The Borzoi is also called Russian Wolfhound because this breed was developed in Russia for coursing and hunting before they became royalty companions in Europe. They are a large breed covered with long silky coats that’s dirt and mud repellant. This breed is elegant in every way. They make good house dogs, but they are not reliable guard dogs for they barely bark and are mostly timid. They need constant human contact and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. They need firm and consistent owners who can display natural authority over them.
The Borzoi is large which stands up to 30 inches and weighs up to 100 pounds. The head is like the shape of a dome with a long muzzle that is slightly arched. They have dark eyes, large black nose, and small sized ears. They have straight front legs, and their tail is curved and set low.
The Borzoi is normally quiet, so they cannot be relied on as guard dogs. They are very graceful; they move elegantly even during athletic competitions. They are very well-mannered and have a mind of their own which makes it a little bit hard to train a Borzoi. But with lots of patience and determination, they can be trained, and they learn really fast. Owners must be gentle yet firm and consistent. They are also very affectionate and sweet especially to the people they know well.
The Borzoi needs owners who can display natural authority over them and show them whose boss. They crave for human companionship so they will not do well when left for long hours. They prefer short, vigorous activities rather than long runs. They would love to spend their day in the sofa and indoors to relax after they exercise. They have minimal territorial instincts so they cannot be trusted in unfenced areas for will just take off after some animal.
Health issues linked to Borzois include bloating so large meals should be avoided. Exercising after a meal is not recommended. They are also known to be sensitive to drugs. Progressive retinal atrophy and orthopedic conditions are health concerns of this breed. They have a lifespan of 10-12 years.
The recommended daily serving for this breed is 4-8 cups of high-quality dog food and divided into two equal meals.
COAT, COLOR, AND GROOMING
Borzois have long silky coats that vary from flat to wavy. The hair on the body is shorter compared to those on their neck, tail, and hind legs. Also short hair can be found on the head, ears, and front of the legs. Their coat is resistant to dirt and even mud. Their coat needs weekly brushing, and they can be bathed as needed. Brushing of the teeth can be done at least twice a week, and nails can be trimmed at least once a month.
DOG WITH FAMILY, CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS
Borzois make good house dogs. They love their owners and are always loyal to them. They are also intolerant with poking so they best suited to families with older children who already know how to interact with dogs. Their large size is also not recommended to families with babies for they may easily knock down small children. They are not aggressive with other dogs although they may chase them if they run. Borzois can sometimes be aggressive with dogs of the same sex.