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.
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
Lebrel ruso (Barzoï)
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
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)
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: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=193
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 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
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
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Canada: Borzoi Canada
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