Borzoi

Description:
The borzoi is a very elegant dog any which way you look at it. It has a graceful and aristocratic look to it. A male borzois height is approximately seventy to eighty-two centimeters and female borzois is about two centimeters less. The borzoi is one of the tallest whippets and can be recognized by its long silky hair, its long head, which is narrow, and it strong jaws that are capable of capturing a wolf in them. Borzoi's ears are placed high up on their head and are small and fine, stuck back when the dog is relaxed and they stick up when the dog is alert. The eyes of this dog are almond shaped and dark. The neck of this dog is clean; it does not have a dewlap and has an abundant amount of hair on it that is frizzy. Its shoulders are inclined and its back elevates on the lumbar and arches gracefully. The front legs are long and powerful and well angled. The tail is long and has an abundant amount of hair on it. The coat of this dog can be straight, wavy, or curly, but not wooly. They come in all different colors. Their weight varies from thirty two to fifty kilograms.

Ideal owner:
Borzois are former wolf hunters, however they have turned into very gentle dogs and are really well behaved. It is almost impossible to not be amazed by the size of a borzoi and its sophisticated look. Despite its size, it is not very demanding with its owners although it does need enough space to do exercise and it is very active when outside. Inside the house it is pretty quiet and calm. Its sophistication can make it to be kind of stubborn so it will need to be trained to have good manners starting from a young age. This dog is good with children although a children's playground is not its favorite place.

Growth:
Borzoi is a dog that grows fairly quickly although it takes awhile for it to mature. Because of this last point mentioned it is very important to pick out one that is genetically healthy because this breed can suffer from physical defects including metabolic disease to the bones. Borzois complete their physical growth at around nine months to a year of age. During its growing stage it will be necessary to feed it good quality and healthy food. Do not spoil it with treats, leftovers etc. during the first year of growth it can run into problems with an excess growth of the bones and articulations. The owner will need to keep an eye and make sure it is not limping as this could indicate a problem. Full maturity is reached at three years of age. The owner will need to get this dog professionally trained because there are cases of borzois with behavior problems, irritability and shyness.

General health:
Don't let the size of a borzoi scare you when you first see it. Although it is big it is a fairly easy dog to take care of and it has a sweet character. The care this breed needs includes brushing its coat, and trimming the area around its anus, eyes, and ears to help eliminate the possibility of infections. The worse problems that have been seen in this breed are metabolic bone disease and stomach problems. Obviously stomach problems can be avoided by feeding smaller amounts of food at a time (at least two a day), frequent but moderate amounts of exercise (never before or after meals though), and make sure to always provide enough fresh water. Stomach problems usually occur between two and six years of age. Metabolic bone problems can be discarded at a young age though. It is also know that borzois are sensitive to anesthetics and flea products. Borzois need soft beds to sleep in otherwise their skin can have problems with calluses and sores. A borzoi's life span is about ten to twelve years.

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