13 interesting facts about the Borzoi breed you should know
Due to its appearance and heritage when sprinters hunted wolves in Russia, the Borzoi (pronounced BOR-zoy) has long been associated with Russian nobility. Known for their size, calm demeanor, and kind nature, Barzois perform best when they have plenty of room to move around. If you’ve never seen one before, you can easily recognize them by their beautiful lines and smooth coat. This made it a favorite of Hollywood stars in the 1920s and 1930s.
Is there a dog more opulent than the Borzoi? Barzois have always been loved and admired, whether in the palaces of Russian nobility or on stage with rock’n’roll royalty. In this article, we have mentioned 13 interesting facts about the Borzoi breed.
Top 13 interesting facts about the Borzoi breed
The elegant Borzoi is a fairly large breed with a history of Russian hunting. The flowing and graceful lines of this dog make them a magnificent dog, whether sleeping or running. Here are 13 intriguing facts about the brilliant yet self-sufficient Borzoi.
- When it comes to Borzoi dogs, the first thing you’ll notice is their size – they’re not small canines. Male puppies are 28 inches or more and weigh 75 to 105 pounds, while females are 26 inches or more and weigh 60 to 85 pounds. The long legs and sleek appearance of the Borzoi were designed for speed and jumping over fields at 35-40 mph. The Borzoi is known for its beautiful appearance, due to its silky coat, Roman nose, and long, gracefully curved tail. This is why they were popular with early Hollywood stars and luxury commercials. To the American Kennel Club, any shade or mix of colors is acceptable for the Borzoi breed, provided the coat is smooth and not curly (but never woolly).
- As a greyhound, the Borzoi belongs to the Hound family. In other words, they hunt by seeing and chasing their prey using their keen sense of vision. Greyhounds, such as Beagles and Basset Hounds, use their noses to find and track the scent of prey, however, this is not the case. If you want to train your Borzoi to identify and track scents as well as their other abilities as a greyhound, try participating in follow-up trials with your dog.
- Borzoi dogs were originally bred to hunt wildlife such as wolves, foxes and hares. To catch their prey, they needed all three: speed, agility and endurance. Due to its Russian origins and long association with Russian nobility, the breed enjoys a prestigious pedigree. Borzoi takes its name from the Russian word for “fast”.
- Borzoi is well suited to the sport of lure racing, which was developed to allow greyhounds to participate in a simulated hunting environment. The course is at least 500 meters long and is zigzag. Dogs chase a plastic decoy made up of strips of white garbage bags that are pulled by a motor using a line and pulley system. Agility, rally and obedience competitions are possible pastimes for your Borzoi.
- Their long, silky hair can be straight or curly, and it can be flat or wavy. Depending on the breed standard, any shade or mix of colors is acceptable. Borzoi shed a lot, just like other long-haired breeds. Both males and females that have been neutered will go through a heat cycle and shed once a year. Brushing your hair regularly will help prevent it from becoming unmanageable. Fortunately, the smooth coat repels mud and grime, reducing the frequency of bathing. However, it is necessary to trim the hairs between the pads regularly.
- Borzois have a history of hunting, so they require frequent activity to be in good shape. Running for at least half an hour a day is the best type of exercise. However, this must take place in a secure enclosure. Because they have a strong desire to hunt, dogs should never be left unattended in a dangerous environment.
- Borzoi has a sweet side when it comes to their human companions. Most of them will make great friends if they are raised in a family with young people. However, they will not take rough treatment, so teaching young people how to treat their dog with respect is essential. The enormous size of a Borzoi also poses a danger to small children, who could easily be knocked over even by mistake. If you have a Borzoi, keep an eye out for young children who might be nearby.
- Borzoi are intelligent dogs, but teaching them can be difficult due to their independent and sometimes stubborn nature. Success comes from being reliable and persevering. In addition, your Borzoi will look forward to training sessions more if you make them enjoyable for him. This breed responds best to approaches that emphasize positive reinforcement. When teaching your Borzoi, keep his lineage in mind. Consider reinforcing her positive behavior by allowing her to use her natural propensity to rush after moving objects.
- Borzoi’s reputation for elegance made it a sort of sensation during the Art Deco era. It was commonly featured in photos of the day with fashionably dressed women, including a remarkable print by Franco-Russian artist Erté.
- The stars of the big screen were quickly noticed: the French actress Sarah Bernhardt had a borzoi (represented resting at her feet in a famous painting today hung at the Petit Palais in Paris). Mid-century movie icon Mae West had two Borzois, while Swedish-American actress Greta Garbo of the 1920s and 1930s also had a Borzoi. Having a Borzoi was the height of fashion.
- Today, you can locate Borzoi in a very common place: go to any bookstore and take a look at the spines of the books. See a recognizable figure? Yes, the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house logo is a jumping borzoi.
- When it comes to personality, the Borzoi is similar to our feline companions in that they are laid back and undemanding. These well-behaved dogs are not troublemakers and you won’t find them destroying the furniture in your home. But, just like the rest of our animal companions, they are devoted to their owners.
- A working dog breed, the Borzoi is just that. They were known as the Russian Greyhound because they were bred to hunt wolves, hares and foxes for the nobility. And they haven’t forgotten how to have fun, either. As greyhounds (dogs that stalk and hunt game on sight), the Borzoi are prone to hunting anything that moves. They can still sprint as fast as the wind. If you have one or plan to buy one, you should walk them on a leash and have an enclosed yard.
To end the article, there is another fun fact for you. The Barzois are a breed of dog known for its speed and autonomy. Due to their breeding, they have been bred to follow their nose wherever it takes them. Keep your dog on a leash or in a fenced area at all times to avoid losing him. Hope you liked this article. Share your perspective in the comments section below.