Known as the Borzoi, the Russian Wolfhound has been used for hunting wolves, foxes and rabbits since the early 17th century.
Shaped much like a greyhound, the Russian Wolfhound is characterized by their long muzzle and nose. They are known for their distinctive walk, with a proud strut making this an elegant dog, associated with aristocracy.
The Russian Wolfhound is an intelligent breed of hound which is proud and very loyal to their family. The Russian Wolfhound is an old hunting breed and will never grow out of its hunting tenancies. Good around other dog breeds, the hound will need to be socialized with other non-canine animals at a young age to avoid chasing them, however they will likely continue to chase after a fleeting animal into their adult life.
A great dog for:
The Russian Wolfhound is good natured but hesitant with children as they don’t enjoy rough play time. They thrive in training but require a patient owner.
Training, long daily walks, hunting and running.
All hound breeds require large amounts of open space however these dogs can adapt to indoor living provided they are taken on long daily walks.
These dogs shed a moderate amount of hair and their coat needs to be groomed regularly. The fur is easy to brush with dry shampoo. The hair between the pads on their feet will also need to be trimmed frequently.
Favourite activities: Walking, jogging and playing with human companions.
Backyard requirements: The Italian Spinone is a very good jumper and occasional digger so owners must take precautions to ensure backyard fencing is high and secure.
Grooming: The unique Spinone coat needs to be brushed weekly. The coat doesn’t collect much dirt so only needs to be bathed occasionally but the fur around the mouth should be monitored for food and drool.
Backyard requirements: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever needs to keep active to avoid bad behaviours such as digging. A large backyard with lots of open space will provide the breed with room to grow and run. The breed’s shedding coat and medium size make it a messy dog to keep indoors.
Grooming: The waterproof coat and dense undercoat of the Nova Scotia needs to be brushed regularly, especially during times of moulting. Trimming around the ears and feet may also be required occasionally.