Borzoi Dog Breed Information

Borzoi Quick Facts
Breed Group: Hound
Origen: Russia
Nickname: Borzoi, Russian Wolfhound, Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya, Psovoi
Weight: 60-105 lbs
Height: 26-28 inches
Color(s): Any

Borzoi Appearance

The Borzoi is a large Russian sighthound dog, with a soft expression. They have a narrow, slightly domed head, with almost no stop. They have powerful jaws to snatch and hold wolves. The long muzzle is slightly arched. The ears are small and folded. The eyes are dark and the tail is long and carried low in a graceful curve.

The Borzoi has a long, silky coat that can be flat, wavy or curly and may be any color or combination of colors. The weight of the Borzoi is around 60-105 pounds and the height is around 26-28 inches.

Borzoi Temperament

The Borzoi is athletic, well mannered and very loyal to its family. They are famous for their intelligence and independence. They are quiet dogs, rarely barking. They are good nature and affectionate, but are not as demonstrative and needy as some other breeds. The Borzoi are noble animals that get on well with children, although they are not too playful.. The Borzoi can be raised very successfully to live with cats and other small pets when introduced to them at a young age. Some, however, will possess the hunting instinct to such a degree that they find it impossible not to chase them.

Is Borzoi the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Borzoi will do okay in an apartment if enough exercise is provided but will do best as a house dog with access to a yard. This is an active and energetic breed that needs a good workout everyday. His need could be met on a long walk on leash, a vigorous game or a run in a safe area. They are calm when indoors and active when outdoors. The Borzoi could live outside in temperate climates as long as they have access to house to spend some time inside. The Borzoi is built for speed and endurance; they can cover long distances in a very short time. Itís important to keep them on leash or in a safe area; if they get sight of a small animal they may take off after it and not even hear you calling them back.

Borzoi Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Borzoi is around 10-12 years.

Borzoi Health problems

The Borzoi is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associate with this breed is gastric torsion. They could also be prone to cardiac problems, hypothyroidism progressive retinal atrophy and is sensitive to drugs. As with all breeds the Borzoi will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy.

Borzoi Care and Grooming

The coat of the Borzoi requires a regular grooming; more often when shedding to remove loose hair. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. You should take great care to ensure that you do not over feed your Borzoi. To avoid gastric Torsion it is better to feed two or three small meals a day rather than one large meal.

Borzoi Shedding

The Borzoi is a seasonal shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.