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Hortaya Borzaya
Characteristics, History, and Health

Hortaya Borzaya

The Hortaya Borzaya, also known as the Hortaya Borzaya Hound or the Ukrainian Greyhound, is an ancient sighthound breed that originated in the regions of Ukraine and Russia. It has a long history, with depictions of similar dogs found in ancient cave paintings dating back thousands of years. The breed was primarily developed for coursing and hunting small game, such as hares and foxes, relying on its exceptional speed and keen eyesight.

Main Info
Eurasian Steppe, North of the Black Sea, possibly Ukraine
Alternate Names
Chortai, Chortaj, Eastern Greyhound, Russian Greyhound
Life Expectancy
10-14 years
Average Male Height
26-30 inches
Average Female Height
24-28 inches
Average Male Weight
18-35 pounds
Average Female Weight
18-30 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Coat Colors
Pied, White, Black, Red, Brown, Brindle
Coat Pattern

Genetic Predispositions and Health

Currently, there are no known genetic conditions tightly associated with the Hortaya Borzaya. As a Sighthound breed, they are known to be more sensitive to barbiturate anesthetics. Thiopental, or any other thiobarbiturate, should not be used on these dogs. They may also be prone to bloat, a life threatening condition.

Personality and Behavior

Hortaya Borzayas are known for their independent and aloof nature. They can be reserved and cautious around strangers, displaying a strong sense of loyalty and protectiveness towards their family. Despite their independence, they are affectionate with their loved ones. As a sighthound, they have a strong prey drive and should be carefully supervised around small animals.

Fun Facts

The name "Hortaya Borzaya" is derived from the Russian word "borzaya," which means swift.

Hortaya Borzayas are highly regarded for their incredible speed and agility, often reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h).

The breed has retained its ancient appearance and characteristics over the centuries, maintaining its status as a living link to ancient sighthound types.