KC Group: Hound
Good with children?: Seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: Lots
Good guard dogs?: No
Moulting level: Low
Jogging partner: Yes
Originating in Russia, where Borzoi is a general term for sight hounds, the breed was used to protect its masters from wolves on the Russian Steppes. With their exceptionally long stride the Borzoi could easily outrun and catch most prey.
The Borzoi can be exceptionally stubborn if it does not feel motivated to perform a task and whilst they can be trained, early socialization to a wide variety of situations will help form a nicely balanced character and temper some of their more independent minded actions. With early socialization the Borzoi should get along quite happily with other animals.
A tall breed, the Borzoi measures between 69-79cm and should weigh no more than 48kg
The most pressing health concern for the breed is Bloat, although with the correct feeding methods this can be avoided. The breed is generally free of other disorders although poor breeding practices have left some lines with a tendency to Hip Dysplasia and eye problems.
Letting them off the lead in wide open spaces may be tempting and they will certainly enjoy it, however the Borzoi will follow any scent or sight that appeals to it.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.
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