Origin and Purpose: The Borzoi was originally bred for the coursing of hare, fox and wolves on more or less open terrain, relying on sight rather than scent. To accomplish this purpose, the Borzoi must be courageous, powerful, and capable of great speed. Special emphasis is placed on sound running structure, strong neck and jaws, keenness to game, and agility combined with proper condition.
Size: Males 28-32″ (71-81 cm), and females 27-30″(68-76 cm)
Coat: Silky in texture, never harsh, wiry or coarse. Coat may be flat, wavy or rather curly. Short and smooth on head and ears as well as on forelegs and hind legs below the hock. Much longer on body with heavy feathering on backs of forelegs, hindquarters, tail, and chest. On the neck, the frill is profuse and rather curly. The borzoi does shed profusely twice a year and requires weekly grooming.
Colour: Any colour or combination of colours is allowed.
Temperament: The borzoi is typically reserved, faithful and affectionate. This is not a dog to look at if you want a guard dog although they will protect their people. They are not barkers but they will jump fences and will roam over large areas if not always on leash or confined to their yards. As hunting hounds their instinct is to chase and kill smaller animals so early socialization with other animals is vital. They do well in obedience and agility and all borzoi should have some obedience training.
Crate training: Recommended.