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Size: Large

Weight: 60 - 105 lbs.

Height: 26" - 30"

Life Span: 9 - 14 years

Health Problems: Like all large breeds inspect for elbow and hip dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, and progressive retinal atrophy. They are also at risk for bloat and are more sensitive to anethesia.

Origin: Russia

Also Known As: Russian Wolfhound, Russian Hunting Sighthound

Group: Hound Group

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

The Borzoi needs regular vigorous exercise. Due to their hunting instincts, they should have a fenced in backyard or be walked on a leash.

Grooming Needs

As a long-coated dog, Borzois need to be brushed every 1-2 days. They do have a heavy shedding period for several weeks a year when more brushing will be needed.


Calm and grateful, the Borzoi is intelligent, sweet-natured and loyal.

Compatibility with Kids

Generally good with children. Borzois are not typically interested in rough play.


The Borzoi, originally known as the Russian Wolfhound, most likely originated from crossing Saluki and other European sighthounds with heavy-coated Russian breeds. They were first used to hunt wolves, fox, boar, and hare for hundreds of years. As they became more popular, they moved from the field into the home with a more docile temperament.  In 1891, the AKC recognized the Borzoi as a breed.

Pet Facts

Borzoi is derived from the Russian word "borzii" which translates to "swift." This breed rarely barks. Borzoi like to keep themselves clean, much like cats do.

Dog Food for Your Borzoi

Large Breed Puppy 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large Breed Adult 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Senior Select 6 lb. Front Counter

Senior Select Formula

Formulated for dogs 7 years and older.

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support 6 lb. Front Counter

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support

Features the SmartDefense™ System, with vitamins C & E.

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