Welcome to Breed Basics, each week, we will highlight a breed of dog to assist clients in finding the canine companion best suited to their lifestyle. We encourage potential pet owners to responsibly research dog breeds prior to purchase or adoption. If there is a breed you are considering or are simply curious about and would like our assistance in your research, please let us know, we would be happy to help!
This week’s featured breed – Borzoi
Borzois were created to hunt wolves, fox and hare on the open plains of Russia. Previously known as the Russian wolfhound in the United States, Borzoi are sight hounds, meaning they hunt by sight instead of by scent. Russian hunts frequently included 100 or more Borzoi at a time. Their hunting instincts require that they be kept on leash or in a fenced area in order to keep them from harm as they will give chase to anything that moves. Borzois are large dogs, standing up to 28 inches at the shoulder and weighing 60-105 pounds depending on their gender. Commonly affectionate with their owners, Borzois are very independent and undemanding in nature. Grooming requirements are higher than many breeds as they should be brushed daily. Generally healthy, Borzois are prone to bloat due to their deep chest and have been known to be sensitive to several medications. Owners should always discuss medications with their veterinarian and monitor their Borzoi for any complications during the course of medication.
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff