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Boerboel Mastiff (short coat)  : :  Male (neutered)

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About Ben

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Adoption Fee: $325
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Fawn
  • Current Size: 130 Pounds
  • Current Age: 6 Years 2 Months (best estimate)
  • Housetrained: Yes


Ben is a 125 lb South African Boerboel.  He is 6 years old, neutered, and ready for a new home!

Ben loves attention and love.  He adores affection and being with his people as much as possible. Oh, and treats.  He likes treats!

Dislikes: Ben isn't a fan of other dogs.  He's ok with certain dogs, but is really a monogomous fella who prefers an exclusive relationship with his humans. He's also not a fan of those that jab needles in him and judge him by his weight.  He does need to be sedated when he visits those types of people at the vets office - it helps him relax around them a bit.

Personality: Ben is very loving, gentle, and sweet.  He's very calm the majority of the time and is quite the velcro dog.  He's the definition of a "big baby."

Temperament: He's super smart and eager to please but, true to his breed, does have a stubborn side.

Energy Level: Ben is generally very calm.  He can be playful but doesn't need a ton of exercise.  He'd lay in bed all day or romp in the yard and be perfectly happy.

Favorite activities: "Stalking" his person, being outside, rolling in the grass, and receiving attention and affection.

Good with cats, dogs, and kids (over 6)? Cats unknown. Kids, yes! Dogs, nope! Ben would like to be the K9 King of his castle.

Not good with: Other dogs & vet visits.  

Housetrained: Yes!

Crate trained? Yes! 

Requires a fenced yard (physical fence and/or invisible fence)? Would prefer a physical fence.

Walks well on a leash? Yes!

Challenges: Ben shows high stress in extreme excitement situations.  Meeting new people can be challenging as he is hand shy - his foster mom is happy to speak to potential adopters about these challenges in detail.

Any medical issues? No

What would be the best kind of home for Ben? A calm, quiet home without a lot of chaos and drama would be ideal for Ben.  His new family should be willing to work with him and devote time to him.  Large breed experience is a plus, especially since the Beorboel breed can be stubborn and comes with their own set of unique breed traits. He deserves a family that will stick with him.  He is an exquisite boy who has a lot of love to offer as a solo pet and will make someone incredibly happy!

Application Fees, Adoption Donations and Rescue Policy:

Please know that 100% of our fees and donations pay for the costs of rescuing dogs. These include, but are not limited to: pull fees from shelters, veterinary examinations, vaccinations, medications and care, microchips, neuter/spay surgeries, heartworm treatments, behavior evaluations, and foster care, as needed.

Our rescue policy requires the following:

  • Adopters must have their primary residence in one of the following states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and parts of North Carolina.
  • We will not adopt a giant breed dog to homes where the dog will have access to highly varnished hardwood steps inside the home. Any inside steps to which the dog(s) have access, must have carpeting, securely fixed stair treads, or a non-skid surface. We encourage you to remediate potential safety issues while your application is under review, prior to the home visit.
  • Methods or devices using pain or force on the dog to control the dog, or to deter undesirable behavior is prohibited.
  • Applications for giant breed dogs must be submitted by the property owner.
  • Homes with children under 6 years of age will not be approved for adoption.
  • Homes with children should have a fenced yard.
  • Pets currently in the applicant's home must have a history of appropriate veterinary care. Veterinary records will be checked.
  • All references must be checked before any visitation of the dog is permitted at the foster home.
  • All family members must be present during the home visit to the applicant's home.
  • Any dog(s) in the applicant's home must have an introductory meeting with the rescue dog being considered, before any adoption can be completed.
  • Homes with intact dogs will not be approved for adoption. Exceptions to this policy can be found on the Adoptable Dog Page.

For additional information please review our FAQs or contact

Mastiffs To Mutts Rescue reserves the right to approve or deny any adoption that occurs through this organization without disclosure.  We reserve the right to make exceptions for special circumstances.

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