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A top quality female lure coursing Borzoi from 1977
|Dog Group: Hound (Sighthound)||
AKC with online copies of the Breed Standard
National Club Name:
Borzoi Club of America
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|National Club Mailing Addresses:|
PO Box 175
Elk Rapids, MI, 49629
29 Crown Dr
Warren, NJ 07059
Generally, rare breeds are bred by individuals who are quite knowledgable about the breed and rescues are not common. Popular breeds have a much broader breeder base and often have well developed programs for dealing with rescues. In addition popular breeds are more likely to be turned into animal shelters.
In 1994 the number of individual registrations of Borzoi with the AKC (1070) was less than 1/2 of 1% of the dogs registered with the AKC and Borzoi were ranked #78 in popularity. Borzoi should be reguarded as a moderately rare breed.
|Dogs = Number of Borzoi individuals registered with the AKC.|
Litters Number of Borzoi Litters registered with the AKC.
Temperment extremes can range from quite shy to rather aggressive. The average temperment is a fairly calm, gentle hound with a potential for unexpected predatory activity towards small animals if not previously trained about small animals. Well socialized, properly reared Borzoi are a delight to own as they are well mannered in public. It is important that young dogs be exposed to other dogs as well as other animals and children so that they will tolerate them as grown adults.
Generally a first time Borzoi owner should consider a female or neutered male. The great grace and delicate appearance of these dogs seems to attract people who cannot control a full grown, intact male. It is important to remember that they are large hunting dogs and not glass unicorns. Properly reared there is, in my opinion, no finer large hound. Poorly reared: they end up in rescue at 18 months of age.
These are hunting dogs, generally with well developed chasing instincts, if they are not properly trained as young dogs they can become quite an effective threat to cats and other small domestic animals. Allowed to run unsupervised in farm areas they may learn to harrass sheep and deer.
They like to chase things. Properly motivated most of them can clear a 6 foot fence. The growing puppies do not do well if left alone in a small area all day. They are quite capable of and willing to remove anything edible from a kitchen table or countertop without even standing on their hindlegs.
The commonest serious medical problem is Acute Gastric Dilatation and Torsion (Bloat and Torsion). The incidence is no higher than in other breeds of similar size and body build. It is however a potentially lethal problem and a novice owner should be made aware of the symptoms and need for quick action.
Some kennels practice programs of extreme inbreeding (co-efficients of inbreeding ranging from 25% to 45%). In my opinion a person who purchases an animal this inbred should understand the genetic consequences of such high inbreeding co-efficients. Net.Pet has an article on this matter.
Occasional individuals actually like to do obedience and are fun to train, but most obedience titled Borzois are the result of skilled work on the part of the owner/trainer. On the other hand most adult Borzoi are naturally low key and fairly well behaved so that intense obedience is not necessary for a mannered pet. Puppies and adolescents must be taught to respect humans.
Patient people who like a split personality dog that lies around inside but wants to run like the wind (and maybe not come back) when outside. People who like lovely but predatory things. People who want a dog that is quiet when they are in its presence.
People who think they don't need a fence because they have acreage in the country. People without fences who live next to flocks of sheep and other valuable livestock. People who expect a high degree of instant obedience out of a dog. People who don't like brushing a dog. People who want a really interactive dog often feel the Borzoi is snubbing them or that it dislikes them. Because these are hunting dogs with very quick reflexes they are not suited to a person who wants to wrestle and rough house one-on-one with their dog. Borzoi that think it is ok to grab and snap at people in play can become very dangerous, especially to small children.