Russian Wolfhound, Barzoï, Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya, Psovoi
The borzoi is a running hound capable of hunting large, fierce game in a very cold climate. As such, it retains the greyhound build necessary for running at great speed, but it is larger and stronger than the greyhound. Its jaws should be strong enough to hold down a wolf. The long, silky coat, which can be either flat, wavy or rather curly, provides protection against cold weather and snow. Borzois should possess elegance and grace, with flowing lines, whether standing or moving.
A breed of quiet elegance, the borzoi exemplifies the well-mannered house dog. Outdoors, it races with wild abandon, and it will chase any small animal that runs. It is independent but very sensitive. Although generally good with children, it may not be playful enough to satisfy some children. Some can be timid. It is reserved with strangers.
|Size||Large to Giant|
|Height||Male: 28 inches (71 cm)Female: 26 inches (66 cm)|
|Weight||Male: 75-105 pounds (34-48 kg)Female: 60-90 pounds (27-41kg)|
|Colors||Black Brindle Cream Cream Red Sable White|
|Good In Apartments||
Will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and are so peaceful it might escape notice, but outside they need plenty of space to walk and run—so they will do best with at least an average-sized yard. In the city he should only be let off the lead in a safe, enclosed space.
|Good With Children||
Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also shy toward other pets and shy toward strangers.
|Good With Dogs||
|Good With Cats||
To maintain their fitness these dogs need plenty of exercise, including a long daily walk and regular opportunities to run off the leash, however in some countries it is forbidden to allow all the dogs in this fleet-footed hunting category off the leash. The Borzoi make excellent jogging companions and usually enjoy running alongside a bicycle but beware, a Borzoi is quite likely to shoot off after any prey it catches sight of. If this happens you will need to react very quickly.
Difficult Training: The Borzoi is not the most naturally obedient dog, but if trained in an atmosphere of mutual respect it will learn what is expected of it. It becomes bored quickly with repetitive tasks. Borzois excel in competitive obedience and agility trials.
Moderate Maintenance: The Borzoi’s long, silky coat can be flat, wavy or even a little curly. Although it looks glamorous, it’s not especially difficult to care for. It’s resistant to dirt and mud, which just drops off when the coat dries. Brush the coat weekly with a pin brush. Be sure to check for mats behind the ears and in the area where the legs meet the body. Bathe the Borzoi only as needed.
Constant Shedding: Borzoi shed heavily. Regular brushing will help keep those hairs off your furniture, floors and clothing.