Bloodhound vs Boerboel

Compare the Bloodhound to the Boerboel. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bloodhounds and Boerboels.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Bloodhound is an okay choice for new owners, but the Boerboel is strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Bloodhound and Boerboel are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Boerboel is very easy to groom. The Bloodhound has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Bloodhound bark/howls frequently. The Boerboel has an average level of barking.
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Bloodhound vs Boerboel
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Red Boerboel
Breed NameBloodhoundBoerboel
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan11-15 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Height23-27 in.24-28 in.
Weight80-110 lb110-180 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryFranceSouth Africa
Origin Year1000 AD1652 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodBelow Average
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 80°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed20 mph18 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingMediumMedium
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountHighMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBloodhoundBoerboel
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingVery LowHigh
GuardingBelow AverageHigh
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionVery LowHigh
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBloodhoundBoerboel
Lifespan
Lifespan11-15 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
BloatYesNo
Ectopic CiliaYesNo
EctropionYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EntropionYesNo
EpilepsyYesYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Joint DysplasiaNoYes
Vaginal HyperplasiaNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBloodhoundBoerboel
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesNo
BrownYesYes
Liver & TanYesNo
RedYesYes
BrindleNoYes
CreamNoYes
Reddish BrownNoYes
TawnyNoYes
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