Breed Type: Borzoi
Country of Origin: Russia / Belarus
Size: Large
Also known as: Russian Wolfhound
Males: Height: 71 cm Weight: 34 – 48 kg
Females: Height: 66 cm Weight: 27 – 41 kg
Exercise Requirements: Large
Care Requirements: Moderate
Lifespan: 10 – 12 Years
Best Suited as: Hunting Dog

Overview:
The breed Borzoi is famous for their speed, quickness, and agility. The breed is also famous due to its pursuit instincts that cannot be matched by any breed of dog. In addition, the courage that this breed has makes it more efficient when it comes to hunting than any similar breed. However, what distinct this breed from the others is the skill that these dogs use. Instead of relying on scent alone, the breed is efficient when they have the target in sight. In the breed’s homeland, people considered these dogs as an efficient assistant when hunting; however, some people discovered how lovely this breed is for family companion and for dog shows. Being elegant and glamorous, people began to consider the Russian wolfhound dogs as one of the most beloved family pet today.

Appearance:
The Borzoi dogs have a longer head and tail than other breeds. People might notice that this breed usually has its ears lying back on the top of their neck; however, when a Borzoi dog becomes alerted, its ears will stand erect. The chest of this breed appears is a bit curved and narrowed. The coating of dogs under this breed is long and silky. In addition, the coat are available in all canine patterns and colors. One distinction that breeders will only find in Borzoi dogs is the lace of curly and thick hair that surrounds the dog’s entire neck. Some owners might find the coating of their dog flat while others might find theirs a bit wavy or completely curly. They must remember that the physical appearance of this breed varies from one another.

Temperament:
The Borzoi dogs are known for their politeness and dignity. Most owners find them very quiet indoors which makes them less annoying and destructive than other breed of dogs. Experts would consider this breed similar to the temper of cats. They love affection but they have the ability to entertain themselves alone. In other words, people do not have to spend most of their time supervising this breed because they are creative enough to prevent boredom. This breed does not bark too much unlike other hunting dogs. Furthermore, they walk lightly to the point that owners will unable to hear their steps on a wooden floor.

History:
The breed developed in Czarist, Russia centuries ago. Historians believed that the original ancestor of the Borzoi dogs came from Egypt. By the middle of 1500s, estate owners dedicated their lands for the breeding of Borzoi dogs. They also dedicated these grounds to train this breed for hunting. The breed became famous in its early development because the royalty of Russia promoted the breed widely through an event. The event includes hundreds of Borzoi dogs that will help hunters in what they call “the great hunt” where guests are always welcome. By the start of 1842, Russian breeders sent a group of Borzoi dogs to the royalty of Britain where the breed was also promoted. Nowadays, the breed maintained the original appearance and characteristics of the original Borzoi dogs.

Care and Grooming:
Experts would suggest that brushing will be weekly to prevent the coating from mats. Brushing will also keep up the health of the dog’s coat, and owners will be able to manage the dog’s hair easily if brushed regularly. When brushing, owners suggest that a pin brush be used for this breed instead of brushes with wire slickers. They must keep in mind that wire slickers may damage the coat instead of keeping it healthy. The shedding of their hair is light; however, their coat is sensitive when the season changes. Breeders must dedicate more of their time in brushing when the season changes because the shedding of the dog’s hair will increase than normal. Compared to other breeds, the Borzoi dogs are very clean. Owners do not need to bathe them regularly; rather, bathing of this breed can be done when necessary. Owners must trim the toenails of the Borzoi dogs at least once each month. Similar to other dogs, the ear canal should be checked for infections or irritations. People must only use treatments that approved by experts when treating ear infections. The dog must also be teeth brushed in order to prevent tartar and foul breath.

Health:
Experts claimed that the breed tends to encounter bloat. Owners should never give them heavy meals; rather, small meals for at least twice a day are highly recommended. People should avoid putting these dogs in exercise or any activity after eating.

Suitability as a Pet:
The Borzoi dogs dislike intruders. The nobility of their personality makes them withstand the playfulness of children; however, people must never consider this breed as consistent playmates. To rest is a valuable habit for these dogs and they do not like being disturbed when resting. This is the reason they go along with dogs that have similar habits. They do not go well with playful dogs. In other words, it is not advisable for them to mingle with active household pets. Cats, smaller dogs, and rabbits should keep away from them because their hunting instincts might endanger these animals. The Borzoi dogs must always be leashed because once they have sighted their target; they will begin to rush without second thoughts.

Training:
The training required for this breed should never be motivated by obedience. This breed is not famous because of obedience; rather, nobility will make them respect their owners mutually. Trainers must always be filled with patience when training this breed. With perseverance and positive reinforcement, the Borzoi dogs will be able to learn the basic tricks in order to live loyally and peacefully with their owners.

Borzoi Organisations in Australia
Borzoi Club of Queensland Inc

Borzoi Organisations in the UK
Borzoi Rescue

Borzoi Organisations in the US
Borzoi Club of America, Inc.
Midwest Borzoi Club

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