Officially known as the Republic of Belarus, Belarus is a landlocked country located in Eastern Europe. The country is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. More than 40% of the land in Belarus is forested and service industries and manufacturing make up the majority of the country’s economic sector. The population of Belarus is around 9.49 million and more than 70% live in urban areas of the country.
As you search for a unique name for your canine companion, take a look at Belarus. The country has plenty to offer when it comes to unique ideas; one of which may be just right for your pup.
Belarus Dog Names In Pop Culture
Also known as the Russian Wolfhound, the Borzoi is a breed of dog that originated in Russia. The breed has a shape that is similar to that of a Greyhound and is a member of the Sighthound family. The breed can be described as “long-haired” Greyhounds and can be quite large; male Borzoi often weigh over 100 pounds! The Borzoi typically has a long coat that can be curly, wavy or straight, with a thick section of curly hair found around their neck. Any color is possible in the Borzoi, though white with patches is the most commonly seen. Dogs of the breed are athletic, usually quiet and are relatively independent. The Borzoi participated in hunting trials that were held during the era of the Tsars. During the trials, dogs of the breed went with mounted hunters and Foxhounds on the Russian steppe. While the majority of the dogs’ kills were hares and other small game, the hunters tested their dogs on wolves. These trials were not only sport, but tests for choosing which Borzoi to breed; those who were the quickest and smartest went on to reproduce.
There are quite a few Borzoi to be found in pop culture. In Leonard Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace, there is a wolf hunting scene depicted in book seven in chapters three to six that include dogs of the breed. Walt Disney’s 1955 film Lady and the Tramp includes a Borzoi, a stray male named Boris who is from the pound and who speaks with a Russian accent. The Borzoi brothers, Rocket, Missile and Jet are featured in the Japanese manga series Ginga Legend Weed, that is written and illustrated by Yoshiro Takahashi.
Dogs of the Borzoi breed can be successful show dogs. At the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held in 2018, a Borzoi named Lucy won best in Hound group, becoming the 5th Borzoi to win in the category since 1930. Lucy is known officially as My Sassy Girl and won Reserve Best in Show in 2016, while coming in second in the Westminster Dog Show the same year.
Belarus Dog Name Considerations
Choosing a name for your pooch can be a real challenge. If you are struggling to settle on a moniker for your canine companion, know that you are not alone. When you think about it, it makes sense that the decision would be a challenge. After all, you will be calling the name of your pup many times, hopefully for years to come. Ideally, you will feel good about your choice.
One way to find unique name ideas is to look to different places that have some meaning to you. Within that particular place, you can often find options that will bring that place to mind each time you call for your pup. If you have positive feelings about Belarus, the country may be just where to turn for ideas. You may also look to the country if your pup reminds you of a dog from there or is of a breed that originated in the area.
No matter your reasons for looking to Belarus for ideas, you will find that the country offers plenty of opportunities for you to consider, one of which may be an ideal fit for your new friend.