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Borzoi Description:
The Borzoi is a member of the sight hound family. Once used to hunt wolves in Russia. The Russian word Borzoi means swift. Thought to have descended from ancient Greyhound type breeds such as the Saluki that were probably crossed with long-haired herding dogs. This breed wins many competition titles.

Also known as: Russian Wolfhound, Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya, Psovoi.


Borzoi Appearance:
The Borzoi is a tall and elegant hound. His head is narrow and has a long muzzle. The ears are swept back and the coat is medium length and feathered on the legs, underside. A long curvy tail.

Borzoi's weight:
Males 100+ lb (45 kg)


Borzoi Grooming/Coat:
The Borzoi's top coat is silky and flat and can be wavy or flat. The undercoat is soft and will thicken during colder months and will shed during warmer months.

Brush your Borzoi once a week. Easy to keep clean. Clean the ears and do the nails.


Temperament/Personality:
Borzois are a very silent, quiet breed. They rarely bark. Borzois are gentle and highly sensitive dogs with a natural respect for humans. Love to lay around. Known as a dog couch potato. They can do well in the city as long as allowed ample space and a lot of time to run.

Like to chase things that are running from them.

Can live with other cats and small animals as long as introduction is when the Borzoi is at a very young age.

From Wikipedia:
A common misunderstanding about the intelligence of breeds in the Hound group stems from their independent nature, which conflicts with the frequent confusion between the concepts of "intelligence" and "obedience" in discussions of canine brainpower. Stanley Coren's survey of canine obedience trainers, published in the book The Intelligence of Dogs, reported that borzoi obeyed the first command less than 25% of the time. Coren's test however was by his own admission heavily weighted towards the "obedience" interpretation of intelligence and based on a better understanding of "working" breeds than hounds. Unfortunately the publicity given to this report has led to unfair denigration of breeds which are under-represented in obedience clubs and poorly understood by the average obedience trainer. "Work" for hound breeds is done out of hearing and often out of sight of the human companion; it is an activity for which the dogs are "released", rather than an activity which is "commanded". In obedience terms, borzoi are selective learners who quickly become bored with repetitive, apparently pointless, activity, and they can be very stubborn when they are not properly motivated. For example, food rewards, or "baiting", may work well for some individuals, but not all. Nevertheless, borzoi are definitely capable of enjoying and performing well in competitive obedience and agility trials with the right kind of training. Like other sighthounds they do not cope well with harsh treatment or training based on punishment, and will be extremely unhappy if raised voices and threats are a part of their daily life. However like any intelligent dog, borzoi respond extremely well to the guidance, support, and clear communication of a benevolent human leadership.


Families/Children:
Borzois are not recommended around children unless raised with them at an early age.

Borzoi Living Environment:
The Borzoi needs space and lots of daily exercise. An apartment, condominium or small home may not be the best for this breed. A large fenced-in yard is recommended.

As with most breeds, Borzois do not do well with harsh treatment or training.


Borzoi Health:
As with other very deep-chested breeds, the Borzoi can suffer from certain health issues:
gastric torsion or bloat is the most common serious health problem
cardiomyopathy
cardiac arrhythmia disorders
hip and elbow dysplasia


Borzoi Life Span:
7-10 years

Origin of Borzoi :
Russia

Competitions/Sports:
Borzois can compete in the following:
competitive obedience
agility trials


Borzoi Needs:
A happy and healthy dog needs to be well-treated, given lots of exercise, room to run and your life-long affection.

Borzoi History:
From Wikipedia:

It was long thought that Saluki type sighthounds were originally brought to Russia from Byzantium in the South about the 9th and 10th centuries and again later by the Mongol invaders from the East. However, now that the archeological archives and research results of the former USSR are open to scientists, it has become quite clear that the primal sighthound type evolved between the Kyrgyzstan, the lower Kazakhstan part of Altai and the Afghan plains, and that the earliest actual sighthound breeds were the plains Afghan hounds and the Kyrgyz Taigan.

These ancient breeds then migrated South (founding the Tazi/Saluki branch) and West (founding the Stepnaya, Krimskaya and Hortaya branches) to develop into breeds adapted to those regions. This was a slow process which happened naturally through normal spreading of trade, with the silk and spice trade via the Silk Road being the prime vector.



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