A large sized Borzoi
Borzoi Quick Summary
Also Known AsRussian Wolfhound
Height (at withers)26-33in (66-84cm)
Weight60-105lbs (27-48kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan12-14 years
Energy LevelLow-medium
Litter size1-11
Barking TendencyLow
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The Borzoi has a tall and elegant but robust build and resembles a greyhound in stature. The head is elongated and the coat is silky, and is either wavy or curly. The coat comes in a range of colours including white, white with markings, black and tan, red sable, brindle, red, and others.


Borzois tend to be graceful, dignified, and mild-mannered dogs. They are affectionate and wear an air of distinct calmness about themselves. They are quiet, sensitive and undemanding and so are suitable for both novice and experienced dog owners. However, they are intelligent and can become bored very easily, which can lead to destructive behaviour. Borzois are sociable and are suitable for older, more considerate children, but are a little on the large size to be around smaller kids. They get along with other large dogs too but are not suitable around smaller animals that may run, as Borzois like to chase. These dogs are normally quite reserved around strangers but do not appreciate being teased or startled, which could result in a more aggressive reaction. It should be noted that without proper socialisation, Borzois can become either too aggressive or too shy, and so early socialisation is essential.

History & Skills

Borzois originate from Russia and were popular amongst aristocrats, where they were bred to hunt wolves, foxes and hares across open terrain, and by relying on sight rather than scent. For this end they were developed to have agility and elegance, flowing lines, and grace and speed to chase and lure their quarry. Today their skills are showcased in agility events and sports like lure coursing.

Breed Specific Ailments

Borzois tend to live between 12-14 years and are fairly healthy dogs. However, like in many of the large breeds, there are some health related problems to watch out for, indlucing bloat and torsion, hip and shoulder dysplasia, OCD, PRA, retinopathy, cataracts, bone cancer, heart defects, and allergies to chemicals and medications.


Brozois are medium shedders but do also shed quite heavily on a seasonal basis. The coat should be brushed twice around a week, and daily during heavy shedding. Hair between the toes should be kept trimmed and the coat dry shampood when necessary.

Exercise & Environment

Borzois tend to live indoors, despite being cold weather dogs. And while they tend to be quiet and independent when indoors, outdoors they are very active and fast and need lots of space to run around in. They need access to a spacious yard or gargen for at least half an hour each day, and these areas need to be secure or else they can disappear pretty quickly. For the same reason they should only ever be walked on a leash, especially near busy roads and streets. An outside kennel run should be provided if they are to be left alone for long periods of time.


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