Borzoi originated in Russia and were used for coursing wolves since the early 17th century. Because of their gentle temperaments and exotic appearances, the Borzoi was associated with the ruling class and made ideal gifts from the Czars to the crowned heads of Europe.
The Borzoi is tall and elegant – the complete picture of grace and aristocracy. They carry their long, narrow heads with pride.
Average size and weight
Minimum height for females is 68cms and males is 74cms. Neither gender has a height limit. They can weigh between 34kgs and 41kgs.
Borzoi are good-natured, proud dogs. Despite their size they are very gentle and calm in the house; however they do not like intrusive strangers, and will take a while to become comfortable. They will get on reasonably well with children but do not like rough games and will not become their playmates. They will tolerate other dogs that are similarly-minded to themselves but they must be introduced to cats and other household pets at an early age as they will always react to the sight of a fleeing animal.
Whilst they are relatively quiet in the house, they do need ample amounts of exercise and large, open spaces to run and walk. Given they are hounds, keep in mind that they will run off after spotting any prey.
The Borzoi is an independent breed. They are difficult to train and they don’t always immediately respond to commands. They are stubborn and not really prone to obedience so it is essential that training is started at a young age.
The two most detrimental conditions facing this breed are bloat and metabolic bone disease. Soft bedding should be provided to prevent bed sores.