The Borzoi is quite a large breed. He stands high on his legs and has long hair. The Borzoi is a Russian greyhound and is known for its independent character. The behavior of a Borzoi often compared to a cat. He likes to do what he wants and does not respond quickly to commands. The Borzoi is suitable as a family dog.
Despite the fact that this breed can get along very well with people, there are some points you have to take into account if you are interested in this breed. A Borzoi cannot get along with everybody and it is also important that you know how to raise a Borzoi. Do you want to know exactly how this works? Then read this article.
The history: a greyhound from Russia
In the past the name “Borzoi” was used as a collective name for several greyhounds from Russia. The history of this collective name begins in 1260. At that time, these dogs were used in large groups to hunt wolves, hares and other types of game. Around the year 1800 the Borzoi was divided into seven different subtypes. One of these subtypes is the Borzoi, as we know it today. This type is also called the Perchino type.
The Perchino type was a dog of nobility, which used to be kept only by people of nobility. After the Russian Revolution, many Borzois were killed, leaving only a few kennels where this breed lived. When this breed came to America, the Borzoi quickly gained a reputation as a glamour dog due to its unusual appearance.
Around 1874 the Borzoi came for the first time to the Netherlands. Years later a breeding regulation was set up to make sure that the behaviour of this breed became gentler. This way more and more people could enjoy this unique breed. The character of the Borzoi as we know it today is very different from the character of the Borzoi as it used to be.
The character: independent and timid
The Borzoi is known for his self-confidence and independence. They like to be in charge of their own behavior and therefore don’t react quickly on commands. The Borzoi is not overly energetic and has a balanced personality. In general they are very quiet. In general the Borzoi is very good with people, especially with his owner he is very affectionate. Towards strangers he can be more reserved. Even with young children it’s wise to always keep an eye on them.
The Borzoi likes to get attention, but he also likes to be alone to rest. This makes it easier for families to take care of this breed. Training this dog on the other hand can be a challenge; you can read more about this later.
The appearance and build: big and strong
The Borzoi stands out because of his big body. This breed is bred to be active and fast, in order to hunt as good as possible. Especially the neck and the jaws of a Borzoi are very strong. The head of this breed is long and narrow; this also applies to his jaws. The teeth of a Borzoi are big and strong. His ears hang back and fall over his head. His strong neck flows nicely into his shoulders. His chest is relatively narrow, which gives the illusion of a long body.
The legs of the borzoi are straight and strong. They have well developed muscles; this also applies to the hips. Because of