Borzoi

Other names/Nicknames:
  • Russian Wolfhound
Country/Date of origin:
  • Russia
  • 13th century
Height:
  • Females:  From 26 inches
  • Males:  From 28 inches
Weight:
  • Females:  60 to 85 pounds
  • Males: 75 to 105 pounds
Personality:
  • The sensitive Borzoi cannot take criticism.
  • Prefers the company of adults.
  • Rather aloof and does not seek the attention of strangers.
  • Loyal and attentive to the master it chooses.
  • Intelligent but stubborn and difficult to train.
History:

The history of the Borzoi is inextricably linked with that of the Russian royalty.  The aristocracy developed the dog to hunt wolves and hares on the great open steppes of Russia.  The Borzoi was called a Russian Wolfhound in the United States until 1936 when the name was officially changed.

Body Type:
  • A very large, heavily-coated member of the greyhound family that combines speed and grace.
  • Rose ears, held tightly against neck, are not altered.
  • Long, gracefully-curved tail, which is used as a rudder when turning at high speeds, is not altered.
  • A narrow dog that rarely becomes overweight.
Coat:
  • Long, silky coat is either flat, wavy, or curly.
  • The coat is especially profuse on neck to protect from bites.
  • Any color is permissible.  However, most Borzoi are white or white with patches of color.
  • High grooming.
  • Excessive shedding.
Health and Wellness:
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease.
  • Metabolic bone disease.
  • Gastric dilatation and volvulus syndrome (GDV, also commonly called bloat).
  • Elbow hygromas.
  • Osteosarcoma.
What you should know:
  • The name Borzoi means swift in Russian.  It is pronounced Bor-zoy.
  • Not long-lived.
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