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The Borzoi originated in 17th-century Russia, when Arabian greyhounds were crossed with a thick-coated, Russian breed. The Borzoi was once known as the Russian Wolfhound.
At the beginning of the 18th century the Russian hunters crossed the borzoi of the time out to the English (greyhound), Polish (Khorty) and Bearded Borzoi of Assyria.
The modern Borzoi that we know came into existence as a “pure bred” animal in the late 1800’s. This was because of dog shows and closed stud books.
The Borzoi is a sweet, undemanding and undemonstrative dog. They are proud and self aware dogs that are extremely loyal to their family. When necessary they will protect their family. Intelligent and easy to train. The training of this breed has to be based upon mutual respect. They cannot be trained to perform, but they can learn basic requirements for living with you. Cat-like, silent and docile, but can be willful and snappish if pushed too far. They like to roam and are incredibly fast.