European BORZOI

The European Borzoi, or Russian Greyhound as it is called sometimes, has jaws to grab and restraint a wolf. It is a powerful sighthound but indisputably elegant at the same time.             

With unmistakable elegance, the Borzoi is a grace and aristocracy image. Withers height of 70 to 82 cm for males; females 2 cm less for the FCI. The Borzoi is one of the tallest sighthounds and is distinguished by its long silky hair, elongated, narrow head, and potent jaws, able to capture a wolf. The high inserted ears are small and fine, lying back when at ease and erect when alert. The eyes are almond shaped, never round, as dark as possible. The neck is clean, free from dewlap, with abundant curly hair. The shoulders slope, never straight or broad. The chest is relatively wide and very deep; but proportionately narrow and flat with rounded ribs; the back elevates at the lumbar and arches gracefully. The hinds are long and potent, well angled. The tail is long, low inserted and abundantly garnished with hair, carried low when moving. The coat can be straight, wavy or curly, never woolly. Every color is admitted in the Borzoi. Weight varies from 32 to 50 kg, females 7.5 kg.
 
European BORZOI  Owners                         
This ex wolf hunter has become a gentle and well educated member of society. Most owners are fascinated with its great size and sophistication. Despite its size, it demands little from its owners, although it needs enough space to exercise and is very active outdoors. Inside the house it is very quiet. Its sophistication carries a stubborn character, so good manners should be taught at early age. It is balanced with children and a little sociable, although the playroom is not its favorite place.
 
Adult European BORZOI            
Although it is a vigorous dog outdoors, inside the house the Borzoi is reserved and well behaved.

The Borzoi is a fast growing breed, although slow maturing. This factor makes it important to choose genetically healthy breeding programs, since this breed in particular can be affected by genetic flaws, including metabolic bone disease. The Borzoi basically completes its growing phase after nine months or a year. During this period, proper nutrition is extremely important. The owner should not addict the dog to sweets or leftovers, and prevent it from having a delicate stomach. Especially during the first year, a diet prescribed by the breeder should be followed. During the growth period, an excessive growth of long bones and joints can happen. The owner should watch for pain or any limp symptom, since this can indicate a problem. Complete maturity is not reached until after three years. A socializing program prescribed by the breeder is also a good idea, since behavior problems have been informed in poorly socialized dogs, such as wandering, irritability and shyness.
 
European BORZOI HEALTH
Although it is not an extrovert breed, your puppy’s mother should not be unpleasant or shy to the touch. The mother’s character is a good reflection of the breeder’s socializing program. A calm puppy, but not fearful, would be the best choice.

The mail puppies can go through a more “disheveled” phase than the females, although both must pass through this growth period in their bones and joints.

Not even an adult Borzoi eats a Zar portion: despite its large size, the Borzoi has a moderate appetite.
 
The Borzoi’s size can scare the buyer at first sight, but it is an easy to care animal due to its sweet character and minimal physical care. This care includes brushing, although some trimming around the anus, eyes and ears can help prevent infections. The most serious problems that affect the breed are metabolic bone disease and stomach torsions. Obviously, stomach torsions can be prevented by providing smaller portions distributed in at least two a day, exercise moderately but frequently (never before or after the meals) and always having abundant water at its disposal. Stomach torsion affects more between two and six. However, metabolic bone disease should be discarded in the breeding lines. It is known that the Borzoi is sensitive to barbiturates, anesthetics and anti flea products make sure that your veterinarian considers this. The Borzoi’s need a soft bed since calluses and sores can be developed. Hip dysplasia is not a documented problem in the breed. The Borzoi can live 10 to 12 years.