borzoi (bôrˈzoi) [key], breed of tall, swift hound developed in Russia in the early 17th cent., also called Russian wolfhound. It stands from 26 to 31 in. (66–81.2 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 85 lb (38.6 kg). Its long, silky coat may be flat, wavy or curly, and forms fringes of longer hair, or feathers, on the chest, back of legs, and tail. The coat may be any color but is usually white with lemon, brindle, tan, gray, or black markings. Originally bred for hunting wolves and coursing hares, it is now most popular as a show competitor and pet. See dog.

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