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Borzoi Information

Name Borzoi
Other Name Barzoi, Russian Wolfhound, Psovoi, Psovaya Borzaya, Ruskaya
Origin Russia & Belarus
Build Type Giant
Life Cycle 07-10 years
Group Hound
Character Intelligent, Independent, Quiet, Active, Athletic
Height Male: 28-30 inches
Female: 26-28 inches
Weight Male: 70-115 pounds
Female: 70-110 pounds
Color Black, Brindle, Fawn, Cream, Red, White
Average price 700 US$


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Hypoallergenic No



The Borzoi is a sight hound, the sharp hunter by sight. Lenient in nature, they are slim but large, independent and powerful dog. Hound by instinct, they hunt in the form of pack. Besides their significant structure, they make good house pet, sociable and affordable with other pets including dogs. However, non-canine pets should not be trusted with this breed for being selected as prey. Accompany them in regular exercises and keep them in leash as they tend to chase almost every moving thing. Its burnished coat sheds a lot and needs regular brushing while occasional baths are recommended. The current day uses of this breed include lure coursing, show ring dog and companion.

Tall and thin with long slender limbs, the structure of Borzois helps it in speedy chase of quarries for long distances. The strong jaws engrafted in long muzzle has solid grip with deep penetrating teeth. Its silky coat is long but flat or wavy; sometimes it can be curly and available in many colors. This running hound is capable of hunting large and fierce games even in a very cold weathers. The wholly expression of this breed is elegant and grace full.

The mutual cross between Arabian Greyhound and thick coated Russian breed resulted in the development of borzoi dog. This breed had been bred by Russian nobilities for many hundred years. The dog was aimed to hunt fox, hares and wolves in Russian fields. Being a hound breed, they were used in the form of packs that may contain hundred dogs in a pack. AKC recognized this breed in 1891 and placed in hound group. The breed remained famous with the name of Russian Wolfhound across the United States till 1936. With greater use of this dog across the world majorly as companion, its temperaments are improved and became more gentle.


The Borzoi is bold, intelligent and extremely loyal breed, quite affectionate to the personnel that are introduced to him, gets along well with house pets but after an effective and early socialization. The hunting instinct dominate the dog’s certain temperaments, the dog may not be prove very obedient being self-sufficient to decide its own solutions. A free thinker may be less willing to please and play in yards. This giant needs to be socialized from its early puppyhood and to be introduced with family pets to bring social norms in it.

Soft handling, firm and committed training is needed to domesticate them, owner should hold alpha dog position to act as human pack leader. Apart from its long muzzle, the Borzoi appears to be cat-like, well clean and tidy dog. The breed is not only quiet indoors but at hunt as well, they bark rarely, they possess abilities to run very fast in the chase of their quarries. The hunting fields are not limited to them; being non-territorial they would chase several miles once the prey is sighted.

The breed is affectionate with children but being larger-sized, needs supervision while in family. The Borzoi has less tolerance against childish rough plays and rowdy behaviors. Other dogs can be afforded but with socialization, non-canine pets like cats, hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs either should be accommodated separately or to be avoided simply. This breed has strong prey drive and would be a constant threat for such animals. Always keep them in leash or in high fenced yard to avoid unnecessary chase and hunt. They need healthy exercises, accompany them in long walks, jogs and running but remember hold the leash and lead.

Owner Should Know

  1. Strong prey drive and chasing instinct can push the dog to break the cordon, keep them on-leash or in closed area surrounded by high fences to avoid such unwanted adventures.
  2. Borzois are sensitive to anesthetics drugs due to less body fat. Consult veterinary experts about this fact prior any treatment containing such chemicals.
  3. Borzois are generally affectionate with children, however less tolerance to childish rough play and irritation. Its giant size is also posing some threat to young kids.
  4. The breed is aloof of strangers; these dogs are not good watchdogs.
  5. Socialize in very early puppyhood to keep with other dogs, non-canine pets should be placed separately or to be well socialized and mutual interaction should be governed.
  6. The breed is found rare, it may take time to get right puppy of this breed.
  7. Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.

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