Boerboels are an intelligent and energetic breed. They are loyal, great with kids and tend to be protective of their family and territory. They are quite charming when not being lazy, and will not hesitate to defend their loved ones to the death. They are often called "Velcro" dogs, always wanting to be with their owners, and so, are not prone to wandering off on their own. The Boerboel also requires training and firm handling from an early age.