- AKC recognized in 1891
- Lifespan: 9 – 14 years
- Size: Large
- Energy: Medium-high
- Recommended Crate Size: 54” dog crate*
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The Borzoi is an elegant and large sighthound dog with a build that follows the ancient Greyhound template. Once known as Russian Wolfhounds, the Borzoi was bred to be swift and strong enough to pursue and pin their prey.
A male Borzoi will stand at least 28 inches at the shoulder with 75 to 105 pounds of weight. However, the females are smaller. About the 9th and 10th centuries, it was originally brought to Russia from Byzantium. However, according to archeological archives and research results of the former USSR.
These ancient breeds then migrated South and West to develop into breeds adapted to those regions. This was a slow process which happened naturally through the normal spreading of trade, with the spice and silk trade via the Silk Road being the primary source.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Borzoi in 1891. These medium-high energy dogs are known as an athletic and independent dog.
At home, there must be a special room available for this fast sprinter. Most Borzois are quiet and only bark when needed. Borzoi don’t have strong territorial drives but they are extremely smart. Thus, patience and good handling from an experienced owner is needed.
They are highly sensitive and gentle with a natural respect for humans. Borzois generally do not display aggression or dominance towards people. However, they will become aggressive if roughly handled. They are rather reserved to strangers but still affectionate with people they know.
Borzois are large Russian sighthounds that resemble some central Asian breeds such as the Saluki, Kyrgyz Taigan, and the Afghan hound. Generally, this breed can be described as "long-haired greyhounds".
It comes in virtually any color. It has a flat and silky coat, often slightly curly or wavy. The long top-coat is really flat, with various waviness or curling level. The soft undercoat thickens during cold climates or winter, but it is shed in hot weather to avoid overheating. The Borzoi coat has a unique distribution over the body.
There is a frill on its neck, as well as feathering on its tail and hindquarters. Its male frequently weighs above 100 pounds. Males stand at least 30 inches (76 cm) at the shoulder, but the females’ height is around 26 inches. In addition to their size, Borzoi’s build is graceful and streamlined, with a curvy compact strength and shapeliness.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to large-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Regular grooming is needed such as brushing with a comb, a pin brush, and a soft slicker brush. Routine bathing is required to maintain their lustrous coats.
Their nails should be regularly trimmed, don’t let it get too long. Trim it using a grinder or nail clipper to avoid cracking and overgrowth.
Regularly check their ears to avoid a buildup of debris and wax which can result in an infection. As always, teeth should be brushed regularly.
Among the most impressively beautiful dogs, Borzois are recognized for their calm and agreeable temperament. However, they can be stubborn in their quiet way; thus, training is best accomplished with consistency, patience, and good humor.
The Borzoi needs a fenced-in running room for exercise. It is originally bred for the coursing of wild game on more or less open terrain, relying on sight rather than scent. To accomplish this purpose, the Borzoi needed particular structural qualities to chase, catch and hold.
Special emphasis is placed on sound running properties, strong neck and jaws, courage and agility, combined with excellent conditioning.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 54” dog crates* for most adult Borzoi.