Borzoi Breed Information and Facts

Considering getting a Borzoi? Makes sure you know the characteristics of the breed. We've put together the following Borzoi breed information and facts to create a profile of this dog so you have the critical information necessary to make a decision.


The Borzoi has a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.

The Borzoi was bred by aristocrats in Czarist Russia to be a coursing sighthound. The first standard for the Borzoi was written in 1650, but the breed is believed to have been around long before that time. Also known as the Russian Wolfhound, the Borzoi’s ancestry includes the Russian Bearhound, Russian Owtchar, coursing hounds of the Tatars and some ancient sighthound breeds.

The Borzoi weighs 60 to 90 pounds and measures 26 to 32 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Borzoi has a long silky coat that sheds lightly most of the year then more heavily with the change of seasons in the spring and fall. During their heavy shedding seasons, the Borzoi should be brushed a few times a week, otherwise once a week is sufficient. The Borzoi is naturally clean and only needs bath when especially dirty. Like all dogs, the Borzoi also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Borzoi is dignified and noble.

The Borzoi is a rambunctious puppy that matures into a quiet, laidback adult. The Borzoi’s adult personality is almost cat-like. They are independent and just fine being on their own for awhile. Borzois do not demand attention; however they do welcome and appreciate it. The Borzoi is affectionate with their family and happy to be around them. They can even be a little clownish.

The Borzoi can do fine with children if raised with them, but does better in a household with older children. The Borzoi appreciates a calm environment and has very little patience for the loud, sometimes rough, behavior of younger kids. In general, the Borzoi is sensitive to noise and chaos. Stress can be emotionally and physically devastating to this breed and they are best suited to a stable home.

Training Needs
The Borzoi is intelligent and learns quickly. They tend to be stubborn, but respond well to consistency and praise. Borzois are naturals at agility and lure coursing once they have mastered basic obedience. As part of their training, Borzois also need early socialization as they can be shy or suspicious of new people.

Activity Level
Bred to be a sighthound, the Borzoi is quick and athletic. The Borzoi should have a long daily walk but makes an even better jogging companion. The Borzoi also needs regular time outside in a secure area to play. With enough exercise, the Borzoi is quite laidback and calm at home.  

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