Members of this breed are large, powerful dogs that are not to be trifled with. Borzois are not for everyone but, in the right hands, they can make wonderful family pets.
Male: 75-105 lbs.
Female: 60-85 lbs.
Borzois need opportunities to run hard every day. Long walks will fulfill some of their needs, but it is important that they have access to open, safe areas in which to show off their impressive speed. About 90 minutes of walking and running should be considered the bare daily minimum required to keep this dog happy and healthy.
Borzois shed profusely at certain times during the year. Put your vacuum on high alert.
Barking and Volume:
Borzois tend to be rather quiet, although they will bark if they feel the situation warrants it.
The respect of a Borzoi has to be earned; it is not handed out freely. More assertive Borzoi can become aggressive if not properly handled. Borzois are not recommended for first-time dog parents. Professional training will be essential.
Health Factors: Borzois are sensitive to anesthesia and susceptible to gastric torsion (bloat). *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Diligent home grooming will be adequate.
Training: Fairly extensive professional training is recommended.
These large dogs have a lot of hair, which needs to be brushed two or three times a week, on average.
Generally good with children, Borzois are not very tolerant of youngsters who don’t respect their boundaries. Early socialization and supervision is important.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
Borzois are not normally aggressive with other dogs, but will chase anything that runs–you two might not be very popular at the dog park.
Friendliness Towards People:
Borzois are generally calm and well-mannered, but if not properly handled they can become irritable and even snappy with strangers. Careful socialization is imperative.
BE PREPARED FOR:
A regal presence that requires experienced handling and plenty of space.