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Borzoi: Breed Characteristics, Care & Exercise Needs (Russian Wolfhound)

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About Borzoi

Country of Origin, History of Borzois

Brozoi were bred to course (chase) small prey of hare and vermin, they were also adept at hunting down wolf and even bear in native Russia. This ability to hunt in packs like wolves gave the breed its’ earlier name of Russian Wolfhound.

These breeding characteristics are still apparent in today’s Borzoi and should be considered when choosing one to share your home.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

Borzoi means “swift” in Russian. The Borzoi is a sight hound with an elegant stance and an aristocratic demeanor. A tall, narrow frame and arching spine sets this breed apart and enables it to run fast and chase prey with incredible speed and agility.


Males can reach 28" in height .
Females are slightly smaller with a height around 26".


Males weigh 75-105 lbs.
Females weight approximately 60-90 lbs.

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Borzoi Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.


Borzoi are light on the lead and with training. They make great pets for runners, bicyclers and those who rollerblade. Cat-like at home, they require little space inside and have a great deal of “down time” between exercises.

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Health and Care

While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. There are cases of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully.

All breeding dogs should have their hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it is advised that all breeders should test their breeding stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will be able to produce the results in writing.

Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. . Because these dogs are (as a general rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.

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Group: Hound Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 103

Also Known As: Russian Hunting Sighthound.

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