by the official magasine of RKF: "Vestnik")
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PSOVAIA BORZAIA - STANDARD
GENERAL APPEARANCE, TEMPERAMENT
Dog of aristocratic appearence, of large size, of lean and at the same time
robust constitution, of a very slightly elongated construction. Females are
generally longer than the males.
(Size) Desirable height at the withers: dogs:
75 - 85 cm, females: 68 - 78 cm. In males, the height at the withers is
equal or barely superior to that from the summit of the croup to the ground, in
females, these heights are equal.
In its everyday life the Borzoi has a quiet and balanced character. At the sight
of game it gets suddenly excited. It has a piercing sight, capable of seeing
very far. Its reaction is impetuous.
When not hunting, the typical gait of the Borzoi is the extended trot,
effortless, very supple and lifting; when hunting the charging gallop is
extremly fast, with leaps of great length.
Light or massive construction; stockly appearance or hight on the legs.
Soft constitution, coarse constitution, short trunk. Behaviour/Temperament:
Agressive towards peaple.
Combination of white
with: yellow of different shades, light fawn with black overlay, grey, red, red
fawn with black overlay, brindle, black. All the colours above mentioned may be
solid or pied. The fringes, "breeches", featherings of the tail are
considerably lighter than the background colour. For the overlaid colours a
black mask is typical.
Flecks of the same shade as the background colour. Striking tan markings.
Flacks of shade other than that of the background colour, brown, chocolate, all
Silky, soft and supple, wavy or forming short curls.
On the haid, the ears and the limbs, the hair is satiny, short, smooth, close
lying. On the body, the hair is quite long, wavy; on the region of the shoulder
blades and the croup, the hair forms finer curls; on the ribs and thighs, the
hair is shorter; the hair wich forms the fringes, the "breeches" and
the feathering of the tail is longer.
Dull, tousled; fringes, "breeches", feathering of the tail sparse.
Straight hair. Fine curls all over the body.
Insufficiently supple, elastic.
FRAME (SKELETAL STRUCTURE)
structure but not massive. The bones are rather flat. Muscles lean, well
developed, especially on the thighs, but not showing in relief.
Light bone structure. Insufficiently developed musculature.
Heavy, coarse bone structure. Round bones.
Lean, long, narrow,
Seen in profile, the lines of the skull and chamfer form a long, slightly convex
line, the line of the sagittal crest being straight or slightly oblique towards
the well marked occipital protuberance. Cranian region seen from the above,
narrow, elongated into an ovale shape; seen in profile, almost flat.
Stop: very slightly marked.
Chamfer: Long, filled out in all its length, arched near the nose.
Nose: Large, mobile, considerably prominent in relation to the lower jaw.
Muzzle: The length of the muzzle from the stop to the tip of the nose is equal
or slightly superior to that of the skull, from the occiput to the stop.
Lips: Fine, clean, well fitting.
The eye-rims, the lips and the nose are black whatever the colour of the coat.
The haid is so elegant and lean that the principal veins show through the skin.
Abrupt stop. Profile of the haid is distinct wedge shape due to exaggerated
height of the skull. Forehead broad. Zygomatic arches developed. Chamfer too
narrow. Chamfer short. Superciliary arches prominent.
Soft tissues. Blunt muzzle.
Small, supple, mobile, nearby, set on the above the
eye level. Backwards, almost towards the nape of the neck, the tips of the ears
situated near each over or directed downwards along the neck and close to it.
When the dog is alert, the ears are carried higher and on the sights or forward;
sometimes one or both ears are erect like horse
Low set, not set on backwards.
Serious faults: Thick,
coarse, with rounded tips.
dark hazel or hazel coloured, very slightly prominent, almond shaped, set
Small, round, light hazel. Third eyelid too developed.
Deep set, blue, grey, and yellow.
White, strong; full dentition, scissor bite.
Small, decayed; abnormally worn until pincer bite in subjects aged more than 6
years old. Absence of P1 and P2 (not more than 3 teeth).
Any deviation from the scissors bite (overshot or undershot bite, pincer bite in
subjects aged less than 6 years; asymetrical bite) no matter how is the degree,
absence of incisors which prevents
judging the bite, absence of more than 3 premolars, absence of P4, absence of
any molar exept M3.
flattened laterally, muscled, slightly arched. Carried rather low.
Short, carried high.
Dewlap or loose skin at level of throat; neck of round cross-section.
cross-section, not narrow, yet not wider than the croup, long, deep, spatious.
Nearly reaching down to elbow level. The region of the shoulder blades being
flatter, the chest gets gradually wider towards the false ribs, which are short;
seen in profile, it forms a change in slope. The ribs are long, slightly
prominent. The forechest is slightly prominent in relation to the
Narrow, flat, sternal line much higher than the level of the elbows.
Hollow in its front part, barrel-ribbed.
elastic, forming with the loin and croup the same curve which is more pronounced
in the males. The highest point of this curve is situated in the region of the
1st or 2nd lumbar vertebra.
Narrow with a hollow, too arched.
Sagging, straight back in males.
muscled, moderately broad.
Short, straight, narrow.
Long, muscled, broad, slightly sloping. The width of
the croup measured between the two hip bones (illiac crests) must not be less
than 8 cm.
Narrow, short, steep.
sag too steep (the hindlegs are under the dog)
muscled. Seen from the front straight and parallel.
Shoulder blades long and oblique.
Upper arm: Moderately oblique, its length is barely superior to the length of
the shoulder blade. Angle of the scapular-humeral articulation well pronounced.
Pastern: Slightly oblique in relation to the ground.
Elbows: In parallel plane to the median plane of the body.
Forearm: Clean, long, of oval cross-section; seen from the front: narrow, seen
in profile: broad.
The height of the forelegs from the elbow to the ground is nearly equal to half
the height at withers.
Forearm slightly crooked.
Feet turning slightly in or out.
Scapular-humeral angle too open.
Pastern too short, too oblique or too straight.
In or out at elbows.
Important deviations from the points described; knuckling over; forearm: of
Seen from behind: straight, parallel, set slightly
wider than the forequarters. When the dog is standing true, the hindlegs are set
Haunches well muscled, long, placed obliquely.
Upper thigh: Long, muscled, placed
Lower thigh: Long muscled placed obliquely.
Metatarsals: Not long, placed almost vertically.
All the articulations are well angulated.
All the articulations not angulated enought, .........?.........., close behind
or spread hocks. Feet toeing in.
Important deviations from the points described.
faults: Presence of dewclaws.
"harefeet" (of elongated oval shape), slightly arched, with tight toes.
Nails long, strong, touching the ground.
fleshy or flat, spread toes.
flat with spread toes.
In shape of sickle or sabre, low set, thin, long (passed
between the hindlegs, must reach up to the hip bone), furnished with abundant
feathering. When the dog is standing, the tail hangs downwards, in action, it is
raised, but not above the level of the back.
Set high or low, carried high, tip of the tail in ring shape, falling sideways,
feathering sparsely developed, short.
Coarse, corkscrew, broken, docked (even partially), in action falling downwards.
du standard actuel de la RKF
à l'aide de la version anglaise
du nouveau standard de la FCI
par Mlle Victoria Kojine