The Borzoi is an elegant breed that is affectionate and proud.
This native of Russia requires moderate grooming.
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Finding a Borzoi
- Large, slim build
- Narrow face with large black nose, dark eyes and strong jaws
- Long, curved tail
- Hare-like feet
- Coat: Long, sleek hair can be flat, curly or wavy and comes in any color
- Heavy mane at neck and feathering on feet, legs, chest and tail
- Height: 26-28 inches
- Weight: 60-105 pounds
- Average lifespan: 10-12 years
- Loyal, intelligent, independent, willful, proud, charming, affectionate
- Interaction with people: Good with children
- Interaction with animals: Good with other dogs; supervise around noncanine pets - strong predatory instinct
- Training: Easily trained
- Bark: Rarely is vocal
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments with plenty of exercise
- Needs average-sized yard
- Seasonal heavy shedder
- Needs regular brushing
- Dry shampoo when needed
- Trim hair between toes
- Cleans itself, much like cats
- The word "Borzoi" means swift in Russian
- Once called the Russian wolfhound
- Borzoi hunted in packs of 100 or more
- Farmers still use them to control the coyote population in parts of the U.S.
- Mostly used as a companion
- Native to Russia
- Developed during the Middle Ages
- Raced wolves - a pair of borzois could pull a wolf to the ground by seizing it behind the ears
- Used for hunting by Russian nobility
- Given as gifts to royalty; Queen Victoria owned this breed