Image credit: Desert Borzoi

Borzoi - Breed Profile:

Origin: Russia
Colors: White, golden, tan or grey with black markings
Size: Extra large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: A lot of exercise needed
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Slightly dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Not a barker

Breed Video: Borzoi introduction

Physical characteristics

The most distinctive feature of the Borzoi is a long narrow head and a tall narrow body. Everything about this dog is somewhat narrow and long, so you can hardly confuse the Borzoi with any other breed. The back of the dog is curved gracefully, ending up with a long, low-handing curved tail. The chest is narrow but very deep. When the dog is calm, the ears are floppy; when it is alert, the ears can stand up partly. The legs are long and graceful.
The height of Borzoi dogs is over 26 inches for females and over 28 inches for males. The weight is 60 to 90 pounds for females and 75 to 120 pounds for males.


The Borzoi has a very intelligent and noble personality. You will hardly have any problems with the dog being demanding or demonstrative, it is not the Borzoi's style. On the contrary, these dogs are quiet and docile. They can be snappish and wilful but it usually happens only when the dog is pushed too far. Every Borzoi is a born hunter, so you will have to give your dog a lot of regular exercise to meet its natural needs (jogging would work great for that). Also, a Borzoi should never ever be trusted with other small pets such as cats and rabbits since its lightning snap can kill those in a moment. In spite of that, Borzoi dogs are usually good with other dogs and are very friendly with strangers. However, this breed is better with older and considerate children. Proper socialization and proper human leadership are required.

Coat and grooming

The coat of the Borzoi tends to be long and wavy; it is silky to the touch. The neck has a heavy ruff. The colours can be white, golden, tan or grey with black markings, in either solid or mixed colours.
Shedding is intense seasonally, but Borzoi dogs require regular grooming: twice a week, at least.
Borzoi dogs have a very deep chest. Photo by Septempeda


The Borzoi is a usually a very robust dog with few known health problems. Gastric torsion is the most common one that they may have (all deep-chested dogs are prone to it). Cardiac problems are possible as well, but they are far less common.
The life expectancy of these dogs is 7 to 12 years.

Other interesting facts

The name "Borzoi" comes from the Russian word "borziy", which means "swift". Because of its fierce skills in wolf hunting, the Borzoi is also known as Russian Wolfhound.