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Borzoi

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“Once known as the Russian Wolfhound on this continent, the Borzoi originated in Russia where it was bred by Russian aristocracy for hundreds of years. The breed is believed to have descended from the Persian Greyhound possibly mixed with coated sheepdog breeds. In a country overrun with wolves, hunting became a national pastime. The aristocracy developed the sport into a ritual with an entourage of hundreds taking part. The Borzoi was the favoured dog to course wolves and large hunt kennels were established. In fact, the imperial kennels of the Czar dated back to 1613. The first standard for the breed was drawn up in 1650. Fortunately, Borzoi were given as gifts and had become well established outside of their homeland at the time of the Russian Revolution in 1917 when many were slaughtered by the Bolsheviks who regarded them as a symbol of the aristocracy.

General Appearance

A well-balanced hound which is graceful, aristocratic and dignified.
The Borzoi should always possess unmistakable elegance with flowing
lines, graceful in motion or repose. Dogs masculine without coarseness,
bitches feminine and refined.

Temperament

Aloof with strangers, the Borzoi is devoted to its family. This elegant sighthound possesses a quiet, gentle nature.

Activity Level

Though normally quiet and reserved, the breed was bred to course game and welcomes the opportunity to run. Lure coursing is an excellent activity for the breed.

Height/Weight

The average height at the shoulder ranges from 28-31 in (71-79 cm) for adult males with females being slightly smaller.

Coat

The outer coat is long, silky and may be flat, wavy or rather curly, with a soft undercoat. The hair is short and smooth on the head, ears and front of legs.

Colour

The Borzoi coat is usually white marked with lemon, tan, brindle, grey or black. Whole-coloured dogs in these colours are seen occasionally.

Grooming

Bathing and brushing on a regular basis keeps the coat clean and free of tangles.”
(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)