Borzoi

Hound Group

Borzoi dog sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 26-31 in, Males 28-33 in

Weight

Females 60-85 lbs, Males 75-105 lbs

Life Expectancy

9-14 yrs

History

The Borzoi is a sighthound that originated in Russia, bred for hundreds of years by Russian nobles for hunting wolves. They were popular with Tsars before the 1917 revolution and for centuries, could not be acquired unless gifted by a Tsar. During the Romanov rule, nobles would host enormous hunting events on their estates, bringing in a hundred or more Borzois. The breed almost went extinct during the revolution, as many were killed off along with the Romanovs and their nobles.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Borzois will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

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★★★☆☆

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★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

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Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆☆☆


Prey Drive

★★★★★


Shedding

★★★★★

Common Traits

Borzois are sweet, gentle, laid-back couch potatoes as long as their daily exercise needs are met

Can be picky eaters and are prone to bloat

Affectionate with family and range from aloof to mildy friendly towards strangers

Tend to be independent and a bit stubborn but are easy to train if you properly motivate them and keep training interesting

As sighthounds, they will chase anything that moves and can hit speeds of almost 40 mph