Borzoi Breed Profile
KC Group Hound
Weight No more than 48kg
Good with children? Unknown
Good guard dogs? No
Moulting level Low
Exercise requirement Lots
Jogging partner Yes
Colours All colours acceptable except merle.
Temperament The Borzoi is a sensitive, elegant dog who has a rather aloof personality.
Borzoi Breed Profile
History of the Borzoi
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.
An elegant and highly distinctive sight hound, hunting with Borzoi was very much a ceremonial affair for the Russian tsars and noblemen. The horses and the hounds were often dressed in highly coloured hunting silks, and the Borzoi were even transported to the hunting field in covered vehicles so they arrived in style. The riders, and even the grooms, were also dressed in elaborate costumes.
The hunting technique involved the beaters finding and flushing out a wolf, then setting two perfectly matched Borzoi to chase it.
Thanks to their incredible speed, the dogs would catch up with the wolf in an instant, and attack from either side, seizing it and dragging it to the ground. The huntsmen would then catch up and kill the wolf with a ceremonial dagger. When the hunt was over, there would be celebration and feasting — and, of course, the Borzoi were guests of honour. Many still seem to expect the same regal treatment today!
Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, the breed virtually vanished from its homeland as it was a symbol of the hated nobility, but enough had been gifted to other crowned heads of Europe to ensure the breed’s survival.
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. Recall will always be an issue as once in pursuit of anything, owners have no hope of ever keeping up! A safe, enclosed space for this canine athlete in which to run is a must.
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.