7. THE LUMBER REGION, LOIN
It is short, straight and muscular, and slightly narrower than the chest and rump.
The flanks are well filled, only moderately tucked up and the depth is slightly less than the length of the loin.
8. THE RUMP, CROUP
The rump is broad, strong, muscular and in proportion to the rest of the dog.
Its height should not exceed the height at the withers. The top line drops slightly towards the tail.
The croup is broad and flat to provide a fulcrum (axel) towards powerful reach of the hind legs.
The tail is thick and set fairly high. It should be well covered with hair and without kink.
Tails are traditionally docked but undocked tails are acceptable. Docking takes place at the 3rd or 4th caudal vertebrae.
The natural tail should reach approximately to the hocks when the dog is standing.
9. LEGS AND FEET
Weak and malformed limbs jeopardize the physical functionality that is required of the Boerboel and should be discriminated against.
10. THE FORELIMBS
Are strong boned, with well-defined muscles and sturdy joints.
Should be correctly angulated from the well-sloped shoulder blade down to the metacarpus (pastern).
Should form a vertical line from the point of the shoulder down to the paws, with the elbows held close and parallel to the chest when viewed from the front.
Seen from the side the forearm should be vertical from the elbow to the carpus. The metacarpus is short, thick and strong and angles very slightly forward.
The forepaws point straight forward, are large, round, strongly boned and compact.
The toes are well arched, with curved black toenails and protected by hair in between. The pads are thick, tough and black.
11. THE HINDLIMBS
Are strong boned, sturdy and muscular.
The joints should be sound, strong and correctly angulated to support the powerful propulsion from the hindquarters during movement.
The upper thighs are broad, deep and muscular as seen from the side and the rear.
The lower thighs have well defined muscles and show substance down to the hocks.
The metatarsus is broad, relatively short and perfectly upright. The front is in a vertical line with the rear of the rump.
From the rear the profile of the hindquarters should form an inverted U, with the stifles pointing straight forward and the hocks straight backwards.
The hind paws point straightforward, are slightly smaller than the forepaws but have the same quality.
The movement is strong, purposeful, buoyant and fluent, with comfortable reach in front and rear.
The legs and body should move in line front to rear. The feet moves closer to a center line as speed increases, forming a V shape in the observers mind.
Whilst converging towards the center line of travel, the legs should never cross.
At all gaits the top line is firm and strong, without swaying, or dipping in the middle, and without excess body roll.
Weak, unsound or plodding movement should not be tolerated.
13. THE SKIN
The skin is thick and loose but fits smoothly.
A small dewlap is permissible and moderate wrinkles over the forehead when the dog shows interest.