SABBS - Bylaw B - Boerboel Database and Registers (2023)





The registration system of the Society shall consist of the BoerboelDatabase, and shall be maintained and operated on its behalf by aRegistering Authority, appointed by the Society in terms of theAnimal Improvement Act.


Animals shall only be taken up in the Boerboel Database afterapproval according to the Breed Standard as stipulated by the Boardfrom time to time.



The Boerboel Database is divided into* five main Registers:


Stud Book Proper Register (SP: Fullregistration)


Development Register:


Basic Section (BS)


Annexure A (A)


Annexure B (B)


Stud Register (SR: Elite group)


Pet Register (PET)


Other Organisation’s Register (OOR)


Definitions: Stud Book Proper Register (SP)is for dogs with full registration.


Stud Register (SR) is for the elite group of dogs that obtainedappraisal scores of 85% and above, and that comply with theprescribed health testing.




A dog shall be eligible for full registrationand entry in the Stud Book Proper Register (SP) after it has beenappraised on individual merit and complies with the minimumrequirements of the Breed Standard, and provided that:


it has been microchipped;


the Birth Notification was submitted underthe prefix (stud/kennel name) of the legal owner of the dam at thetime of birth of litter.


it attained the minimum appraisal score of75% at a SABBS appraisal.


Both parents must have a DNA profile.


The progeny of a Stud Book Proper Register (SP) dog mated to an SPdog shall be eligible for registration in the Stud Book ProperRegister (SP), provided that they had been appraised at 75% or moreand approved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining tothe Stud Book Proper Register.


The progeny of an Annexure B dog mated to an Annexure B or SP dogshall be eligible for registration in the Stud Book Proper Register(SP), provided that they have been appraised 85% or higher andapproved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to theStud Book Proper Register (SP) and Development Registers.

Requirements for full registration


DNA profiles must be submitted for all breeding dogs (male andfemale) for the registration of their offspring.


SABBS recommends that breeders use a dog inthe Stud Book Proper Register (SP) when breeding with a DevelopmentRegister dog.

The table below sets out the development stages for the DevelopmentRegister:

SABBS - Bylaw B - Boerboel Database and Registers (1)


DEVELOPMENT REGISTER: Basic (BS), Annexure Aand Annexure B (Developing dogs)



The Board may consider the merits of anapplication by the owner of a dog - where the required documentationis incomplete or non-existent - for inclusion in the DevelopmentRegister, provided that:


The dog presents with the conformation, typeand temperament of the breed, conform to the Breed Standard and isappraised at a minimum of 80%.


The progeny of the dog may be included in theDevelopment Register if they also receive a minimum score of 80%during the development stages.


The progeny of the dog that have passed through the developmentstages may be entered into the Stud Book Proper Register (SP: fullregistration) if they are appraised at no less than 85%. If thispercentage is not attained, they shall remain in the DevelopmentRegister.


Dogs entering the Development Register musthave microchips, have been DNA profiled and health tested to meet thefollowing standards:


Females must be examined by registered veterinarians or veterinaryinstitutions for signs of vaginal hyperplasia. Grade 1 or better isthe criterion for acceptance in the register for developing dogs. Astandard VH examination report is available at, orfrom .


Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: A certified radiologist must certify thatthe dog (male or female) has a hip status of between 0:0 and 1:1 oran FCI hip status of between A1 and C2, and an elbow status of 1:1maximum. Contact the Head Office for Penn Hip / BVA andother classification requirements.


A SABBS senior appraiser must have assessed that the Boerboel doesnot have more than one deviation from the ideal of 5 on the eyelids.


Dogs in the Development Register shall not be eligible for entry inthe Stud Register.

Development Register: Basic Section Register(BS)

Subject to the discretion of the appraiser, and confirmation by theBoard, dogs shall be accepted in the Basic Section (BS) as Basic dogson application, provided they meet with all other requirementspertaining to the Development Register.

Development Register: Annexure A

The progeny of an Annexure B dog mated to an Annexure B or SP dogshall be eligible for registration in the Stud Book Proper Register(SP), provided that they have been appraised 85% or higher andapproved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to theStud Book Proper Register (SP) and Development Registers.

Annexure Register B

The progeny of an Annexure A dog mated to an Annexure A, B or SP dog,shall be eligible for registration in the Annexure B Register,provided that they have been appraised 80% or higher and approved inaccordance with all other requirements pertaining to the AnnexureRegister.

Appraisal of Development Register dogs


Dogs that did not attain the minimum score of 80% and 85%respectively, may at any time be presented for re-appraisal again.


Progeny of Development Register dogs that did not attain the minimumappraisal score shall be taken up in the Pet Register.


STUD REGISTER (SR: Elite group of dogs)


When a Boerboel attains a score of 85% orhigher at an appraisal it may be taken up in the Stud Register,provided that the owner forwards the following original certificatesto the SABBS Office as proof that the dog complies with theseprescribed health test requirements:


Females must be examined by registered veterinarians or veterinaryinstitutions for signs of vaginal hyperplasia. Grade 0 or 1 is thecriterion for acceptance in the Stud Register. A standard VHexamination report is available at, or from.


Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: A certified radiologist must certify thatthe Boerboel (male or female) has a hip status of between 0:0 and 1:1or an FCI hip status of between A1 and C2, and an elbow status of 1:1maximum. Contact the Head Office for Penn Hip / BVA andother classification requirements.


A SABBS senior appraiser must have assessed that the Boerboel doesnot have more than one deviation from the ideal of 5 on the eyelids.


Fertility testing is required for all males on the Stud Register thathave not sired a litter.




An SP dog that attains a score less than 75% or a Developmentregistered dog that scores less than 80% at a SABBS appraisal shallnot be eligible for SABBS registration or breeding purposes but shallbe taken up in the Pet Register (PET) though can be re-appraised at alater stage if it has improved and to see if they are able to meetthe required 75%.


SABBS shall record dogs that were disqualified (for whatever reason)in the PET Register (refer to the Main Constitution,Subclause 3.3 “Disqualification”). The offspring of such dogs willnever be registered.


A registered Boerboel that is sold with the intention of, or oncondition that it should not be used for breeding, or puppies bornwith a disqualification fault, are to be recorded in the PetRegister. This Register is a safeguard for the breeder should the newowner not honour such agreement. SABBS also needs this informationfor recording purposes.


Breeding with Pet Registered dogs isprohibitied. The offspring of such dogs will never be registered.


Castrated males, or dogs born as monorchids or cryptorchids andsterilised females, are taken up in the Pet Register if the ownerswant their dogs to be appraised.


Dogs in the Pet Register are not allowed toparticipate in any show.


No PET registered dog may be exported as theydo not meet the Breed Standard.


PET registered dogs that meet the minimumqualifying appraisal score can only go to a breeding register if thebreeder that had registered the dog in the Pet Register originallygives permission for the dog to be removed from the Pet Register.




Dogs that are applying to be taken up in the OOR must comply with theBreed Standard.


Dogs in the Pet Register cannot be taken up in the OOR as they do notcomply with the Breed Standard.


Prior to the official acceptance and registration, the dog must beSABBS appraised and a DNA profile must be submitted.


What is sabbs registration? ›

The South African Boerboel Breeders' Society (SABBS) is registered as a breeders society in terms of the Animal Improvement Act, No. 62 of 1998, Registration Number 62/98/B-68. Use of this web site is subject to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

How do you get a Boerboel appraisal? ›

Owners may request a prior consultation (evaluation) with a senior appraiser to establish whether a dog is sufficiently matured to be appraised. To be eligible for appraisal a dog must have a Birth Certificate (not to be confused with the eventual registration certificate) and microchip.

Are South African Boerboels AKC registered? ›

The Boerboel was recognized as a breed by the AKC in 2015.

How do you register a Boerboel at SABBS? ›

To register as a breeder, the member must at least own one SABBS' registered female and must apply for the allocation of a prefix (stud or kennel name). Six suggested names must be provided for prefix registration on the application form, which is available from the Office (refer to Bylaw A 5.2 (b) as well).

How can I register my dog without papers in South Africa? ›

To register, visit and follow the link on the homepage. Operating in South Africa since 1989, Identipet is the ONLY microchip ever to be used and endorsed by the National Council of SPCAs. Registering your pet only takes a few minutes, and could save their life.

Does SABBS recognize black Boerboels? ›

SABBS currently accepts and registers black Boerboels. North American Boerboel Breeders Society. NABBA was started in 2013 at a time when the black Boerboel was removed from the SABBS breed standard.

Does having pets hurt an appraisal? ›

A piece in The Wall Street Journal calculated the cost of pet ownership for homeowners, noting that damage from rambunctious dogs can make a home appraiser dock the resale value of a property by 2% to 5%.

Does AKC recognize black Boerboels? ›

The AKC has the original breed standard in place which does not accept the black Boerboel or decedents from them. We do not have black in our lines.

What two breeds make Boerboels? ›

The Boerboel descends from an old Colonial cross-breed of mastiffs and bulldogs used both as a guard dog on remote farms and estates and for big game hunting, and known as the Boer Dog or Boer Hunting Dog.

How can you tell a purebred Boerboel? ›

Boerboels typically have a muscular, square head that is also deep, blocky, and broad. The dog's cheeks should be filled well and in proportion to their body, and when the dog is interested, you may notice a moderate level of wrinkling over their forehead.

Are mixed breeds AKC registered? ›

AKC stands for the love of all things dog–which means all dogs are welcome as part of the AKC community, whether your canine is purebred or mixed.

Are Boerboels fighting dogs? ›

In modern life, in a highly urbanized areas in different parts of the world, where all sorts of crime are not uncommon, a big, strong fighting dog that is able to protect the loved ones can be an effective deterrent. Boerboels are perfect for this job.

What problems do Boerboels have? ›

Boerboels can develop certain health problems, including:
  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Elbow dysplasia.
  • Heart disease.
  • Ectropion (eyelids sag outward)
  • Entropion (eyelids roll inward)
  • Vaginal hyperplasia.
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Are female Boerboels protective? ›

A well bred and properly socialized Boerboel is excellent with children and animals of all sorts. They have a stable temperament and are very attached to their immediate family, and can be fiercely protective of children.

How do I register my dog as pedigree? ›

To register a dog, you'll need to have details of the pup's dam and sire (mum and dad) and their owners. You'll also usually have to provide the names of the puppy's grandparents and great-grandparents. Any responsible breeder of pedigree dogs should be able to provide this information.

What is the golden rule of dog registration? ›

Register your dog at the address where it spends most of its time. You must microchip your dog within two months of registering it. If you are under 16 years old, you must register the dog under your parent's or guardian's name. Dogs must wear a registration tag at all times.

What is the best place to register a dog? ›

The three most reputable and well-known all-breed registries in North America are the AKC, the United Kennel Club, and the Canadian Kennel Club. It may be helpful to start your search with these registries to determine if your dog is eligible for registration.

What do I do if I dont have my dogs papers? ›

People often wonder if it is possible to register a dog without papers. Continental Kennel Club offers a couple of ways for you to register your dog if this is your situation. If your dog is not purebred, the “Non-Purebred Canine Registration Application” might be the correct app for you.

How do I register my dog without parents papers? ›

How to Register a Dog Without Papers
  1. 1 Registering a Dog in the American Kennel Club PAL Program.
  2. 2 Registering a Dog with the CKC PAW Program.
  3. 3 Registering a Dog in the AKC Canine Partners Program.
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How do you prove ownership of a dog without papers? ›

2. Microchips and ID tags. You can also prove ownership of a dog through microchips and ID tags. In America, all dogs, four months and above are required by law to have microchips implanted in them.

Are black Boerboels purebred? ›

Although black boerboel breeders vehemently defend the dog's status as a purebred, brown boerboel breeders believe it is a cross-breed that is being passed off as a thoroughbred.

What is the Boerboels bite force? ›

The Boerboel, or South African Mastiff, is one of several mastiff breeds that has a powerful jaw and the bite force to match, with 450 PSI of pressure. It compares to that of other large breeds but is still some way short of the Kangal breed's massive 743 PSI bite force pressure figure.

Why do they cut off Boerboels tails? ›

The main reason given for a Boerboel to have a short tail was that a long muscular tail like that of a Boerboel whose tail has not been docked, is much more prone to damage and injury, even just when the dog wags its tail when it sees the owner or gets excited.

What not to say to appraiser? ›

Just keep your communication to the appraiser about the facts of the home and neighborhood, how you priced the house, and any other relevant information you think the appraiser should know. And remember, don't discuss value. Don't pressure the appraiser to 'hit the value' and you'll be fine.

What hurts a home appraisal the most? ›

10 issues that can hurt a home appraisal
  • Poor maintenance. ...
  • Structural damage. ...
  • Over-personalization. ...
  • Fewer bedrooms and bathrooms. ...
  • Excess clutter and mess. ...
  • An outdated HVAC system. ...
  • Lack of Curb appeal. ...
  • Location.

What will fail an appraisal? ›

Anything from deferred maintenance on the home to cool market conditions can lower a home appraisal. Recent sales in the neighborhood will help determine the market value of the home. So if sales have been slow, or if sellers have been accepting lower offers, the value of all homes in the area can be affected.

Does AKC registered mean not puppy mill? ›

An American Kennel Club (AKC) registration, similar to a USDA-license, is not a guarantee of good living conditions and signifies nothing about the health or quality of a puppy. It is available to any dog breeder who can show on paper that the mother and father of the puppy were the same breed—nothing more.

Which is bigger Cane Corso or Boerboel? ›

Although both breeds are large dogs, the Boerboel is considerably larger than the Cane Corso, by about 50 lbs. on average! Male Boerboels come in between 25 to 28 inches tall, while male Cane Corso's are around 22 to 26 inches tall.

How can I verify my dogs breed? ›

But if you truly want to be confident about your pup's breed make-up, there's really only one choice: a dog DNA test. This option looks past your pup's outward appearance and uses genetic clues to determine their ancestry. For the highest accuracy, you'll want a test with a sizable reference sample database.

What dog has the strongest bite? ›

The Kangal is a large, muscular dog that typically weighs between 100 and 130 pounds. They have been trained to guard sheep and other flocks against giant predators such as wolves, jackals, and bears. The Kangal has a mighty bite, with a bite force of 743 PSI. It is the highest bite force of any dog breed.

Which is bigger Boerboel or rottweiler? ›

Boerboel: An adult male of Boerboel is larger than that of Rottweiler. Rottweiler: An adult Rottweiler is smaller than a Boerboel.

Are Boerboels stubborn? ›

The boerboel is intelligent, so he can also be quite headstrong. This can be countered and nurtured with physical and mental stimulation. While he may be stubborn and not particularly easy to train, persistence will be rewarding. Bred for farm life, this breed needs lots of space in which to exercise.

At what age does a male Boerboel start mating? ›

The male must be at least 12 months old on the day of mating. 1.3. 2. The male has to be licensed and suitable for breeding.

How many puppies can a Boerboel have the first time? ›

What Is The Litter Size Of Boerboels? Boerboels have a litter size of 7 to 10 puppies. However, in some cases, it can be exceptionally big like the case of Bailee, a South African Boerboel that gave birth to 19 puppies in a single litter.

Can puppies be AKC registered if only one parent is registered? ›

ASK AKC. Dear Paper: Unfortunately, your pup can't be AKC registered since both parents of a puppy must be AKC registered to qualify, but you can certainly still enjoy many of the other programs and services AKC offers.

Can you register a dog with AKC with DNA? ›

AKC DNA testing is for purebred AKC registerable breeds only. AKC DNA Profiling is for parentage verification and genetic identity purposes only and does not take the place of AKC registration requirements. AKC DNA testing DOES NOT determine the following: breed of the dog or whether the dog is purebred.

Can you get papers on mixed breed dogs? ›

Whether your dog is purebred or mixed, you can enroll them to be an AKC Canine Partners™ pup. Simply fill out the form and start exploring the wide world of dog sports with AKC Recognition titles, join a community of dog lovers and get expert information on training and care!

Which is stronger pitbull or Boerboel? ›

Boerboels are a giant-sized breed, and Pitbulls are medium to large-sized dogs. Boerboels weigh between 150 and 200 pounds. Compared to Pitbulls, who usually weighs between 30 and 65 pounds. Meaning Boerboels can be over six times the weight of a Pitbull.

What is a pitbull and Boerboel mix called? ›

The Boerboel Pit is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Boerboel and the Pit Bull Terrier. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed.

Why do they soap dogs before fights? ›

Both dogs are washed under a referee's supervision prior to a fight. Handlers wash and examine their opponent's dog in order to remove any poisonous or caustic substance that might have been applied to a dog's coat (a method of cheating).

Why does my Boerboel follow me everywhere? ›

If your dog follows you everywhere then it's a sign that they trust and love you and that you make them feel safe. Following you very closely can be a sign that they're bored, they want something, they're feeling scared or are just being nosy.

Are Boerboels smart dogs? ›

The Boerboel is a protective, territorial breed'¿not a breed for a novice dog owner. He is steadfast, calm, highly intelligent, and incredibly loyal. Boerboels must be with their people and will not thrive unless kept as an integral part of their human family.

Are Boerboels lazy? ›

Boerboels are tough working dogs and have a reputation for being able to adapt to ever-changing and unforgiving conditions. Also used for tracking, the breed has a tremendous prey instinct and shows a great level of alertness while outdoors. They can be a little bit lazy at times, especially during the warmer months.

Do Boerboels turn on their owners? ›

Even so, the Boerboel should never be left unsupervised with young children they don't know well, or strangers. It is a very rare circumstance that a Boerboel will bite a person, and it should be said that when this (or any large breed) dog attacks, it can easily tear through muscle, tendons and, in some cases, bone.

Are Boerboels good in cold weather? ›

The mass on a healthy “acclimated” Boerboel makes. it exceptionally easy for them to tolerate cold weather. when out.

Can Boerboels swim? ›

Long hikes, swimming, car rides, frequent travel, and exposure to children, people, other dogs, and animals is the way to go with the Boerboel. This dog breed loves to swim, and swimming should be added to his exercise schedule starting from puppyhood.

What does pedigree registered mean? ›

Pedigree shows your dog's ancestry and gives the registered names and registration numbers of your dog's “family tree.” Indicates all AKC titles such as show championships, field championships, obedience, and hunting test titles.

What is a cat register? ›

Cat licensing laws require owners to register their owned cats with a government agency. This usually includes payment of annual fees and requiring cats to wear a collar and tag.

What is a registered pedigree? ›

Pedigree papers are proof that a dog is purebred with evidence to prove it. Pedigree papers can be thought of as the birth certificate of a dog. Pedigree papers are essentially the family tree of a dog showing at least three to five generations back or more.

What is registration CKC? ›

Answer: A CKC certificate of registration provides proof of the dog's breed, status, and lineage. Additionally, the certificate proves ownership. It certifies that the dog is officially registered and recorded in CKC's breed registry.

How can I get papers for a dog without papers? ›

People often wonder if it is possible to register a dog without papers. Continental Kennel Club offers a couple of ways for you to register your dog if this is your situation. If your dog is not purebred, the “Non-Purebred Canine Registration Application” might be the correct app for you.

Can you look up a pedigree? ›

All online research pedigrees are viewed on the web and are available for any AKC-registered dog, 24 hours a day. An online research pedigree includes complete information about dogs in the pedigree, including competition titles and any related health information available (i.e., OFA).

How do I check my dogs pedigree? ›

With the registration number, you can contact the AKC or other online pedigree sites such as Pedigree Online. These two places can provide you copies of your dog's pedigree for a fee or for free. The AKC can usually provide documentation four to five generations back in pedigrees.

What is an animal register? ›

After registering with the database, your registry will hold all the details of the owner including the name, home address, phone number, and email address, as well as the name and date of birth of the animal, and the ID number associated with the microchip.

What does a registered pet mean? ›

An American Kennel Club (AKC) Registered Dog is a dog whose owner has submitted an application and received approval through a registration certificate from the American Kennel Club.

What papers should you get when buying a dog? ›

You will need to check:

their microchipping documentation - this is a legal requirement for breeders. their insurance details - many breeders will ensure puppies will come with a few weeks of insurance. the health history and certificates of both parents. the Puppy Contract, if you're using one.

How much does it cost to get papers for a dog? ›

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How do you check if a dog is registered with CKC? ›

If the sire resides in Canada, he must also be fully registered with the CKC. In order to find out if the club your dog (or puppy's parent) is registered with is a club whose stud books the CKC recognizes, head to and scroll down to the bottom of the homepage.

Are CKC dogs purebred? ›

' According to CKC Registration Rules, a dog must be purebred and 'of proper breed type' to be registered as a purebred dog. If a dog is represented as purebred by the owner and two other witnesses, its registration can still be challenged if it is not 'of proper breed type.

Why should your dog be CKC registered? ›

A Certificate of Registration is basically your proof that your dog is purebred. It contains all of the important information you need to know about your dog, including their CKC registration number, date of birth, colour, breed, sex, sire and dam's names, and the breeder's name.

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