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Does the Borzoi make a good house pet?
Absolutely! The Borzoi is a gentle, quiet, loving companion with a marvellous personality. He can be a clown or a prince and will definitely add so much joy to your life. WARNING: One is never enough!
Are Borzoi good with children?
When introducing a Borzoi into a family where there are young children, there are points to consider in order to make the transition as positive as possible. With a bit of time and quiet patient training, you and your family will enjoy a fun-filled and harmonious life with your Borzoi companion.
If the Borzoi is a puppy, remember that puppies are active, energetic and fast-growing. The size of the Borzoi must be remembered where young children are concerned and children should not be encouraged to pick up the puppy because in no time at all, the puppy's size (height), weight and activity will make this an impossible task for the child.
Children as well as Borzoi puppies need to be taught how to play safely with one another. With your help, both must learn to act gently and respectfully towards one another. Supervision is always recommended.
Older Borzoi are more settled and depending on how they are introduced into a family environment, there should be no problems. Again it must be stressed that children do need to be taught how to behave around animals. No animal enjoys having its hair and tail pulled, and although some will be more tolerant, it is important that children learn as soon as possible that this treatment is not acceptable.
Are Borzoi good around other animals?
It is quite common to find Borzoi living very happily in households where there are other breeds of dogs, cats and even some tamed wildlife. Wonderful stories abound of Borzoi and cats, and small dogs sharing the same food dish and favourite sleeping area throughout entire lifetimes with nary a problem and then mourning the death of that special companion. Again, it is a question of training and establishing some ground rules for one and all to live by. As always, it is essential to understand the nature of the Borzoi and to never underestimate its instinct to course anything that moves. (This is rarely done in the house!) If the instinct to chase is aroused, it is highly unlikely that anything you say will stop it once started. The instinct to course is that strong! So, an ounce of prevention in the way of supervision is always recommended.
Is the Borzoi a long-lived breed?
With good and loving care, the average life-span for the Borzoi is 10 to 12 years.
Do the Borzoi have specific health concerns?
For the most part, Borzoi do not have health problems that will compromise their quality of life. Most diseases that are known to be quite common in other breeds are rarely seen in Borzoi as for example, hip dysplasia. PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) and OCD (osteochondritis dissecans) are sometimes found in the breed but most breeders have tried to maintain clear bloodlines by removing known carriers of these diseases from their breeding programs.
对于许多方面来说，猎狼并没有可以影响他们生命质量的健康问题。许多其他犬种常见的疾病猎狼都会很少得。举个例子来说，有的猎狼会患臀部骨骼异常，PRA (progressive retinal atrophy)和OCD（软骨病）但是大多数繁育者会通过净化猎狼血统，即不准许患有此病症的猎狼参加繁育来避免病症的遗传。
There are definitely two health issues to become informed about where Borzoi are concerned. Borzoi like all members of the Sighthound family are sensitive to a number of anaesthetics. Discuss this condition with your veterinarian long before any surgery is required. It could save your Borzoi's life.
The other health problem in Borzoi(and any deep-chested dog)is the occurrence of bloat and torsion. Bloat occurs when gas or food or gastric secretions fill the stomach and the stomach visibly enlarges or distends. Torsion happens when the stomach flips and twists closed, preventing any blood flow or even more critical, the escape of any gas. (Torsion usually results from bloat, but not always.) The actual cause of these problems has yet to be determined for a fact and studies are ongoing. However, there are some common sense points to live by: It is prudent to take care that feeding and excessive water/fluid intake should not accompany vigorous exercise, or vice versa. Avoid feeding foods that contain soy as this creates gas.
Much has been written about bloat and torsion and you would be well advised to become informed on these critical medical conditions. Bloat and torsion require IMMEDIATE VETERINARY INTERVENTION. From onset to death is considered to be less than an hour. Quick action has resulted in the survival of many dogs who have gone on to live long, problem-free lives. So, don't panic, just act fast!
Do Borzoi shed a lot?
Yes, Borzoi shed a fair amount. Females shed after every heat cycle and both males and females will shed with the change of seasons, especially spring. Spayed females will shed the same as males. Regular grooming is certainly beneficial to the Borzoi and they do enjoy it! And it does help somewhat in keeping the hair in one's home/car under some semblance of control (or so we tell ourselves!) A good vacuum cleaner for your home helps is a must!
Do Borzoi require a lot or regular grooming?
Regular grooming ensures a healthy coat and a happy Borzoi. For those who do not look forward to the job of grooming, take heart as the amount of grooming required is minimal as compared with other long-haired breeds! The Borzoi's coat texture is silky (this is an important breed characteristic - See Breed Standard) and as a result, easy to maintain. Dirt and m