The head is impressive and a distinctive feature of the Boerboel.
It is blocky, broad, deep, fairly short and in proportion to the body.
It is muscular with well-filled cheeks.
The roof of the cranium (skull) is square, flat and muscular.
The zygomatic arch (cheekbone) is well muscled, but not too prominent.
The stop is definite, but not prominent, gradually sloping and well filled between the eyes.
It should not be steep, or an almost straight line between the nose and the occiput.
The muzzle is broad, deep, well attached, filled below the eyes and narrows slightly towards the nose. The top line is straight and almost on a parallel plane with the cranial roof.
The muzzle measures slightly more than a third of the total length of the head (approx. 10cm for the male and 8cm for the female of ideal height).
The nostrils are large and widely spaced, with the septum (vertical line) of the nose perpendicular to the lower jaw.
The jaws are strong, deep and wide, and taper slightly to the front.
The teeth are white, strong, correctly spaced with complete dentition and a scissors bite (limited undershot discriminated against; overshot unacceptable) .
The upper lip is loose and fleshy. It just covers the lower lip and teeth in the front but should not hide the underline of the lower jaw on the sides.
The lower lip is moderately tight without excessive jowls.
The eyes are medium sized, round, forward facing and widely spaced, with an intelligent expression.
It is well protected against the environment by firm and black-pigmented eyelids, showing no structural weaknesses.
The color of the eye is preferably dark brown but all shades of brown (preferably darker than the pelt) are acceptable.
The ears are set wide and high and are carried close to the head.
They are V-shaped with a broad base tapering to a rounded point that reaches almost down to a line extending from the mouth.
When the dog is attentive, the top of the ears and the skull, in between, should form a straight line.
The facial expression should be intelligent, attentive and confident (not evasive, shy or threatening).
4. THE NECK
The neck is powerful, of medium length, strong muscled and with a pronounced crest.
(In the female the muscles are less accentuated but should remain in balance with the head and body).
It is set medium high, flows smoothly into the sloping withers and forms a unit with the head and shoulders.
The dewlap is noticeable but disappears towards the sternum.
5. THE BODY
The body is approximately 15% longer than the height and is measured horizontally, from the point of the shoulder to a vertical line at the rear of the rump.
(The length of the chest, loin and rump is approximately proportioned 2:1:1).
It is blocky, muscular, solid and has good depth and width.
The back is broad and straight, with pronounced muscles that form an imperceptible arch in the top line over the lumber region.
The brisket reaches down to the point of the elbow, which is approximately half the total height at the withers.
The transitions between the chest, loin and rump are well filled and flowing.
The chest is long, broad and deep, with well-sprung ribs and strong developed pectoral muscles. It is filled behind the shoulder blades.
The point of the sternum is level with the point of the shoulder.
The shoulder blades should be well-attached (not loose).