A Brife Guide to Borzoi and Saluki Breeds


The Russian Wolfhound and Saluki breeds are very similar in appearance and traits. They have a history of hunting dogs, although they have been known to excel in other areas as well. Hunting is in their instinct, but they are also great companions and rescue dogs. 

Additionally, both the Borzoi Saluki are very old dog breeds that have been around for a long time. When you consider their genes, behavior, and life expectancy together, it is easy to see why they are so similar.

Differences in Appearance

When you compare the Saluki and the Borzoi, you will find that Salukis are thin with a narrow chest and long legs. Their necks are thin as well, and they have deep-set eyes. They also have large, webbed feet. Saluki coats come in many different colors, such as fawn, white, or cream-colored with a black, blue, or brown saddle.

Borzoi has a very different appearance from Salukis. They have a deep chest, and their necks are thicker than the Saluki breed. Their heads are set high on their necks, and they have large eyes with long hair around them. Additionally, their ears and tails are also very prominent. 

The Borzoi’s coats are short, thick, and shiny and come in many colors. Borzoi’s coats can be white, black, blue, gray, or tawny with a pale to dark shadow stripe.

It is easy to see the difference between these breeds just by looking at them. However, it is essential to remember that you may not see the full extent of the difference in the Borzoi and Saluki’s appearance until they mature. 

This is because many puppies look very similar as their breed grows up, but as they age, it becomes clearer what type of dog they will become.

Differences in Behavior

When you consider the behavior of these two breeds, you will find that they are both very active. They need a lot of exercise, but they can also get this exercise in different ways. 

One important thing to note is that neither breed is suitable for apartment dwellings. When it comes to the specific behavior of each breed, Salukis need a lot of room to run. They are swift and capable of covering long distances quickly. 

Their history as hunters in the desert has a strong prey drive and will quickly chase smaller animals such as cats. Borzois are also great runners, so you must give them regular exercise. You may consider using leashes to exercise them outside. 

Dealing with Grooming

Grooming needs are very different for these two breeds. Salukis have a lot of hair around their face which means they are constantly shedding. 

They need their long hair brushed at least once a week to remove dead hair and prevent mats from forming in the fur. Brushing your pet more often is encouraged if you want to show them or keep up with the shedding process.

Borzoi’s coats are very different than Salukis’ coats, and they do not need to be brushed as often. They have a thick undercoat that they shed twice a year. You should also check your pet’s ears regularly and clean them if there is any dirt or wax in the ear.

Differences in Life Expectancy

Both breeds have a life expectancy that is around ten years or more. When you compare the two dog breeds closely, you will find that they are similar regarding the longevity of their lives. Owners need to ensure their pet gets proper care to ensure they live out a long and healthy life.

Wrapping Up

All in all, each of these breeds can make a great pet when you find the right fit for your lifestyle. If you like to run, spend time outside or live in an apartment, it is essential to pick the breed that will work best for you and your family.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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