Barzo

Barzoï is the Russian term that designs all the greyhounds, but internationally this name is only used for a concrete breed which is much appreciated by the Russian aristocrats. It is also called Russian greyhound or Russian hound. These dogs are found in packs and often in groups of more than one thousand dogs. They were used to hunt hares, deer, wild boars, but also for foxes and wolves. Its work consisted in catching in open land the large prey which was expelled to the woods by the pack of tracker dogs and which was retained by them until the hunter arrived. Three borzois would usually jump over a wolf. During this hunting, firearms were not used; the hunter killed the wolf that the borzois have taken down by hitting it on the snout.

The period of splendor in the breeding of barzoï is found at the end of the 19th century. The merit corresponds to the great Duke Nicolás Nicolaïevich who had a famous kennel "Perchino" in Tula. The dogs of this kennel influenced in the appearance and standard of the breed that has reached until our days.

The borzois came to Europe during the time of the Queen Victoria, who received them as a gift of the czar Alexander II. But the English breeders produced smaller, weaker dogs with less dense hair than the famous Russian dogs.

Since it is a typical dog of a pack, the barzoï is a tranquil dog; it is not a troublemaker or disobedient, it is neither noisy or does not bark much. It is obedient, reserved but vigilant and less aggressive when it has to defend its master. It usually does not participate in greyhound races with a good training it can reach a point speed of 50 km/h.

Size: male 70-82 cm; female 65-77. The height is appreciated as well provided that it does not adversely affect the balance of the proportions. Weight: 35-45 kg. Color: usually white with yellow, orange, red (1,2), gray or stripped patches. There are also one-color specimens of all the aforementioned colors. A dark mask characterizes the dark color dogs. Tan is accepted but not desirable. In one-color dogs, the neck, chest, abdomen and the lower part of the legs must be fairer than the other parts of the body. The way how the barzoï expresses itself with the ears represents a variation of behavior that differentiates it from other dogs. A barzoï that wants to express friendship or happiness lowers the ears, which in other dogs means a threat. This is one of the reasons why people have a wrong opinion about its character.

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