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Laray Boerboels

About Us

Our Story

What’s in the name Laray Boerboels?

Meet Sierra….

Ask anyone how they came up with their company name and there's usually a story behind it and we are no different. Laray Boerboels is named after my niece, in honor of my niece: Sierra Laray Teague.

She was a blessing to all

Sierra was born with many serious ailments and we were told that she would not live past the age of 5, and that she would not grow, physically or mentally past the age of 1. The reality of it is, she blessed all of us for almost 25 years with her infectious laughter and love of life.

Immeasurable Strength & Courage

Sierra's immeasurable strength & courage is what has inspired me to do better everyday - in all I do - and that is what our name represents:
Immeasurable Strength & Courage - can you think of a better definition for a Boerboel? Neither can we...

MALES

Meet Tarzan

Tarzan is currently our only stud dog.
He is magnificent, solid temperament. Strong. Fearless. Loves his family.

  1. Tarzan

    Tarzan

  2. Tarzans Paperwork

    Tarzans Paperwork

FEMALES

Meet Chloe

Chloe is sweet, loving, and protective of those she loves. Recently a mom, she has excess our expectations in every way!

  1. Chloe

    Chloe

  2. Chloe’s Paperwork

    Chloe’s Paperwork

Health Testing

Testing is NOT optional!

Health testing is a pillar of preservation breeding. The importance cannot be emphasized enough! INSIST on seeing test results from your breeder. Do not fall for "I do, let me get them to you..." and they never appear. Your puppies health depends on this.

Regular and extensive health-testing sadly are not common enough in this bred (Breeders). We only allow healthy, tested dogs to become a part of our breeding program. We work with other breeders who also have our passion for the breed and also put an emphasis on health testing.

Testing - cont

Embark Testing

We use Embark as one means of testing our dogs - from the Embark Site:
The Embark for Breeders dog DNA test kit provides breed-relevant disease screening for your purebred dogs. The kit also includes traits testing, (including coat color, body size, and more), DLA diversity testing, breed ancestry breakdown, and genetic Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI) score. Embark's test results are accepted by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for all conditions where OFA has an established DNA registry, as well as the UK Kennel Club and many other international organizations.

What tests do Embark recommended for the Boerboel? (And customers should insist on seeing results!!)
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Degenerative Myelopathy, DM (SOD1A) - Brain and Spinal Cord (Neurologic)
Gene: SOD1(A)
Inheritance type: recessive
The dog equivalent of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, DM is a progressive degenerative disorder of the spinal cord. Because the nerves that control the hind limbs are the first to degenerate, the most common clinical signs are back muscle wasting and gait abnormalities.

Hyperuricosuria and Hyperuricemia or Urolithiasis, HUU (SLC2A9) Kidney and Bladder (Urinary)
Gene: SLC2A9 (Exon 5)
Inheritance type: recessive
This condition causes kidney and bladder stones composed of urate. In most dogs, uric acid is converted to allantoin, an inert substance that is then excreted in the urine. Dogs with HUU have defects in the pathway that converts uric acid to allantoin. As such, uric acid builds up, crystallizes and forms urate stones in the kidney and bladder. Uric acid is an intermediate of purine metabolism. While hyperuricemia in other species (including humans) can lead to painful conditions such as gout, dogs do not develop systemic signs of hyperuricemia.

Canine Multifocal Retinopathy, cmr1 (BEST1 Exon 2) Eyes (Ophthalmologic)
Gene: BEST1/VMD2 (Exon 2)
Inheritance type: recessive
This is a non-progressive retinal disease that, in rare cases, can lead to vision loss. Dogs with larger lesions can suffer from vision loss. CMR is fairly non-progressive; new lesions will typically stop forming by the time a dog is an adult, and some lesions will even regress with time.

Full list of health conditions we (embark breeders kit) test for, in 16 different areas:
(please refer to embarks site for complete details, these 16 areas make up hundreds of tests)

Litter Info

Puppies Born March 15, 2022

Your puppy will come with:
~ First set of shots
~ De-wormed
~ Micro-chipped
~ Tails docked
~ Health certificate from Certified Vet
~ Registered with NABBA
~ Weekly Updates on each puppy
~ Health Guarantee
~ Lifetime Support ~ ALWAYS
~ Shipping available (call for info) or DM

Puppies Born

Puppies a couple weeks old

7wk old Female

7wk old male

7wk old male

7wk old female

7wk old male

7wk old male

7wk old male

7wk old female

7wk old female

7wk old male

7wk old female

7wk old female

7wk old female

History of the Boerboel

From AKC Website

“Boer,” a Dutch word meaning “farmer,” was the name given to Dutch, German, and Huguenot settlers of South Africa who began arriving in the mid-1600s. To protect their remote homesteads from predators, they brought along large guarding dogs, bull types and mastiff types among them. The interbreeding of these and other European bloodlines in South Africa resulted in something called the Boer Dog, which was used by Boer settlers as a big-game hunter and protector.
Further refinements eventually gave rise to the Boerboel (“farmer’s dog”), a fearless mastiff who specialized in protection of hearth and home. Their agility and prodigious strength came in handy when running off or tangling with ferocious wildlife, whether lions or packs of marauding baboons.
One should not conclude from this that the Boerboel was a snarly brute constantly spoiling for a fight. Because the breed was created to be primarily a protector of family, Boerboels had to be sensitive and smart enough to tell friend from foe and to take its cues from those they protect. A Boerboel has never been known to back down when provoked, but their default mode is generally a stately watchfulness. Boerboels are be powerful enough to excel at competitive weight-pulling, but they have also had success as docile therapy dogs who have a soft spot in their huge heart for children.
The Boerboel was admitted to the AKC Working Group on January 1, 2015.

History of the Boerboel

Written by Anemari Pretorius, SABBA

Someone once told me that they had read in some dictionary or other that the boel part of the name Boerboel means a lot of dog. I was unfortunately unable to trace this particular definition, but if I were to create my own dictionary I am almost positive that this would be my description as well, only more so. According to the 1987 edition of the Verklarende Handwoordeboek van die Afrikaanse taal the meaning of the word Boerboel is given as a farm dog of uncertain origin. This is most certainly no longer true, as I am sure you will acknowledge once you have read through this chapter.
According to information portrayed in the Syrian rooms of the renowned British Museum in London, two Assyrian kings, Asarhaddon and Ashurbani-pal, were already using large dogs to hunt wild horses and lions in the 7th century before the coming of Christ. The stories depicted by these murals in the museum’s displays show that the Syrian dogs were much bigger and heavier than the dog breeds we are familiar with today. The author, Darwin, also makes mention of a large dog being shown on the grave of King Asarhaddon’s son, which dates back to the year 640 BC.
In one of Philemon Holland’s works, translated from Pliny’s Natural History, 1601, there are several references to prominent persons who used large dogs for various purposes. For instance, a Germanic king who returned from exile used 200 dogges to reconquer his dominion. Reference is also made to the Cimbrians who used dogges to guard their belongings whilst they where engaged in bloody battles.
In the same document reference is also made to the King of Albania giving Alexander the Great the gift of a dog. Alexander was very impressed with this giant animal, until he tried to use it to hunt bears, wild boar and deer – the dog did not show the least bit of interest or inclination to participate in any way. Alexander the Great, mighty king and conqueror, was livid at the dog’s “laziness” and subsequently had it destroyed. On hearing this news, the King of Albania immediately sent a replacement dog to Alexander with the instruction: “Do not waste the dog’s time with minor things.
Give him a lion or an elephant to fight.”
The story goes that Alexander first pitted the dog against a lion, and the lion’s back was broken within seconds of the fight starting. An elephant was next. In a panic it tried to evade the dog’s continuous attacks and ended up falling to its death down an embankment.
Other narratives of dogs killing lions are to be found in the writings of Megasthenes, Aelien, Diodorus, Siculus, Strabo and Plutarch. A monk in the service of King Louis IX of France describes (in his Travels of William de Rubruquis) how enormous the dogs of Albania were – large enough to fight against lions and bulls, and even large enough to be harnessed like oxen in front of wagons. These dogs of Syria and Albania were eventually introduced as far afield as modern Europe, the Far- and Middle East and the British Isles.
Various documents explain the origins of today’s modern breeds from these ancient dogs – from a time well before the coming of Christ. The Canis Molossus (during the time of the Roman Empire) played an important part in the derivation of modern large breeds. The activities of the Romans resulted in the importation of these dogs to the British Isles. However, there are major differences of opinion about the order of events. Some authors are of the opinion that the Romans took this Canis Molossus to the British Isles, whilst others maintain that the Romans took some English dogs back with them to Europe. Both these claims could well be valid.
Various documents also report on trade that took place between the East and the West and, of course, the British Isles. In time, our very own Cape of Good Hope inevitably became a very important sea route for trade purposes.
The Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company) sent Jan van Riebeeck to establish a trading post at the southern tip of Africa. On arrival in the Cape in 1652, his trusty Bullenbijter was at his side. This was a big, strong Mastiff- type breed. (Strangely enough, the bilingual dictionary of Bosman, Van der Merwe and Hiemstra, 1999, indicates that the term Mastiff means, amongst other things, Boerboel and bul(le)byter – biter of bulls.)
The colonists that followed Van Riebeeck to the Cape also brought their biggest and strongest dogs with them, and over time only the toughest of these survived this new, harsh and rugged land of ours.
With the arrival of the British Settlers in 1820, the Bulldog and another Mastiff-type dog were also introduced, amongst many others. It should be noted that the true Bull Mastiff was only imported to South Africa in 1928, by De Beers, to be guard dogs on the diamond mines. It is told that after the Anglo-Boer War in 1902, these various dog breeds were crossbred with the English long-legged Bulldog, and subsequently also with the Bull Mastiff in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.
At this point in the history of the Boerboel breed, most people would like to end the story because part of the further history includes the crossbreeding of the colonists’ large dogs with the dogs (mongrels) of the black inhabitants of Africa. But, truth be told, this is how the Boerboel, as found on countless farms and which later trekked north with the Great Trek, originated.
There is, however, also some interesting information available that gives rise to alternative viewpoints regarding the Boerboel’s origins. A well-known writer, E.C. Ash, claims that there is evidence of massive dogs with Mastiff-like appearance that existed during ancient Egyptian times. Ash maintains that one illustration dates as far back as 2000 BC. During the time of Kings Saul, David and Solomon, Tirus was King of Phoenicia. At this stage, a very busy trade existed between, amongst others, Syria, Persia and King Solomon.
All these snippets of information seem not to mean much – until one reads the following … the King of Persia, Artaxerxes Memnon, had a private doctor in his court who was very well read and well travelled. This doctor wrote that a barbaric tribe in the south of Ethiopia (known as the Cynomones) had dogs described as Indian dogs, which were descendants of the Babylonian dog. These dogs were considered a tradeable commodity and were described as big and strong – the size of Hyrcanians and suitable for fighting lions. Pliny’s Natural History also refers to them, but confuses them with Cynocephali.
The Cynomones bred large numbers of these dogs to use for hunting, as well as to act as a means of diverting the hordes of wildebeest that would often destroy the tribe’s simple shelters and other possessions in their passage and stampedes during the late-summer migrations. The Cynomones also used to milk their bitches, just like other tribes milked their cattle and goats – hence the name Cynomolgi (dog milkers). This information is supported by writings of Diodorus, Siculus, Aelian and Polydeuktes.
Aristotle also wrote some fascinating things about this Indian dog. He said they were a cross between a dog and a tiger, and man could only start using the third generation of this crossbreed because earlier generations were too aggressive. When on heat, bitches were tied up in remote places, but many of them were eaten if the tigers did not feel like covering the females. It is noteworthy that Pliny repeats this selfsame information.
Today, of course, we believe that it is impossible to cross a dog with a tiger. According to Aristotle, the breeders of these dogs made the most of such stories for “advertising and marketing” purposes.
Nevertheless the Indian dog was grey or brindle. Makes one think, doesn’t it?
Further proof of the Indian dog can be found in documents stemming from the time of the then King of Persia, Darius Hystaspes, who relieved four hamlets in his kingdom of all other work so that they could exclusively care for (and gather food for) his dogs.
Thus the European connection of Jan van Riebeeck with his Bullenbijter now no longer seems to be the only (or most likely) source of origin of the Boerboel – especially if we go back to the mongrels mentioned earlier.
In time, various black African tribes moved south when they came into contact with the Europeans – naturally their dogs moved with them. A question that arises is whether the “African” dog with the distinctive V-shape on the tail is a descendant of the dogs of Ethiopia. If so, the value of this connection could have far-reaching implications on our current level of knowledge and understanding of the make-up of the Boerboel breed.
It could therefore be said that the Boerboel was bred from two main sources of genetic material, i.e.
the Bullenbijter from Europe, with its early roots in Albania and Syria; and the African dog of the black tribes of Africa. The African dog probably descended from the Cynomones of Ethiopia, with its earlier roots in Babylon during the Persian domination, and the even earlier lineages via India back to Albania and Syria. This may also explain why the Boerboel is structurally superior to all other Mastiff-type dogs. The genetic material that came together again in Africa has more pure, original Syrian bloodlines than any other breed in the world.
During the period between the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck and the Great Trek (1652 – 1838) the original Bullenbijter bloodline and those of other dogs belonging to the colonists were naturally more isolated than after the start of the Great Trek in 1838.
It is fascinating to research present bloodlines back to the turn of the century or even earlier. In this way one can ascertain where certain of the old bloodlines came from, and in some instances these can even be traced back to specific groups of trekkers who went north from the Cape.
By putting all of this information together one can come to the following clear conclusion: the Boerboel has been bred from large and strong dogs with good characteristics. One can become almost lyrical about these characteristics. Our forefathers kept Boerboels as watchdogs, as friends and playmates to their children, and as protectors – a dog that would not retreat from any form of danger.

About The Boerboel

About “the breed”

Owning a Boerboel, is owning a fearless companion that will give their life to protect you and your loved ones, and without a doubt they are one of the Strongest Dog breeds in the World. Boerboels are intimidating but discerning guardians of home and family who learned their trade while protecting remote South African homesteads from ferocious predators. They are dominant and confident, also bright and eager to learn. There's a no-frills, no-nonsense quality to this sleek-coated avenger, who might stand as high as 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh as much as you do. A broad and blocky head, powerful jaws, and thick muscles from neck to rump mark it as a descendant of the ancient 'molloser' dog family, the foundation of today's mastiff-type breeds. In motion, the Boerboel just might be the most agile of all mastiff types. The imposing Boerboel is devoted to protecting the people and places he loves. Training and socialization should begin early, before a pup becomes a dominant adult. This is a trainable, versatile breed, eager to spend time with their adored humans. Still, a Boerboel might be way too much dog for the novice owner to handle.

About The Boerboel

Temperament

Most consider this breed of dogs to be well-grounded and devoted. The Boerboel has a mix of protection (guardianship) and kindness in their temperament that makes them amazing family pets. To their family, they are large, loving, funny, smart and often adoring family pet. This family pet is also capable of being extremely protective!! The Boerboel is a dominant breed of dog - they have a solid guardian instinct and they seem to always be monitoring any situation to ensure the safety of those they love. The owner of the Boerboel need to be cautious about the circumstances they put these dogs into, because a Boerboel WILL defend/protect its family with its life when it supposes it needs to. Period. The results could be damaging and costly. It is important that you introduce your guests to your Boerboel in a friendly confident manner as it helps your dog accept the guests to the family, even though they may do as such reluctantly and stay wary. Most dogs especially a protective Boerboel will never allow any unknown to access the house as he might be dangerous to his owner. A protective Boerboel will take issue with anyone approaching during walks. It is extremely important you know your dog, the triggers, etc. and be sure you can handle any situation - (this is a large heavy dog who is not easily pulled away with a leash), training is a must. Never hit your Boerboel. This is not a dog for the first time dog owner.

About The Boerboel

Training

 Training

The Boerboel is a protective, territorial breed' - not a breed for a novice dog owner. He is steadfast, calm, highly intelligent, and incredibly loyal. Boerboels must be with their people and will not thrive unless kept as an integral part of their human family. Their inborn guarding instincts make early socialization a must, as is structured, long-term obedience training, started at a young age. Boerboel puppies are easygoing and pliant, and inexperienced owners may be lulled into thinking the dog will remain that way, when in fact consistent training must be well underway before those qualities fade. The Boerboel is smart, he is a working dog, give your Boerboel a task to do. A puzzle is something they enjoy figuring out. They enjoy training. If your Boerboel feels that you are weak as a "leader" they will have no issue taking the lead. Boerboels learn with positive reinforcement. They love to please you. NEVER hit your Boerboel.

About The Boerboel

Exercise

Exercise

The strong, athletic Boerboel needs daily exercise, such as long walks on a leash or play sessions in a securely fenced area with his owner. Boerboels should be taken out for long walks a couple times a day for exercise and socialization with the outside world and to become familiar with the external environment. Pet parents will have a healthy and robust dog breed if they take them out and allow them some time to have fun and play. This is an excellent method to give exercise and form the bond between puppy and pet parent. Boerboels flourish when given particular undertakings to achieve. Boerboels need mental stimulation and interaction with their owners along with physical activity. They will not take kindly to challenges from other dogs, and visiting dog parks is not recommended. Because of their protective instinct, the Boerboel should never be allowed off leash. The breed often enjoys participating in obedience, rally, weight pull, and agility competitions, as well as protection sports and stock work.

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