The Farm Dog

So, what say you get that little 5, 10, or 20 acres out in the country … not too far from a city or college african boerboel town. How are you going to protect your critters? Coyotes, Raccoons, skunks and snakes are all predators  capable of wreaking havoc on your chickens, goats, sheep and calves.

Enter: The Farm Dog
The South African Boerboel was raised to fight off lions and protect the homestead. The Boerboel is also reported capable of herding, hunting, and tracking. Due to this Mastiff’s size, (140 to 200 lbs.) their bite is reportedly so strong that if it bites an intruder in the arm, chances are they’ll break it.

It’s important to know that this dog is bred to be loyal. It will protect—with its life—anything it was raised up with. It’s common for children to ride them like horses. Their mouths are dryer than English or American Mastiffs and they are a great deal more active than the Mastiff. Due to being a mixed breed, they don’t commonly have the same hip problems that their mastiff brothers do.

Confident But Not Aggressive
You don’t have to train a Boerboel to protect. If you’re away, no one is going to get in. Hence, it’s also important to be a responsible owner and keep these dogs securely fenced. These are not good “first time” dogs. The owner should know how to be the Alpha Pack Leader. You’ll most likely want to lean on the socializing side rater than doing something like Wrap Training (bite), or chaining this sensitive, intelligent, easy to train dog. Oh, and Boerboels want to be with you. Don’t relegate this fine friend to the backyard with rare visits. And never, never beat on your Boerboel. Like a Great Dane, he’ll remember it…

Best Boerboel Breeder
I’ve traveled the country and I’ve sought out Boerboel breeders to talk with. These dogs aren’t cheap. Think: $1,000 to $1,500. More if you want a proven female that’s ready to breed. The best, most knowledgeable breeder I’ve found is a brother named Roger who lives just outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

Roger’s mother showed dogs so he grew up with deep, inside knowledge of breeding, showing, and training dogs. One of the problems I’ve experienced with many Boerboel breeders is that after paying all that money for your dog, they want you to sign contracts stipulating what THEY want you to do with the dog. But Roger, while he may express openness to continually work with you in raising this high quality animal, he too is amazed at the arrogance of other breeders and will not attempt to over-step normal boundaries. Click here on: Atomic Boerboels to visit one of his websites.

Other Flock Guardian Breeds

Good Companion Dogs (With Boerboels on farm)


Faces On Today’s Black Farms


“We need to make sure African-American farmers are visible because for a long time we’ve been invisible. We, as people, have played a tremendous part in agriculture throughout the United States. This is one last-ditch effort to say we do exist, even if it is in a small number,” said Fresno, California Black Farmer Will Scott, Jr.

The African American Farmer isn’t any more monolithic than the story of the black businessman or woman. To touch the surface is to feel a womb pregnant with thousands of stories. Will Scott Jr’s story … that of the “New” black farmer is merely one. But his is the type of farming that reflects the greatest possibility for immediate change in the quality of life for African Americans fleeing urban comfusion.

Currently we’re facing what some prognosticators predict might become FIVE years of the greatest economic challenges since the Great Depression. (I can still hear some of the stories my mother told me about life on 40 acres in Mississippi during the greatest period of economic challenge this country faced in its modern history. Her story in short? “We didn’t miss a meal.”)

Blacks migrated to build farms on the West Coast more than half a century ago. Many left the soil for jobs in California cities. Others, due to over a hundred years of USDA’s Institutionalized Racism, were forced off the land. Currently there are at least 300 African-American farmers in California. While it’s true that there are 80,000 farmers total, the fact that 300 of them are black is a heroic story in itself. It’s also something that Scott would like to change. As President of the African-American Farmers of California, Scott and co-founder Will Robinson, are helping new farmers setup in the area. In recent years they have even built a demonstration site where beginning farmers can test their skills and earn valuable, hands-on experience.

“We bring in new farmers and existing farmers and we do training. They can lease an acre or two and grow something and then they take the technology back to their farm,” Will said.

Another way Will is trying to market not only his produce, but the produce of all African-American farmers, is by making the nearly 400-mile round trip journey to one of the newest and most unique markets in California: West Oakland’s Mandela’s Farmers’ Market. Every Friday and Saturday, come rain or shine, this is where you’re sure to find Will and his family out sharing the fruits of their labor. Besides selling his fruits and vegetables, he’s also selling a little bit of the rural life to people who normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to see a ripe tomato or a fresh ear of corn.

“I think regardless of where people live, they should have access to fresh, quality produce, and that’s one of the main reasons we started coming to the market in the first place,” Will said.