Breed of the Week: Borzoi
Borzoi are a minimum of 26 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 105lbs. Large and impressive looking, they are actually a light sprinting breed meant to course after game by sight rather than smell. They have an elongated muzzle that transitions smoothly towards the skull with almost not defined stop. The longer silky coat of the Borzoi grows in a single layer so requires very little grooming.
Quiet and athletic, the Borzoi is often described as cat-like. They do well in almost any living situation provided they receive adequate exercise. Borzoi are considered to be an intelligent breed and do well in sports such as coursing, obedience and agility. Unlike some breeds, the Borzoi are affectionate but not considered needy. They often can be seen as independent and confident dogs who seek interaction on their terms.
Like many large breed dogs, the big health concerns relate to the hearts and bones of the Borzoi. Cardiomiopathy and OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans) are not uncommon and should be watched for with any large dog. While eye disorders used to be more common in Borzoi, effective and responsible breeding has limited most cases.
• Borzoi were originally bred to hunt in large packs for Russian wolves- some aristocracy would use over 100 hounds for each hunt.
• Originally known as the Russian Wolfhound, Borzoi were brought to the USA in 1889 and have slowly grown in popularity, remaining a fairly rare breed.
• With a curved back and a lot of leg, this unique looking breed can run up to 40 miles per hour!