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    Brief Description: 

    The Borzoi (/ˈbɔrzɔɪ/, literally "fast"), also called the Russian wolfhound (Russian: Ру́сская псовая борзая), is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris). Descended from dogs brought to Russia from central Asian countries, it is similar in shape to a greyhound, and is also a member of the sighthound family.

    Source: Wikipedia

    Links to Breed Descriptions: 

    AKC Video Link

    View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel


    Other Names for Breed: 
    • Borzoi - Russian hunting sighthound
    • Russkaya psovaya borzaya
    • Barzoi
    • Lebrel ruso (Barzoï)
    • Russischer Windhund


    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club: 

    Country of origin: Russia and Belarus

    Health and Well-Being: 

    Some sources of health information include:

    • National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below) Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below) Research articles Breed club surveys

    Breed-Specific Articles: 



    Breed Standards: 

    There are numerous breed standards.

    The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.

    Three of the major international standards are:

    The American Kennel Club

    The Kennel Club, UK

    FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)

    Breed-Specific Statistics: 

    1. Swedish Insurance Data

    • Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
    This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.

    2. Koiranet - Finland: FKC Database, Borzoi:


    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents: 

    Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:

    1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 2)
    2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
    Annex to the RAS Breed Specific Breeding Strategies for borzoi

    Bilaga till RAS- Rasspecifika Avels Strategier för borzoi
    Enligt beslut årsmöte 2010, fastställd årsmöte 2011, reviderad 2011-07-12
    Sanktionerad av SKKs Domarkommitté, möte 2011-06-09, § 92
    Översatt till engelska 2015-05-15

    file submitted by Lize Edland - one of our breed content experts
    Contact: Lize Edland, Borzoi-Ringen (Borzoi Club, Sweden)



    Breed-Specific DNA Tests:

    Other Breed-Specific Webpages: 


    As of 9-12-2015 - 63478 dogs in the database and 1734 registered users. This database is not affiliated with any organization. "We are trying to collect information about Borzoi from all over the world. The website and database is intended for the community of Borzoi lovers worldwide who we hope will help us gather as much information as possible."

    Breed Standard write-up from the Judges-L

    Breed-Specific Research: 



    Breed Clubs: 

    We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.

    Canada: Borzoi Canada
    Sweden: Borzoi-Ringen
    USA:  Borzoi Club of America
    Norway: Borzoi Norge
    France: Club du Barzoï - France
    Netherlands: Nederlandse Barsoi Club
    Switzerland: Schweizer Barsoi Club
    Finland: Suomen Borzoiklubi Ry

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