Over 50 Facts About Borzoi Dogs Answered

A large long dog robed in a long, silky coat with an extraordinarily long and narrow head. The Borzoi was bred in Russia to course wolves and other game across open fields and, if necessary, to capture and hold it until the arrival of the huntsman. It takes about three years for a borzoi head to mature and reach its final shape. Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 novel War and Peace contains an extensive wolf hunting scene with Borzois in book 7, chapters 3 to 6. Built for speed and endurance, they can cover long distances in a very short time. This breed is the second tallest sighthound breed in existence.

Borzoi Dog Breed Information

Appearance The coat of the borzoi is short, straight and dense. The coat is wavy and waterproof, helping protect the borzoi from the cold. The borzoi’s coloring is either jet black or sandy (very dark chocolate brown or chestnut). The iris of the eyes is brown or black. They have long ears that are pricked out, with a big and expressive double ring of fur around them. The breed standard for the borzoi requires the snout to be between 11 and 12 cm in length. The breed standards are slightly relaxed and allow a longer snout size. They have large, flat nose pads and sharp, hard wolf-like eyes. Their ears are set high and stiff. The ears curl over to the side to protect the face when the dog is lying down. The ears can grow up to 1.3 m, in which they can appear bushy.

What Kind of Temperament Does The Borzoi Have?

Most borzois are very calm dogs but if they are put into a situation where they feel threatened, such as one of the snowiest winters in recent history or a competition in which they may face other animals such as skunks and coyotes, they will display aggressive behavior. The Borzoi is a sighthound, known for its natural instincts, boldness, and speed. It is intelligent, loyal, and willing to do just about anything to please its owner. Learn more about Borzoi dogs, their bloodline and their abilities and find out what you need to know to own one. Click Here to order the Borzoi Unleashed Official Membership Guide, available exclusively to Borzoi owners and their dogs.

Over 50 Facts About Borzoi Dogs Answered
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What Should I Feed My Borzoi?

As in most dogs, the diet of a Borzoi should consist of both meat and vegetables. Meat is best when the Borzoi is younger and eating more regularly. Its size and activity level will determine how much meat is recommended. These can be two or three meals a day or less depending on the breed’s energy level. Meat diets should be well balanced and be devoid of saturated fats, carbohydrates and grains. Carbohydrates from cereals and pasta can lead to an unhealthy type of hyperlipidemia (fatty accumulation in the blood) that increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. There are several commercially available wet food diets that provide all the necessary nutrients, yet the dog’s digestibility depends on the type of meat, fat, and carbohydrate.

How Much Grooming Does The Borzoi Need?

Borzoi groom themselves as they would any dog. They need to be groomed about once a month, but will probably need more frequent grooming in the springtime when they are shedding. Should You Pet A Borzoi? It is advised that borzoi are kept in pairs, as these two-to-three-year-old puppies tend to display dominant behaviors. Sources: http://www.howmuchgroomingdoestheborzoineed.com/ http://www.wryeandsonline.co.uk/borzoi-life-style-shaping/ http://www.theinfogb.

Is The Borzoi Easy To Train?

Yes! It is very easy to train. Borzois love to work and love the fresh air. Therefore, training them is as easy as teaching a dog to fetch a ball. The Borzoi really loves to please its master and trainer. The training process should be started early on because the Borzoi’s mind is active and, if trained properly, the dog will perform his duties perfectly. Do Borzoi Dogs Live For Very Long? Some Borzoi dogs are immortal! In fact, there is an Old Lady Borzoi with three generations of pure Borzoi blood running around and living in Berlin, Germany. She has spent a remarkable age of 172 years! The oldest known Borzoi dog was possibly a two-year-old female which lived up to 25 years. The average life expectancy of the Borzoi is 11 years.

What Health Issues Does The Borzoi Have?

The Borzoi is an energetic dog breed which is prone to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. They have a short back bone, which is the most dangerous medical problem they face. Borzoi’s well-being will be directly affected by a physical instability of their front legs, which may cause weak limbs. Keep Your Borzoi Healthy This breed needs to be exercised and worked out regularly. Your Borzoi dog needs to undergo the same care and exercise that you provide to him or her. Regular exercise and lots of space to roam around in a house will keep the Borzoi healthy and energetic. Weight And Size The Borzoi is a full-blooded breed and will require plenty of extra space to keep his or her weight in check.

What Is The History of The Borzoi?

Borzoi dogs come from the area of the Volga in Russia. A pure bred Borzoi is one who can trace its ancestors back to a dog that belonged to one of the Tsars, a Czar, or to a well-known Russian military or nobility figure. A Borzoi’s story can be traced back to approximately 17th century. The Borzoi is said to be the inspiration for the Braccialetti della Ragazza (male satin shoes). The popularity of this breed dates back to the Russian nobility, who bred and trained borzoi dogs to hunt wolves. However, these were not professional dogs, but just the dogs of aristocrats. In Russia, the Borzoi is celebrated as a symbol of Russian statehood, and although the tradition is fading, it is still an integral part of Russian culture.

What Is The Breed Standard of The Borzoi?

A Borzoi is a very long, very stout, deep chested dog. It has a large triangular shaped head with a distinct broad forehead, prominent jowls and a short beard. The shoulders, neck and back are long and well formed and muscular. The shoulders are sloped and carried a heavy layer of fat. The bones of the legs are well formed and are tight. The legs and hooves are sturdy and healthy. The body and tail are muscular and massive and the feet are broad and deep. The legs are long and slender and should be straight and straight from paw to heel. The coat is short, silky, slightly overwhipped on the tip of the tail. The body is long, not a bit leggy, strong and compact, with long legs, a tapering body and short tail. The skull is long and broad and the teeth and lips are of medium size.