Borzoi

This breed looks like a fluffy greyhound! With long silky coats and soft fur on their legs, undercarriage and tails, the Borzoi is an elegant hound. They are aristocratic dogs with great beauty and speed. They are almost catlike in their independent nature although do need plenty of exercise.

 

 

Other Names
Russian Wolfhound, Psowaya Barsaya
Country of Origin
Russia
Colour
White, red, grey, gold, black roan and patched variations.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Borzois measure from 68 - 74cms and typically weigh from 34 - 41kgs.
Health
Bloat and metabolic disease are most common with this breed. They are also prone to bed sores, flea dips and are sensitive to barbiturates and anaesthetics. Soft and clean bedding is required for this breed.
Life Span
9-12 years
Intelligence
Early training is recommended for these independent dogs as they have the tendency to be stubborn. Patience and consistency is necessary to succeed.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

It is essential the breeder's recommended diet is followed for the first 9-12 months of the puppy's life to ensure joint and bone development. They are otherwise not big eaters although can become fussy if fed too many treats.

 

 

 

Feeding Cost
$20+ p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
These hounds are known for their tracking abilities and will find it difficult to resist the sight of a fleeing animal. Although quiet around the house, they require plenty of exercise and love wide open spaces to run freely.
Ailments
Bloat and metabolic disease are most common with this breed. They are also prone to bed sores, flea dips and are sensitive to barbiturates and anaesthetics. Soft and clean bedding is required for this breed.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

Borzois need regular brushing and trimming occasionally to maintain their coat. Trimming between the pads is also recommended. They will shed a lot of hair during moulting seasons and it is recommended that their bedding be cleaned a few times during this period.

 

 

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
Frequent
With a Russian heritage, this breed was known for its coursing ability with wolves. Later cross-bred with native hounds to survive the harsh Russian winters, the Borzoi became popular with Czars and in 1903 were given as gifts to the crowned heads of Europe. After the Russian Revolution of 1917 this breed was associated to the ruling class and many were killed. They are now known for their companionship, hunting and showing ability. The American Kennel Club recognised the Borzoi in 1891.


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