Borzoi vs Greyhound

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
9 to 14 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

Very High

Best For

Borzoi are best for people without very young kids (they don't typically mix well with kids under 6), who don't have other pets and live in homes with fenced yards.

Borzoi Temperament

The Borzoi is an independent, strong-willed dog breed with the regal air and gracefulness that are unmistakable traits of a sighthound. (Sighthounds hunt by sight not scent.) They love their families but do like to do things their way and will definitely be up for a small-critter chase if the...

The Borzoi is an independent, strong-willed dog breed with the regal air and gracefulness that are unmistakable traits of a sighthound. (Sighthounds hunt by sight not scent.) They love their families but do like to do things their way and will definitely be up for a small-critter chase if they ever have the opportunity—and they may not come when you call until the chase is complete. So, it’s important they are always on a leash when they’re out and about. But these pups aren’t aggressive; they don’t typically bite and are quite gentle. When not running, they love nothing more than to collapse on the couch for a long nap.

Although they’re quite mellow, this dog may not be the best choice for families with children. Young kids tend to play roughly, and Borzois will match their energy, potentially injuring the child. Although proper (and early!) socialization can go a long way to help them get used to being around kids, you should always supervise their playtime. Borzoi also do best in homes without cats or other small pets (they will chase them!). You may notice a tendency to be aloof around strangers, but again, socialization can help them be comfortable around new people and other pets. (Still, they’ll never be as friendly as a Lab.)

Borzoi Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 13 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Low

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Greyhound dogs are best for first-time pet parents with or without kids and babies and homes with a large yard where these track stars can run around. They get along with other dogs, but they...

Greyhound dogs are best for first-time pet parents with or without kids and babies and homes with a large yard where these track stars can run around. They get along with other dogs, but they are not a good fit for homes with cats, as they have a deep instinct to chase.

Greyhound Temperament

Greyhounds (aka English Greyhounds) are friendly, gentle dogs who aren’t known to be aggressive. That makes them great with (well-behaved) children, but, coupled with the fact that they aren’t big barkers, it also means they shouldn’t be your first pick for a guard dog. This dog b...

Greyhounds (aka English Greyhounds) are friendly, gentle dogs who aren’t known to be aggressive. That makes them great with (well-behaved) children, but, coupled with the fact that they aren’t big barkers, it also means they shouldn’t be your first pick for a guard dog.

This dog breed has spurts of energy they need to get rid of (off-leash) throughout the day, but once their energy is depleted, they’re quiet and calm. Unless you’re a rabbit or a squirrel, they are a pretty chill breed who will lie at your feet when you’re relaxing at home. Sure, they like to play, and it’s great to engage your Greyhound with toys and fun, but you won’t need to throw a ball down a hallway for hours on end like the always-on Border Collie, for example.

Because Greyhounds are sighthounds (dogs who hunt by sight instead of by scent), they were bred to pursue game independently of their human hunting buddies. That means they have a rather independent streak, so proper training and early socialization will help them be well-mannered members of the family. That instinct to chase also means they don’t mix well with cats, but they generally do well with other dogs.

Greyhound Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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