I did not say that Borzoi are snappy, but I do know of some kinds of dogs that have been bred and inbred for certain traits, like a long straight nose and coat quality, that over time have become prone to serious genetic problems - Collies, for example, can have very narrow skulls, which can lead to fatal brain damage and German Shepherds, bred for that classic low slung shepherd pose, have a strong tendency for hip dysplasia - a serious, expensive and sometimes also fatal condition. Shetland Sheepdogs are very cute, but they are quite snappy and love to bark - at anything.Adorable, but high maintenance and *noisy*!When you mention their "indifference", that is part of what I like about the Borzoi and I see it as dignity. Some dogs demand a lot of attention, always getting underfoot, jumping on people, and barking all the time. The Borzoi is quiet and reserved. I like dogs that are more independent, like cats, but still enjoy being patted from time to time and love a good run in the fields behind the house. Here is what I found quickly about the History of the Borzoi on Wiki; there are a number of breed sites and Kennel Club information is easy to find as well.Borzoi HistoryIt was long thought that Saluki type sighthounds were originally brought to Russia from Byzantium in the South about the 9th and 10th centuries and again later by the Mongol invaders from the East. However, now that the archeological archives and research results of the former USSR are open to scientists, it has become quite clear that the primal sighthound type evolved between the Kyrgyzstan, the lower Kazakhstan part of Altai and the Afghan plains, and that the earliest actual sighthound breeds were the plains Afghan hounds and the Kyrgyz Taigan.These ancient breeds then migrated South (founding the Tazi/Saluki branch) and West (founding the Stepnaya, Krimskaya and Hortaya branches) to develop into breeds adapted to those regions. This was a slow process which happened naturally through normal spreading of trade, with the silk and spice trade via the Silk Road being the prime vector.The more modern Psovaya Borzaya was founded on Stepnaya, Hortaya and the Ukrainian-Polish version of the old Hort. There were also imports of Western sighthound breeds to add to the height and weight. It was crossed as well with the Russian Laika specifically and singularly to add resistance against Northern cold and a longer and thicker coat than the Southern sighthounds were equipped with.All of these foundation types - Tazi, Hortaya, Stepnaya, Krimskaya and Hort - already possessed the instincts and agility necessary for hunting and bringing down wolves.The Psovoi was popular with the Tsars before the 1917 revolution. For centuries, Psovoi could not be purchased but only given as gifts from the Tsar. Grand Duke Nicholas Nicolaievich of Russia bred countless Psovoi at Perchino, his private estate.The Russian concept of hunting trials was instituted during the era of the Tsars. As well as providing exciting sport, the tests were used for selecting borzoi breeding stock; only the quickest and most intelligent hunting dogs went on to produce progeny. For the aristocracy these trials were a well-organized ceremony, sometimes going on for days, with the borzoi accompanied by mounted hunters and Foxhounds on the Russian steppe. Hares and other small game were by far the most numerous kills, but the hunters especially loved to test their dogs on wolf. If a wolf was sighted, the hunter would release a team of two or three borzoi. The dogs would pursue the wolf, attack its neck from both sides, and hold it until the hunter arrived. The classic kill was by the human hunter with a knife. Wolf trials are still a regular part of the hunting diploma for all Russian sightdog breeds of the relevant type, either singly or in pairs or trios, in their native country. Borzoi - WikiSee also:American Kennel Club - Borzoi"A graceful, elegant hound, the Borzoi is a sight hound, meaning he hunts by sight rather than scent. The breed's tall and rangy body allows him to chase quarry for long distances. Today, they are popular in the lure coursing field, and are often seen in the show and companion event rings as well. Their long, silky coat can be flat, wavy or curly and may be any color or combination of colors.A Look BackDeveloped by crossing Arabian greyhounds with a thick-coated, Russian breed, the Borzoi has been bred by the Russian aristocracy for hundreds of years. They were created to hunt wolves, fox and hare over the open plains of Russia, often in hunting parties of more than 100 dogs. Until 1936, the Borzoi was known as the Russian Wolfhound in America.Right Breed for You?Even though the Borzoi is large, the breed makes a great house pet. Although affectionate with their owners, they are rather catlike and have independent and undemanding natures. They need daily exercise, but will chase anything that moves, so they need to be kept on leash or in a fenced area. Regular brushing and bathing is necessary to maintain their lustrous coats."***Note their comment - the Borzoi has a catlike nature. Exactly what I would be looking for in a dog that would live in my house.
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