Borzoi

The Borzoi is a sleek, beautiful breed, whose appearance resembles that of a Greyhound. The head is curved into a slight dome shape, with a long jaw line. The ears are small, and fall back onto the neck when at rest. The eyes are soft and intelligent, set midway between the nose and back of the head, and are dark. The forelegs are straight and flattened in the shape of a blade, with the wider end behind. The hindquarters are long and very powerful. Somewhat wider than the forequarters, the muscular hindquarters have strong thighs, and well bent stifles. The back rises slightly at the loins, and the chest is rather narrow. The loins are extremely muscular, and tucked up. The coat is long and wavy, curly or silky, but never woolly. The coat colors are golden, white, tan, or grey with black markings and can be either solid or mixed.

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Fast Facts

Hound
11 - 12 years
Russia
Middle Ages
75 - 105 lb
60 - 85 lb
28"+
26"+
Borzoy, Borsoi or Borzoie.
Russian Wolfhound

Borzoi Temperament

The Borzoi is a quiet, sweet, intelligent, independent, moderately active dog....

They are quite affectionate with people they know well. When training a Borzoi, it is important to remember that it cannot understand harsh treatment or tolerate punishment, and will be very unhappy if a raised voice is part of its daily life. The Borzoi is in some ways catlike, and keeps himself quite clean. Socializing your Borzoi with cats, dogs and people will help the dog to be better adjusted in social situations and restrain his natural chasing instinct. The Borzoi is an amiable and gentle dog but is not great with children since it is not very playful and dislikes rough housing.

Caring For a Borzoi

To stay fit, Borzoi need plenty of exercise....

Take your Borzoi out for a bike ride or jog, but remember to have a firm grip on the leash, in case it chases a small fleeing creature. It is best to feed your Borzoi two or three small meals daily, and allow it to rest after it has eaten. The Borzoi needs to be brushed twice a week, and it should have a soft bed to sleep in. The most common serious disease found in a Borzoi is Bloat (gastric torsion,) which is common in deep-chested breeds. Many owners recommend feeding the Borzoi on a platform in order to avoid Bloat. Less common diseases in the Borzoi are cardiomyopathy, hypothyroidism and cardiac arythmia. Proper diet is key in raising a Borzoi pup, and remember that the Borzoi can be sensitive to drugs.

Borzoi History

A Brief History of the Borzoi

Borzoi (from the Russian borzii meaning ‘swift’) or dogs very much like them have been known since the 13th century in Russia, where they have long been used by nobles and the upper class for the purposes of hunting....

Crosses with large Russian sheepdogs and bearhounds gave the Borzoi the thick coat it needed for the Russian climate. The Borzoi was principally used to hunt wolves, and was therefore called the Russian Wolf Hound. Borzoi would attack a wolf in groups of two or three, pinning it to the ground until the human hunters arrived. The Russian aristocracy bred the Borzoi for hundreds of years, and by 1861 hunting with Borzoi escalated to the point of becoming the national sport of the aristocracy. But as the Russian aristocracy fell to the communists during the early 20th century, many Borzoi were killed in Russia and the breed largely died out in its native land. Luckily, enough Borzoi had been given to foreign aristocracy over the years to ensure the breed’s survival. In 1889, the first Borzoi arrived in America from England; the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1891. Today the Borzoi is greatly valued for its good looks, intellect and gentle nature. In the west, it is still used by some farmers to control nearby coyote populations.