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The Rough and Ready Russian Wolfhound (Borzoi)
Tippy & Alfred

The Borzoi Russian Wolfhound is a dog that is often a picky
eater and many are prone to bloat. In order to avoid gas and
possible bloat the owner should feed them two or three small
meals a day instead of one large meal. This dog should also
avoid exercise after eating as this can bring on bloat. The
breed is also sensitive to drugs, so extra care should be
taken before giving this dog any kind of medication.

The male dogs of this breed can reach twenty-eight inches
(seventy-one centimeters) in height and weigh between
seventy-five and one hundred and five pounds (thirty-four
and forty-eight kilograms). The female dog of this breed can
reach twenty-six inches (sixty-six centimeters) in height
and weigh between sixty and ninety pounds (twenty-seven and
forty-one kilograms). These measurements are based on a
healthy average for this breed.

When given enough exercise this breed can live comfortably
in an apartment. Indoors they are relatively inactive and
often may be overlooked as they are quiet and peaceful dogs.
Be careful to keep your Borzoi on a leash when outside or in
a very secure area off the leash because, like other sight
hounds, they have a tendency to take off after whatever
catches their eye.

Outside this dog needs a lot of space to walk and run. So
they need at least an average-sized secure yard to play in.
In order to maintain the dog's health this dog will need
plenty of exercise. This includes a long daily walk and
opportunities to run around off of the leash. Be careful to
check your country's laws before you do this because in some
countries it is illegal to let fleet-footed hunting category
dogs off of the leash.

The Borzoi is very happy to pace a hiker, jogger or runner.
They are even happy running alongside a bicyclist, but
beware as they have a tendency to chase after whatever small
animal that they catch sight of nearby. They are very fast
so you will have to be quick to correct yourself otherwise
you can end up in an accident.

The Borzoi Russian Wolfhound lives on average ten to twelve
years. It has an average litter size of six puppies but a
litter size of eleven puppies isn't unheard of.

The Borzoi Russian Wolfhound has a coat that is long and
silky and relatively easy to groom. They will need to be
brushed regularly with a firm bristle brush. Dry shampoo the
dog when it is necessary. Because the Borzoi is so tall
bathing the dog can represent a problem, but ordinarily the
dog keeps itself clean and this shouldn't need to be done
that often.

The hair between this dog's toes should be clipped in order
to prevent the hair from spreading the dog's toes and making
them uncomfortable. This dog does shed heavily with the
season changes, so extra brushing may be needed during these

Picture of Borzois

The Borzoi Russian Wolfhound
Jane R. Bicks, D.V.M

Elegant, big, and sweet, the Borzoi is truly extraordinary.
It is plagued with the same problems as other large dogs:
including: bloat, canine hip dysplasia, and cardiomyopathy.

Bloat prevention in the Borzoi and the addition of
L-carnitine and taurine rich foods (torula yeast, 
raw meat, wheat germ) are absolute musts.

While genetics, grooming, and a high quality alternative
professional food will help ensure a luxurious coat, 
a skin and coat supplement in the form of a treat is
a great idea!

Life extension is important for these giants, so
antioxidants as either a supplement or a treat are a
must for any dog over 2 years of age.

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