(Russian Wolfhound, Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya, Psowaya Barsaya) The Borzoi is a very tall, aristocratic type of hound dog that carries himself proudly. Their head is long, narrow, and thin, and their muzzle features a slight arch. They have a pair of oblong-shaped eyes that are dark in color and a black nose. Ears of this breed lie back onto the neck, but they are likely to perk up when the dog is excited or alert. The Borzoi has a narrow chest that is very deep and a long tail that hangs low in a curve. The back of this breed is elegantly curved. The coat of the Borzoi is comparatively long and quite silky. It may be wavy or loosely curled. A heavy neck ruff is typical for this breed. Colors include white, tan, golden, and gray with black markings.
The Borzoi is an affectionate, smart dog that is very loyal to their family. They are alert and highly aware, and they can do well in an obedience-oriented environment. Because they are a type of hound, they are less willing to please humans than some breeds. Trainers of this breed should execute firm patience and mutual respect. The Borzoi likes to keep himself clean by licking. They rarely bark. They are very fast and don’t possess any sort of territorial instinct, so they shouldn’t be trusted off of a leash. This breed is usually good with other dogs, but should be supervised with small non-canine pets. The Borzoi should be trained and socialized properly from an early age. Because they don’t particularly enjoy rough-housing, the Borzoi isn’t an ideal companion for small children. They do, however, love spending time with children that will treat them kindly and gently.
75 – 105 pounds
The Borzoi is more sensitive to drugs than the majority of other dog breeds. They are also likely to be picky eaters. Some Borzoi are prone to bloat, so it is best for them to be fed two or three small meals per day. This breed typically lives for 10 to 12 years. They average 6 puppies per litter, but can have anywhere from 1-11 puppies per litter.
It’s probable that the Borzoi was brought to Russia from Arabia around the year 1600. In Russia, the Borzoi was accepted into the arms of nobility. The breed was crossed with longer-haired sheepdogs and utilized as a hunter of wolves for hundreds of years. The Borzoi’s popularity grew and spread throughout Europe. Queen Victoria owned a Borzoi, and many other aristocrats throughout Britain shortly followed suit. This breed was a revered gift throughout the royal community. As the Borzoi became more docile, his use as a companion dog increased. The name “Borzoi” comes from the Russian word “borzii”, or “swift”. The Borzoi has a number of natural talents including hunting, lure coursing, and sighting.
The Borzoi has a long, fine, silky coat that is easy to groom and care for. Dry shampooing as necessary and brushing with a firm bristle brush on a regular basis are sufficient methods of upkeep. Because of this dog’s tall stature, it can be difficult to bathe him. Thankfully, baths aren’t needed very often! The hair between the toes of the Borzoi should be kept trimmed. This breed sheds heavily during season.
The Borzoi can adapt to life in a small household or apartment if he is given proper exercise. This breed is comparatively inactive indoors and is happiest with at least and average-sized yard. They need space to run around freely, but they shouldn’t be left off a leash because of their propensity to run off after something interesting. For this reason, it is ideal for the Borzoi to have access to a large, fenced-in space.