Borzoi History

1915
Hassia

Eros Hassia, born 1921 (Ergo Hassia-Sassa Hassia) The Hassia kennels was founded in Germany in about 1915. The owner Ms R Apler moved to Austria when the WW 1 ended and was there associated (married to?) to Mielawetz Berti and bred litters in Austria as R Berti. Later, after about 1922 the Berti name disappears and R Apler is again the breeder. The Hassia kennels first recorded litter was in 1915 and the last entry in the studbooks was from 1934. There are 127 entries with the Hassia prefix. One of these was the white borzoi, Eros Hassia, exported to Sweden and became a Swedish Champion and a
Hassia

1920
Nina Alexandrovna Korff-Sumarokova

A quick look at one famous woman in Borzoi from a 100 years ago: Nina Alexandrovna Korff-Sumarokova. Baroness, breeder and hunter. B aroness Korff was born in 1877, graduated, and spoke four languages. Living on the family estate (Stary Yuriev, Tambov province), she was a passionate lover of borzois and a great horsewoman; together with neighbours, G.E. Delvig, and A.P. Liharev, she took part in hunting with hounds. Baroness Korff had a kennel of English Setters ("Hi-life") and became at the beginning of the 20 century among the first of the kennels of Russia. Nina Aleksandrovna met Konstantin
Nina Alexandrovna Korff-Sumarokova
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1921
Appraxin O'Valley Farm

Appraxin was a top hunting dog in his home state of Montana and surrounding states. He is also remembered as being the sire of a couple of the most influential Borzoi in American breeding history for

1924
The first FCI Breedstandard for Borzoi

Introduction: Until the second part of the 19th century, the concept of standard, as it is conceived today, did not exist in Russia. "The standard was a tradition that was transmitted not by canine societies but by father to son, by connoisseurs and all users" (Prince Serge Kantakouzenos). The first document that is akin to a standard (description of what the Borzoi must be) was written in 1888 by Nikolai Petrovich Ermolov, at the request of the Russian Imperial Society. It was to remain in force in Russia for about thirty years. But other standards was also published during the same period.
The first FCI Breedstandard for Borzoi

1925
Leningrad Canine Society, Borzoi section.

The Borzoi section of the Leningrad Dog Society was formed in 1926. The founders were A. Mezencev, K. Matvejev and E. Dezor. Ch Tiranka (Tchaus - Getera) A number of borzoi of the Gatchina imperial hunt was rediscovered at that time. From the same litter were: Tchaus (Maler), Tchvan (Mezencev), Tchara (Matvejev) and Tchaika (Dezor) by Vampir (Gatchina) out of Tchaika (Gatchina), along with a litter from Ukhod [[(Leningrad Zoo) out of Tchaika (Dezor). Ukhod and Tchaika were in the Leningrad Zoo, on exhibition as a reminder of the "regime of the Tzar". Both were confirmed by G. Kartsov to have
Leningrad Canine Society, Borzoi section.
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1927
Call Boy

Call Boy was a spotted tri male of lovely proportions bred and owned by Ernest Guy in England. He was a brother to the better known Ch. Felstead, but became equally important to British breeding. Call

1928
In Defense of the Russian Borzoi!

In Defense of the Russian Borzoi, 1928 Nikolai Nikolaevich Tchelicheff Excerpt from the Permanent Special Commission for promoting development of pure bred dogs. In the report the Commission proposed, in view of the insignificance, it is limited solely to maintain breeds threatened with extinction: the borzoi and the Gordon setter. The proposal of the Sub-Commission was unanimous. In fact, private hunters can do nothing now to maintain the fading borzoi breed. This becomes understandable if we imagine the conditions needed for raising puppies of this breed. Their upbringing should be in full
In Defense of the Russian Borzoi!

1929
Rasswet's Jo

Rasswet’s Jo was just one bitch in a line of quality Borzoi to come out of the important Rasswet kennel in Germany. Like so many from this kennel, she was a deep red sable with white trim in color, whelped April 7, 1929. She was bred by R. Kerler and owned by Dr. Berk, sired by Arwed von Hohenfelds out of Rasswet’s Dalaika. She carried four crosses to the great sire, Russian import Asmodey Perchino and four to the great dam, Russian import Ptitschka Perchino. Jo produced one litter in 1932 when bred to Rasswet’s Hochmut [Bessberk breeding], with one daughter breeding on; the line bred on for
Rasswet's Jo

1933
The ISMAILOFF Borzoi kennel

40 Years of German Borzoi History (09/05/1933 - 08/28/1973) extracted from my book “ ENCYCLOPEDIA PRIMA EUROPAEIS BARSOICAE ” by Dipl.-Biol. Désirée Maass (1998), translated by the author and proofread by Lotta Broströmer (2018) PART I Mr. & Mrs. Winter, ISMAILOFF kennel (GER) in 1932 with their borzoi “Boris” (probably Boris (Müller) DWZB No. 5610 ) Based upon several representative photos which had been liberally placed at my disposal from the collections of Marianne & Dr. Klaus Horlé (German borzoi owners over decades in the last century*) who inherited family albums plus a vast number of
The ISMAILOFF Borzoi kennel
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1933
Vigow of Romanoff

Besides being a superb and record-setting show dog, Vigow is reknown to this day for his siring ability. He founded a dynasty as a stud, and his blood can be found behind Borzoi throughout the world

1934
J.B. Thomas Says American Borzoi Lead the World

J.B. Thomas Says American Borzoi Lead the World by Micheline de Zutter April 1, 1934, American Kennel Gazette The “tempest in a teapot” which has raged in England ever since the Continental borzoi authority, H. J. M. Van der Berkhof, judged at Ranelagh is somewhat interesting and amusing to American breeders of the dog, which is recognized in this country as the Russian wolfhound. It is amusing, because when Mr. Van der Berkhof contends that the Continental type of borzoi is far better than the general type found in England and the British dispute his statements, both sides are dealing in half
J.B. Thomas Says American Borzoi Lead the World

1935
Nevezhin (A force in Russian borzoi)

Nevezhin From an exhibition in the Volgograd district 1969. On the left, Yakov Nevezhin with Razboi (Nevezhin) and M A Lubimenko in the middle! The revolution drastically decimated the number of borzois in Russia but dogs did survive. Some in the hands of dedicated people in Leningrad and in Moscow, others in the hands of local hunters in remote and rural areas of the vast land outside the large cities. Even the state subsidized breeding stations played a role in preserving the breed, especially in the years after the second world war. (Esmont) The restoration of the Russian borzoi depended on
Nevezhin (A force in Russian borzoi)
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1944
Midtfyn's Boja

American Ch Midtfyns Boja was an outstanding dog bred by in Denmark and exported to Harold Sundt, Jr in America. He was white with red sable patches born December 6, 1944, sired by Finis Pjotr out of

1946
Who was Constantin Esmont?

Notes regarding Borzoi in Russia in the period 1940 to 1950! In the 1940s, just as the second WW had ended, a Soviet soldier, Constantin Esmont made detailed records of the various types of borzoi he found in Cossack villages in the south of Russia. Esmont at work on a field trial His job was to visit horse farms and to select horses for the army. Because of this he traveled much in the steppe regions of Southern Russia and he saw a lot of local sighthounds. Gathering before examination. Esmont was concerned that the distinct types of sighthounds were in danger of degenerating without a
Who was Constantin Esmont?

1948
Kennel Ekhaga Sweden

Group of youngsters, mid 1950s Ch Ekhaga Petrow Signe and Axel Hallqvist started their breeding of Borzois -"Russian Wolfhounds" in 1948 . They lived in Arendal , just outside Gothenburg at the time and had aquired the female Bonnens Roity , sister of the more famous Ch - siblings Bonnens Fedja and Raija . This litter of kennel Bonnens brought together all the famous names from kennels as Perchino , Ramsden , Addlestone , Ural , Hassia , and Wergei , which had formed the Swedish line. Ch Ekhaga Jana Roity, that was white with black spots ( sorry, no photo ) was mated to Heimerbergs Tzarewitch
Kennel Ekhaga Sweden

1950
Borzoi in Russia from 1920 to 1980. Galina Zotova.

Galina Viktorovna Zotova on Russian borzoi after the revolution. This is an interpretation of Madam Zotova's letter regarding borzoi in Russia, from about 1920 to about 1980. She had strong opinions, was outspoken, in some cases even controversial. In a time when knowledge of the borzoi in Russia and the Sovjet Union was limited, was Galina Zotova allowed to travel abroad and tell borzoi enthusiasts in the west that borzoi still existed in it's motherland. Some additions have been made, like adding names known in the west and Marina Orlova's pictures. Galina Viktorovna Zotova After the October
Borzoi in Russia from 1920 to 1980. Galina Zotova.
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1950
Charis von Bismarkturm

Ch Charis v Bismarkturm . There is a story behind this photo and the one of Polongai Porchai Krasnoje Selo. In 1978 I did get both of them from Charlotte Zabel, with the remark, how important both had

1950
The Boreland History (Sweden)

Barbro Blomqvist started her Borelands kennel in Norrkoping with a Borzoi named Natascha (Trolle av Vaktarbo-Heimerbergs Natascha), born 1948. Natascha jumping, with mrs Blomqvist in background. Ch Natascha Natascha eventually became SE Champion, and besides her physical appearance she was a Borzoi with many qualities. She followed her owner without a leash when she rode her bike, and was left outside the store while her mistress did her shopping. She also with ease jumped over the height of her owner standing up. Natascha was bred to Ch Gilgamesch (Sergei-Bonnens Zazza). They were closely
The Boreland History (Sweden)

1952
American Champions Sunday of Tam-Boer and Vigow of Romanoff III

A splendid photograph of two grand Borzoi, American Ch. Sunday of Tam-Boer on the left and American Ch. Vigow of Romanoff III on the right. Sunday was a well-bodied white and red bitch bred by Leonard and Elizabeth Tamboer and owned by the Larsons. She was whelped December 6, 1956 and of Romanoff bloodlines, being sired by Vigow of Romanoff II ex Lady Gretchen of Tam-Boer. As a brood bitch, she produced 2 litters [1960, 1961] both sired by Haljean’s Flame, and her offspring were behind Cordova and Conamor Borzoi, among others. Her most influential daughter was Hasu’s Elena of Conamor, who was
American Champions Sunday of Tam-Boer and Vigow of Romanoff III