The Borzoi breed of canines is one that possesses a great deal of self composure and class. A natural sight hound, the dog can run and chase anything smaller than it with ease. A popular choice for a household pet, they bode a friendly demeanor toward children, other pets and strangers that may enter the home. Not a breed that demands a lot of attention as the Borzoi is somewhat of a loner for a dog. However, they do express their sensitive side from time to time. A simple stroll around the block will suffice their activity cravings each day, as they do not require a ton of exercise.
Borzois are a larger size breed of dog, as they can reach over one hundred pounds easily. They may not be suitable to reside in a small space such as apartment living. They are extremely adaptable to colder temperatures making them a very popular choice for those living in colder climates. Their fur coats will need some attention as far as adequate grooming is concerned, especially if the hound is a male as their coats tend to be much fuller than the ladies. They do very well as house pets, but will need to run or play outdoors at some point during the week.
A common health ailment for the Borzoi breed is gastric torsion. In very few cases they have been known to contract an overactive thyroid condition and some can run into cardiomyopathy as well. Some have had reactions to barbiturate anesthesia in the past, so do make note of that should you need to consult with your vet about it. The canines have a medium level of ease to train them properly as pups and they can also be very good protectors of their owners. Average lifespan for the Borzoi breed is around ten to twelve years long. Some testing that may arise as the dog ages are to cover any cardiac issues and to check their thyroid gland.
Once referred to as the Russian Wolfhound, the Borzoi breed has been around for centuries. Beginning as early as the fifteenth century they were notable sight hounds with a knack for hunting wolves in colder climates. When on a larger scale hunting mission, they have been known to travel and hunt in packs of over one hundred Borzoi canines. IN the past when a wolf was spotted close by, the Borzoi would be released in a packs of one female hound along with two males. These skilled hunters would attack the wolves by attacking it until and keeping it held captive until the human hunter would show up to complete the mission. Over time the Russian breed expanded into seven different forms of Borzois and they were even given as precious and elegant gifts to others. Toward the end of the Russian Revolution the number of Borzois began to decline significantly. They did however, gain notoriety in the United States as an elegant and beautiful pet.