Dog Profiles: Borzoi


  • The Borzoi is said to be a cat-person’s kind of dog. They are independent and not particularly attention-seeking though they are very affectionate to those they know well. 
  • The breed stands between 27 and 29 inches tall making it a prodigious pooch; then again, it’s long legs give it a thinner look and a seemingly weightless quality to its stride. 
  • The Borzoi was first bred in Russia (they are also known as the Russian Wolfhound) where it was a hunting dog as depicted in the painting below: 
  • As the moniker Russian Wolfhound suggests, the Borzoi, indeed, hunted wolves as well as hares and foxes and other small game. 
  • Like the Greyhound, the Borzoi is a more aerodynamic dog. It can run up to 38 mph. 

  • The life expectancy of a Borzoi is between ten and twelve years. 
  • The publishing magnate Alfred A. Knopf used a silhouetted Borzoi as his organization’s insignia. 
  • Leo Tolstoy opens the fourth chapter of book seven in War and Peace with an image of over forty Borzois poised for a hunt. 
  • Its double-coat keeps the Borzoi comfortably warm during harsh winters
  • Because of their speed and independence, off-leash, a Borzoi is liable to bolt. The leading cause of Borzoi fatalities according to breeders is being struck by a car, so be wary when you let slip your dog of warmth lest you cry havoc!