Saluki vs Borzoi

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 17 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Salukis are best suited for active pet parents who ideally live in quiet homes with a fenced yard. These handsome animals also do best in homes without other small animals (e.g. bunnies, hamsters, etc)...

Salukis are best suited for active pet parents who ideally live in quiet homes with a fenced yard. These handsome animals also do best in homes without other small animals (e.g. bunnies, hamsters, etc) or young or excitable children.

Saluki Temperament

The Saluki temperament is typically quiet and reserved. As such, this breed doesn’t tend to be super talkative; it’s rare to come across a Saluki who’s a big barker. They play well with other dogs, but they may be shy until they get to know a fam...

The Saluki temperament is typically quiet and reserved. As such, this breed doesn’t tend to be super talkative; it’s rare to come across a Saluki who’s a big barker. They play well with other dogs, but they may be shy until they get to know a familiar face. While they’re watchful animals who may alert you when something’s amiss at home, they’re a bit too delicate to be an effective guard dog. Despite high levels of intelligence, Salukis are also not typically employed as service or therapy dogs.

Salukis are usually gentle with children, but they may be sensitive to over-stimulation or excessive attention from very young or excitable kids. They aren’t likely to bite, but they’re also just not into being smothered with physical affection or in situations with handsy or rambunctious little ones. Lassie, the Saluki is not.

Another defining characteristic can by their standoffishness with strangers, even though they often become quite fond of those in the household. In fact, they tend to bond with one family member in particular. (Beware, you jealous types!) They can suffer from separation anxiety if this person leaves home for extended periods, so the ideal pet parent will be able to commit to consistent face-time in this relationship.

The loyal and companionable Saluki can make a wonderful family dog. That said, they’re not a fit for families with other small animals due to their strong prey drive and chase instincts, which are common in sighthounds. (If you’ve got a bunny or guinea pig that runs loose at home, a Saluki is not going to be a friendly roommate. Think “Odd Couple” of the mammalian set.) These traits also mean that Salukis need to be kept on a leash at all times unless they’re in a safe, enclosed space. Got a flimsy fence? That’s not gonna cut it with this breed. You’ll want one that’s at least six feet in height.

Saluki 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:
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
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