(aka Russian Wolfhound)
The Borzoi is an excellent dog. This type of dog is also known as a Russian Wolfhound. Their bodies are much the same as that of a Greyhound in size and structure. These are amazing dogs for their beauty but also for their temperament. They fit within the realm of a dog that can be appreciated by anyone that is looking for one. For those with a lot of room, the Borzoi will fit right into your family unit..
As a very tall dog, the Borzoi commands attention. They have a very long but thin and narrow head shape and they have an arched muzzle. A tell tale characteristic of this dog is its tail. They are long and curved but they hang low against their backside. In addition, the coat around the neck of this dog is very thick and ruffled, giving it a unique look. When you look at the dog face on you will see that he has dark eyes that have their own unique shape of being oblong.
The unique shape of the Borzoi is only one condition that makes it unique. These dogs are very beautiful animals that fit within a family well.
You will need to walk him at least one time a day, but it is even more beneficial to provide your pet with a fenced in yard where they can run freely as that is what these dogs are well known for doing. If you live in an area with limited space, do be sure to find a location for him to run and play in.
A graceful, dignified, and mild mannered dog, the Borzoi is an affectionate creature with a distinct calmness about him. Although independent and quiet when indoors, this is also a dog that is very active and fast, and therefore needs plenty of exercise. He also needs to be in a safe and secure area when playing and exercising or else he could disappear in a flash. There is something very noble and regal about the Borzoi, and he is generally a sociable animal that get along well with older, considerate children, although he is a little on the large size to be around smaller children.
The Borzoi gets along okay with other large dogs, but is something of a chaser and therefore should not be let loose on small dogs, cats, and other small animals that might run, giving him reason to chase. Without proper socialization the Borzoi can become either too aggressive or too shy, so early socialization is essential. This breed is usually quite reserved when it comes to strangers. These dogs can be gentle but do not appreciate being teased or startled, and this could result in a more aggressive reaction. These dogs are not demanding, they are quiet, sensitive, and intelligent, but they can get bored very easily.
You should brush the coat of this dog around twice weekly at normal times of the year, but when he is shedding more heavily this should be increased to brushing on a daily basis. Keep the hair between the toes trimmed, and when necessary dry shampoo the coat.
When you consider the Borzoi in terms of history, you are likely to find this bred along side the wealthy. They were first thought to be brought from Arabia into Russia in the 17th century. Nobility then took them and bred them with dogs that had much longer hair, hence the current coat of this animal. They were used and became very good wolf hunting dogs. This is where they get their other common name of a Russian Wolfhound!
Because they were such successful hunters, their popularity spread widely and within a matter of years they were found in various countries throughout Europe. They were very well known in the British aristocracy for many years. They were often given as gifts to the royalty in fact.
The Borzoi still has wonderful hunting abilities, but over time they became better known for their abilities in terms of companionship, making them just as important nonetheless.
One of the most difficult things to take in about the Borzoi is just how difficult it can be to train them. You can train them because they are very intelligent animals and they are well known for their talents in the world of hunting. Yet, they are hounds and for that they are often considered to be hard to train for their free spirit and their own mind.
While they are very loyal to their families, they are also very much not willing to please their owners as much as taking the time to meet their own goals and demands. If you are to train them, you do need to use positive training methods. Often, the best methods revolve around building a trust between the trainer and the dog itself before they will begin to listen and do as commanded to do.
Training can be done in a home by the owner or through specialized services. Your goal should be to find a way to get your Borzoi to work with you in terms of training rather than to attempt to discipline them for not interacting with you the way that you want to.
There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed, and this includes retinopathy, cataracts, bone cancer, heart defects, PRA, bloat, and allergies to chemicals and medications. The parents of the Borzoi puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.