Boerboel export feud laid to rest

Boerboel export feud laid to rest – Recently a dispute has highlighted serious issues raised by international demand of the South African Boerboel.(Previous article:

Boerboel export feud laid to rest

An angry American buyer and an outraged South African breeder this week apparently laid to rest a very public dispute over boerboels and so kept it out of the courts of both countries.  This is according to an article by Mail & Guardian.

Even though the dispute was resolved the long-term future of the lucrative trade in boerboels remains at stake.

It all started late last year when Mpumalanga breeder Pierro Erwee sent six dogs to Colorado without the medical and ownership paperwork. The dogs arrived severely traumatised and apparently had been mistreated, according to United States breeder Paul Riebe.

Riebe took his complaint online to forums where boerboels are advertised for sale. He also lodged an official complaint with the South African department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, which is responsible for the regulation of trade.

Riebe had demanded a full refund of the $13 000 (about R200 000) he said he had paid for the dogs.

Erwee initially reacted furiously to the allegations and laid the blame for the condition of the dogs at Riebe’s door. “I sent perfect dogs that are well taken care of,” Erwee wrote in a Facebook post. “Did I make a mistake by selling dogs to Paul Riebe? Yes, I did. He does not deserve one of my dogs. Because he doesn’t have respect for people or himself.”

A week after the Mail & Guardian first contacted him, Erwee made a sudden about-turn, saying he had resolved the dispute with Riebe.

“Paul Riebe said he’s happy with the dogs. They are 100%. It was just stress from the flight that affected the dogs’ condition.”

Riebe confirmed this: “Forgive and forget … we moved forward with this business together. Pierro is doing good things. It’s a ton of money and I lost a bunch giving some of the dogs away. That’s R101 775.”

But Mamabolo did reject Erwee’s suggestion that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing. “I do not know about that. Where did he win the case?”

At issue is more than a single business dispute. International demand for boerboels has shot up since 2011, and a new generation of breeders has entered the market in response to it.

A South African breeder with nearly two decades of experience, who did not want to be named, said the newcomers had been attracted by prices that have reached about R130 000 for a single animal.

That, in turn, has attracted “unethical breeders” willing to exploit loopholes – of which there is no shortage.

“I didn’t send through the paperwork because I still had two dogs with me,” Erwee said of his original dispute with Riebe. “Once he settled the outstanding amount, I sent the papers to him.”

The trade is regulated in conjunction with the South African Boerboel Breeders’ Society (SABBS). The breeders’ society confirmed the dogs had been shipped without the necessary paperwork.

This was not an uncommon practice, according to Koos van der Westhuizen, a board member of the breeders’ society, because delays in formalising paperwork led to increased shipping costs.

The experienced boerboel breeder said that in 2011 the society had decided against a proposal to establish a mechanism to confirm purebred status with DNA testing, and to require that dogs be microchipped to ensure accountability and to keep track of their trade.

Original Article Mail & Guardian

Boerboel export feud laid to rest


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