Photo courtesy of Pat and G. Bruce Ingram
Origin and Purpose:
The Borzoi was originally bred for the coursing of hare, fox and wolves on more or less open terrain, relying on sight rather than scent. To accomplish this purpose, the Borzoi must be courageous, powerful, and capable of great speed. Special emphasis is placed on sound running structure, strong neck and jaws, keenness to game, and agility combined with proper condition.
borzoi (bôr´ zoi)
(Thorndike Barnhart 1962) n., russian wolfhound
(Owner/Breeder) n., companion, friend. bred for loving and to love. years of devotion and loyalty. protective of those they own. borzoi own you, you don't own them. they will teach you everything they know.
Dogs 28-32 inches (71-81 cm), and bitches 27-30 (68-76 cm) at the withers. The height at the withers is equal to the height at the hips, or the withers slightly higher. Extra size is no disadvantage when it is not acquired at the expense of symmetry, soundness and efficiency.
Further information on the Borzoi is available from the Canadian Kennel Club or the American Kennel Club.
Last Updated: October 14, 2014