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21 September 2008


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Huh, my first exposure to real, live Borzoi was about 13 years ago -- at an obedience demonstration. The one in question was demonstrating, quite capably, utility exercises. The ones I see regularly are in the obedience ring doing, quite capably, utility.

(I know a few "obedience Beagles" too. So much for the "hound excuse.")


I just took in a litter of purebred Borzoi puppies rescued from a terrible situation. At 6 weeks they looked like little hound mixes but now, almost 4 months old, they are finally beginning to look like the elegant sighthounds they'll eventually grow to be...adorable puppies but certainly not graceful or glamorous yet! They are goofy and clumsy and very, very messy -gluttonous- little eaters! I absolutely adore them and want to keep them all!


I had a similar reaction when I saw the Borzois on the front of my Harper's Bazaar magazine. Recently, I lost my Irish Wolfhound to osteosarcoma but I can appreciate the greatness of sighthounds. On a trip to Finland this past August, I saw a very tall woman walking a Borzoi. Of course, missing my Finnegan and being intrigued by the breed, I ran right up to her and insisted on saying hello to her dog. Oddly, that was my highlight of my trip in Helsinki.

Another humorous interaction with Borzois was in my wolfhound's puppy training class, a Borzoi breeder brought each puppy in her latest litter to get them socialized. During the period where the puppies could romp around and interact, my giant boy would hide under the chairs. Her puppies, on the other hand, would head straight to the mirrors where they would admire themselves for the entire play period. They are such characters!

And I apologize for the long comment!


Love my 45 mph couch potato, too.


I agree - I live with two Borzoi, a Greyhound (retired racer) and a foster Borzoi. I adore the breed, but agree that, like any dog, it is not for everyone.

They are LARGE dogs. They require a lot more grooming than many people have time for. They are "selectively intelligent," meaning they are very intelligent dogs, but when they want to be. Yes, they can be trained, but require a creative person at times.

But, they are also lovebugs with their people. They are clowns. They are lazy (which could be bad, if you are the kind of person that loves to be on the go).

I love my Borzoi, but I would never recommend them to just anyone!

viv hardy

I have three borzoi that I walk each morning on a beach in Sydney Australia - invariably we are greeted with 'here comes the royal family" - and Trotsky, Tatiana and Kartia - Trotty, Tatty and Katty trot pass accepting their homage as their due.


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