If you are looking into getting a Borzoi, you must be considering whether to get a male or a female. Are there any massive differences? What are they, or is there no real difference between the two? In this article, we are going to look at the overall behavior and tendencies of the breed based on male and female Borzois.
A Bit About The Breed
This elegant breed of dog was once sight or coursing hounds, meaning that they were bred to chase down large game and small game alike. Because of this, they are fast, agile, have quick reflexes, and love to run. They are usually a calm, independent, and docile breed of dog that can grow to be about 105 lbs.
A few things to keep in mind about this breed:
- They are friendly dogs but are not great with small children and would be more suited to homes with children old enough to understand how to interact and respect dogs.
- They shed a lot, so if you do not want to deal with dog hair or have an allergy, this might not be the best dog for you.
- The Borzoi breed is large dogs, as such if you do not have ample space for them, you might find yourself short of space and patient. They tend to do better in homes with more room for them to run around.
A full-grown Borzoi needs at least 40 minutes of exercise a day. These dogs love to run, this is because of their hunting heritage, the desire to give chase to small animals is ingrained in their instinct. So, if you have a cat or other small animal, it is a good idea to introduce them to the Borzoi at a young age so that they get used to them and do not snap or chase.
This breed of dog does not tend to bark a lot and has a tendency to be quite aloof.
Their personalities are a fun mix of goofy and aristocratic, they are good-natured and have calm temperaments as well as the ability to find amusement with whatever they have at their disposal.
- The Borzoi used to be known as a Russian Wolfhound, this name came from the 14th century when they were hunting dogs for the Russian nobility. They were coursing hounds for animals like rabbits, foxes, boar, and even wolves which is where they got their name from.
- Borzois are fast, independent, and bred for hunting. Because of this, they are programmed to follow their noses, so if you want to avoid your dog escaping, make sure that they are leashed or have a fenced-in area they can roam freely.
- They are called sighthounds for a reason, the Borzoi has 270-degree vision and has excellent vision. This is largely due to selective breeding in order to create the perfect coursing hound that is able to see small animals from far away.
- The Borzoi used to be a glamorous symbol back in 1900’s America. The unusual and graceful appearance of this breed was an almost perfect fit for the art deco aesthetic. They were made popular by famous actors like Jean Harlow and Sarah Bernhardt.
As a whole, they are loving, calm, and independent dogs who love to run. But, what are the big differences between male and female Borzoi?
The males of the breed have a tendency to be a little more goofy and silly than the females. In general, they have a liking toward being the center of attention and love engaging with human activity. They are not needy, because the breed as a whole is aloof and independent.
But, the male of the species is inclined to be a little more wanton for attention and scratches.
- Height: Males tend to be at least 28 inches tall. But today most Borzoi are between 32 inches and 34 inches tall.
- Weight: Males tend to weigh somewhere between 75 lbs to 105 lbs.
The female Borzoi is typically more engaged than the male, because of this the top 5 Borzoi coursers and sporting dogs have actually been female. This is because of the aforementioned longer attention span and ability to engage and focus on a task.
They also tend to be more emotionally attuned to their surroundings and what their owners are feeling. A negative and stressful environment can even affect the digestion and sleep of a female borzoi. In addition to this, a female borzoi is more aloof and independent, she is quite happy to do her own thing or ask for attention when she wants.
- Height: Females tend to be about 29 inches at the withers.
- Weight: Female Borzoi tend to weigh somewhere between 60 lbs and 85lbs
Summing up what we have learned, the Borzoi is an old dog that once graced the homes of the Russian nobility as coursers They are bred for their speed, agility, and keen desire to hunt, so they need to have 1t least 40 minutes of exercise a day as well as having room to run. The Borzoi is a large dog with a silky coat and a calm temperament but is not suitable for family life.
While there are obvious physical differences between the male and female Borzoi, their temperaments are not always so different. There are a few typical traits that commonly divide the sexes.
While the males tend to be goofy, desire attention, and need to be in your company a lot more, they are still aloof and independent dogs.
The females are a little more aloof and are happy doing their own thing, but are more focused and pick up on emotions more keenly in a household.
These differences are not always the case, it is important to realize that there are different personalities for each animal and these rules are not hard and fast. So, when you are deciding whether you want a female or male Borzoi, keep in mind that there are typical differences between the sexes. But they are not always correct every time.