Borzoi (The Russian Grace)

Originating in Russia, the Borzoi dog was known to accompany aristocrats on their
hunts, since these dogs were bred specifically to pursue and hunt wolves.

Borzois, which tend to hunt in packs, are believed to have been a favorite of Tolstoy.

Borzois first appear in recorded history in 1891, when they were officially registered
and were said to have a very agreeable character.

Indeed, Borzois tend to be graceful and calm dogs - they have dignity and like to
show it.

At home these dogs are good tempered; when outside, they are energetic and tend to like long walks and ample physical exercise. Borzois are very fast runners and so should be on a leash when outside unless you are absolutely sure that the area is enclosed (this ensures safety for the dog as well as other people who may be around).

In most cases the dogs from this breed are good with children and other big dogs, but sometimes they try to hunt and catch smaller animals. This is simply their nature. It is highly important to socialize your dog in a good way; otherwise you risk your pet being either too aggressive or too shy. Both traits equally undesirable.

Dogs of this breed are reserved among strangers. They are peaceful and do not like to be excited and scared...however, in such cases these dogs can respond aggressively. Quiet, sensitive and intelligent, these dogs can become bored very easily. As an owner, you'll have to come up with a variety of entertainment to keep your dog happy. Don't worry though, they will pay you back in spades!

Borzois tend to have a lifespan of between 9 and 13 years. The most common health issues associated with Borzoi are allergies, cataracts, heart problems and PRA. It is highly recommended that before you get a Borzoi puppy, you ensure that its parents have the OFA and CERF certificates.