Borzoi Dog Breed – TOP 10 Interesting Facts
The Borzoi is a Russian hunting dog that is elegant, athletic independent and calm. There are TOP 10 interesting facts about the Borzoi. Number one origin – the Borzoi is a dog breed developed in Russia and their history can be traced back to 15th or 16th century and it’s closely related to previous Mongol invasion.
Mongols typically used sighthounds of arabic type called Koutsie Those dogs were crossbred with russian hunting dog called Loshaya. Loshaya dogs were not sighthounds but they were extremely strong and it is said that they were able to kill an adult elk.
The result of this cross was the beginning of the Borzoi breed, but later these dogs were also crossed with some other breeds. Number 2 royalty – the borzoi was favorite dog of russian aristocracy who used them for coursing.
Additionally hunting with Borzoi became favorite sport of russian royalty but, because of that, after the russian communist revolution in 1917 everything that was associated with the royalty became unpopular and the Borzoi popularity declined a lot, but the breed survived and even today, even though they are pretty rare they are not on the verge of extinction, because there are plenty of breeders around the whole world.
Number 3 hunters today majority of borzois are companion dogs but they still have their amazing hunting skills they are known as Russian Wolfhound and indeed these dogs were used to hunt running game such as wolves, but also hare or foxes in open ground, where they use their high speed endurance, strength and agility to defeat the prey.
Borzoi love running and chasing and because of that they are perfect adepts for dog sport called lure coursing. Number four eyes – the Borzoi is a typical sighthound with extremely good eyes. Their eyes are frontally placed on the head, giving them a 270 degree field of sight which is why they have amazingly wide field of vision And not only that their eyes are very effective they also look great.
The Borzoi have pretty large almond shaped expressive brown eyes. Number five size – the Borzoi is not extremely heavy, actually it’s quite slim and athletic breed and their weight is typically between 25 to 48 kilograms which is 55 to 105 pounds.
On the other hand they are very very tall, they are definitely giant dog breed and their height is between 68 to 85 centimeters which is 27 to 33 inches. The females are normally a little bit smaller than males.
Number six famous dogs – the borzoi became quite popular in the Western world during the 20th century especially in the USA They were part of many silent movies with actors such as Hope Hampton they were subject of many paintings and oftentimes they appeared in the front pages of magazines.
They also had famous owners. For example Picasso or Marilyn Monroe Number seven coat – one of the breeds hallmark, next to their large body is their coat. They have long and silky coat and the long top coat is quite flat with varying degrees of waviness and curling.
This is double coated dog and the thick double coat is helping the Borzoi to live in very cold areas. You can find this breed in almost any color and color combination. Number 8 companions – borzois tend to be very loyal and devoted and they tend to be great companions.
Because of their hunting heritage they are not the best fit for families with other household pets or they need to be extensively socialized with them from their puppyhood. They are known to be very smart, quiet sensitive and calm.
On the other hand they are also pretty independent, so they are not total pushovers to train. Because of their independent and sensitive nature, they need patient and firm, but not harsh trainer. If you will provide them with enough exercise, the Borzoi is a good indoor pet, which is calm and quiet.
Number 9 escaping – the borzoi is a breed bred for hunt and you should never forget it. They are driven by their sight and nose and when they will see something in distance they consider as a prey, they will most likely try to chase it.
That is why you should only leave these dogs off leash in fenced or well-known areas. When they start a hunt it’s almost impossible to recall them. Number 10 health – the Borzoi is usually a healthy dog breed with average lifespan around 10 or 11 years, which is pretty good for a dog of this size Most giant dog breeds suffer from hip dysplasia and other joint and bones problems, but these are not that common in Borzoi The most common health issues due to the borzoi deep chest is bloating They also suffer from cardiomyopathy.
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