Moderately affectionate and active, the Borzoi is an above average choice for most households. They may not be super clingy and affectionate but they are very loyal and are capable of conducting themselves well while you are away at work or school. Adaptable is a Borzoi's middle name-- she can live in an apartment, house, outdoors as long as she gets enough exercise and her daily brushing. The breed is relatively rare in the United States, however, it is popular enough to be featured on an episode of Animal Planet Dog's 101: Borzoi which is a good 4 minute summary of the basics of the breed.
The Borzoi is an excellent choice for an active person or family, however, they are still a good choice for anyone that has enough time to ensure they get their daily outdoor time (and a thorough brushing). Borzoi are good with children due to their calm, agreeable nature but do not enjoy rough play; it's important to teach small children how to respectfully play with your pet. They may be affectionate and loyal towards their family but will likely remain reserved with strangers. Other dogs should get along quite well with this pack dog but it's not a great idea to introduce a cat into the mix unless the Borzoi is raise with it from puppyhood.
Borzoi require a moderate amount of exercise. Although they won't hesitate to go on an adventure with you, a few long walks or daily playtime in a fenced yard will keep them happy and relaxed. When they are puppies, however, they will likely need more vigorous exercise to burn off that rambunctious puppy energy. Make sure your Borzoi remains on leash unless in a fenced area. He/she will have a strong instinct to hunt small creatures they will not hesitate to run off to do so. If you haven't seen a Borzoi running, you're in for a treat-- their elegant, graceful frames can gallop up to 35-40 mph! It's also important to note this breed is not easy to train; they are often described as stubborn and independent requiring a patient handler.