The Borzoi Club

Established                    1892

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Breed Standard

General Appearance

Well balanced, graceful, aristocratic, dignified and elegant.

 

Characteristics

A coursing hound which must be courageous, powerful and of great speed.

 

Temperament

Sensitive, alert and aloof.

 

Head and Skull

Head long, lean and in proportion to the dog's size and substance.  In bitches head finer than in dogs.  Well filled in below eyes.  Measurement equal from occiput to inner corner of eye and from inner corner of eye to tip of nose.  Skull very slightly domed and narrow, stop imperceptible.  Head fine so that bones and principle veins can be clearly seen.  Viewed from side, forehead and upper line of muzzle form and almost straight, slightly convex line.  Jaws long, deep and powerful; nose large and black, nicely rounded, neither cornered nor sharp.  Viewed from above skull should look narrow, converging very gradually to tip of nose.  Occipital process very accentuated.

 

Eyes

Dark with intelligent, keen and alert expression.  Almond-shaped, set obliquely and placed well back but not too waide apart.  Eye rims dark.  Eyes not light, round, bulbous or staring.

 

Ears

Small, pointed and delicate.  Set high but not too far apart.  Nearly touching at occiput; when in repose folded back along neck.  Should be active and responsive, may be erect when alert, tips sometimes falling over.

 

Mouth

Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.  Full, strong dentition desirable.

 

Neck

Slightly arched; reasonably long and well muscled.  Free from throatiness, flattened laterally, set at an angle of 50 - 60 degrees to the longitudinal axis of the body.

 

Forequarters

Shoulders clean, sloping well back.  Muscular but not loaded.  Fine at withers but not accentuated.  Forelegs clean and straight.  Seen from front, narrow like blades; from side wider at elbows narrowing down to foot.  Elbows directed backwards, neither turning in nor out.  Pasterns slightly sloping, strong and flexible.  Length of forearm nearly equal to half totla height at withers.

 

Body

Chest, ribs or narrow oval cut, great depth to brisket reaching to elbows, giving great heart and lung room, especially in mature dogs.  Breastbone slightly pronounced with adequate width between elbows and abdomen very tucked up.  Back rather bony, muscular and free from any cavity, rising in a graceful curve with will balanced fallaway.  Highest point of curve is situated over last rib.  Curve is more pronounced in dogs than bitches.  Loins broad and very powerful with plenty of muscular development.  Fallaway long and well muscled.  Width between hip bones at least 8 cm (3 ins).

 

Hindquarters

Quarters wider than shoulders, ensuring stability of stance.  Thighs long, well developed with good second thigh; hindlegs long and muscular; stifles well angulated, hocks broad, clean and well let down.  Posterior line of hock vertical.  Seen from side, legs slightly set back.

 

Feet

Front feet oval, toes close together, well arched over strong, thick pads, turning neither in nor out.  Hind feet hare-like, i.e. longer and less arched.

 

Tail

Long, rather low set, when measured between thighs reasches up to top of nearest hip bone.  Well feathered, carried low in a graceful curve.  From level of hocks may be sabre - or slightly sickle - shaped but not ringed.  In action not rising above level of back.

 

Gait/Movement

Front, straight with long reach, pasterns springy.  Hind, straight with powerful driving hocks.  Moveing wider than front.  Viewed from side, appearance in action should be that of effortless power.

 

Coat

Silky, flat, wavy or rather curly (but never wooly).  Short and smooth on head, ears and front of legs, much longer on body with heavy feathering on backs of legs and hindquarters, tail and chest.  Neck carries a large curly frill.  More profuse in dogs than bitches.

 

Colour

Any colour acceptable, with the exception of merle.

 

Size

Minimum height at withers: dogs: 74 cms (29 ins); bitches: 68 cms (27 ins).

 

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

 

Note

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

 

                                                     

 

Reproduced by kind permission of the Kennel Club