Sweet and intelligent, the Borzoi is extremely loyal to its family. They are affectionate to people that they know well. They are hounds, and, as such, tend to be free thinking, and less willing to please their owners than other breeds. They are quiet and rarely bark. As with other sight hound breeds, they are very quick and have no territorial instinct, so should not be trusted off-leash. They will chase small animals. They get along well with children, but do not enjoy rough housing.