He's so cute, especially with his ears perked up like that. I actually want a borzoi, once I get my own place, but don't really know anything of their temperment. I want to know, are they particularly enthusiastic dogs that need to be walked a lot?
aww they are great dogs. They aren't a hyper breed...nor are they lazy...they sort of know how to be lazy when it's needed (like in the house) and when they are outside they are very athletic. A good 45 min walk a day should suffice as long as they get to run off leash at least twice a week. I rarely do leash walking around the block with Vlad...I take him out to the desert all the time for his walks where I don't need a leash and he can chase rabbits and coyotes. I like them because they are general very well mannered and calm for their size...but extremely athletic for being so huge! They are also a very loyal breed but can be aloof with strangers (which actually isn't a bad thing in my book).
You take him out in the desert? Wow! Where do you live? And you're lucky that the coyotes run away from you there, over here they are inshane... literally. They've cross bred with wolves over the years and now they're big and attack people, even killed some in the past... but anyway this isn't about coyotes! XD
My only problem is I'm wondering if I'd be too lazy for them, I could take them for a half an hour walk on most days but is that enough?
I live in Las Vegas, NV. There is open desert all around this city. The coyotes around your area sound nuts. XDDD! Sounds like you need a big dog by your side. Vladimir has chased a lot of animals around here: jack rabbits, coyotes, elk, mountain lion. Everything.
half an hour walk on most days will be enough for a moderate amount of time. They need to run at their fastest at least twice a week. They were born to run. It's like having a bird and not letting it fly. It's in their blood and you can just see it radiating in their eyes. They are hunters and athletes. If they go too long without running, they can snap a tendon or injure themselves when they do run. If you have lure coursing events in your area, I would consider joining some groups to participate in lure coursing with your borzoi.
Here is a video of my borzoi doing one of his favorite out door activities: [link]
Just be aware though that most do still have their prey drive...meaning most won't think twice about killing something small and furry and fast if they get the chance. That may be your neighbors cat or chihuahua if you're not too careful. Just a main concern about the breed.
Here's some videos of borzoi running off leash and hunting...basically doing what they were bred for: [link] I actually take Vlad out many times to do this same thing. He enjoys it so much...
wow look at that skinny face/feet/legs/dog! I love it It's such a uniqyue breed. Do you know the differences between these and saluki? (spelling :<) I guess they just have longer hair? Both awesome though.
Well, they were bred to have long legs, obviously to run faster and their muzzles are really long so they could get a bigger, better grip on their prey. Yes, the saluki and borzoi are very different breeds. The saluki's features are much more toned down then those of the borzoi, much less exaggerated. In real life side by side they are totally different, especially size. The borzoi is a much much larger dog. My borzoi is nearly twice the size of my friends two salukis and is a good 30-40 pounds heavier. They can look similar if you don't know them. But, it similar to the different between a rottweiler and doberman.