The Borzoi or Russian Wolfhound is a running sighthound of the Soviet Union. Most dogs lovers will concur that the Borzoi is one of the most elegant dogs in the dogdom; its silky coat and noble, if arrogant, air are characteristic of the breed. Wolf coursing with gazehounds was the favored sport of seventeenth-century Russia. Dogs from Arabia were imported to partake in the national pastime. The Borzoi stands proud at 28-31 inches at the shoulder, and can weigh as much as 105 pounds. The coat is never woolly, but silky and wavy (even curly). Grooming requires patience, discipline and time. White predominates as the ground color and any other color can mark the coat. Exercise is an absolute must for the Borzoi and a solely indoor existence is “Siberia” to these energetic souls. While inside, however, they are perfect ladies and gentlemen, gracefully maneuvering around the china closet and crystal ornaments.