The borzoi (literally 'fast'), also called the Russian wolfhound , is a breed of domestic dogs. It is 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.
The system by which Russians over the ages named their sighthounds was a series of descriptive terms, not actual names. 'Borzói' is the masculine singular form of an archaic Russian adjective that means 'fast'. 'Borzáya sobáka' ('fast dog') is the basic term used by Russians, though 'sobáka' is usually dropped. The name 'Psovaya' derived from the word Psovina, which means 'wavy, silky coat', just as 'Hortaya' (as in Hortaya Borzaya) means shorthaired. In Russia today the breed we know as the borzoi is officially known as 'Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya'. Other Russian sighthound breeds are 'Stepnaya Borzaya' (from the steppe), called 'Stepnoi'; and 'Krimskaya Borzaya' (from the Crimea), called 'Krimskoi'.
The plural 'borzois' may be found in dictionaries; however, the Borzoi Club of America maintains that 'borzoi' is the preferred form for both singular and plural forms.
Borzoi are large Russian sighthounds that resemble some central Asian breeds such as the Afghan hound, Saluki, and the Kyrgyz Taigan. They can generally be described as 'long-haired greyhounds', though Borzoi come in virtually any color. The long top-coat is silky and quite flat, with varying degrees of waviness or curling. The soft undercoat thickens during winter or in cold climates, but is shed in hot weather to prevent overheating. In its texture and distribution over the body, the borzoi coat is unique. There should be a frill on its neck, as well as feathering on its hindquarters and tail.
The borzoi coat is silky and flat, often wavy or slightly curly.
Borzoi males frequently weigh more than 100 pounds (45 kg). Males stand at least 30 inches (76 cm) at the shoulder, while the height of females is around 26 inches (66 cm). Despite their size, the overall impression is of streamlining and grace, with a curvy shapeliness and compact strength.
Source of information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borzoi
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