The Boerboel breed is equally known for being loving, calm, and family-friendly, especially towards human children. These gigantic protectors were bred to help farmers in South Africa defend their homesteads. The Boerboel, pronounced “boo-r-bull,” It is also known as the South African Mastiff, South African Boerboel. These dogs are confident. They need an assertive, experienced owner with plenty of space for a massive dog that needs to exercise.