The Borzoi may just be one of the most distinctive purebred dogs around. You’ll know one just by looking at it! This is a very large but slender breed of dog with a white coat and a very long muzzle. The coat is medium in length but tends to be wavy, which means they aren’t the worst shedders — but they still need a lot of grooming maintenance.
They’re very gentle dogs and tend to like lying around the house. That, of course, is only if they get the energy outlets they need! They do have quite high energy and love to run, so long leash training is a great idea for this breed. Take them to an area and let them run around, and you’ll never see a happier dog.
They do tend to be watchdogs. If something’s amiss, they’ll let you know! The barking can get annoying, so if you live in a townhouse or apartment where neighbors might take issue, it’s important to try and train them early and let them know that the barking isn’t acceptable. Use positive reinforcement only to do this and teach a “quiet” command that will come in very handy.
Borzoi – A Hunting Dog By Nature
As they’re Russian hunting dogs, their prey drive can be strong. They aren’t the best choice to live with cats, or worse, even smaller animals. It’s not impossible to socialize them with cats when they’re puppies, but they should still never be left unattended with them.
They’re typically healthy dogs but can be prone to a few things, such as wobbler syndrome and heart disease. If you buy your dog from a breeder, ensuring that the parents have been health-tested will really help with this. Keeping up with preventative vet visits and watching out for any conditions is also another great idea. The Borzoi is a great dog to won.