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AKC Meet the Breeds: Borzoi

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

A graceful, elegant hound, the Borzoi is a sight hound, meaning he hunts by sight rather than scent. The breed's tall and rangy body allows him to chase quarry for long distances. Today, they are popular in the lure coursing field, and are often seen in the show and companion event rings as well. Their long, silky coat can be flat, wavy or curly and may be any color or combination of colors.

A Look Back

Developed by crossing Arabian greyhounds with a thick-coated, Russian breed, the Borzoi has been bred by the Russian aristocracy for hundreds of years. They were created to hunt wolves, fox and hare over the open plains of Russia, often in hunting parties of more than 100 dogs. Until 1936, the Borzoi was known as the Russian Wolfhound in America.

Right Breed for You?

Even though the Borzoi is large, the breed makes a great house pet. Although affectionate with their owners, they are rather catlike and have independent and undemanding natures. They need daily exercise, but will chase anything that moves, so they need to be kept on leash or in a fenced area. Regular brushing and bathing is necessary to maintain their lustrous coats.

  • Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1891.
  • Height: At least 28 inches tall at the shoulder for males and 26 inches tall for females; Weight: 60 to 105 pounds, depending on sex.
  • Wolf hunter.

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