Stolen Boerboel Alert!

Stolen Boerboel Alert!

This intact male Boerboel is believed to have been stolen from a farm in VA.  The owner has filed a police report, and the police believe the dog has been stolen.  Please keep an eye out for him and contact the owner if you have any leads, sightings or information that will help us find him and bring him home safely.

With the public's help and social media, you can help bring Adoons closer to home.  He is a brown, intact male Boerboel.  He is very sweet and playful.  He weighs 176 pounds, and he is micro-chipped and DNA'd.
His owner is worried about his welfare, and just wants him to come home.  We are certain he is with a pet thief.  He could be tied to a chain, being tortured, left in the weather, starved, beaten, used in fighting, no shelter, etc.
Please share this post everywhere.  We are very thankful for everyone's help.  Adoons needs us all right now to help find him and bring him home to safety where is loved and well cared for.
If you have any sightings or information that may be helpful in finding Adoons, please contact Terry Allen at 804-393-1327.  You can also contact any police, vet or shelter in North America.  Thank you for your help.

Heart Problems in Boerboels

Heart and Cardiac Problems in Boerboels

Cardiac problems in dogs are usually genetic in nature.  Unfortunately, the Boerboel is known to be a breed that has been diagnosed with heart issues, including DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) and SAS (Subaortic Stenosis). 
Canine Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS) is an abnormal, congenital heart murmur caused by subaortic stenosis (SAS). There is a relatively high incidence of this condition in the Boerboel.  There is evidence that the disease is genetic and passed on from generation to generation.

Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash to purchase a Boerboel puppy, make sure that the breeder has had cardiac tests done on the dogs they use in their breeding program.  Some breeders have submitted the results of their testing to OFFA (Orthopedic Foundation of America), and you can easily follow this link for the list of Boerboels in the US that have had cardiac tests done.  Please remember that the list may not be comprehensive.  It is not compulsory for an owner to submit the results of cardiac tests to OFFA.  The most important thing is to make sure your breeder has had cardiac tests on their breeding dogs, and ask for a copy of the results or the certificate.  A reputable breeder will do cardiac testing on their dogs, and will be happy to provide proof of the results. 

List of Boerboels with OFFA Cardiac Tests

I wanted to share this blog story about a Boerboel puppy that was diagnosed with SAS at 5 months of age.  His parents were not health tested, even though the breeder assured the buyer they were healthy.  He passed away from heart disease before he reached one year old.  This blog is an account from his owner during the process of diagnosis, treatment, through the final end.  She shares her heart-wrenching journey of trying to do what is best for her pup.  Have your tissues handy, as this is a tearjerker!

Island Zahlman, a Boerboel puppy, was diagnosed with SAS at 5 months of age.  RIP, Zahlman.

Boerboel Puppy Diagnosed with Heart Problems

Most importantly, make sure you are buying from a reputable breeder that does a full screen of health tests, including HD, ED and Cardiac.  Most breeders are charging premium prices for their Boerboel puppies, so be sure not to reward a breeder that doesn't have the welfare of the breed at heart (no pun intended). 

There is also the option to rescue a Boerboel in need.  There are several sites that list Boerboels available for adoption in North America.  Here are a few:

Boerboel Rescue -- networking site for Boerboels available for adoption

Boerboel Rescue North America -- Facebook page for networking Boerboels in need

Boerboel Rescue, Inc --
non-profit 501c3 dedicated to the rescue of Boerboels

Good luck! 

Copyrighted Photos of Boerboels

I found one of my photos on Pinterest.  I don't mind that people share the photos, as long as they give credit to the owner or point back to one of my websites.  In this case, the photo was posted on someone's website without permission first.

Here is the photo that was used on a competing website without permission.  This is Jaf enjoying the water in the Big Sewickley Creek in SW Pennsylvania.  I added a watermark for, which is our online pet supplies store that gives back to the rescue community in terms of a donation from each sale. 

Fiona Needs Help

Fiona is a purebred female Boerboel with a rare genetic disease called osteochondrodysplasia (dwarfism).  OCD is a growth and developmental abnormality of the bone and cartilage, which results in lack of normal bone growth and bone deformities.  The photo shows Fiona with her normal sized littermates.   Fiona should not be bred as she carries this condition and may pass this on to her puppies.

Fiona is barely one year old, but her original owner breached the contract and sold her to an Amish puppy mill.  She was sold to her first owner as pet quality, with no papers and no breeding rights.  She is gorgeous and loving, but she is now at risk through no fault of her own.

Can you help us to help Fiona?  We have some loving, lifetime homes that want to adopt her where she will be spayed and live her life as a pet.  We need financial help to buy her back from the situation she is in, as her "newest" owner is seeing dollar signs from what he can make by using her to produce puppies for him. 

Please help!  All donated funds will be used to help pull Fiona from the situation she is in, vet checks and spay, and transportation to her new home.  Every dollar helps!  If you cannot donate, please share this post on social media so that we can help save Fiona.  

Donations can be sent via PayPal to  Make sure you mark it as a "gift" and specify that it is for Fiona.  We are also accepting donations through GoFundMe.  Thank you for your help. 

Boerboels in Snow

The dogs enjoy playing in the snow. They like it much more than I do!

Jaf (Quo Vadis Barracuda) in the snow