|Group:||Hounds (Group 4)|
|Club:||Borzoi Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mrs Sally Stasytis|
Background The Borzoi (or Russian Wolfhound) originated in Russia, being recognised in its modern form in the 17th century. The Borzoi was bred as a "coursing" or hunting dog, using its excellent speed and sight to chase and run down foxes, hares and wolves. The agility and strength of the Borzoi lent itself perfectly to the great hunting traditions of the Russian aristocracy as immortalised by Leo Tolstoy in "War and Peace". Because of their elegance and grace, Borzoi soon attracted international interest and were soon found all over the world. The first Borzoi was exported to Australia in 1898.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking in on for its lifetime. Borzoi live to 10 - 12 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Generally speaking, the Borzoi is a calm, sensitive, gentle giant that responds well to a loving owner. A reserved and dignified breed, it is not suited to rough handling or aggressive training. As with all dogs, this breed will benefit from basic obedience training. Borzois need to be handled sensitively, and any children with whom this breed is to live, must be taught to handle the dog quietly and sensibly. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. Although a Borzoi loves to run and enjoys frequent walks, it is also happy to find a comfortable bed or place in the backyard and rest quietly. This breed is adept at finding the most comfortable position in the house for a nap - quite frequently on your bed!
Compatibility with other pets When properly socialised as puppies, Borzoi can live amicably with other pets in your household. It is important to remember, however, that the Borzoi was bred to chase running game and that care should be taken with cats and other small animals when in the backyard or out walking.
Care Requirements Borzoi are surprisingly small eaters for their size, and only eat about the same amount of food as a medium sized dog. As well as being fed a high quality balanced diet, a Borzoi enjoys chewing large bones, particularly when left alone for periods of time. The Borzoi coat is easy to maintain. Brushing several times a week and bathing regularly will keep the coat clean and assist with flea control. A primary part of Borzoi care is the importance of regular exercise. These dogs need to visit open spaces such as parks or the beach, where they can be exercised "off leash". It is vital for the physical and mental wellbeing of this breed that regular exercise be maintained. Ideally, the Borzoi needs a large backyard, although this can be compensated for with long daily walks. As with all dogs, the Borzoi requires regular veterinary checks and lots of loving care!
Please Take Note Borzoi are agile dogs that need adequate fencing in order to keep them safely enclosed, particularly in the city. Like other large dogs, Borzois are occasionally prone to gastric torsion or "bloat". Consult the breeder of your dog or your veterinarian for additional information. Although this breed is quite capable of successfully undertaking basic obedience training, it is generally not responsive to more complex or specialist training.
Ideal Owner/s The ideal owner of this breed is someone who regularly takes their dog for long walks, but is happy to have a couch potato at home! Borzoi are not suited to rough play or being physically reprimanded, and respond better to owners who employ calm vocal discipline. A loving owner will be rewarded with great affection by this devoted breed.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Borzoi and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.