Russian Hound

The Russian Hound is a breed of dog originating in Russia, traditionally used for hunting in partnership with the Borzoi. It is a medium sized dog, with an excellent ability to track and chase prey.

General details

The breed is of medium size, with a height ranging from 56 to 69 centimeters and a weight ranging from 18 to 32 kilograms. Its life expectancy is 10 to 12 years. The Russian Hound is not a breed recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

The Russian Hound has been a native breed of Russia since the end of the 18th century. Historically, it has been used in combination with Borzoi greyhounds. The Russian Hounds were responsible for locating and sending the prey to the field, where the hunters would wait with their Borzois to continue the chase. During its evolution, the Russian Hound has been recognized for its hunting prowess and adaptability to the varied Russian terrain.

Breed characteristics

The Russian Hound is a medium-sized, wolf-like dog breed. It is characterized by a strong head with dark eyes and erect, triangular ears, resembling those of wolves. The coat is dense, short and reddish-yellow in color, including some white patches. The Russian Hound is noted for its good temperament and energy. Dogs of this breed have a great sense of smell and endurance, two characteristics that make them excellent hunting dogs. They are also docile and have a pleasant voice.

Common health problems

Information on the most common diseases in the Russian Hound breed is very limited. Even so, it is likely to be predisposed to some of the most common disorders in dogs such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and volvulus-gastric dilatation.

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