Borzoi

Temperament:

Calm, Intelligent, Shy
Size: Large
Height: 68-85 cm
Weight: 25-47 kg
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Coat: Longhair
Colors: Combination of all colors (never with blue, brown or gradations thereof).
FCI Group: Sighthounds

Borzoi are proud and noble sighthounds that need a lot of exercise and exercise. In fact, it is one of the fastest animals in the world. Their urge to move is accordingly very great. Nevertheless, they are calm and gentle creatures - well suited as family dogs. A Borzoi is a perfect blend of high-spirited looks and well-mannered temperament.

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Characteristics

One of the most elegant sighthounds are the Borzoi. An adult borzoi comes to at least 75 cm tall and weighs between 34 and 47 kilograms. The females are slightly smaller and weigh less.

Under her silky and fine fur is a genuine Greyhound. He has a robust build as well as an elongated, strong bone structure, but is by no means massive. Once the Borzoi were known as russian wolfhounds known. They were bred for the hunting pleasures of the Russian aristocracy.

Borzoi are described as very calm, but also feline. In their own way, they can be very stubborn. So it is best to train your borzoi with a lot of patience, consistency and a good portion of good humor. And of course treat them with love.

They are well suited as family dogs. Because they are not interested in scuffles or the like. Nevertheless, the sight of a cat or squirrel will arouse their instinct to chase. Therefore, a fenced running area is an advantage or even a must.

Starting early with so-called puppy schools is strongly recommended for borzoi. Because this dog is very shy and should be socialized in puppy age. He shies away from strangers. However, if the puppy has positive experiences with a variety of people, places and situations, he can develop into a well-adjusted adult dog.

Borzoi are intelligent. In addition, they are very affectionate to their owners and to the people who know them well. But they also claim a certain independence. Sometimes they can be persistent. Then training with them is a real challenge. Patience, thoughtfulness and consistency is required from you as the owner.

Overall, a borzoi is a well-mannered companion. Just remember that borzoi were primarily bred to hunt. Any small animal that runs can trigger this reaction in your borzoi. Therefore, the breed should always be on a leash when walking.

Coat care:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Shedding:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Energy level:

Little
Medium
High

Trainability:

Little
Medium
Good

Children suitable:

Less
With supervision
Perfect

The right food

Surprisingly, Borzoi tend to eat less than one might expect given their size.

The feed should be of high quality. It doesn't matter if it's a commercially produced wet or dry food or if you prepare it yourself with the help of a nutritionist. Basically, the food must be adapted to the age, size and activity of your four-legged friend.

In addition, dogs of the Borzoi breed are often prone to Overweight. Therefore, pay close attention to the calorie consumption and weight development of your dog. Clean, fresh drinking water should always be available.

Dog lovers know: Treats are a great support when training dogs. However, too many treats lead to obesity. Therefore, you should use treats sparingly and include them in the calculation of the daily food requirement. This way you avoid weight problems.

Borzoi care

Borzoi need a intensive hair care. Through a regular brushing You can brush off loose or dead hairs and dirt with a needle brush. It is recommended that you do this daily. As an alternative to a pin brush, you can use a comb brush for dogs.

About once a year, the borzoi will shed more fur than usual for several weeks. During this time, more frequent brushing or combing is required. Regular washing keeps your borzoi nice and clean and his coat optimally groomed.

As with all breeds, the claws be shortened regularly. Also, the ears of a borzoi should be checked regularly.

Borzoi, like most other large dog breeds, have the risk of a Gastric torsion. Therefore, you should not take him on strenuous long walks or activities before or after feeding.

Suitable accessories

Borzoi are graceful and very athletic animals. They are good house dogs. But only if they enough exercise every day get. A securely fenced large facility where he can really let off steam would be ideal for him.

Borzoi are greyhounds. That is why they chase everything that moves. Therefore, you should always be in a closed area are located. If this is not possible, a borzoi should be always on the leash be led. A good leash is therefore the essential accessory for your borzoi. A sturdy and body-fitting collar or a Tableware should also not be missing.

The basic equipment includes, as with other dogs, a exhausting- and Water bowl, Dog mat, Transport box, Brush and Comb.

Borzoi are sociable animals that need close contact with their owners to feel good. Therefore it is good to be active together with them. This way you meet his urge to move. This is possible with dog sports. The borzoi enjoys it but also your companion at the Cycling or Jogging to be Toys for fetch are recommended.

Borzoi history

Origin & History

During the reign of the Romanov in Russia was the Wolf hunting one of the greatest passions of the aristocracy. The nobles organized ritualized hunting expeditions in their vast estates, and it was not uncommon for hundreds of Borzoi participated in it. These traditional hunting expeditions ended afterwards with a feast of the landlord.

Among the many famous people who were fascinated by this breed of dogs was the writer Tolstoywho immortalized these hunting expeditions in his work War and Peace.

Thus, the borzoi was an integral part of Russian culture and history until the Russian Revolution. Thus, a French chronicle from the 11th century records that the daughter Anna of the Grand Duke of Kiev, who had gone to France came to marry Henry I, had three borzoi in her entourage. Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Nicholas II, Pushkin, Turgenev were also enraptured by this breed.

With the Russian Revolution and the fall of the aristocracy, the Borzoi - like other breeds - came under threat. However, by then this breed was already so famous that long years before the revolution dog breeders from England and the USA had begun to import this breed and breed it locally. Thus, the further breeding of this breed outside Russia could avoid the breed becoming extinct.

In the USA until 1936 the breed was called Russian Wolfhound. After long debates it finally received its name Borzoiwhich comes from the Russian word borzyi descends and "fast" means.

The breed has been definitively recognized by the FCI since 1956.

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