The Borzoi illustrated : discover this breed with hand illustrated facts - the dogs 101 !
1.Borzoï is the crossword clue for russian wolfhound : "Rousskaya Psovaya Borzaya"The borzoi, literally "fast" in russian is also called the Russian wolfhound
Full name is " Rousskaya Psovaya Borzáya sobáka ("fast dog with long hiar form Russia".
Borzoi is indeed a fast dog !
In 1936, for an International standard name, the name have been changed from - Russian Wolfhound- to Borzoi.
2. History of the Russian Wolfhound borzoi
The Borzoi originated in 17th Century Russia, back in 1650 when a Russian aristocrat wanted a fast hunting dog to chase wolves.
He imported Arabian greyhounds in Russia : They met his speed requirements but the poor short haired dogs were not suited for the cold Russian weather and died.
He bought another set and crossed them with Russian sheepdogs : a thick coated dog made for the unforgiving Russian winters.
The new breed was both fast and equipped to deal with the snow : the Russian wolfhound was born.
Today, there is no difference between the modern Borzoi and it's Russian ancestor. It still remains the same thisk coated glamorous sighthound that was one of the great Russia.
3.Size of the Russian Wolfhound
The dog is huge : one of the tallest sighthound breeds. Not as big as the Irish wolfhound but close enough.
thay stand around 28 inches - 70cm at the shoulder and weigh 100 pounds - 50Kg.
4. Borzoi temperament : bred to hunt
Theses dogs are bred to hunt : to find wolves and wait for the hunter to catch up.
Back in the Tsars Era with the Russian concept of hunting trials with packs of 30 borzois and more.
As a “sighthound,” these dogs have an incredible wide field of vision of 270-degree.
Borzois also have a special hunting ability in their eye : a high acuity allover the retina : the dog spot it's prey from far away, even on wide plains.
Borzois were bred to chase and are independant, so a fully fenced yard is a necessity for not loosing your dog when a small pet walk in the distance.
5.Grooming your Borzoi sighthound
Borzois are slight dogs and can’t fit that much food in their stomachs at once.multiple small meals a day is recommended : don't feed them too much at once in order to avoid a fatal gastric torsion.
Borzoi are quite easy to groom : A weekly hairbrush will keep your borzoi gracious.
6.Borzoi dog breed personality : Stubborn
Borzoi can be very stubborn when they are not properly motivated
learning tricks may be very challenging. They get bored with repetitive, apparently pointless activity like "Sit", "fetch" and "bring back the ball". Don't take it personnal, it's just that they prefer purchases prays.
7.the most elegant couch potatoes
The breed is very elegant : they are decorative couch potatoes with remarkably gracious house manners. They do it naturally with grace !
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