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The Borzoi or Russian Greyhound, a dog with a noble look

The Russian Borzoi or Sighthound has risen rapidly in Russia due to its noble appearance. It is considered one of the most spectacular breeds of sighthounds. It is a great hunter, but it can also be a calm and devoted pet.

Characteristics of the Borzoi

Possessing a certain elegance, the Borzoi has a slender body and an aristocratic air that recalls its links with the greyhound. It also has an imposing size harmoniously combined with a gesture full of finesse and balanced proportions. It can measure up to 85 cm and weigh up to 45 kg. The Borzoi is immediately recognizable by its particularly fine and narrow head with an almost absent stop and a muzzle longer than the skull. It reveals an expression of intelligence and gentleness by its wide-set, almond-shaped eyes. They can be arranged obliquely and have a dark brown or dark hazel color. As for the ears, they are carried high and are also fine and small, so as not to stand out from the rest of the body. This dog has a short, shiny and silky coat. The coat can be of different colors: plain white, white-brushed, white-fawn or white-black. It can also go in shades of gray or gold. Only brown and blue are forbidden.

History of the Borzoi breed

The origins of the Borzoi remain relatively unclear. However, it is said that this breed has existed for 900 years. It is said to be the result of a cross between the Laika and the Tazi or the Sloughi which are Asian sighthounds. This breed is an integral part of Russian culture. It was very appreciated by poets such as Tourgueniev and Pushkin and by some tsars who shaped the history of the country, such as Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible or Nicolas II. Unfortunately, because of the Russian revolution, the race almost disappeared. Fortunately, it was exported to England, Western Europe and the United States, which allowed it to be saved and developed. The official recognition by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) took place in 1956.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Borzoi

The Borzoi reveals two personalities. On the one hand, it can be reserved and quiet. However, behind this "sleeping water" hides a fiery character that reveals ardor and dynamism. Cohabiting with this breed will reserve you many surprises. Because of its highly developed hunting instinct, living with small animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits or cats may be a little complicated. It will be necessary to push its socialization to calm it. In addition, this dog is not always ready to submit to the whims of children. Children must treat him with respect. Besides, it is a sporty animal that needs to let off steam as much as possible.

Food and main health problems of the Borzoi

Like large dogs, the Borzoi is susceptible to stomach torsion problems. To avoid this, it is advisable to divide the meals of the day in several times. This breed can also be prone to Borzoi retinopathy which affects many greyhounds. Skin problems are also to be monitored.