Even though the Borzoi is large, the breed makes a great house pet.
Although affectionate with their owners, they are rather catlike and have independent and undemanding natures. They need daily exercise, but will chase anything that moves, so they need to be kept on leash or in a fenced area. Regular brushing and bathing is necessary to maintain their lustrous coats
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Borzoi is a giant breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Regular brushing with a pin brush, a comb and a soft slicker brush and bathing is necessary to maintain their lustrous coats. Toenails should receive regular attention and not be allowed to get too long. Their nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Among the most impressively beautiful of all dogs, Borzoi are cherished for their calm, agreeable temperament. In their quiet way they can be stubborn, and training is best accomplished with patience, consistency, and good humor. Affectionate family dogs, Borzoi are nonetheless a bit too dignified to wholeheartedly enjoy a lot of roughhousing. These are coursing hounds, and the sight of a cat or squirrel on the run will quickly stir their pursuit instinct. Fenced-in running room is a must.
Being a giant breed, they can develop osteosarcoma (bone cancer) or heart problems. Bloat and torsion are also seen in any large, deep-chested breed. You might want to talk to your vet and become familiar with the symptoms of bloat. Immediate vet attention is required if it occurs. Some Borzoi are very sensitive to certain types of anesthesia, and if your Borzoi has to have surgery, your vet needs to be aware of this.
Because of their lack of body fat, Borzoi absorb these drugs differently. Ropum (Xylazine) should not be used in the breed. Borzoi are slow growing dogs. Regular veterinary care, yearly vaccinations, and proper feeding and exercise are vital to maintaining your dog’s good health. Fun activities that keep your Borzoi fit include: lure coursing, conformation (dog shows), agility, obedience, racing, therapy work, along with many others.