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Borzoi

 

General Description:

Originally owned by Russian aristocrats, this breed was used to course wolves in large hunting parties. Borzoi were almost wiped out during the Russian Revolution due to their association of being owned by the aristocratic set. Some survived in Russia, and some made it to England and other European countries, where they became popular. The first borzoi arrived in the U.S. in the 1890’s.

Borzoi are not for everyone, they are unique hounds, almost cat-like in demeanor. They are far more sensitive and passive than other breeds of dog & do not respond to harsh training methods or treatment. Borzoi are great companions, and like being part of the family. Couch potatoes in the house, they like walks and a good sprint in a well fenced enclosure. Being sighthounds, they are visually stimulated and enjoy car rides and being in places where there is a lot to look at. They attract a lot of attention. Expect to be approached by people inquiring about your dog. They are not to be trusted off leash, unless in a secured yard. If you are not familiar with the breed, reading, research & interaction is strongly encouraged prior to bringing one into your home.

 

Size:

65 - 110lbs / 27 - 34 inches at the shoulder Females are usually smaller than males.

 

Color:

Any color or combination of colors.

 

Energy Level:

Moderate.

 

Life expectancy:

11-14 years.

 

Children:

Good with well behaved children. Not recommended for very young children.

 

Other animals:

These dogs are prey driven. Each dog is different, be careful around cats and small animals. They should be ok with other dogs.

 

Abilities:

Lure coursing, showing.

 

Shedding/Grooming:

Heavy shedding certain times of the year, grooming 1 or 2 times per week.

 

Health:

Bloat and Torsion.

 

Best with:

Completely fenced yard (at least 5 ft,) leashed if not in yard, mature owners and family with some sighthound experience a plus.

 

Not for:

These are not ideal obedience dogs, they are not a good dog for those without a fenced yard, they are not suited for outdoor living. Most borzoi rarely retrieve, and are not usually interested playing fetch with balls or Frisbees. Most are not swimmers, but some like to wade, especially if they’re hot.

 

Pros:

Affectionate, beautiful, silly, quiet & loyal.

 

Cons:

Can sometimes be unsafe with livestock, few will jump fences, can occasionally be destructive if bored, can sometimes be aloof. Care must be taken when walking on leash. If the dog sees a cat, squirrel, or other small animal, you may find the leash being jerked right out of your hand.

 

Further Information:

American Kennel Club
Borzoi Club of America
Breed Details

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