Russian Greyhound, description and photo

The Russian Greyhound is a charming and majestic, doubly beautiful breed of dogs due to its delightful coat. The history of graceful and graceful Russian greyhound counts several centuries. The first mention dates back to the 16th century in a report compiled in the 16th century by the German ambassador at the court of Grand Duke Vasily, the father of Ivan the Terrible. The first breed standard and morphological characteristics of the Russian greyhound were given in 1650 and since that moment there have been no changes.

Russian Greyhound
Photo: Russian Greyhound

Russian Greyhound

Tendency to training
Watchtower qualities
Security features
The size
Attitudes towards children
In the 18th century, the Russian greyhound became the beloved dog of the royal family, who cared for its breeding and presented to the royal family throughout Europe. In the 19th century the greyhound gets to London and becoming the faithful companion of the English royal family becomes the object of the desire of the most notable families of Britain. Alexander 2-nd gives several individuals to the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Newcastle. The Duchess organizes work on breeding this breed in the club Nots. Today, the Russian greyhound is bred all over the world and can be proud of a huge number of connoisseurs, admiring its strength, speed and aristocracy.


The height of the greyhound at the withers for males is from 70 to 82 centimeters or more, a female from 65 to 75 cm. The impressive and slender greyhound has a relatively rectangular shape and serves as a hunting dog , as well as a hound. The greyhound has a long body and a head that gradually narrows towards the nose. The eyes are large, almond-shaped, dark with a friendly and intelligent expression. The ears are high set, in normal condition fed back, and when the dog is alerted straighten.

The nose of the nose protrudes toward the incisors and is always black regardless of the color of the coat. Teeth strong, healthy, well developed. The incisors have a bite of scissors or ticks. The neck is long, muscular, covered with thick hair and completely devoid of a dewlap. The thorax is relatively long, strongly elongated toward the elbows. Croup is long, broad and muscular. The tail is set low, has a crescent or saber-like shape. The forelimbs are set straight.

The hindquarters of the hind limbs are broad, long, muscular. Paws oval with tightly compressed arched fingers. Pillows give an elastic push, as with the step, and when running. When trotting, greyhounds show surprising ease and mobility, moving in large, elastic jumps. Wool is long, wavy, silky or curly. The color can be white with a golden tinge, ranging from light to dark, and also with a fiery shade with an admixture of black. Muzzle and legs are dark gray with shades from silvery to yellowish with tiger stripes of fire-golden or gray color of a darker shade, or fire or black with all the intermediate shades of these colors.

The character of the breed is the Russian greyhound

Calm and restrained, always self-confident greyhound can act as a dangerous opponent in the fight because under her appearance lies the power and courage. Despite its hunting essence, this extraordinary representative of the Borzoi family can be a devoted member of the family. Absolutely not bothersome, she can not go off for hours on the spot, without requiring any attention. A little timid in the presence of strangers, she rarely shows aggressiveness. Sensitive and loving, when caressing her, the greyhound, at the same time is distinguished by aristocratic restraint. For all its meekness and serenity, the greyhound in the soul remains a hunter, and therefore in those places where the game takes place it must be kept under control, since if the greyhound starts off in pursuit this can result in the most unpredictable consequences. If you decide to buy a greyhound, think whether you can spend with her all the time.

Change of the owner can have the most detrimental effect on the character of this dog. As a rule, a well-bred greyhound is characterized by a temperamental temperament, lack of nervousness and dangerous unpredictability. As a representative of hunting breeds, the greyhound is marked by sharp eyesight, fast running, especially short distances and aggressiveness when encountering game. Possessing impetuosity and steel muscles and tendons, she maximizes her abilities in those cases when rapid pursuit of game is required. In order to understand the character of the greyhound, it is necessary to remember that, despite its inherent speed, it selects from several victims for pursuit one that runs slower than the rest.

Choosing a puppy

Before you take a greyhound puppy into the house, you need to carefully weigh this decision. It is very important to have the place and time necessary to provide the puppy with a healthy and harmonious development, as well as for his correct upbringing. Having dealt with these aspects, it is necessary to move on to other issues, the most important of which is "How are you going to use the dog?"

The Greyhound can serve not only as a hunting or a hound, but can be an excellent watchdog or a dog. In any case, before acquiring a puppy, it is advisable to consult an experienced dog breeder for several years, breeding this particular breed. It can happen that in clubs there is not enough puppy available. You can wait for your turn for months and in this case it only remains to advise you to have patience and hope that your family will sooner or later have a new friend. The easiest way is to wait for someone who intends to keep the dog for some specific purpose - be it hunting, rushing a beast or an exhibition.

Ideally, the puppy should be taken at the age of 10 to 16 months, because at this age it is already large enough to carry out such measures as vaccinations. Moreover, it is at this age that dog breeders prefer to give it to the owners. In addition, it is during this period of life that the pup is most ready to receive instructions from the master. Another point that should definitely be considered when buying a puppy is the choice of sex. Many are convinced that there are fewer problems with dogs than with bitches, which are sometimes rejected by customers because of estrus. But let's reason. In adult female, estrus occurs 2 times a year and each time lasts from 2 to 3 weeks, which is 30-40 days a year. An adult same dog recognizes the smell of the current bitch at a distance of several kilometers and this happens all 365 days a year. So the problems associated with the sex are more acute in the case of males, which are always more easily aroused than bitches.

Photo: Russian Greyhound
Photo: Russian Greyhound

Raising a puppy of the Russian greyhound

Education puppy requires a lot of energy and energy. The food should be regular and regular. A puppy should not be disturbed when he rests and does not tire him with games or too long walks. During the walk, you must ensure that he does not jump over the steps and that the road is not slippery, because at this age he does not have enough strong ligaments and muscles. First of all, the puppy must learn his name well, learn to play on a leash and walk around and at the place he has always chosen. The name should be as short as possible and easy to recognize. When the puppy begins to come to you already of his own free will, squat down, open his arms, affectionately call him by name. When he finally remembers his name, you can start to walk him. The puppy does not know the purpose of the leash and at first looks at it as a restriction. Never pull it by force. Try to make him treat the leash as a regular amusement and remedy to discover new pleasant aspects of life. A puppy of the Russian greyhound is especially important not to let go of the leash until it learns to obey your orders. The natural instinct of persecution can at any moment make him go into the pursuit of prey, not paying attention to your team to return.


Although dogs are meat-eaters, as a result of a long process of adaptation they are accustomed to food not of animal origin. In any case, your pet's diet should have a high nutritional level, which varies depending on age, physical condition and climate. Food should give him basic nutrients, namely proteins, especially meat, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and mineral salts.

It is necessary to maintain the correct ratio between the main nutrients, so that they are not too little and not too much. In order for the puppy to be well-nourished and healthy, its food should not be too greasy, not too lean. The sign of proper nutrition is good hair. Healthy and proper nutrition is a decisive factor in the harmonious development of the dog especially in puppyhood.

Maintenance and care

The maintenance of a dog in the house requires the owner to observe some elementary rules of hygiene. A healthy and happy dog ​​is easy to recognize by its thick and shiny coat. To preserve the beauty of the wool, it is necessary to brush it regularly and comb it, removing superficial dirt, obsolete hairs and possible knots.

For this purpose, it is best to use the comb and brush and try not to resort to scissors.

Care for the wool also serves as a preventative against infection through parasites. The fact is that between the hairs and under the skin can start fleas and scabies mites. On sale there are various anti-parasitic preparations and products such as collars, powders, lotions and medicinal baths that can be prescribed by a veterinarian depending on age, type of hair, animal sensitivity, health status and ease of use.

The Russian greyhound, like the Afghan, can live well in a city apartment. But in order to be in even better shape, they need a daily long walk and that from time to time they are allowed to run without a leash.


To your dog does not hurt, you need to regularly show it to an experienced veterinarian. Guarantee of good dog health - primarily depends on the correct planning of vaccinations. Vaccination against parvovirus is put on the 6th, 9th and 13th week, and then on the 6th month. Inoculations against sapa, hepatitis, leptospirosis are put on the 8th week, and then on the 3rd and 6th month.

Vaccination against rabies is not earlier than at 6 months of age. All these vaccinations are then repeated yearly. Among the parasites are most common worms. Measures against worms are taken on the 20th day of life simultaneously with the mother, and then repeated in about 15 days. Once every 3 months you need to take the analysis cal. Particularly dangerous disease is cardiopulmonary filariasis, common in all wet places, where mosquitoes abound.

Parasites carried by the most common mosquitoes are introduced into the skin and pulmonary artery of dogs, which can lead to death. Very often the symptoms are manifested quite late, in the form of a significant weakening of the activity of the animal. Vaccination from cardio-pulmonary filariasis is not carried out. Nevertheless, there are a number of special preventive measures that allow the destruction of larvae carried by mosquitoes 30-60 days before the onset of the disease.

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