American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Borzoi


History

Developed by crossing the Arabian Greyhound with the long haired Russian Shepherds, the Borzi originated in Russia hundreds of years ago. This breed is known as a "sight-hound". Sight-hounds are used for their excellent speed capability and to hunt down wild animals, large or small, with simply using their keen eyes and fast feet. This breed was known for their ability to catch wolves, foxes and other wild animals. This breed is quite popular in the USA today and used for companions and hunting.

Appearance

The Borzoi is a large breed dog with males and females measuring up to 28 inches in height and weighing 65-105 pounds in weight. This breed is built extremely tall, long and thin. Their head is large, narrow and slanted, forming into their muzzle that is about the same width. Their two eyes are oblong in shape and generally a light hazel to black in color. Their two ears are small in size and are folded back alongside of their head. Their tail is long in length, positioned down and close to the body, with hair flowing off of it. This breed has a single layer, wavy coat that is rough to the touch and available in all colors and color combinations.

Temperament

The Borzi isn't a breed meant for everyone. This breed is known to think for themselves, more than obey their human owners. This breed can make a good companion if given early socialization and obeience classes, as well as having a firm and conifdent owner who is able to remain pack leader at all times, be persistent with rules and boundaris and simply provide enough physical and mental exercise daily. This breed will always have a natural sense to hunt wild animals, and due to this, a properly installed fence is required at all times while they are outside, for their safety. This breed does best in homes with other dogs only. This breed is a good learner and should be reminded of these rules often, to show they are not the pack leaders. This breed can be very loving, loyal and affectionate to their family when all of their requirements are met daily.

Grooming

This breed does shed. Brush daily and bathe when needed. A trip to a professional groomer is required about twice a year.

Special Notes

Please fully research the Borzoi breed prior to adding one to your home to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially to your new family member. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard to roam within daily. This breed is sensitive to medications and is prone to bloat. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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