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Loyal, elegant and sometimes stubborn, the Borzoi is a dog that knows what it wants. This breed will enjoy spending time with you, but may not be compliant if it feels bored or disrespected.

Where I'm From

Originally called the Russian Wolfhound, the history of the Borzoi breed can be traced back to Russia in 1650. These elegant dogs were developed as coursing and hunting dogs and are believed to be a relative of the early Russian bearhound.

Over the next two hundred years numbers fell enough to drive Russian fanciers into action. In 1873 they created the Imperial Association, which aimed to protect the breed and promote its best features. Ironically though, the association’s ties with aristocracy ended up bringing more harm than good, with many wiped out after the Russian Revolution.

Thankfully the breed had spread further afield than Russia. The dogs had been gifted to overseas royals and imported by interested parties to varying counties, which guaranteed their survival.

The American Kennel Club recognised the first Russian Wolfhound, going by the name of Princess Irma, in 1891, and in 1936, the breed officially became known as the Borzoi.

What I Look Like

The Borzoi sports a long, silky coat, which comes in an array of colours and combinations, but the best part is its ease to clean. The texture of the breed’s fur can also vary from flat to wavy to curly.

These dogs are known for their elegance and grace in motion. They have tall, lean bodies and long, narrow heads. The Borzoi is a large breed and ranges in height from 28 to 32 inches.

This refined breed is an astute hunter with powerful jaws that can trap even a wolf. They love to run but they favour a short sprint over a long distance outing.

How I Act

You’ll love this breed if you’re after a laid-back companion who doesn’t have a whole lot of energy. Most of the time these pooches will be happy sharing a couch with you while you nap or watch TV. They tend to adore human company so if you’re out a lot during the day, you might want to reconsider a Borzoi.

This breed is also not suited to families with young children because due to their sheer size, they can easily knock over a small child. Older children that have some experience with dogs will make good companions.

The Borzoi is an intelligent pooch, but is known to have a mind of its own, which can make training a handful. Your best bet is to demonstrate short tasks so they won’t get bored and be sure to praise your dog every time they do the right thing. Early socialisation is also recommended for this breed.

Looking After Me

Borzois need a bit of space to go for a run, so a fenced in backyard is the best option if it suits your lifestyle. However, if you live in a smaller space, your pooch will be content provided you take them on regular walks or runs. They should also be on a leash while exercising. This will prevent them running away and chasing after a cat or rodent.

This breed of pooch is generally healthy however some dogs may be prone to Gastric Dilation Volvulus, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Osteochondrosis Dissecans so keep your eyes peeled for symptoms.

The Borzois long coat requires minimal trimming to keep it tidy but they will need a daily brush to prevent matting.

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Cockatiel plucking her feathers

Hi! I hope you can help me with my cockatiel, I write from Spain and here they aren't that common so vets don't know much about treating them. I have a 5 years old female cockatiel and she is very affectionate, 2 years ago I had to spend a couple of months at a hospital and my parents during that time were either working or visiting me, so she felt lonely and started plucking her feathers. Even after I went back home she continued with this behaviour and hasn't stopped. I took her to different vets, they told me to give her small amounts of a syrup that was meant for calming itching and an antibiotic in case it was something producing an itching, but neither worked. I also tried a spray called "Pluck-no-more" with the same results. In case she was lonely we got her a mate, but it may be also female since they don't pay attention to each other at all. She rubs her cloaca on the perch often but the other tiel ignores it (the pet shop said it was male but they said the same with her and then she laid an egg...). The layer that covers the feather while growing (not sure of the name in English) doesn't grow normally, looks more like bland plastic than a hard cover like the ones on my other birds pin feathers (besides her, I have another cockatiel and a lovebird). Is as if the feathers on the plucking areas aren't growing correctly. The areas she plucks are under the wings, the part where wings join the body, and the body area that is covered by the wings while resting. While plucking she lets out small cries. The fluff covers these areas so by just looking at her isn't easy to tell, unless you watch her while preening. I let her play outside of the cage very often, but lately she can't fly well and I think it may be caused by the loss of these feathers. As I said, vets in this area are more specialized in cats and dogs and know little about parrots, so I hope you can advise me since these birds are native to Australia. Is there some kind of balm or spray I can apply on her skin to soothe it? Some medicine I can ask my local vet to use? I love her and it hurts seeing her in pain everytime she preens. Any advice would be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain!