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Sighthounds had arrived in Russia from their original home in southwestern Asia by the Middle Ages. Here they developed into the Borzoi, a Russian term for all sighthounds, including some rarities virtually unknown in the West, such as the Taigan and the Chortaj. The Borzoi had spread westwards into Europe by the 19th century, where it became favored as a high-status pet and an aristocratic household dog, and was bred for companionship rather than hunting.


The Borzoi is a sweet, intelligent dog. They are proud and are extremely loyal to their family. They are quite affectionate with people they know well. They can be trained in obedience, but it should be remembered that they are hounds, and as such are more free-thinking, and less willing to please humans than some breeds. They are, however, very intelligent, and capable learners. The training of this breed needs to be gentle but firm and consistent.

The Borzoi needs an owner who displays a natural authority over him making the rules of the home clear and confidently sticking to them. Borzoi often appear to be cat-like in that they keep themselves quite clean.

They are quiet dogs, rarely barking. Like all other sight hounds, they are very fast, and have little-to-no territorial instinct. Therefore, they cannot be trusted off leash, unless in a securely fenced or very safe area. If they get sight of a small animal they may take off after it and not even hear you calling them back. Good with other dogs but should be supervised with small non-canine pets such as cats and rabbits. Spending time outdoors with small animals is not advised. Socialize them very well with cats and other pets at as young an age as possible, but remember the Borzoi will always be a hunter that may race after a fleeing animal.

His lightening snap can kill a small animal in a second. The Borzoi is a noble dog that gets along fairly well with children, but it is not ideally suited for being a child’s companion as it does not take well to rough-housing play.

During the growing stage, these dogs need a highly nutritional diet.

For more information on the Borzoi.

Websites relating to Borzoi Breeders, Clubs and Rescue Groups.

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  1. Sherry
    April 11, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Having lived with Borzoi, I can attest to their sweetness and intelligence as well as their willingness to please their person. I have competed with my Shefaro Borzoi in lure coursing, show, rally and obedience. Owners compete with their Shefaro Borzoi in agility, too. If you’d like to see what life with Borzoi can be, please visit my website http://www.shefaro.com Despite all their successes, my greatest pride is my Borzoi ability to work in service and therapy, as well as to be supreme companions. Please visit http://www.shefaro.com/serviceandtherapy to see how multifaceted a Borzoi truly can be.

  2. Jhin Smith
    December 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    The Borzoi, or Russian Wolfhound name comes from the Russian word, borzii, meaning swift. the dog’s task was to grab the wolf by the neck and throw it.These dogs are highly intelligent but a little aloof.While searching information on Borzoi i found this site providing relevant information. Thanks for the post

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