Arabia is cited to be the birthplace of the Borzoi breed, from where it was brought to Russia during the 17th century. The Borzoi takes its name from the word “borzii”, which is the Russian translation for ‘swift’. In certain parts of Russia, the breed is recognized as Russian Wolfhound, as the dog was mainly bred for hunting wolves. These elegant longhaired dogs soon caught the attention of Russian nobles, and from the usual hunting partner, the breed took up the position of companion dogs. However, it was in 1889 that the Borzoi breed made its entry into America.
The dog is comparatively tall, with a long and narrow head. It has a strong jaw line, big black nose, well-built neck and has eyes that are slightly angled towards the corners. It has a narrow chest and a lengthy tail. The breed is usually known for its long silky coat, which comes in a blend of white, golden, tan or gray or in any of these single shades.
The Borzoi is found in many colors. You will find them most often as white coated animals. Tan and gray are also common. Some will have dark colored markings on their coat. Often, they are mixed colors but you can find solid colored coats as well.
The Borzoi breed usually wears a charming attitude and is quite alert to most of the impulses. This variety is never easily influenced or trained to be obedient, as they belong to freethinkers. These are best companion dogs and are quite friendly with children and other breeds, though rough play is not accepted by the breed. The less known fact about the Borzoi breed is that they are travel freaks.
This breed of dogs has a higher risk of hip dysplasia and swelling. Their usually expected lifespan is 10-12 years; however strict diet and exercise can extend the duration.
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