An aristocrat of a dog, with his bearing, his size and his proudly carried head. The wolf hunter of Russia, his name means ‘swift’ in his native country, and though he may not perform his original function any more, he is still built on lines of speed and grace. The earliest seen in Britain were presented by the Tsar of all the Russias to Queen Alexandra and the breed’s popularity soon caught on.
Temperamentally, this is not a breed for the masses as he is sensitive and aloof in his view of mankind, though faithful to his owners and with undeniable courage.
His long silky coat with its slight wave comes in a host of different colours and requires dedicated attention from its groomer to prevent it deteriorating into tangles.
The slightly domed and narrow skull with the almost straight, but slightly convex, topline to the nose gives the dog a refinement that is unique in appearance. He is a dog of striking quality.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Hound Breed Group
Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.