One of the supermodels of the canine world, the Borzoi is a breed with a long and aristocratic history.
Ancestors of the Borzoi are believed to have been brought to Russia in the 13th century by Kublai Khan. As the breed developed, the Borzoi quickly became a favorite among Russian royalty.
Despite its elegant appearance, the Borzoi is, in fact, a working dog. Here are seven fun facts about this unique breed.
1. The Borzoi, known as the Russian wolfhound until 1936, is a sighthound.
These hounds were bred to hunt wolves and other prey. Consequently, even in pet capacity, they are prone to chase anything that moves.
2. The word "borzoi" is actually the masculine singular form of an antiquated Russian word for "fast."
Appearance-wise, the Borzoi is sometimes described as "a Greyhound wearing a coat."
3. The Borzoi is a relatively quiet dog and is not prone to much barking.
With an independent personality and the occasional stubborn streak characteristic of the breed, it has often been described as having a cat-like temperament.
4. The Borzoi was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1891.
The first registered dog was named Princess Irma.
5. Bred for speed, a Borzoi can reach speeds of 35-40 miles per hour on the run.
6. The first Borzoi came to America in 1889 when a Pennsylvania man, William Wade, imported her from England.
Her name was Elsie.
7. According to the American Kennel Club, the Borzoi is the 99th most popular dog breed in America.
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