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Old 02-02-2008, 04:46 AM
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Default Borzoi v Greyhound personality

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I didn't want to hijack the greyhound thread but saw mention of borzois difference in temperament to greyhounds and I'd love to hear what observations anyone here has to share.
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:57 AM
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i think they're VERY different. Borzois seem more eager-to-please than greyhounds. While Borzois ARE sighthounds, i think they lack a lot of typical sighthound characteristics (they seem to have less of a stubborn streak and be a bit more working-dog like than other hounds).

i don't have a lot of experience with either breed, though. That's just an observation.
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Old 02-02-2008, 07:41 PM
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Thank you so much for your reply. I've been dying to ask someone who would know the difference between the two for ages.
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:15 PM
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In our experience, there is a huge variety of temperaments and drives within the individuals of both breeds.

Supposedly borzoi are reserved, quiet, and laid back. For the most part that is true of Strider, except for the reserved part. He is extremely extroverted and loves to be the center of attention, and doesn't care who it is coming from. Just within his litter, there was a huge range of temperaments. He has a bro that was VERY active and outgoing, more like a border collie in a borzoi body, there was one brother that just laid on the ground like a pancake and refused to get up and play, or move, or anything. He just liked to sleep, and stretch. Strider is in-between those two. He also has another brother who hates meeting new people, likes to have his own space, hates to leave the house, etc. There were so many personality and energy level extremes in that litter it is hard to say what you are going to end up with when you look at the breed as a whole. Strider and his border collie wannabe brother are both extremely handler oriented, very food, toy and praise motivated, thus easy to train. I have also met borzoi that were just kind of indifferent to everyone around except their one human, and only when that one human had something they wanted such as a favorite toy, or a leash.

The same thing seems to apply to greyhounds. I think Sismorphine said once that there is a greyhound out there to fit every person, and I think that is true. When we were looking into adopting one and started meeting dogs we found a huge variety of personalities, energy levels, and drives.
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:17 PM
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Thanks Romy
My impression from borzois @shows is they seem to have this look of "why am I here?" LOL
I've wanted a borzoi since I was 18 (am 44 now) and while I became a hardened dobe person have always been wondering what it would be like to live w/my original dream dog. The space cadet thing & hair has also gotten in the way of my pursuit.
Then after our dobe girl we met a bunch of greyhounds and fell in love w/their "ohm-ness".
While I absolutely love the humor & brains (and little hair) of a dobe I'm waiting for the day we might add a cush to the family.
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