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Description: The Borzois are gentle, well-mannered dogs who have grace and beauty, yet enjoy having fun and racing games. Known as the Russian Wolfhound, they are a tall, elegant dog whose body is designed for speed. Borzois are lean and quick, originally bred to dually attack wolves. They have long hair that can be wavy, curly, or straight, and have small heads in comparison to their deep chests and long bodies. Their tails are long and feathery, often reaching the ground, and usually tucked slightly between their legs. Borzois are affectionate with their owners and tolerant of other dogs. They are not very tolerant of children, but will get along as long as the child is well behaved. Borzois, or Russian Wolfhounds, were bred to chase animals and often do so. They are said to be similar to cats in their pounce, cleanliness and elegance. Borzois could walk though a glass shop and hardly have a mishap. They are agile, smart and sensitive. Wary of strangers, Borzois must be socialized from an early age to avoid unwanted aggression. Puppies grow rapidly and should not be overworked until fully mature which is at one year of age. Borzois do not respond well to harsh training, but are more obedient to reward training. Borzois can jump a medium to high fences, as they are up to 32" tall. These dogs are well known among the old Russian aristocracy as well as modern day American celebrities. This elegant looking breed is often spotted alongside movie stars and models. The best owner for this breed would be a dog-experienced, active individual or family with a very high fence in a rural or suburban area.
Other Names: Russian Wolfhound
Type: Sight hound
can have any color of fur. White is usually the predominate color.
are active outdoors, quiet indoors. They are intelligent, sensitive, and reserved
around strangers. They will chase small animals or big animals, and care must
be taken to make sure they are trained. Some say they are generally good with
children, but precaution should be taken as many sources indicate they do not
take kindly to teasing. They can be affectionate with their family, but stubborn
Watch-dog: Medium. Borzois
make a good watch dog but rarely bark.
Care and Training:
Brush regularly with a firm bristle brush, dry shampoo when needed. Trim hair
between toes. Needs plenty of exercise, including the opportunity to run off
the leash and daily walks. When off leash Borzois need to be well trained to
come when you call as they may attack small dogs or cats that move suddenly.
Borzois were bred to notice and chase after things that run from them. Known
to be stubborn to train, training should begin at the early age of 10 weeks.
Borzois do not respond well to harsh training.
Activity: Outdoor - High.
They are quite lively outdoors and will chase small animals. Indoor - Low. Borzois
are graceful and careful inside.
Health Issues: PRA (Progressive retinal atrophy), OCD (Osteochondritis dessicans), gastric torsion. Other possible health concerns include hip and shoulder dysplasia, heart problems, and bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Borzois can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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