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Basic characteristics

Country/Region of Origin:                                                         Russia
Trainability:                                                                            Medium
Size:                                                                                              Big
weight:                                                                                   65-82Kg
Energy level:                                                                          Medium
Exercise needed:                                                              45min/daily
Color:                                                             Black/Gray/white/silver
Protection:                                                                              Medium
Shedding:                                                                                    Low
Area needed:                                                                                Big



Additional information (Wiki): Borzoi are large Russian sight hounds, they look similar to a number of Middle-Asian breeds such as the Afghan hound and the Kyrgyz Taigan. Their fur is silky and flat, and wavy or slightly curly.

The Borzoi is a quiet and intelligent but athletic and independent dog. Most Borzoi are almost silent, barking only very rarely. They do not have strong territorial drives and cannot be relied on to raise the alarm upon sighting a human intruder. They are gentle and highly sensitive dogs with a natural respect for humans, and as adults they are decorative couch potatoes with remarkably gracious house-manners. Borzois should never display dominance or aggression towards people. Typically however, they are rather reserved and sensitive to invasion of their personal space; this can make them nervous around children unless they are brought up with them from an early age. Despite their size they adapt very well to suburban living, provided they have a spacious yard and regular opportunities for free exercise.

These are dogs used to pursue, or "course", game and they have a powerful instinct to chase things that run from them. Borzoi are built for speed and endurance, and they can cover long distances in a very short time. A fully-fenced yard is an absolute necessity for keeping any sighthound. They are highly independent and will range far and wide without containment, and they have no regard at all for road traffic. For off-lead exercise a Borzoi needs a very large field or park, either fully fenced or well away from any roads, to ensure their safety.

Generally, Borzoi should not be territorially aggressive to other domestic dogs. Against wolves and other wild canids, they are born with specialized skills, but these are quite different from the dog-fighting instincts seen in some breeds. It is quite common for Borzoi at play to course (run down) another dog, seizing it by the neck and holding it immobile. Young pups do this with their littermates, trading off as to who is the prey. It is a specific hunting behavior, not a fighting or territorial domination behavior.

Borzoi can be raised very successfully to live with cats and other small animals provided they are introduced to them at a young age. Some, however, will possess the hunting instinct to such a degree that they find it impossible not to chase a cat that is moving quickly. The hunting instinct is triggered by movement and much depends on how the cat behaves.

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