26-33.5 in (66-85 cm) 60-105 lbs (27-47.5 kg) Silky outercoat is long. Can be wavy, flat, or curly. Undercat is soft and dense. Curly frill around neck. Long legs and body. Variety of colours and patterns Silky outercoat is long. Can be wavy, flat, or curly. Undercat is soft and dense. Curly frill around neck. Long legs and body. Variety of colours and patterns.
The speedy and agile Borzoi has origins dating back to the early centuries of Russian history. Used to course wolves, foxes, and hares in the open Russian terrain, the modern Borzoi is the result of a Russian Duke’s efforts to create a fast, durable hunter by crossing Arabian sighthounds with native coursing hounds and shepherds. Since the Borzoi had to rely more on sight than scent while hunting, the dogs needed to be light and quick on their feet as well as intelligent and independent thinkers. The Russian aristocracy was particularly fond of the breed due to its exotic and elegant appearance. Unfortunately, this meant that the breed was a target during the Russian Revolution and was almost eradicated. However, the breed has since regained its popularity and is a favourite at dog shows.
The Borzoi often behaves more like a cat than a dog. Quiet, dignified, and agile, he is self-aware, independent and fond of refined behaviours. You won’t usually find him engaging in rough or boisterous play but he can be quite affectionate and extremely loyal. His stubborn streak is just his way of communicating that he wants to be treated like an intelligent being capable of making good decisions. This trait dates back to having to think quickly while hunting in open terrain. The Borzoi loves to give chase and is even more beautiful when in full stride, but is happy with daily walks or runs in enclosed areas.