Borzoi are large hunting dogs and need exercise in an enclosed area. Care needs to be exercised if homes have other smaller pets, and they are not necessarily suited to living with pets such as cats, rabbits, or ferrets.Roaming, picky eating and touch shyness are known in the breed, and controlled by proper fencing and training. Life expectancy for Borzoi, as with other large breeds, is less than with small dogs. They must be fed a soy free diet and are best free fed to prevent gastric torsion. Cancer is probably the leading cause of death.Females live longer than the males and tend to be more docile.Description:Borzoi make excellent pets, quiet and tractable in the house, but needing protection out of doors from their propensity to chase animals or moving objects. An adequate fenced yard with 6 foot fencing (especially in snow areas) and a companion Borzoi help keep them well exercised. They will frolic with each other and love to retrieve and play with toys. A 3-8 flexi lead for walks in public places is a good idea. They tend to be undemanding of their owners and more aloof to strangers than some breeds.
Borzoi were raised by the Russians to hunt wolves and are still hunting wolves, foxes, and rabbits there. They hunted in packs of three, and were followed on the hunt by mounted Russians who would leap on the wolf while the dogs pinned it down and stab it to death with a dagger. This rugged sport, not allowed in Canada, has many acceptable substitutes such as lure coursing.
Owing to their size they need supervision with children and are too large to be safely walked by small ones. They are not at all tolerant of childish abuse. There is no hard and fast rule to how a Borzoi will interact with pets, kids, and strangers. Training is necessary and often solves most problems, but buyers need to be aware that male Borzoi can grow to at least 33 inches at the withers and weight as much as 110 pounds.Essential to their welfare is proper obedience training with dogs of other breeds and sizes, with stress on tolerating other dogs and coming when called. Large males need a really big crate, and females one no smaller than a 500 size. For the right owners, Bozoi make devoted and elegant companions and are usually good travelers, and loving friends to their own fellow Borzoi. Most people who buy them end up two of them, an extra sofa and a larger bed!
Margery Armstrong, www.rokaro.com