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Borzoi (Red & White, Face)
Red & White, Face

Breed Information


2022: #101

2021: #104

2020: #103

2019: #105

2018: #103

2017: #102

2016: #98

2015: #89

Name Borzoi
Other names Russian Wolfhound, Barzoï, Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya, Psovoi



Breed Group

Hound (AKC:1891)

Sighthound and Pariah (UKC)

Size Large to Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years








Male: 28 inches (71 cm)

Female: 26 inches (66 cm)


Male: 75-105 pounds (34-48 kg)

Female: 60-90 pounds (27-41kg)









Litter Size 1-11 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $3000 USD

Borzoi breed used to be exclusively bred in Russia and Belarus, which contributed to their high asking price. As with many other dog breeds, the puppy's price depends upon the age and breed purity of the puppy. A puppy that measures up more than 90% in the breed purity index will cost prospective buyers around $3000, while Borzoi lovers can easily get their pup for $1,500 if they are willing to compromise on the breed purity of the puppy.

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

Will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and are so peaceful it might escape notice, but outside they need plenty of space to walk and run—so they will do best with at least an average-sized yard. In the city he should only be let off the lead in a safe, enclosed space.

Barking Tendencies

1 stars


Cat Friendly

1 stars

Child Friendly

2 stars

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also shy toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

1 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

To maintain their fitness these dogs need plenty of exercise, including a long daily walk and regular opportunities to run off the leash, however in some countries it is forbidden to allow all the dogs in this fleet-footed hunting category off the leash. The Borzoi make excellent jogging companions and usually enjoy running alongside a bicycle but beware, a Borzoi is quite likely to shoot off after any prey it catches sight of. If this happens you will need to react very quickly.


4 stars

Moderate Maintenance: The Borzoi’s long, silky coat can be flat, wavy or even a little curly. Although it looks glamorous, it’s not especially difficult to care for. It’s resistant to dirt and mud, which just drops off when the coat dries. Brush the coat weekly with a pin brush. Be sure to check for mats behind the ears and in the area where the legs meet the body. Bathe the Borzoi only as needed.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoProne to bloat. Large meals should be avoided, but rather should have small meals two or three times a day. Avoid exercise after meals. Sensitive to drugs.


3 stars

Ranking: #75 Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

5 stars

Constant Shedding: Borzoi shed heavily. Regular brushing will help keep those hairs off your furniture, floors and clothing.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


2 stars

Difficult Training: The Borzoi is not the most naturally obedient dog, but if trained in an atmosphere of mutual respect it will learn what is expected of it. It becomes bored quickly with repetitive tasks. Borzois excel in competitive obedience and agility trials.

Watchdog Ability

1 stars

Low Watchdog Ability: This dog will not likely bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. If a situation escalates, the dog can be depended on to defend and protect its owner and family.

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Borzoi Puppy (Lying, Face)
Lying, Face

Borzoi Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Lucy
02 Jack Daisy
03 Lucky Molly
04 Oliver Ruby
05 Riley Angel
06 Cody Ellie
07 Ollie Lulu
08 George Roxie
09 Leo Lady
10 Finn Penny
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Borzoi is a running hound capable of hunting large, fierce game in a very cold climate. As such, it retains the greyhound build necessary for running at great speed, but it is larger and stronger than the greyhound. Its jaws should be strong enough to hold down a wolf. The long, silky coat, which can be either flat, wavy or rather curly, provides protection against cold weather and snow. Borzois should possess elegance and grace, with flowing lines, whether standing or moving.

A breed of quiet elegance, the borzoi exemplifies the well-mannered house dog. Outdoors, it races with wild abandon, and it will chase any small animal that runs. It is independent but very sensitive. Although generally good with children, it may not be playful enough to satisfy some children. Some can be timid. It is reserved with strangers.


The Borzoi was once known as the Russian Wolfhound and did originate in Russia, where coursing hounds of this type have been known of since the 13th century. The breed was used by the Russian aristocracy to hunt the populous wolves. They were often presented as gifts to other members of the European nobility, and were almost never sold. Because the breed was seen as a symbol of the aristocracy, it was almost decimated during the Bolshevik Revolution. A few dedicated breeders managed to save the breed and exported specimens to other parts of the world, especially to Britain, Canada and the United States. . The Borzoi was recognized by the AKC in 1891. The Borzoi’s talents include hunting, sighting and lure coursing.


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