Before you choose a breeder, try to visit as many adult Boerboels as possible.  If you contact the club, we will try to put you in touch with people in your area.

Once you’ve met some Boerboels in the flesh, contact breeders to see when they will be expecting their next litter, or contact the club again as we will generally know what litters are due.



The Boerboel is not currently registered with the UK or Irish Kennel Clubs and cannot be shown in the UK.  It should be birth registered with one of the recognised South African Breed Organisations and then appraised against a breed standard once it reaches 12 months of age.

New “registries” set up by breeders who have exhausted their relationships with the recognised registries, or simply want to take more of your money, will give you paperwork that is virtually worthless.  If you intend to breed at some point you will not then be able to register pups with the recognised registries and will struggle to home them.

More information about upcoming appraisals can be found on the events page.



The UKBC maintains a list of Accredited Breeder members, who have signed our Breeder Code of Ethics.  This means that their breeding dogs:

  • Are at least 18 months old
  • Have acceptable hip and elbow scores, which are verified by UKBC, and they will be publicly published in any advertising by the Accredited Breeder of upcoming breeding/puppies
  • Are free from entropion and ectropion, and verified by UKBC
  • In the case of bitches, they are certified free of vaginal hyperplasia, and verified by UKBC
  • To the best of the breeders’ knowledge, are free from major genetic defects and are of sound temperament.
  • The dogs will also have passed an appraisal, have full registration papers issued by Studbook in South Africa, and verified by UKBC
  • UKBC Accredited Breeders will also provide a comprehensive health guarantee for the puppy.  (Whilst some other breeders may do this, please take care to read thoroughly what is contained in that guarantee.)
Living on average about 10 to 12 years
Few reported hereditary diseases or disorders
Prone to hip dysplasia
Prone to elbow dysplasia



An important point to note is whether an owner has to return the dog in order to be compensated for any health problem – how likely is it that you will be willing to give up your beloved companion?

If you are dealing with a breeder who has not signed the Code of Ethics be sure to ask them why not and whether they conform to the UKBC guidelines.  You can then make an informed decision as to whether to buy.



Whichever breeder you choose, always make sure that you get a copy of the parents’ registration papers and hip and elbow scores when you book your puppy so that there can be no misunderstandings.


Question you exhaustively to make sure you are a suitable owner


Be honest about the weak points of the parents – no dog is perfect


Not sell two male puppies to a pet/companion home

UKBC Accredited Breeders

All the breeders listed below have signed the UKBC Breeder Code of Ethics, which requires them to abide by the UKBC minimum health standards and ethics.

Claymore Boerboels
Garry & Tracy Lilburn

Glynglas Boerboels
Michel Thompson & David Parkin

Accredited Stud Dogs:-
Claymore Benson
Contact: Gillian Downton

Claymore Bilbo
Contact: Dave and Penny Murcott

Sunny Bank Boerboels
Mark Hardwick & Eva Veselá

UK Boerboels
Dolph and Elaine Carstens