The South African Boerboels are born with the natural instinct to guard and dominate or be the leader of the pack. The Boerboel is only reacting to things out of a natural reaction to what it sees and with just a little work and training can be taught to react or not to react in certain ways with ease. I am speaking from experience here because of my experience with working with several other breeds of dog and with a few Boerboels including our Boerboels. A South African Boerboel (male or female) is born knowing right from wrong only not the way we see things. This makes it very important to socialize your Boerboel if you want your him or her to be more of a house and play dog than a guard dog. Not that they will not guard you in the home because they will still do this as well.