So, you think you want a Borzoi
Borzoi are wonderful pets. They are quiet and don't bark very much. They can be great couch potato dogs and very good housepets. As a rule, they like walking on a leash and make a striking walking or jogging partner, as well as being large enough to be intimidating.
However wonderful Borzoi are to those people who have fallen in love with the breed, they are not the dogs for everyone. Borzoi are much more cat-like than other breeds, so can be frustratingly independent. They do not fawn all over for attention and at times act as though they could care less. This is due to the origin of the breed. Borzoi were developed to be independent thinkers while hunting. A Borzoi in a life or death situation while hunting the formidable wolf could not wait for signs from his master. He had to think quickly and make lightning fast decisions on his own. To a certain extent, the Borzoi has retained this independence today. People who love living with a Borzoi value this independence and accept it.
Borzoi were bred to run - and most enjoy running. Some even make up things to chase after. Borzoi NEED to run everyday and should have at least one long walk on leash a day. Unless there is a completely safe, fenced area away from traffic and small critters, do not walk your hound off leash. Borzoi always come back, but usually not until they are DARN good and ready. Do not expect them to respond immediately to your frantic screams of, "Boris, come back NOW!!" He will come back, but when he is done with whatever has caught his eye. Many a Borzoi has came back proudly with a limp cat in their jaws. Borzoi can and will run down small pets. This is a real shock to those people who always expect to have total control over their pets. One never has complete control over a Borzoi. And forget about running after them - even the fastest human cannot capture a runaway Bassett Hound, so don't expect to catch your Borzoi by chasing him. If always exercising your dog on leash and keeping him safely in your back yard does not appeal to you, please reconsider any dog, but especially a Borzoi. They can be dangerous to other pets while running free and can run many miles when free.
Borzoi are not hard to groom. They have many pleasant types of coats, most of which are proper. A good Borzoi coat can vary from fairly straight to slightly wavy to quite curly. All good coats are silky feeling and shed the dirt readily. They do not matt much except perhaps the fine hairs behind the ears. A good brushing once a week during most of the year will suffice for most Borzoi. During the shedding season, they should be brushed daily. Borzoi do shed. They shed heavily once or twice a year and shed some inbetween, so if you are an immaculate housekeeper and would faint dead away at the sight of floating dog hairs, dog hair on your furniture and clothes, and quite large dog hair dust bunnies, a Borzoi is probably not the dog for you.
Borzoi puppies can be quite destructive when small. It takes time for them to become graceful, gentle adults. And they are large. They can be up on the counter in the blink of an eye. Most Borzoi like raiding the garbage, too. Outside, they don't seem to dig as much as other large breeds, but the pups do like to chew down sapling trees and relish laying in the flowers you have tried nourishing. Borzoi do tend to be easy to housebreak so they are quite clean and reliable in that department.
Borzoi are sensitive dogs and do not take a lot of bullying, either from you or your children. Some people have said that Borzoi do not make really good kids' dogs, and this should be considered, especially of the children are from the younger set. Borzoi have very quick reactions, and can snap at an unruly child before the parents can intervene. There are many, many Borzoi who live happily with small children, however. The key is not to let the youngsters climb all over the dog and to let the dog have private space to himself, just like any other breed of dog.
Borzoi are beautiful, unique looking dogs. They also act differently than other dogs. If the Borzoi sounds like something you would enjoy owning, then contact a good breeder and visit their dogs before buying one. Many people have became enamored with the breed in pictures only to find out that Borzoi were too large, too hairy, or too independent for them when they met the real thing. For those who love the breed, however, only a Borzoi will do.
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