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Borzoi

Personality:Loyal, affectionate, regally dignified; a charming but independent-minded canine nobleman

Coat & Grooming:The long, silky coat requires brushing every day or two; coat sheds seasonally

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; This awesomely fast sprinter needs running room; at home, Borzoi are quiet and catlike

Originally: Russia

Nicknames: None

Size: Large

Meet the Borzoi

​Borzoi are large, elegant sighthounds whose construction follows the ancient Greyhound template. A mature male will stand at least 28 inches at the shoulder and weigh 75 to 105 pounds. Females will be smaller. Once known as Russian Wolfhounds, Borzoi were bred to be swift and strong enough to pursue and pin their ferocious lupine quarry. A Borzoi in full stride is a majestic sight: a princely package of strength, grace, and glamor cruising at 35 to 40 miles per hour.

What's Their Story?

​Wolf hunting was an all-consuming passion of the Russian aristocracy. For centuries, nobles would gather for ritualized hunts on their vast estates. It wasn’t unusual for a hundred Brozoi and just as many servants to be employed in these extravagant affairs, which concluded with a great feast at the manor house. With the 1917 Russian Revolution came the wholesale slaughter of the nobility and their aristocratic hounds. If not for the breed’s fans abroad, the Borzoi might have gone extinct.

What are they Like?

​Among the most impressively beautiful of all dogs, Borzoi are cherished for their calm, agreeable temperament. In their quiet way they can be stubborn, and training is best accomplished with patience, consistency, and good humor. Affectionate family dogs, Borzoi are nonetheless a bit too dignified to wholeheartedly enjoy a lot of roughhousing. These are coursing hounds, and the sight of a cat or squirrel on the run will quickly stir their pursuit instinct. Fenced-in running room is a must.

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