01 Apr 10 Elegant Facts About The Borzoi Dog Breed
The most famous dog breed from Russia, the Borzoi is one of the perfect dog breeds in the world. And the fact that the Borzois have been around for hundreds of years makes it pretty apparent that this dog breed is one heck of them all! SO here are a few flattering facts about the Borzoi, which you must know! Read on:
1. Until 1936, this breed of dogs was known to the world by the name of American Wolfhound, But the Russians changed this to ‘Borzoi’ to make sure the name is in sync with the rest of the international kennels. Any guesses what Borzoi means? It’s just an apt summary for all the qualities this dog has – it means ‘swift’ in Russian.
2. Behavior wise, the Borzoi’s are pretty cool and gentle – and they find entertainment amusing! They love running – the Borzoi are at their happiest when left free to run and explore.
3. The main task of the Borzoi in the days back then was to help their masters sniff out wolves during hunting expeditions. Needless to say, these dogs were staple companions of the hunting groups during these expeditions!
4. The Borzoi isn’t what you would call a handsome dog. But the package of qualities which it comes with compensates for this! And yes, it’s one of the tallest wolfhounds in the world, standing over 32 inches from feet to shoulder. Also, the average weight of a full-grown Borzoi is around 120 pounds.
5. Borzois aren’t the kind of dog breed that would curl around in the corner of your home – they are huge and love to stretch. For this, they require their a lot of space which lets them free when they wish to stretch.
6. A quick, athletic dog breed, Borzois can run up to 35-40 miles per hour. They need to have their share of daily runs and activity to keep them fit and agile.
7. The Borzoi puppies take their own sweet time of three years to develop their heads fully.The head is initially short with a bent head. This changes to a straight nose and finally ends with the head expanding to up to 10 inches!
8. Small stomachs
9. Borzois have small tummies, which make them prone to stomach aches and bloating when fed too much at once. Small, timely meals are the trick to keep your Borzoi fit and fine.
10. Leash, leash!
11. The Borzois are basically trained to go after smells that are different and new for their noses – and this trait is pretty active even among the Borzoi pups. So make sure you have your dog on a leash all the time if you don’t want him to run off behind some unknown scents!
12. The Borzoi is the 99th most popular breed in America.