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Miniature Boerboel quick overview;

Medium sized alarm dog to warn owners by typically barking. Miniature Boerboels are great family companions with the ability of being versatile such as agility, certifiable good citizenship, farm dogs to suburban life styles. Alert, hardy, intelligent, with a solid build. They can be aloof to strangers if not socialized when young.

Miniature Boerboel Standard

General Appearance

• The Miniature Boerboel is referred to as “a Boerboel in   miniature”.

• A medium size dog with smooth short hair; slightly longer than     tall

• Well-balanced dog with all body parts in proportion to each   other

• Front legs are straight and carried under the body while rear   legs are well bent at the stifles

• Fluent movement; excessive musculature should not interfere with   the natural gait

• Females shall appear feminine when compared to males

• Great stability, strength, vigor -Capable of great athleticism.

• All points of the standard are well distributed -No feature is   so prominent or lacking that it makes the animal appear deformed   or out of proportion.

Temperament and Character

• Alarm dog: to warn owners by typically barking. They are not   expected to engage (bite) a threat. The Miniature Boerboel is to   simply sound the alarm (bark) when something is not right.

• Disposition should be equable, kind, loyal, even tempered and   alert

• Excellent family pet, a comedian, good with children and other   animals within their family -Can be reserved and aloof to   strangers.  

• A “Velcro” dog -Extremely intelligent with a strong bond to its   humans. Easy to train but obedience training is still     recommended.

Body Proportions:

The Miniature Boerboel is slightly longer than tall, but overall it is a balanced dog with all body parts being equally proportionate.


• Typically Boerboel

• In proportion to the rest of the body

• Broad and deep

• Head should be fairly wrinkle free when relaxed; moderate   wrinkles displayed when attentive

• Face blends with the skull

• Well filled between the eyes; set well and evenly apart

• The stop is visible but not prominent

• Nasal bone is straight and parallel to the line of the cranial   roof; medium length and tapers slightly toward the front and   proportionate to the head.

• Muzzle is not snipey nor squashed

• Top lips are loose fitting and should not hang past the bottom   jaw.

• Lower lips can be loose; should not flare outward


• Square and wide

• Displays musculature

• Level plane appearance on top of the skull between the ears when   the dog is alert

• Brows are moderately raised

• Jaws are deep and strong and taper slightly to the front


• Medium size eyes and must be free of Entropion or Ectropion.

• All shades of yellow, brown, and black is allowed.

• Eyes protruding or with a lot of visible white when looking   forward is a fault.


• Nose is broad with wide nostrils.

• Nose leather is black.

• Pinched nostrils are a fault.


• Earflaps are V-shaped and medium sized

• Carried close to the head

• When attentive, the top of the earflaps form a straight line   with the top of the skull (slightly above or below is   acceptable).


• Correctly spaced

• Preferred scissor bite; undershot or overshot bite is allowed

• Excessive undershot bite or overshot bite where teeth are   exposed when the mouth is closed is a disqualification.

• Wry mouth is a disqualification.


• Arch in the neck is preferred.

• Neck is a strong medium length and gradually broadens toward the   shoulders. (Neck should be long enough for the dog to easily   bend to the ground and side to side, but not too long that it is   out of proportion to the rest of the dog’s body).

• Dewlap is loose from under the chin and becomes firm between the   forelegs.


• Well-attached shoulders, with moderate angulation

• The chest is broad and strong and placed deep between the   forelegs. Preferred depth is even with the elbows when looking   at the side view of the dog. Front view of the dog,the chest   should not be A-frame or Cathedral; it should form a mild U   shape between the forelegs.

• Disproportionately wide chest, lack of chest depth is a fault

• Elbows are parallel with the body and held close to the body

• Forelegs are strong and muscular -Viewed from the front they   should be parallel to each other, not bowed or with toes turning   inward and viewed from the side the forearm should be vertical   from the elbow to the pastern.

• Front pasterns are straight, strong and vertical.

• Forepaws should be moderate in size, ball shaped and firmly set.   Toes compact with high knuckles. Well padded.

• Dewclaws may be removed


• Body has good depth and width

• Topline is straight and level

• Ribcage is well sprung and well filled behind the shoulder   blades

• Underline has a slight tuck up

• The back is straight and broad

• The loin is strong and slightly narrower than the ribcage and   rump


• Sturdy, strong and muscular

• Croup is broad and strong -Preferred to be flat.

• Tail set is high and straight -Tails are docked at the 3rd or   4thcaudal vertebrae. • Natural tails are acceptable -Natural   tail should reach the hocks and be carried with a slight curve   upwards when moving. • Cork screw tail is a disqualification •   Stifles well bent with moderate angulation. • Hocks firm, well-  let down and parallel to each other • Straight or cow-hocked   rear is a fault • Rear declaws are a fault • Hind paws are     well-padded, well-shaped and point straight forward Coat and


• Skin is loose and thick, but fits smoothly -When attentive it   will display mild to moderate wrinkles across the brow.

• Well pigmented on lips, palate, skin around the eyes and nose   leather

• Short smooth coat

• Long or curly hair is a disqualification

 Coat colors:

Any color, color pattern, or combination of colors is accepted except for merle and albinism.

• Merle pattern and Albinism is a disqualification

• Nose leather of any color other than black is a   disqualification.

• Lack of pigmentation around the eyes is a disqualification.


• Smooth movement that is buoyant

• Comfortable reach in front and rear

• The legs and body should move in line front to rear.

• The back remains firm without a lot of sway or body roll.

Height for both sexes:

• The Miniature Boerboel height is in balance with the rest of the   body mass

• Males are to be masculine. Females are to be feminine.

• Ideal height range for males: 15 to 19 inches.

• Ideal height range for females: 14 to 18 inches.

* NOTE of most importance. Height and weight must be balanced and of correct proportion verses actual weight and height of the dog. Dogs slightly over or under the ideal height range are not to be penalized unless they are disproportionately narrow or over done, or compromises health, structure or movement.



• Viciousness or extreme shyness

• Wry mouth

• Undershot bite or overshot bite that allows teeth to show when   mouth is closed

• The merle pattern coat

• Albinism

• Long or curly coat

• Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid

• Entropion or ectropion

• Pricked ears or cropped ears

• Cork screw tail

• Nose leather of any color than black

• Lack of pigmentation around the eyes

• Height above 19 1/2 inches.