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Borzoi

 

Don't blink when this dog runs by you or she'll be gone before you can say “do svidaniya!” Borzoi is Russian for “swift,” and man, they're not kidding. This Russian wolfhound was bred for endurance and speed—they move like sports cars: fast starts, tight turns, and abrupt stops. But they probably could also qualify for the dog Olympics: Borzois are an athletic, graceful, elegant, and striking breed.

Originally from Russia, this large-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 60-105 pounds and lives an average of 9-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Hound group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginRussia
Breed groupHound
Average lifespan9-14 years
SizeLarge
Bark factorRarely barks, if ever
AKC Ranking93
Family Sighthound
Date of originMiddle ages
Original function Trailing rabbits and hare
Today's functionLure coursing
Average size of maleHeight: >28 Weight: 75-105
Average size of femaleHeight: >26 Weight: 60-85

 

Other nameRussian wolfhound
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Not very playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Shy
Friendliness toward strangersShy
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability Low
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance High tolerance
Heat tolerance Low tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A BORZOI'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

The dignified Borzoi is intelligent, extremely gentle and loving, and suited to many kinds of families. This dog loves to run outside but is calm and catlike at home. They can be playful and affectionate. Like many large breeds, the Borzoi is better suited to playing with older children and supervised dogs. Some may be shy toward other pets, small animals, and strangers.

WHAT IS BORZOI BEHAVIOR LIKE?

These powerfully-built dogs are responsive and devoted to their chosen people. Borzoi are speed demons who need lots of room to run. Borzoi are usually quiet dogs and not prone to barking.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A BORZOI?

Borzoi tend to be stubborn and independent-minded making them challenging to train. Start early and be patient and consistent while training your furry friend.

The Borzoi's strong prey drive makes it a poor candidate for play outside fenced areas. These are not off-leash dogs.

Borzoi excel at obedience, agility, racing (of course!), and therapy work.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO BORZOIS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Borzois' silky double coats are long and dense; their hair can be curly, wavy, or flat. Their luxurious coats shed heavily and seasonally. Their coats repel dirt and mud, so they don't need complicated grooming. They can get by with the occasional trim. You'll need to prevent mats with daily brushing, however. Remember to check behind their ears and along their legs for mats. Only bathe your Borzoi as needed.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BORZOIS HAVE?

Borzoi are prone to bloat, a condition that requires immediate attention from your veterinarian. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) and contact your vet at once if you suspect your dog might be suffering from this ailment. Staggered meals might help prevent this condition.

This breed can also develop heart problems or bone cancer. Some Borzoi are also sensitive to anesthesia.

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