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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The Borzoi, also called the Russian Wolfhound, was a favorite of the czars. The Borzoi dog breed was originally bred to hunt wild animals on open land. They are sighthounds, meaning they do not rely on scent in the hunt. To many people, they look like greyhounds with medium-long, curly coats. Yet rather than running fast, Borzois are known for their toughness. Their ancestors include Russian herding dogs, who were bred not only to hunt but defend against wolves.

Here are the characteristics of the Borzoi breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

Borzoi's Behavior

The Borzoi breed is known for its high level of activity. The Borzoi dog breed still displays plenty of killer instincts, which sometimes get Borzois in trouble with other dogs. While they are generally gentle with people, they are not the best dogs for families with children.

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

Borzoi's Physical Characteristics

* Size: Males: 28 inches; females: 26 inches
* Coat: Long and silky but not wooly, with hair that's either flat, wavy, or curly.
* Color: any color or color combination
* Eyes: dark with dark rims
* Ears: Small
* Skull: slightly domed, long and narrow
* Muzzle: long
* Nose: "Roman"
* Tail: Long

The Borzoi's Origins and History

Country/Region of Origin: Russia

Original purpose: hunting wolves

Name: also called the Russian Wolfhound

Historical notes: According to tradition the Borzoi breed was introduced to Russia to Kublai Khan. However, the breed shows clear interbreeding with various Russian sheepherding breeds. For a long time Borzois were restricted to the czar, who could give them as gifts. Today, a Borzoi is on the logo of the Knopf publishing imprint.


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