Borzoi, also once referred to as the Russian Wolfhound and Russian Greyhound, are massive sighthounds. The word “Borzoi” was derived from the Russian word borzyi or borzii meaning both “fast” and “swift”, which perfectly reflects the breed’s trait. Although very swift, courageous, and strong, this dog is naturally good-natured, graceful, and hardly barks. It is believed that this dog breed was an enhanced version of the early Russian bear hounds. Borzois were originally bred to pursue hares, wolves, and foxes in the Russian forests under extreme weather conditions. Nowadays, Borzois are simply companions and also often used in dog shows. In spite of that, the skills and instincts of the stunning sighthound can still be observed.
Borzoi Dog Names in Pop Culture
Although extremely stunning and glamorous, the Borzoi never really became a well-known dog breed in the film industry. The breed can be seen in several films and novels but only in a brief manner. Borzois are usually only utilized as supporting and extra characters that appear for a few seconds. In the animated film “The Lady and the Tramp,” the breed made an appearance that can be considered quite significant.
In the 1955 film, main characters Lady and Tramp were spending the day together when Lady got wrongfully captured by one of the city’s roaming dog catchers and was later brought to the local pound. In the dog pound she met a group of dogs who even, at first, laughed at the irony of such a rich and privileged dog like Lady getting caught and placed in a pound. The silliness stopped when Peg, one of the dogs in the pound who’s a motherly figure, assured Lady that she would eventually be released once one of the catchers notice her collar. One of Peg’s good friends inside the pound is a male Borzoi named Boris. Boris is characterized by a slender and tall Borzoi who has a grey coat and talks with a Russian accent. The character of Boris is voiced by American actor and voice artist Alan Reed. Like real Borzois, Boris’ character is gentle, quiet, and peaceful. In the film, he is quite friendly and is very understanding. Peg even refers to Boris as a philosopher and describes him as someone who has a lot of words to say, mostly sentimental, about love. Boris, together with the other impounded dogs, kept Lady in good company and encouraged her that she would be released to her original owners in no time. They continued to comfort Lady even though the impounded dogs themselves were also in a bad situation and in danger of being put to sleep. Not long after, one of the dog catchers caught a glimpse of Lady’s collar and and released her to her rightful owners. What became of the impounded dogs wasn’t disclosed in the movie.
In the earlier versions of the film, Boris was originally assigned to have different characteristics. Unlike the calm, peaceful, and friendly Boris in the 1955 version, he was boastful and in love with Lady. Eventually, the filmmakers realized that the Russian breed does not fit such characteristics and changed the character of the Boris into one of the dogs in the pound.
The appearance of Boris the Borzoi in The Lady in the Tramp is definitely one of the breed’s most memorable appearances in film history. Borzois can also be spotted in other films, including Daniel and the Superdogs, Chaplin, 102 Dalmatians, Anna Karenina and Dumb and Dumber, albeit in minor roles.
Borzoi Dog Name Considerations
The Borzoi is a fairly ancient breed that has been developed in Russia; its history can be dated back to the mid-1600s. Although originally developed to go after animals within the gigantic forests of Russia, the dog breed later on became popular among royalty from different parts of Europe. This is because of their elegant and glamorous appearance. Borzois became an extremely significant symbol of status in Europe, particularly during the middle ages. As a matter of fact, in Russia, owning a Borzoi was the one and only prerogative of the aristocrats. Therefore, it deserves a well-thought-of name that is as special as the breed. A name that matches its characteristics, appearance, and history; names that simply sound cute or adorable are not enough.
Since the breed is developed in Russia, a name that can be related to Russian culture would be appropriate. You can even choose names of powerful men and women in Russian history, perhaps Russian Monarchs and Duchesses.
Borzois are very fast and strong due to their hunting roots, but they are also graceful and naturally calm and quiet. Appearance-wise, Borzois are giant and possess an exotic and glamorous impression, which is the main reason why royalty from way back developed an affinity towards the breed. A name that reflects the aforementioned traits would be great.