Borzoi was once called the Russian Wolfhound.
In addition to the show ring, today's Borzoi can be found competing in
lure coursing events, obedience, agility, and flyball.
This is not a breed that will fit into every household. Borzoi are
considered a giant breed and stand up to 31 inches tall at the shoulder. Even though they are large dogs, they are graceful animals,
and with proper training make excellent house dogs.
They have a long
silky coat, usually white that is marked in lemon, tan, grey, brindle, or
Borzoi are intelligent, independent, and can be stubborn. Aloof with strangers,
devoted to their families. When raised with children,
most Borzoi are good companions, but they are not a breed that will
tolerate a child's rough-housing. Borzoi are sight
hounds, bred to chase and catch game by sight; any small animal that
runs may trigger this response.
Bear this in mind if there are other pets in the house - especially cats.
Basic obedience training and socialization are recommended.
Patience and consistency are the keys to training.
Borzoi mature slowly, so the
destructive tendencies of puppyhood are there for a long time in a very
large dog. Boredom often leads to destructive behaviour. Attention and exercise can
help; however, if the dog is to be left alone for long
periods of time, you should consider having an outdoor run built
or providing a crate inside. Borzoi require
regular exercise. To see a Borzoi running is to watch poetry in motion. However, it is NEVER advisable to allow a
Borzoi to run loose.