The Borzoi, also referred to as the Russian Wolfhound, is a popular breed of tall, slender dog that originated in Russia. It belongs to the Hound breed family which is notable for their excellent hunting skills. Borzois have been bred to become wolf-hunting dogs. Their long and silky coat could either be flat or wavy. It comes in any color or color combination, but the most common are black, tan, white, gray or tan with black markings, and golden in solid or mixed shades.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Borzoi breed normally stand a height of at least 28 in at the withers, and weigh 75 to 105 lbs. Bitches, on the other hand, typically have a height of a minimum of 26 in, and a weight of about 60 to 90 lbs.
Borzois, in general, are very loyal, sweet, and affectionate dogs. They are a noble breed that bond fairly well with children. They are proud, and very intelligent. Nonetheless, the breed tends to be more free-thinking than other dogs, and may be less willing to please their owners. Borzois basically need a handler that can display a natural air of authority; someone who is confident, and consistent with rules in disciplining them. The breed is a quiet dog that rarely barks. Similar to other sight-hounds, Borzois are also very fast. Because they have little to no territorial instinct, they are usually not reliable off-leash unless exposed in a secure, fenced area. The breed is good with other dogs, but may require supervision around small non-canine animals. Socializing them well with other pets at young age is highly necessary.
Borzois are heavy shedders. It is advisable that they are brushed every other day on the average. Combing may be stepped up to as often as every day when necessary. Dry shampooing may also be done when the need arises. Owners should trim the fur between their toes.
Members of the Borzoi breed are known to be prone to bloat, progressive retinal atrophy, cancer, and heart disease. Borzois are also sensitive to anesthesia. With proper care, nutrition, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 10 to 12 years.
Borzoi dogs are best suited to live in areas with a chilly climate. Because they crave for attention and human companionship, they tend to be happiest indoors. Access to a large, secure fenced yard is also ideal for them. The breed needs regular exercise. Taking them on a long, leashed walk, or allowing them to gallop or sprint freely would certainly be great for them.