I spend a lot of my time telling people I will never own another dog, never. This is a borzois, and I would have a hard time saying no to having one of these dogs. I believe I could have an intelligent conversation with this dog and it wouldn't bark all the time I was talking. I read an article this morning that stated Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is being evaluated to see if she qualifies for this kind of dog as a service dog. "Operation Wolfhound, which operates out of Arizona, uses borzois because the breed has the temperament most suitable to respond to stress. Congresswoman Giffords worked with Operation Wolfhound from the beginning and her staff is very important to them." The breeder in the article is donating 5 of her 12 dogs to Operation Wolfhound that places them as service dogs for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I think you will find the article interesting. The pictures are from the Internet but I do not know how to give credits for them.