Borzoi (formerly known as the Russian greyhound) is a large greyhound that was previously used for hunting. Today, the breed is primarily companion dogs.
For centuries, Russian nobles used us to hunt wolves, foxes, and hares. Even though Borzoi have become family/companion dogs, we still have prominent hunting instincts.
An elegant giant
Borzois are large dogs, in fact we can be as tall as 68 - 85 cm (depending on gender). So do not be surprised if people stare when you take us for a walk.
But despite our size, Borzois do well in apartments. We are quiet and calm when indoors, and by crouching together like a ball, we do not need too much space.
However, you should be aware that Borzois do not like being alone.
Calm inside, explosive outside
The difference between when a Borzoi indoors and outdoors is fundamental.
As soon as we get outside, we become energetic and active. Remember that we are a breed that loves to run, so give us the opportunity to do so, as often as possible.
Ideally, Borzois should get to walk freely as often as possible. However, if not on a leash, we may run after an animal if we get the scent of it. This is due to our hunting instincts.
By the way: if you are looking for a watchdog, we are not for you. We rarely bark.
The Borzoi can get along with other pets if introduced from an early age.
How much maintenance?
Our fur coat has a moderate need for care. Brush it once a week and bathe when needed.
During the shedding season, you should brush more often.
It is also worth mentioning that it is relatively easy to keep our coats clean. The fur is silky soft so dirt and debris do not adhere easily.