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A Borzoi in motion is a beautiful sight. Actually a Borzoi in repose is just as beautiful. These giant sighthounds are the very picture of elegance, speed, and grace. Match that with their calm and affectionate temperament, and it's no wonder the breed has been prized for hundreds of years. Bred for royalty, they're aristocrats themselves, as these seven images prove.

1. A Borzoi at full speed is like the Porsche of dogs.

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2. He loves a run, on any terrain in any weather.


A video posted by @borzoi_paw on Jan 21, 2016 at 7:51am PST

3. With their speed and love of the chase, they excel at dog sports like lure coursing.

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4. Standing up to 32 inches tall and weighing in at 60-100 pounds, they're among the most regal of canines.


A photo posted by Sasha (@borzoi_power) on Jan 22, 2016 at 1:40pm PST

5. At home, Borzoi are calm and loving.


A photo posted by 뿡보라 (@ppung_s2) on Jan 22, 2016 at 4:17am PST

6. And are usually the epitome of dignity.


A photo posted by JASON TOWNSEND (@jason_e_townsend) on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:29am PST

7. But sometimes, they're not…


A photo posted by Camilla Bergamini (@cami_bergamini) on Jan 20, 2016 at 11:37am PST


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