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Give me a run down on the BB please!

I'm no expert but here's my thoughts 1) Given my APBT experience will this be enough to deal with this type of breed? I had both APBTs and Am Bulldogs before my Boerboel - neither one of them prepared me in any way for dealing with this breed but that might just be a size-thing for me. I could always break my pits and bulldogs, but this dog weighs as much as I do. 2) Are they a one person dog or can they be submissive with the family (training and socialization required I know) ? Wouldn't know - both mine and the male I know which is owned by a friend of mine are one person dogs by default as we both live alone but both of us have our nieces nephews etc around them all the time without incident 3) Are they calm and collected until duty calls like many people say or are they those kind of in your face barking dogs with strangers? NOT BARKING DOGS AT ALL. I have a Great Pyrenees who does all the barking for her - only time she's ever barked is at me (to play) or at any stranger coming near me (to let them know they're not welcome) 4) Will they really protect all of the house like the websites says? people living there/dogs/cats? Honestly I think my Pyr is much more territorial in terms of the house and yard than my Boerboel is - only thing she goes absolutely bat shit crazy about is anyone coming near the truck if we're in it. 5) I also heard that on walks these dogs stay very close to the handler and do not care about roaming and getting distracted by scents and small animals like other breeds? My girls a great walker and stays with me whether on leash or off. She dismisses small dogs altogether but she's not above investigating a really good scent particularly if it happens to be a rotting carcass 6) Do they need more exercise than a pit dog? Different growth patterns, bone structures, musculature - this dog needs exercise but could not handle the intensity one might drive a pit to until after they're three years of age. My girl gets a 2 hour walk a day, most of it unleashed and on her terms but a good half hour of it is leashed and at a good clip. And my girl isn't food aggressive at all but I've always fed her in separate rooms from him just to be safe. She is a big bully when it comes to resource guarding sometimes - periodically punking him to take his toys just for the spite of it. But I had the same problem with my female Am Bulldog so I figure that's one of those gender things - not breed related at all.
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  • So I have reading a lot and I mean a lot about Molosser type dogs. I currently live with my 1 year old male (intact) UKC APBT who is really an American Bully X APBT X Amstaff cross, three rescue cats and 1 male (neutered) chiwawa. IT is obivous that the Bernie's breed would make a poor guarding or watchdog, and when the time comes hopefully soon enough I will be getting a new place hopefully in an isolate area with a nice yard. I have been looking at different breeds and I have been learning about the Boerboel. What interests me the most is that most of the breeder websites that I have see and the temperament standard states that they are extremely stable animals who bond close with the whole family. Now I read threats about BB attacks in SA and how there are many unstable lines. My questions are: 1) Given my APBT experience will this be enough to deal with this type of breed? 2) Are they a one person dog or can they be submissive with the family (training and socialization required I know) ? 3) Are they calm and collected until duty calls like many people say or are they those kind of in your face barking dogs with strangers? 4) Will they really protect all of the house like the websites says? people living there/dogs/cats? 5) I also heard that on walks these dogs stay very close to the handler and do not care about roaming and getting distracted by scents and small animals like other breeds? 6) Do they need more exercise than a pit dog? Sorry for the million questions but I read a happy pretty picture on the breeder's websites but then I come here and see how people call them extremely dominant and not for everyone. My pit dog tests me all the time especially now since he has entered his teen years but never with growling or agression, just playing deaf and ignoring my commands at times. I honestly cannot a feed a dog that will resource guard or be food agressive, are all guard breeds like this?
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    • I'm no expert but here's my thoughts 1) Given my APBT experience will this be enough to deal with this type of breed? I had both APBTs and Am Bulldogs before my Boerboel - neither one of them prepared me in any way for dealing with this breed but that might just be a size-thing for me. I could always break my pits and bulldogs, but this dog weighs as much as I do. 2) Are they a one person dog or can they be submissive with the family (training and socialization required I know) ? Wouldn't know - both mine and the male I know which is owned by a friend of mine are one person dogs by default as we both live alone but both of us have our nieces nephews etc around them all the time without incident 3) Are they calm and collected until duty calls like many people say or are they those kind of in your face barking dogs with strangers? NOT BARKING DOGS AT ALL. I have a Great Pyrenees who does all the barking for her - only time she's ever barked is at me (to play) or at any stranger coming near me (to let them know they're not welcome) 4) Will they really protect all of the house like the websites says? people living there/dogs/cats? Honestly I think my Pyr is much more territorial in terms of the house and yard than my Boerboel is - only thing she goes absolutely bat shit crazy about is anyone coming near the truck if we're in it. 5) I also heard that on walks these dogs stay very close to the handler and do not care about roaming and getting distracted by scents and small animals like other breeds? My girls a great walker and stays with me whether on leash or off. She dismisses small dogs altogether but she's not above investigating a really good scent particularly if it happens to be a rotting carcass 6) Do they need more exercise than a pit dog? Different growth patterns, bone structures, musculature - this dog needs exercise but could not handle the intensity one might drive a pit to until after they're three years of age. My girl gets a 2 hour walk a day, most of it unleashed and on her terms but a good half hour of it is leashed and at a good clip. And my girl isn't food aggressive at all but I've always fed her in separate rooms from him just to be safe. She is a big bully when it comes to resource guarding sometimes - periodically punking him to take his toys just for the spite of it. But I had the same problem with my female Am Bulldog so I figure that's one of those gender things - not breed related at all.
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      • Thanks for that information it is much apreciated =) do you have any pics or videos of your BB?
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        • there's a month by month chronology of her in the Pictures area under my screen name in the Users area or you could friend me at FB - I've got eleventy billion of them there and have lots of the SABT/EBBSA folks from South Aftrica on my friend's list so you could easily mine their profiles for looks at other dogs (bearing in mind that here in the US, we don't generally get dogs of their size) fb.com/texunnyc
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          • I tried to add you but there is not option to add you as a friend on fb
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            • I forgot I've got wickedly high security settings - what's your url or name and I'll add you
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              • hi www.boerboelplein.nl is a dutch site with lots of information and pics also lots of breeders and owners
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