AKC PuppyFinder: Borzoi Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Loyal, affectionate, regally dignified; a charming but independent-minded canine nobleman
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; This awesomely fast sprinter needs running room; at home, Borzoi are quiet and catlike
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 28 inches & up (male), 26 inches & up (female)
  • Weight: 75-105 pounds (male), 60-85 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 9-14 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet
Breed Description
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Once known as the Russian Wolfhound, the Borzoi is a graceful and swift sighthound, bred to chase and pin prey. There's nothing quite like the sight of a borzoi at full speed, often reaching 40 miles per hour. although almost cat-like in their independence, they are also affectionate and loyal family dogs. As agreeable and calm as they are, they can also be a bit stubborn and are always ready to give chase. your borzoi puppy will respond to gentle, patient training. born to run, he'll chase anything that moves, so a fenced-in yard and leash training are important.

History & Job
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Origin: Russia

Year Recognized: 1891

Breed History & Job Description: Wolf hunting was an all-consuming passion of the Russian aristocracy. For centuries, nobles would gather for ritualized hunts on their vast estates. It wasn’t unusual for a hundred Brozoi and just as many servants to be employed in these extravagant affairs, which concluded with a great feast at the manor house. With the 1917 Russian Revolution came the wholesale slaughter of the nobility and their aristocratic hounds. If not for the breed’s fans abroad, the Borzoi might have gone extinct.

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Being a giant breed, they can develop osteosarcoma (bone cancer) or heart problems. Bloat and torsion are also seen in any large, deep-chested breed. Some Borzoi are very sensitive to certain types of anesthesia, and if your Borzoi has to have surgery, your vet needs to be aware of this. Because of their lack of body fat, Borzoi absorb these drugs differently. Ropum (Xylazine) should not be used in the breed.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Degenerative Myelopathy DNA Test
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