He was bred in Russia in the 17th century by the aristocracy by crossing Arabian Greyhounds with a thick-coated Russian breed
He was bred for hunting game by eye sight
He hunted in large packs with other Borzoi
He was frequently used to hunt wolves; two or three Borzoi would chase, corner and pin-down the wolf until the hunter arrived to finish the kill
Personality and Behavior
He's gentle natured and sensitive
He's independent natured and can be stubborn
He athletic, agile and has stamina
He a very fast runner
He's an almost silent dog who rarely barks
He doesn't make a good watchdog because he isn't territorial and because he's so quite
He's a couch potato and well mannered inside the home
He has a strong chasing instinct and will chase down other dogs, cats, and anything else that runs away from him
He needs a secure yard or else he will go wandering miles away
He gets along well with other dogs; he isn't aggressive with them
He's one of the most difficult breeds to train. You will need lots of patience as he is one of the slowest to learn obedience commands.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).