Do Borzois Shed a Lot?

By Abigail Bodeley on Jan 4, 2024 Reviewed by Mick Ford

Do Borzois shed a lot?

Do Borzois Shed a Lot

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How much do Borzois shed?

Borzois are heavily coated breed with moderate shedding tendencies but they are high maintenance—they need daily brushing, frequent baths, and regular grooming to maintain their coats.

They have a long, silky (not woolly) flat, wavy or curly coat that is short and smooth on the head, ears and front legs, and profuse and curly on neck, and hindquarters.

Borzois need to be groomed regularly. You will certainly need to groom the coat between bath times.

Not only does the coat get longer with age, allowing more tangles to form, the coat will change from a fluffy puppy coat to a silkier adult coat.

Mats tend to form under the “armpits” and the trousers. The trousers of a Borzoi in particular are heavily coated and will need regular grooming to prevent knots and tangles and to remove any debris accumulated outdoors.

Uncomfortable hairs sometimes form between the pads of the feet.

Are Borzois high maintenance?

Yes. It is a huge step to decide on the Borzoi as a pet because it is large, sensitive, and incredibly demanding.

A single Borzoi, for instance, needs as much food as a pack of smaller dogs and you are inviting death through gastric torsion if you feed inferior-quality food.

Gastric torsion is a life-threatening disorder that happens when a dog’s stomach fills with gas and becomes twisted. It mainly occurs in deep-chested breed such as Borzois.

Something else to keep in mind, the Borzoi is a true sighthound.

Once a sighthound starts running, they are instinctively oblivious to anything done to call them back. This can become a problem with pets—if pets bolt in front of them, the catch-and-kill instinct takes over. This is something you need to always keep in mind.

The Borzoi is intrinsically cleaner than many other breeds, but it does need some work to keep the coat healthy and beautiful. When it’s time for a much needed bath, Borzois are much difficult to maneuver in the bath and can make the house very wet when they jump out.

Ultimately, the Borzoi can get along with other dogs and children if they know them and if the other dogs and children are well behaved. They will however, not tolerate boisterous behaviour of any other pets as they get older.

Breeders have very high standards of who is a suitable companion for a Borzoi, they sometimes find it difficult to find suitable homes for their puppies. It doesn’t help that the puppies…

If you are absolutely certain the Borzoi is the breed for you—considering the Borzoi is only suitable for a minority of homes, it is important to realize the amount of work that goes into making a member of this giant breed a member of your family.

If, for instance, you want a highly-trainable breed, skip the Borzoi—most Borzoi do not do well with more than the most basic of training.

Are Borzois bigger than Greyhounds?

The Borzoi is a taller and heavier giant breed, standing 26 to 32 inches and weighing 60 to 110 pounds whereas a Greyhound, stands 26 to 30 inches tall and weighs about 60 to 70 pounds.

But both Borzois and Greyhounds are first and foremost dogs made for running. They are both lean, with a narrow body and a deep chest with room for the large lungs and a big heart. They are also both extremely well-conditioned athletic dogs that are well-muscled.

Both their heads are long and narrow, they eyes are dark and full of personality and daily exercise and a long morning and evening walk should be the absolute minimum.