Vorenoff kennels

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-Do you remember the first time you saw a Borzoi?

Oh, yes, of course. When I came home from school in one day, a car, with a removable hood, overtook me in the back seat of a lady with a white-grey borzoi. I have remained rooted. I have never forgotten this presentation of beauty and elegance all my life.

-When did you start Borzoi breeding?

That was still happening in England. I had my first borzoi in the late 1940s, others followed. I started to visit exhibitions with success. Every now and then I had a puppy or young dog even dazugeholt to supplement my breeding. These dogs were all of the same type, with a good character and sympathetic charisma. But I didn't want to breed at the time. I still had so much to learn about this breed before. The more I learned about Borzoi, the more dogs I had and the more I loved them. But I was also aware that I had to learn more about the breeding selection, especially for my first litter.

-What do you think are the qualities of borzoi that are most difficult.
What advice can you give? What type do you like and what do you think about the state of today's Borzoi?

It all depends on what you are looking for in your ideal dog! Personally, I always liked big, strong and solid dogs, Wolf Hunter. One who could occasionally beat himself. To do this, he must possess perseverance and intelligence if he wants to defeat a wolf. I not particularly like the Borzoi "type Whippet", which is often seen at exhibitions and some judges even like very much. When I started my breeding, we were talking about a Siberian hound and that was right!

How many litters have you raised and what in your opinion has been the best? How many champions have you bred and which are these?

1986 was born my 23rd Vorenoff (y). It was actually intended that this should be my last.  Compared to the dogs I entertained, I hadn't bred a lot of puppies. In England I had 52 Borzoi for almost 10 years, which were supervised by 4 people in full time. At the moment I have "only" 27 Borzoi, of which 11 males, most of them, admitted at the age of 7-10 years. The reason why I didn't really want to breed anymore is that I feel responsible for all puppies born to me. For this reason I have a contract with each puppy buyers, which implies that if for some reason the puppy can no longer be kept, it must be brought back to me. I too, for my part, must abide by the Treaty and considering that a borzoi can be up to 12 years old, I thought it would be time for me to breed Aufzuhö

One of my very good friends, Gabriel Franco from Italy, whom I met on the occasion of an exhibition 1963 in England, reminded me of my 2 years ago promise to deliver two black Borzoi. To redeem my promise, I made the Vorenoff Z-litter. That was the Z-litter and also the last letter of the alphabet – what a beautiful coincidence! The two black Borzoi "Zachary and Zoe, were delivered to him in September 1988.

I can't tell you which one was my best shot. I was never disappointed by any of my litters. On the contrary, it always struck me hard to keep myself in the choice of the puppy that I wanted. Most of the times I left it to the future puppy owners and I kept those that nobody wanted. Except, of course, if I had an intimate bond with a puppy since it was born, of course I kept it. Nicolai Nicolaievitch, Larushka (my eternal favorite) and Quirow are three dogs with whom I was very strongly connected. But also JASBA, Volkov and Yakuta. It was always important to me that my dogs have a permanent good life. This is one of the reasons why many people did not see exhibitions. It happened that after years I saw some again and it was a pity that they no longer came out from their garden. They had quite a chance of winning at exhibitions. The luck of the dog and its good health is the most important thing. Vorenoff Milanowa, a beautiful female has never been demonstrated at an exhibition.

The champions – or as I call them – the dogs have won the exhibitions were not necessarily the most beautiful of their litter... Vorenoff Anushka, red and white dog accompanied me 1968 to Holland and won a bob at their first exhibition outside of England. She has also won in Amsterdam and was a Danish champion and became a German champion at the age of 8. Vorenoff Bielko, a black Borzoi, owned by Mrs. McNeil, has the bob at the Crufts and after many exhibitions has received the English champion-tital. Since I participated in exhibitions in Denmark, the Vorenoff's have won 14 national titles, 5 are for Poland. The younger champions are: Taiga, Romanov, Ozerov, Volkov, Worenow, Worovka, Udatschnik, Udatcha, Udine, last but no least, penny, which I had chosen from a litter and which was at two and a half years German and Danish champion and 1986 in the Youth class in Amsterdam met all the criteria for the international beauty Champion.

But I think the most famous champions of my breeding were Vorenoff Nicolai Nicolaievitch, Vorenoff Natasha (World winner 1977) and Ingo von Bergland, the younger half-brother of Nicolaj (both are sons of Vorenoff Knight Rand), which is the world winner 1979 and winner Amsterdam 1979.

-At what age can you estimate a puppy? Do you eliminate puppies after birth? Do you have any color advantages?

I am always there at birth, because I find that if the puppy is still wet, it can best be estimated. Whatever happens for changes in the future, in old age, the assessment is confirmed at birth. I was never confronted with the fact that a puppy was not accepted by the mother dog. I have helped the youngest with the "pint" and often, to my great amazement, they were in old age, the most beautiful of the whole litter. I always kept the "queue de la portée" if there was one and often this or this was a very successful exhibition dog.

In England as well as in Russia all colors and badges are accepted. The continent's aversion to a schwarzgemantelten dog forced me to produce one and make it a champion. In the 1970s this was almost revolutionary and many people told me failure ahead. Nevertheless, Nicolai and Vorenoff Larushka both Vorenoff black, have become German champions, that had never happened since human memory. Nicolai and Natasha have also been awarded many times as the best of the breed and Larushka was even best group. The blue-black sheen that the dogs have in the best condition is simply indescribably beautiful. But it is true, when the dogs are in the change of coat, this appears dull and weak. fact, which does not have much influence in light or red-white dogs.

In England as well as in Russia all colors and badges are accepted. The continent's aversion to a schwarzgemantelten dog forced me to produce one and make it a champion. In the 1970s this was almost revolutionary and many people told me failure ahead. Nevertheless, Nicolai and Vorenoff Larushka both Vorenoff black, have become German champions, that had never happened since human memory. Nicolai and Natasha have also been awarded many times as the best of the breed and Larushka was even best group. The blue-black sheen that the dogs have in the best condition is simply indescribably beautiful. But it is true, when the dogs are in the change of coat, this appears dull and weak. fact, which does not have much influence in light or red-white dogs.

-Did you use a dog for breeding if one had a serious defect on the one hand, but also exceptional properties?

It depends on what you understand under a serious mistake and what it might or may not inherit. A month after many promising puppies have left the kennel, most of them disappear from the picture area. Not for bad intentions, many times out of ignorance or false veterinary advice. Many older animals who are punished for a bad habit are born without them. Insufficient rearing, too much or too little exercise can have serious consequences. However, they do not affect inheritance.

Some countries are very strict as far as teeth are concerned. What do you think of it? What errors do you perceive as intolerable?

I attach a great deal of importance to the teeth, which should be strong and of course complete. As for the position of the incisors, whether scissors or pliers, I cared little. When I started breeding, a pincer bite was obligatory and the scissor bite was tolerated. Today it is the other way round. I am convinced that a borzoi that is bred for exhibitions must conform to the standard. The mistakes that have been seen more and more in recent years, such as Cat paws, too deep and thick ears, round bones are unfortunately overlooked by many judges. Something that impairs the harmonious sight of a borzoi is a rod worn too funny, which is set too high like the Afghan, curled at the end or tilted to the left or right.

-What do you think about line-breeding, in-breeding, outcrossing? What do you apply to a breeding procedure?

I am against a "Ueberselektion" in line breeding, but I tolerate some sort of "line-breeding light". A good Outcross is necessary in order to maintain good quality, but it should be very similar to dogs from my breeding, physically and psychologically.

-Have you imported borzoi from other countries? If so, what are they and what have they brought for their breeding?

After the first borzoi I brought from England, four black Borzoi were added. These should help me later to combat the "phobia" against the black color. These were: Swiftcroft Beethoven of Vorenoff, Swiftcroft fallen angel of Vorenoff, Keepers Figaro of Vorenoff and Keepers dark Sonet of Vorenoff.

From Czechoslovakia i imported JASBA z Neustejna, from the GDR Borenoff of Taymyr (a nephew of Jasba), from Poland Anjuschka and this year (1988 note. Editor) Cyklon Sofena, who was born in February. JASBA brought only one litter to the world I kept. Borenoff has covered several times in Germany and Denmark. All the litters were of very good quality.

-What do you think about the use of Borzoi on racetracks, coursings or hunting? Do you use your dogs in these disciplines?

A borzoi should never run on a greyhound runway, it is too big and too heavy, in contrast to the greyhound. I'm not against coursings, because the Borzoi can use his intelligence there. My first black champion Ruth of the next Rouge was used in England to hunt the hare and she declassified all the others of Norfolk Broads: The big headlines in the newspapers, but also during months some protest letters from animal rights activists Brought. Ruth was an excellent hunter, her prey never had long to suffer, but when I think of it today, I am quite glad that the hunt for Lebendwild with the Borzoi was banned. Today I sympatisiere more with the hare.

-What is your goal?

My big goal in the last 40 years was to breed physically and mentally healthy dogs that were in line with the standard, large with a lot of charisma and a affectionate and fine being. Note:

After 1990, Jo Heller has still visited several exhibitions. Especially with the 3 dogs she had acquired: Zarina's Helios (née 12.01.1990), Condor and his sister Carina Van St. Andrew's (née 19.07.1994), three white/grey Borzoi, very large, the males even imposing.

Even two litters still fall, even though they decided to stop at Z. On 11. On March 1991 a litter of Vorenoff Zalut di Rhieti and Perchotin's Penny royal fell and finally on June 7, 1998 the last litter with Zarina's Helios and his daughter Carina Van St. Andrew's (6 puppies, all white and grey – their silver collection, as she used to call them.

From Mrs. Heller and her Vorenoff Borzoi, we will always remember her goal of making the black color "salon-ready" at the highest level. Jo Heller was also a passionate collector of all kinds of art objects around the Borzoi. She was surrounded by borzoi for her whole life, simply because she loved them.

 

Testimony

Jo Heller died on April 27, 2007 at 6:15. It is not easy to quantify its action in favor of our race. She was an extraordinary person and I was fortunate to be a part of her family. I can say that she was a woman of character, like any talented person. But I also knew her as a woman with a pleasant physique, with a smiling face, with a big heart for everything that touched the borzoi. Her disappearance is a great loss to the world of Borzoi. She had principles and never left it. She had many beautiful dogs and each of them was like a child to her; Many of her dogs are found in the origins of kennels in different countries. The Borzoi was for her a "religion" and I will tell you a story that could only belong to her....

 

Jo came from England. The place where she bought her house in Holland was at the edge of a small town where Catholics and Protestants lived. When Jo went to register at the city Hall, the person who received it asked her what religion she belonged to... "Because if you are Protestant, it would be better to go to the shops that are on the left side of the city, and if you are Catholic, it would be better to go to the shops that are on the right side..." Jo was not a believer and she informed the person. The latter was very surprised to hear this and replied that she must surely believe in something. Jo renewed her answer, but the person insisted so much and as long as Jo finally replied: "Yes, I have a belief and this belief is the Borzoi". And do you think it happened? Well the person wrote on the register that Jo was a "Borzoi believer"....

 

She had hardships in her life, she lost her son Norman prematurely. He was born with severe heart failure and could not have any professional activity. She told me that he died at 33 years old. After this tragedy, she devoted her life exclusively to the Borzoi. Jo was someone you could count on, she was solid, she didn't open her heart to everyone, but when she opened it to you, then it was beautiful....

She has helped to publish a lot of books about our race. She was practicing six languages. She had an unwavering belief in the Borzoi. She visited Russia in 1989 and she also had a Russian dog, named Iriada, bred by Igor Soloviev. She had acquired the book edition of Winifred Chadwick "Borzoi". She published the Almanacs I, II, III and presented them all over the world. It was thus also that she was able to present the Vorenoff breeding everywhere. She loved the dark Borzoi, but dreamed of having white and grey, for, as she had told me, she had long ago possessed a dog of that color. She found him acquiring the white and grey male Zarina's Helios (nicknamed Sasha) and she hoped to obtain from him puppies of this color. When I visited her, she asked me about the pedigree of a female who had a half of Russian blood. She wanted to breed from Sasha and she wanted to know the color of the ascendants. When I told her I thought she might have white and grey puppies, she was thrilled!!! And there were six white and grey puppies....: It was the reach of Carina and Condor van St Andrew's.

All her life was filled with the love she gave to the Borzoi... and that they gave to her. Existence is not an easy thing, we must lose those we love. But God has endowed us with memory, and when we remember the beings we loved, they are still a little alive.