Are they not owner oriented dogs?
They can be, it really depends on the dog. Males are more about the family, than females. They are good with strangers, but they may not want to be "buddy buddy" with them.
One of my last two dogs, herding and hunting breeds, was trained off leash (the herder was). They had better behavior and manners off leash than on, and never left my side when off leash. That is how they were trained from the get go. I realize the Borzoi is a different breed than what I owned, and that it is a hunting breed as well. Are they that instinct driven that they are unmanageable off leash?
Sight hounds are much diffrent than hurding type dogs. You have to be super hard core at training if you want them to stick near by. With some dogs the training will never work, because they have a very high prey drive.
I have an entire back seat of a sedan for the sole purpose of dogs, not people. I am aware of their large size (desire them, partially, because of their size) and I understand how much room they take up. I read they had silky fur. Is it hair like poodle or yorkie hair, or is it just fur (since they have two coats) that is long like any other "long haired" breed?
The hair is kinda like a yorkie, but it falls out a bit easier, and it takes a lot longer to grow out.
If I was looking for cheap, I would not be looking to buy a pure bred from a knowledgeable and trusted breeder. I very well understand that I will be forking out more than just a few hundred dollars (probably between $1,000.00-$2,000.00 actually, and upwards towards $3,000.00 if I want a particularly desirable color, as is my experience when shopping for less common hunting and herding breeds). I am also very well aware that GIANT sized dogs do not live as long as medium or large breeds do, and no where near as long as small breeds. 9-12 years is considered the norm for Borzois, some even living as long as 12-14 years. BUT, for a giant sized breed, they are particularly healthy and disease free, which is why this breed in particular has peeked my interest.
The best information your going to get is going to be from the breeder.
I realize that this is technically the first time I going to BUY a dog, but it is not the first time I have researched buying a pure breed dog. I am not going into this ignorant. I am doing my research. I have found a breeder that peaks my interest, but I have not stopped in my search for breeders, few as they seem to be of this particular breed.
Once again I will say, talk to the breeder. Breeders stick to gether, they know each other, they help each other out. If you have questions, they will be happy to talk to you all day about their breed. Good breeders, if they don't have what you want, will give you the # of some one that might.
I am looking for more detailed information about the breed by breed owners. I want more detailed information than what the AKC, the breed registries, and various breed and dog websites have to say about the breed, because it is all the same quoted information. I need more details.
I guess be a dog trainer, and future dog groomer, makes me stupid, so why waist my time trrying to give you the truth. As I said in my last post, they don't make this stuff up. There is a reason I posted in bold that not all dogs are the same. You could find one that is nothing like the norm or you could find one that fits it to a T.
Don't think I'm trying to make you not like the breed. I love the breed, I think they are great dogs, but I'm trying to give you the raw uneddited truth about them. Have you joined any dog forums? You might find some people there that know abit about hem as well. Don't join the one that is conected to this site though. It's like a cult. I was attacked by a mod there several times, because my old dogs wouldnt eat any thing that didn't have food coloring in it. He couldn't see very well, and he was all ways more of a visual eater than one to go by smell.
My name is now my horses on a dor not my horse sonador
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