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Border Collie vs Afghan Hound vs Borzoi – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Border Collie vs Afghan Hound vs Borzoi" Compare Border Collie and Afghan Hound. Which is better: Border Collie or Afghan Hound or Borzoi?
Name Border Collie Afghan Hound Borzoi
OriginsEngland Scotland Wales Afghanistan Russia Belarus
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank3893102
Reviews1011
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Other Names Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Baluchi Hound, Tazi, Tazhi Spay, Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Eastern Greyhound / Persian Greyhound Russian Wolfhound, Barzoï, Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya, Psovoi
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1891 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds section. Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The American Int. Border Collie Registry
The American Border Collie Association
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
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Price $600-$800 $2000-$2500 $1000-$1200

General Appearance - Border Collie vs Afghan Hound vs Borzoi

Size Large Large Large
Giant
Weight Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
50-64 pounds (22-34 kg)
Male: 75-105 pounds (34-48 kg), Female: 60-90 pounds (27-41kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) 57 pounds (28 kg) Male: 90 pounds (41 kg), Female: 75 pounds (34 kg)
Height Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) 27-29 inches (69-74 cm) Male: 28 inches (71 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) 28 inches (71.5 cm) Male: 28 inches (71 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm)

Hair & Care - Border Collie vs Afghan Hound vs Borzoi

Coat Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Fine Feathered
Colors Black & White
Tricolor
Tan
Blue merle
Blue merle-tricolor
Slate merle
Red merle
Black
Brindle
Gold
Lilac
Red
Sable
Sable Merle
Saddleback Sable
White & Blue
White & Blue Merle
White & Red
White & Red Merle
White Ticked
Seal
Slate
White & Gold
White & Sable
White & Seal
Tan
Blue
Cream
Red
White
Silver
Black
Cream
Red
White
Brindle
Sable
Black
Grooming
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Borzoi requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Border Collies shed moderately.
Afghan Hounds shed moderately.
Borzois are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Border Collie vs Afghan Hound vs Borzoi

Temperament Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Aloof
Dignified
Independent
Clownish
Happy
Athletic
Independent
Quiet
Gentle
Intelligent
Respectful
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low: The Afghan Hound if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Low: The Borzoi if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Border Collies are easy to train.
Afghan Hounds are quite easy to train.
Borzois are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Afghan Hounds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Borzois, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Afghan Hounds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Borzois don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Afghan Hounds are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Borzois are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Afghan Hounds need for social interaction is average.
Borzois need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Low: The Afghan Hound barks none to minimal.
Low: The Borzoi barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Afghan Hounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Borzois are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Territorial
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Afghan Hounds can't provide protection for their territory.
Borzois can't provide protection for their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Afghan Hound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Borzoi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Afghan Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Borzois have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Afghan Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Borzoi is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Border Collies have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Afghan Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Borzois have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Afghan Hounds are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Borzois are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Afghan Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Borzois adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Border Collie vs Afghan Hound vs Borzoi

Stranger Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Afghan Hounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Borzois are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Afghan Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Borzois are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Afghan Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Borzois are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Afghan Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Borzois are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Afghan Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Borzoi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Afghan Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Borzois are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Afghan Hounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Borzois do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Afghan Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Borzois are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Afghan Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Borzoi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Border Collie vs Afghan Hound vs Borzoi

Health Issues
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Afghan Hound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Borzoi is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Allergies
Cancer
Cataracts
Hypothyroidism
Anesthesia Sensitivity
Bloat
Dental Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Patellar Luxation
Thyroid Disorder
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Afghan Hounds are high energy dogs.
Borzois have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Afghan Hounds need quite a lot of exercise.
Borzois have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Afghan Hounds don't need too much sleep.
Borzois like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Afghan Hound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Borzoi can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Afghan Hound has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Borzoi has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Afghan Hound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Borzoi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Border Collie vs Afghan Hound vs Borzoi

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 6-8 puppies 1-11 puppies

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