The Boerboel is a large dog that is strong, confident, and muscular with a distinctive, blocky head. Despite its size, it is the most agile of the mastiff-type breeds. Boerboel mean “farm dog” and the breed serves as a capable working dog as well as a loyal companion in its home country of South Africa. The skin of a Boerboel should be dark on the stomach and under the fur, as well as the roof of the mouth, which protects against heat and sun. The coat is a short and dense and can be brindle, brown, cream, reddish brown or tawny.