I got her. I have had her for 2 years now. She has the most wonderful personality, is a true companion, very gentle and loving. She is more obedient than my children, and loves her walks, to swim in the sea is one of her favorite things to do.

Not aggressive at all but does bark when someone is entering the yard or walking by the house at night.

all in all I couldn't ask for a better friend and companion

Shelley
Mossel Bay, South Africa

Dec 26, 2010
about other dog's.
by: Stian bognerud

about the question if it goes good together with ure jack russel terrier i would dare to say yes.
my dog's best friend is a english staffordshire terrier. and they play as good together as if he played with someone on his own size.. regards stian

Dec 26, 2010
about other dog's.
by: Stian bognerud

about the question if it goes good together with ure jack russel terrier i would dare to say yes.
my dog's best friend is a english staffordshire terrier. and they play as good together as if he played with someone on his own size.. regards stian

Dec 26, 2010
Cross.
by: Anonymous

Hi, just had to add a comment here :) I got a Boerboel and rottweiler cross that is 19months and 67kg, and ive had several rottweiler's before him, but this if definetly a recommended cross for ppl who want a middlething of boerboel and rottweiler, ofc everything depends on the mother and father, if they where aggressive i would not buy one. But my dog (mjølner) is the kindest and calm dog i know to this date, when i walk him he dosnt bother on other dogs and loves to play with females and male's.He dosnt bother much on strangers either, and LOVES kids, the more kids the more happy he is. but from the beginning to the end you have to show them who the boss is so you wont get any problems later on when they get older(that goes for almost every breed anyways) You can check me out on facebook or send me a mail there so you can see the pictures of my dog.. Regards from norway Stian Bognerud.

Dec 23, 2010
Naughty Boerboel
by: sipho

I have a 7 months boerboel who is very naught, she is so destructive, bites everything infront of her but when it comes to those coming to my place she will bark seriously at the end welcome them by playing and pulling their pants and shoes. My worry is that she is gonna do that even to the intruders. She is very big and intimidating but harmless. once a person comes with a car she will wlcome her but I want a no-nonsense dog that does not accept anyone if we are not at home or we are sleeping can you please help me. Is there anything I can do to make very aggressive to strangers who are tresspassing or coming to my place without my permission. I have a secured premises she can't even jump the fence its so high for her but am cpnerned about the intruders because they are so intelligent they can see her that she is harmless.

Dec 23, 2010
Naughty Boerboel
by: sipho

I have a 7 months boerboel who is very naught, she is so destructive, bites everything infront of her but when it comes to those coming to my place she will bark seriously at the end welcome them by playing and pulling their pants and shoes. My worry is that she is gonna do that even to the intruders. She is very big and intimidating but harmless. once a person comes with a car she will wlcome her but I want a no-nonsense dog that does not accept anyone if we are not at home or we are sleeping can you please help me. Is there anything I can do to make very aggressive to strangers who are tresspassing or coming to my place without my permission. I have a secured premises she can't even jump the fence its so high for her but am cpnerned about the intruders because they are so intelligent they can see her that she is harmless.

Aug 28, 2010
Boerboel/Rottweiler
by: Anonymous

I have a Boerboel/Rottweiler mix , she is now 15 months and 50kg .She is showing no agression towards other dogs or humans . Very good and nice temprament .

Aug 09, 2010
Not true
by: Anonymous

If you have ever raised or had a breed pair, you know puppies are born with different personalities. That being said some puppies are born with personalities suited to more experienced owners, and some are more for novice owners. Any well educated and experienced rottweiler owner will tell you that. you should also perform a temperment test on your potential puppy, especially if the animal will be around children, and above all socialize to everything you can from a young age and continue through a life time especially with anything that comes from a mastiff type heritage like a boerboel. they both are terrific dogs when raised properly

Aug 07, 2010
Thanks!
by: Anonymous

Thanks! I appreciate the quick response!

Aug 07, 2010
rotty
by: Anonymous

hey mate buy tha dog doesent matter wat breed just how u bring em up no such thing ass bad temerd dog just how there raised

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