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Lifespan Boerboel: How long do Boerboels live?

In the world of dogs, there are a variety of breeds, each with its own unique characteristics and traits. Today, we’re taking a look at one fascinating breed – the Boerboel. If you’ve ever wondered what the lifespan of a Boerboel is, you’ve come to the right place.

The Boerboel, a breed native to South Africa, is known for its impressive stature and loyal nature. But how long do Boerboels live? A Boerboel’s life expectancy depends on several factors, including genetics, nutrition, exercise, and veterinary care.

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the steps you can take to promote your Boerboel’s health and well-being to optimize his lifespan. From proper nutrition to regular veterinary checkups, we’ll share useful tips to ensure your faithful Boerboel can live a long and fulfilling life by your side. Stay tuned to learn more!

Boerboels have a normal lifespan for their size. They can get between 10 and 12 years. Of course, a prerequisite for a long and healthy life is high-quality dog food, sufficient exercise and care, and little stress.

How long do Boerboels live?

Boerboels usually live between 10 and 12 years. This is a normal age for dogs of this size.

Small dog breeds sometimes live much longer than large ones in comparison because they grow more slowly in puppyhood.

Large breeds like the Boerboel gain weight and size relatively quickly. This creates free radicals, which cause oxidative stress and has a negative effect on life expectancy.

Influencing factors on lifespan in the Boerboel!

The following factors can negatively influence life expectancy:

Inferior quality dog food:

Everything stands and falls with the quality of the food. If you feed cheap, low-quality dog food for cost reasons, you don’t have to be surprised if your Boerboel eventually gets sick and you have to visit the vet more often. The result, of course, may be a shorter lifespan.

Little exercise:

Boerboels need regular exercise and activity. If they get too little in the long run, this can cause stress. The body produces the stress hormone cortisol, which has a negative effect on the immune system. Too much stress can lower life expectancy.

Adequate exercise is also beneficial when training a Boerboel.

Staying alone for long periods of time:

Boerboels do not like to be left alone. Of course, leaving a dog alone for a few hours is necessary now and then. But this should not be every day, for hours. This can also cause negative stress in the long run, which is why your Boerboel won’t age well.

Missed veterinary exams:

If your dog behaves strangely, a vet visit is usually recommended. Regular vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms can often be an indication of various illnesses.

I do not like running to the doctor for every little thing. But some symptoms should be taken seriously and acted upon quickly.

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Increase the lifespan of your Boerboel!

If you want your Boerboel to live a long time and especially to be fit and healthy in old age, you should pay attention to basic factors.

  • Pay attention to high-quality dog food with high meat content. The best way to feed your dog is a Raw diet. Your dog gets raw meat with a small part of fruits and vegetables. If it is impossible to barf, there are also a few high-quality dry foods. We like the dry food from “Orijen*.” It has no artificial ingredients and convinces with high meat content.
  • Minimize stress factors. Stress is negative in every respect. Too much stress promotes cortisol production, which can weaken the immune system. Your Boerboel will be more susceptible to disease, which in turn can lower life expectancy. Stress can also be the reason why your Boerboel sheds more than normal.
  • So make sure your Boerboel has daily exercise and activity. You can also take your Boerboel swimming if you have the opportunity.
  • Do not leave your Boerboel alone for hours unnecessarily. Especially not if you have not prepared him properly.
  • Have your Boerboel examined regularly by a veterinarian. If you are, for example, because of the rabies vaccination at the vet, use the time and let your dog again quickly examined to recognize if necessary, heart defects or other abnormalities early.

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Conclusion: Life expectancy Boerboel!

Boerboels have a normal lifespan of 10 to 12 years for a dog breed of this size. Negative influencing factors like stress or inferior dog food can lower the lifespan.

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I am Marco with my Cane Corso and my Broholmer


I am Marco, and I am very lucky to live with 3 big Mastiff-type dogs. In this blog, I want to share all my experiences and knowledge about dogs.

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