Boerboel vs Broholmer

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Broholmer is an okay choice for new owners, but the Boerboel is strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Boerboel and Broholmer are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Boerboel is very easy to groom. The Broholmer has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both the Boerboel and Broholmer are average barkers.
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Boerboel vs Broholmer
Red Boerboel
Broholmer Dog Breed
Breed NameBoerboelBroholmer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-10 yrs.7-12 yrs.
Height24-28 in.22-30 in.
Weight110-180 lb90-150 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountrySouth AfricaDenmark
Origin Year1652 AD1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessBelow AverageGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyPoorAverage
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 80°F30°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighMedium
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighMedium
Top Running Speed18 mph20 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingMediumHigh
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountMediumMedium

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 NameBoerboelBroholmer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionHighBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingHighBelow Average
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoerboelBroholmer
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.7-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
CataractsNoYes
EctropionNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Joint DysplasiaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Vaginal HyperplasiaYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoerboelBroholmer
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BrindleYesNo
BrownYesNo
CreamYesNo
RedYesNo
Reddish BrownYesNo
TawnyYesNo
BlackNoYes
Red GoldenNoYes
YellowNoYes