Borzoi Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Russian Wolfhound
  • Size:Large/Giant
  • Ease of Training:Low
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walk and a romp-around
  • Energy Level:Low
  • Protection:Low
  • Good with Children:Yes, with older more considerate children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:Male: 75-105, Female: 60-85 lbs
  • Height:Male: 28, Female: 26 inches
  • Coat Colour:Any

Borzoi Coat

The Borzoi has a unique and wonderfully patterned coat. It is silky and of moderate length with a thick plush under that fits closely to the body. They have a profuse neck mane, longer thick coat on the tail and back of hind legs. The coat is dirt shedding and resistant to matting, and may be flat, wavy, or curly. The Borzoi comes in a variety of colors such as white, golden, and tan or gray with black markings. These colors may be mixed or solid. They are heavy shedders.

Borzoi Character

The Borzoi is a tall and aristocratic breed. They are considered to be the embodiment of elegance and grace. They exude noble tranquility, reticence, and confidence. They are a docile and devoted companion. The Borzoi displays exceptional talents in hunting, sighting, and lure coursing.

Borzoi Temperament

The Borzoi is proud, sweet, and alert. They are extremely loyal to their family, and affectionate to people well known to them. They are aloof to strangers. They are quiet, well behaved, and seldom bark. For this reason they are not good watchdogs. They are not recommended for homes with small children, cats, or other small pets. They do well with other medium or large sized dogs they have been raised with. They are also terrific companions for older considerate children. The Borzoi is very slow to mature. They are not well suited for a two career family as they suffer depression and separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods of time. They are extremely sensitive, intelligent, and free thinking.

Borzoi Care

The Borzoi is relatively easy to groom. They need to be brushed regularly with a firm bristle brush and dry shampooed when needed. It is important to keep the hair on the pads trimmed to prevent splaying.

Borzoi Activity

The Borzoi requires an inordinate amount of exercise. They make excellent jogging and walking companions provided they are very securely leashed. They are relatively inactive indoors but will become bored and destructive if left alone for extended periods of time. They need plenty of space to run in a large securely fenced yard. They are able to adapt to apartment dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised.

Borzoi Health and Life Expectancy

The Borzoi has a life expectancy of around 9-13 years. There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed, and this includes retinopathy, cataracts, bone cancer, heart defects, PRA, bloat, and allergies to chemicals and medications. The parents of the Borzoi puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.