About Boerboel Rescue

The Boerboel Rescue page was created to help Boerboels in need. Sharon purchased her first Boerboel eight years ago, and added a second one five years ago. I am not a breeder. This blog is my way of giving back to the community in the hope that we can help save and rescue Boerboels in their time of need. We also operate an online retail store for pet supplies, ShopForPuppy.com, where a portion of each sale is given back to the Rescue community to help support rescue efforts of all breeds of dogs.

Thank you for visiting this site, and thank you for your kindness towards dogs of all breeds, especially in their time of need.

This is a photo of my two Boerboels.  The breed is very active, and do not fit the stereotype of lazy mastiffs!  Note they are 5 and 7 years old in this photo.  If you have the time to work with them and some room for them to romp, they are a wonderful breed.  Thank you for considering adoption!

South African Boerboels

South African Boerboels

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66 Responses to About Boerboel Rescue

  1. Kristina Trembley says:

    I reached out to you a few days ago about our boerboel with behavioral issues. Was just wondering what the next steps are about surrendering ours. I talk with my significant other and we both feel this is the best option for Junior. He deserves a happier life and we would like to start the process as soon as we can. Thank you so much.

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  2. paul lapides says:

    why so many boerboels for rescue ? this is a pretty rare breed, didn’t people do their homework before getting one? none of them seem to know dogs much less boerboels shame on them

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  3. Pam says:

    Hi I filled out the form under the puppies last week but I’m not sure when I can expect to hear anything back from you. Please let me know that you at least received it.
    Thank you so much for doing this for such a fantastic breed.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for your inquiry…Ariel was adopted a few months ago. Our rescue has a handsome 1 year old male Cane Corso mix male if you think it might be a good fit..

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  5. Stacy Baltimore says:

    I truly love the Boerbel I currently raise Fila Brasileiros & am very impressed with the Boerbel & have decided that it will be my next addition but it must be a puppy do the pack mentality my male Fila would only be comfortable with a puppy

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  6. Jechelle Stevenson Ortiz says:

    Call or email anytime. 412-551-4111 Jechelle

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  7. Melanie Cantu says:

    How can I contact you? I am a Boerboel breeder, trying to help someone rehome an a puppy.

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  8. Jejchelle Ortiz says:

    Hello. We are former BB owners. We have experience with BB’s and other large dominant breeds. We’ve worked with professional dog behavorists and dog trainers. We are an active family with 4 children. We began researching the breed a few years before making a major life change from the city to the country. We knew we needed a guard dog that could also truly be an indoor family companion. We have been taken by their intelligence, loyalty and beauty. We have a nice sized property with plenty of room for large dogs to romp. We are interested in adopting at least one BB but we have room in our hearts and space in our lives and a place suited for more. We are currently replenishing an old family farm. Currently we just have handful chickens and guinea hens. We’d ove nothing more than to have 2 or 3 BB’s active with us as we rebuild.

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      Hi Jejchelle,

      Thank you for your interest in rescuing a Boerboel. Many of the dogs we list are owner surrenders. At the bottom of each dog’s listing will be a Contact Form. If there are any dogs that you are interested in, just complete the Contact Form and an e-mail will be sent to me and the owner of that specific dog. Check back often as we are always posting new dogs that need homes.

      We also list courtesy cross posts of some Boerboels that are either in a shelter or with a Rescue. On those ones, the contact information will be at the bottom of the listing. Just contact the shelter or Rescue and let them know you are interested.

      Thanks again for considering adoption!

      Sharon

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  9. Stefanie says:

    I have a female boerboel that has been fixed. She will be 2yrs old on July 31st of this year. She was working as one of my service dogs but has become way to protective of me. She has bite one nephew n neice of mine. Luckily they werent hurt. It could have been very bad. Both instances the kids came running towards me unexpectedly and Omaha sprung into action. I just recently had her go through a board n train. But when it comes to close quarters she is all about protection. I dont want to put her down or give her up. I just dont know what to do. Thought about a rescue or finding someone where she would be only dog, no kids type family. Really feel as though i have failed her and struggling with if i give her another chance it could be very bad if she bites another person.

    I am a vet struggling physically and psychologically and between her n peyton male presa canario they have done wonders for me. I swore to them i would always be just as loyal to them as they have been to me. Am I giving up to easily?

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  10. Sean says:

    I live in East Tennessee. I currently own a male boerboel and am very familiar with the breed. I have land for them to roam on and am financially capable of providing for multiple. Of anyone in the south east knows of any needing a home let me know. My email is elliottsd@goldmail.etsu.edu

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  11. Iwona says:

    There is Boerboel stuck in Chicago Animal Control. I checked with. A bullmastiff rescue and they said he was a Boerboel. He is an unaltered male. He was available for rescue but now he is not. He is still there. I so wish there was a way to get him out before he is euthanized. Maybe he is missing from somewhere. Is there a place where they post missing ones?

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      I was not able to find him on their website. There is no site for “Lost and Found” for Boerboels, but generally if one is lost (or found), we would post it on the multiple Facebook pages for Boerboels. If you have a link or if you know he is still there, please let me know. Thanks!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you for responding. They removed him from the CACC Transfer Team website, which is ran by volunteers at the Chicago Animal Control. He was in their “available for rescue ” album when they suddenly removed him from the album and also from the petharbor stray or lost dog search site. Usually when pets are removed from petharbor, it means they were put down, but not necessarily. I heard he may still be at the facility, but may have been moved to another section, and is no longer available for rescue. I think the only way for someone missing a Boerboel to find out for sure, would be to go for one of their missing dog tours. he was an unaltered male with a black mask. I have a picture of him that I can submit.

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      • Iwona Konczak says:

        Thank you for responding. I wrote a response on the website and here’s the only picture I have of the male Boerboel at the Chicago Animal Control. They removed his link and information from petharbor but someone told me he may still be at the facility, but no longer available for rescue. Sadly, CACC is a high kill shelter. I just hope he is still alive. I can always request information through FOIA. The facility also has lost pet tours so this could be another way to see if he is still there. He was unaltered and had a black mask. He was very beautiful.

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  12. Alisa says:

    Hi, I volunteer with a rescue group in San Diego, CA, and we recently rescued what we thought was a Bull Mastiff mix. Turns out Ari is a petite 1-2 year old female Boerboel, very petite at 65 lbs…she might be under one year as her paws are quite large and she is very puppyish in her play/behavior. She is currently in a foster home with a male pit/lab mix and they get along great. After reading about the breed, we would love for her to go to a breed savvy family. Ari is house trained, crate trained, good with other friendly dogs, but true to the breed, can be suspicious of strangers. We had her work with a trainer/behaviorist, and she is super smart and looks for direction from a confident person. She’s a gorgeous fawn girl and very silly and sweet . Thanks, alisa

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      Hi Alisa, Can you send some photos to coolfitwear @ gmail.com, and I will get her listed for you. Thanks!

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    • Donna and Tom News says:

      We have a 17 mo old Boerboel and we love him so much. We have been talking about getting a female playmate. Can you tell me how an adoption would work. We are in PA. So not sure of how we would transport. Do you have any photos?

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  13. DOLORES TURNER says:

    Sharon, my name is “Dee” Turner and I lost my own dog, Miya, last Saturday. She was 15 & a Border Collie/Australian Shepard mix. I am grieving her but I am interested in a Boerboel as a possible next companion. So, l am trying to learn all I can about them. I live in Foresthill, CA, in the foothills on about an acre of land. I am retired, in good health, and very active (square and round dancing are my hobbies). I would love to have a puppy so I could also get a kitten and raise them together. Dee

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      Hi Dee, I will keep you in mind for a Boerboel. Please consider following the blog. This way you will get notified immediately when a new Boerboel is posted. Thank you for considering adoption!

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  14. Beth says:

    Hi Sharon, there is a female posted on your site named Molly. She is no longer available so you can pull her bio. I’ve had a couple emails this week about her and I didn’t realize she was still listed.

    Thank you!
    Beth

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  15. Marc says:

    I found a Male Boerboel on Craigslist and went to look at him, as I look Mastiff breeds. When I got there he was cabled to a tree and part of the cable was wrapped several times around his leg. I took the cable off and noticed he had chunks out of his hide. To make matters worse the left white of his eye was completely bloody. All the meanwhile there was a hug pitbull on a chain going absolutely nuts, growling, barking and spit flying.
    I was told he was 7 months old and had never been given a name or lived outside of a crate for any length of time. I was furious at this point and asked how much they wanted, I paid them as quick as I could, sick to my stomach the entire time. I then loaded him in the car, left and did not look back. He is very scared, traumatized and does not have any socialization. I don’t think I have the time and skill to help him, but I absolutely could not leave him there. If anyone can help or know of a place that can, please let me know. Some people should never have animals of any type.

    Thank you in advance,
    Marc

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  16. Rebecca says:

    Help please!
    I need help finding a rescue for my 5-6 year old boerboel female .
    We’ve been having some issues with her and our older dog in the home. And we had an incident last night at home.
    Not many places around me will take her breed in… and I am at a loss as to what to do.

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  17. Angie Persch says:

    I have a 1 yo Boerbol female that I am looking to place in a rescue that knows the breed. She was pulled from a high kill shelter in Ga that thought she was a boxer mix. I contacted mastiff rescue but they informed me she is Boerbol. We are a small rescue in Al and I have 18 dogs right now. She is a good girl but needs someone that knows the breed and how to work with her. Please let me know if you can help. She is utd, spayed, hw- and had her cherry eyes fixed.

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  18. NIkki says:

    hi there

    I am needing help with re-homing my boerboel, she is 4 years old mizpah boerboel from kroonstad, she is beautiful, grown up with kids, other dogs, in a busy house hold. I have spent lots of time with her, putting strict rules in place so she remains kind and gentle. The security estate we moving into doesn’t allow the boerboel breed.

    please can you help me find a new home for her

    regards
    Nikki

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      Hi Nikki, I sent an e-mail to you. Let me know if you don’t get it. I can list your girl, but it will be helpful if we can post some pictures. Thanks! Good luck with finding a new home for your girl. I know it is a difficult decision, so I will try to help as much as I can.

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  19. Christian Delgado says:

    Hello,

    I have a South African Mastiff (Boerboel) who is about to turn 6 years old named Bruno. He weighs about 130 pounds. I have had him since he was three months and got him from a breeder in South Africa. I love everything about the breed but I think he has become too much to handle for me and my family. When we first got him, my wife became pregnant with my first child. It was something unexpected and was really bad timing. He was very difficult to train since I didn’t have that much time. Lately, his behavior has been getting worse and he’s becoming very destructive. He is also very aggressive towards everyone who is not part of the family which is something that worries me. I have my own cleaning company and have been really busy with it the last two years. Right now it is especially busy because I am trying to expand the company and I’ve been working 12 hour shifts. I wanted to reach out to you guys to see if there was anything that I could do about Bruno. I know he is too much for me to handle and I don’t have enough time to take care of him. I searched some pet rescue centers here in San Diego (which is where I live) and this was one of the ones that stood out. I have thought about taking him to the pound but I wanted to see if there was any other alternative. Please let me know if you guys or if you know any other pet rescue centers that would be willing to take a South African Mastiff.

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  20. E says:

    HI there, I was hoping you might be able to help! Im with Bullmastiff rescue. We were contacted about a dog at the Tri County Shelter in Maryland. One of our volunteers went and evaluated/id’ her today. She is missing hair and overweight but a total sweetheart. She is 2 years old and spayed. She is a Boerboel not a Bullmastiff. She was dumped in their night drop box about a week ago. This shelter doesnt adopt out bully breeds so she is a rescue only pull. Any thoughts? She is too sweet to be PTS for no reason. Thanks for any help!

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    • Debbie says:

      I wish I could. Having some health issues with one of my older Airedale’s right now and that is my complete focus emotionally and financially right now.. Sorry timing is not better.. 😦

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  21. Debbie says:

    I live in northern Ohio about 1 hr west of Erie Pa.. Possbily interested in meeting him..

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  22. Skylar Moore says:

    Hello and thanks for the wonderful things you do to help Boerboel’s in need. I have a 3.5 year old Boerboel named Atticus who is a magnificent looking Boerboel. He is 140 pounds, very muscular and we’ll proportioned. I feel very guilty that I do not have the proper time for him that he needs. I was recently laid off from my job and my new job requires me to work 6 days a week. Atticus needs more attention then I a able to give him. He is very protective of his family and when I am gone tends to be even more protective. I have a wife and 2 children that he does not obey when someone is at the door. He is very dominant and thinks he is in charge when I am away. Atticus is very playful and loyal but requires and strong owner who will be consistent with him. I am heart broken that I am even writing this but I need to find “Atti” a home that is better suited for him. I believe he would do best in a home with a large property and alot of attention. He could possibly live with other larger sturdy female dogs. He has a prey drive so would not be good with small dogs that run away or cats. He is leash trained however gets more protective on leash around strangers and dogs. He needs a large space to call his own. Atticus wants nothing more then to protect his territory, play fetch, be loved on, seriously loved on, I mean it’s pretty crazy how much he enjoys being petted, rubbed, scratched, and cuddled. He is just a great dog for the right home. I am willing to hold onto Atticus for as long as it takes to find him the proper environment to suit his needs. I love him dearly and want the best for him. Please let me know what my next steps are to start the process. Thank you

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      I sent you an e-mail so that I can get some additional information, and then I will post his information and network him to people who are looking to adopt a Boerboel. Hopefully we can find the perfect home for him.

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  23. Judith Greene says:

    Hi there, I have a very sweet boerboel who is only 85 lbs. She is 4 1/2 years old, and is now in a townhouse. She also needs room to run. She is a love, and we are heartbroken, but we must find Sadie a good home. She is also leash adhesive and not a freest walker, although she is getting better. She also has allergies, but they are under control with sublingual vaccines. Please, please we need help!

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  24. D Burrows says:

    Hi! We have a sweet female Boerboel that we got through Bull Mastiff rescue. We are trying find out where she came from. I know it’s a long shot but she has a small symbol tattooed on her belly. She was found in Florida as a stray. I was wondering if in your work with rescue if you have found dogs with specific tattoos that came from specific kennels.

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      I am not aware of any Boerboel breeders that tattoo their dogs,, but I will check around for you. Good for you for rescuing! I would love to see photos of your girl.

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      I asked around to some breeders and owners of Boerboels. Some people said that vets will tattoo a dog when it is neutered or spayed. Some tattoos have been a line or an S meaning spayed. Apparently there is a shelter in TX that tattoos females with a pink line indicating spayed. A shelter in NJ neutered a male Boerboel and tattooed a blue line next to his man parts.

      Could your girl’s tattoo be an indicator of a spay? So far, no one has known any breeders that have tattooed their dogs. If you want to e-mail photos privately, you can send them to info @ shopforpuppy.com. I would be interested in seeing pictures of your girl.

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  25. Debra mills says:

    Please help. My son has a Boerboel. Lives by Destin Fl. It is a very frustrated pup. No space to play. Kept in a kennel so much. bit h on Saturday. Will be put down if we cannot find somewhere to take him. I think he’s just frustrated and bored

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      Hi Debra, I can probably help. Please do not put him down or take him to a shelter until we have had a chance to chat. I have some qualified and screened homes that are looking to adopt, and some of them are on farms where your boy can get more exercise. I tried sending you an e-mail, but I do not know if I have your correct e-mail address. If you can contact me at info @ shopforpuppy.com, it will be appreciated.

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  26. Laura says:

    Hello, I need some advice for placing a wonderful 2 y.o. neutered male. Please email if possible.

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  27. Debbie says:

    I need to speak to someone regarding my 2 yr. old spayed female Boerboel in need of good home. She is wonderful & loving, my problem however is a ACL issue that is too costly for me to take on. She has an excellent temperment. I had imported her from South Africa from a AWESOME breeder.

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  28. Betty Walker says:

    My husband & I recently lost our Great Pyrenees and would be very interested in helping to home a rescued Boerboel anywhere in the SE. We live just north of Chattanooga TN, have 7 acres and a farm in the middle of the woods, and are very much in need of a protection dog and have a tremendous love and respect for these dogs. We do have outdoor and indoor cats, 2 other small rescue dogs, chickens and horses, so we would need a boerboel who was “family pet” friendly. If there is any way to get on your list of interested adoptees, can you please let us know what the requirements would be. We would love to hear from you. Thank you.. Betty Walker

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    • rebecca tarlton says:

      we have a 4 yr old neutered boerboel max who has never shown the slightest aggression to goats, cats or other dogs. we are in Georgia. I got max from a breeder in south Carolina and he has been with us since 8 weeks. he has no known health issues. he has been an indoor dog with me, but has been on acreage when he is with his dog sitter at times. we will be moving and travelling frequently in the near future and will not be able to take him with us. thanks
      Rebecca T.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Rebecca thank you for your thoughtful response. Bill and I would very much like to speak further with you about Max. The cursory indicators you’ve mentioned are very positive. We do realize that comfortable co-habitation with other animals are subject to the abilities of a responsible owner, and these learning potentialities may only be realized through a long term curve of proper development. I will wait to hear from you regarding this prospect at your leisure. We will accommodate all requests for site photographs of our home, barns, garage, and grounds. We will also accommodate your wish to visit us at any time subject to appointment. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

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      • bjw113@aol.com says:

        Rebecca thank you for your thoughtful response. Bill and I would very much like to speak further with you about Max. The cursory indicators you’ve mentioned are very positive. We do realize that comfortable co-habitation with other animals are subject to the abilities of a responsible owner, and these learning potentialities may only be realized through a long term curve of proper development. I will wait to hear from you regarding this prospect at your leisure. We will accommodate all requests for site photographs of our home, barns, garage, and grounds. We will also accommodate your wish to visit us at any time subject to appointment. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

        Sent from my iPhone

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  29. Tara green says:

    My husband is interested in adopting from you. How can we get info?

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  30. Elizabeth says:

    I near Atlanta ga
    If u need a foster home here please keep me in mind
    thank you

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  31. Michelle Ogburn says:

    Good morning,

    I am inquiring regarding some of the posts for boerboels needing forever homes. We lost ours about a month ago and he was the best dog we could have ever imagined. The breed is spectacular.

    A little bit about us. We have a house with a large yard on Long Island, NY. Both me and my husband work opposite shifts so someone is always home. We have 2 children ages 3 & 5 both very accustomed to their large sizes.

    We are looking for our next buddy and family member and willing to only adopt not purchase from a breeder. Please contact me so we can discuss any available dogs who will be perfect for both of us.

    Thank you!
    Michelle

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  32. There is a Boerboel in the Liberty Humance Society in Jersey City. He needs to get out of there quickly. Is there any way you can contact them and see if you can help? Please…

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    • Anonymous says:

      I am in WI. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to get all the way there to help him at this time. I’m truly sorry! If there is a pup in need closer to our area, I am still available.
      Good luck!!

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  33. Jamie says:

    My family and I were interested in fostering or adopting a boerboel in need. We live in WI; however, there is not a rescue in this area for the breed. I was curious whether you place dogs in the vicinity or are willing to?
    We are homeowners. We do not have small children. No cats and one dog (puppy). He is scheduled to be neutered in November as we do not breed.
    Please let me know if you have a contact in the Midwest or if you foster/adopt in this region.
    Thank you,
    Jamie

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    • ShopForPuppy says:

      Hi Jamie,

      Right now there are no Boerboel Rescues in each state, although sometimes there are dogs in WI and the Midwest. We can place dogs in your vicinity. You can check on this blog as I occasionally post dogs that are up for adoption. You might also want to check the Boerboel Rescue Facebook page. If necessary, we can also try to arrange transportation for a dog.

      If you see any particular dogs that you think you might have an interest in, just let me know and I will be able to give you additional information about the dog.

      Sharon

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  34. Len Short says:

    hi

    Relocation is forcing me to find a home for my beloved 2 y.o. neutered male. can you help me. He is a wonderful example of the breed and will make someone very happy.

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