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If you’re looking for a dog that can keep up with a busy lifestyle, look no further than the lovable Borzoi. You might know this dog by another name, which would be the Russian wolfhound. This is due to the history of the Borzoi as they bred to be hunting dogs for primary wolves but also for small game such as mice. The Borzoi originated in Russia and was favourite amongst Russian nobility such as the Tsars and their families.

The lovable Borzoi

If you look at the history of the Borzoi as a hunting dog compared to their modern-day temperament you might be pleasantly surprised. The modern-day temperament of the Borzoi is one of affection. This dog breed does not like being alone and with a life span of 10 to 13 years, this means that you will have a close friend for life. On the other hand, however, it must be noted that the Borzoi is not the friendliest of dogs and are therefore not ideal around large families. 

This is especially true for families who have young children. Although this is a fact, the Borzois temperament allows this breed to get along well with other dog breeds as well as it would get along with other Borzoi dogs. The temperament of the Borzoi also calls for them to be highly sensitive. The Borzoi, like many hunting dog breeds, were bred with speed in mind and this characteristic plays a vital part in their temperament as well. 

Their outstanding running abilities mean that the Borzoi is supreme when it comes to short distance running but not necessarily for long stretches of tenuous exercise. This causes their temperament to be active if constantly engaged in a familiar and fun activity such as a quick walk around the block or a game of fetch to result in a calm walk back home to lay back and relax. This breed has a resistant temperament as they are fiercely loyal to their owners and they do well in cold climates. 

The Borzois temperament also calls for them to be very intelligent and self-driven which could make training difficult. Borzoi temperament at their puppy stage is known as being very curious and, therefore, jumpy and hyper especially around moving objects. 

The long living Borzoi

The Borzoi, in general, is often in good health, which means that this breed of dog has an average lifespan. The lifespan of the Borzoi is around 10 to 13 years which is what you can expect for most dog breeds. During their lifespan, the Borzoi might experience leg problems such as wear and tear on their bones and muscles since they have elongated legs. Other than this, however, you can expect your Borzoi to have a long lifespan.

The glamourous Borzoi

Besides their popularity due to their quick speed for short distances, their loyal temperament and their excellent hunting abilities, the Borzoi are also prized for their glamorous appearance. Their beauty makes the borzoi a popular and victorious dog when it comes to prestigious dog shows as well as dog competitions. 

The Borzoi has a long coat of fur. This long coat of fur keeps them warm in the cold months of winter but will result in excessive amounts of shedding as the weather warms up during the hotter months of summer. This feature can be credited to their thick double coats. The borzoi's top coat is shiny and thin while they also maintain a durable, thick and harsh undercoat for thermal protection. Therefore, you must groom your Borzoi regularly to avoid excess fur from building up. 

The Borzoi has long legs and an elongated neck. This breed is known for having fur that is neither straight, wavy or curly. The Borzoi can come in multiple coat colours with orange and white being the most popular as well as the most common. This breed of dog usually stands around 30 to 35 inches in height when fully grown. 

To note as well, the Borzoi will be predicted to weigh around 55 to 105 pounds when they reach adulthood. This can only be a prediction, however, as the borzoi's weight and height will greatly depend on them receiving a healthy and well-balanced diet as well as plenty of outdoor exercises. 

Breed Information

Popularity:2018: #102
2017: #102
2016: #98
2015: #89
Origin: Russia
Breed Group:Hound (AKC:1891)
Sighthound and Pariah (UKC)
Size:Large to Giant
Life span:10-12 years
Height:Male: 28 inches (71 cm)
Female: 26 inches (66 cm)
Weight:Male: 75-105 pounds (34-48 kg)
Female: 60-90 pounds (27-41kg)
Litter Size:1-11 puppies
Puppy Price:Average $1000 - $1200 USD

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Dog names

Rank Male Female
1 Cooper Molly
2 Bear Chloe
3 Oliver Luna
4 Winston Ginger
5 Louie Mia
6 Cody Ellie
7 Harley Nala
8 Bruno Princess
9 Diesel Maya
10 Roscoe Izzy
11 Beau Roxie
12 Scout Honey
13 Finn Shelby
14 Sparky Shadow
15 Benji Sassy
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