One of the borzoi pioneers in the UK was Lady Emily Peel. She imported her first dogs directly from the Tzars kennels at Gatchina!
1804 Borzoi owned by 5th Earl of Sandwich sketched by H B Chalon
1832 Fawn colour Russian greyhound at the Zoological Gardens
1842 Two black/tans from Duke de Nemours in France to Prince Albert (parents were imported from Gatchina in Russia)
1846 Pair from Imperial Hunt Gatchina to Queen Victoria
1853 Pair from Imperial Hunt Gatchina to Queen Victoria. The bitch was used in Deerhound lines.
1856 Pair from Imperial Hunt Gatchina to Lord Grenville Zver and Arapka
Pair from Imperial Hunt Gatchina to Lady Stafford Pobedim and Milka
Pair from Imperial Hunt to Lady Emily Peel – Udaloi and Yasva
Litter born 1856 by Old Keildar (Deerhound) x unnamed (Imp Russia) owned by Queen Victoria. Progeny Hilda (Cole) in Deerhound lines down to modern dogs. A female for sale by George Wells
1857 Rush (Imp Russia) from Kertch area sold at auction in UK
1861 Imported male born 1856 from Baron Karn in Russia to C Williams
1860s Imported dog shown by Hill and Ashton
1863 Sultan (Imp Germany) b1858 bred by Prince Carl of Prussia shown by the Duchess of Manchester
Katai (Imp Russia) and unnamed bitch (Imported) shown by Arthur Shirley at Manchester
Litter born 26/8/1863 by Katai (Imp Russia) x unnamed (Imported) breeder A Shirley 6 pups Progeny names - Alexander owner A Shirley shown 1865, Sultan owned by J A Handy and Rush owned by E Slater both dogs shown 1867
1865 Pair from Imperial Hunt Gatchina to Lady Emily Peel renamed Czar and Czarina
1866 T Beasley owned Alma born 1858. No other information but probably imported
1867 Nijni (Imported) born June 1865 shown by J Wright
Litter advertised in April by Frank Smith (dealer) possibly bred by J Wright (Nijni x ?)
Pair from Imperial Hunt Gatchina to Prince of Wales – Molodetz and Oudatchka
Litter by Molodetz (Imp Russia) x Oudatchka (Imp Russia) bred by Prince of Wales 2 progeny known – Molodetz II owned by J Wright and Oudatchka II owned by S G Holland
Sultan (A Shirley) shown by J A Handy
1868 A UK Deerhound bitch was mated to a Borzoi (Imp Russia) in Paris Zoological Gardens the progeny named Moscow was owned by Captain Grahame and used in Deerhound and Irish Wolfhound lines.
Litter born February 1868 by Czar (Imp Russia) (Peel) x Oudatchka II bred by S G Holland progeny Volga (Holland) owned by breeder and Moscow (Holland) owned by J Porter (shown 1870).
Pair from Imperial Hunt Gatchina to Lady Emily Peel – Dorogai and Labidka
Unnamed Borzoi male owned by Lord H Bentinck may be from Prince of Wales or imported
1869 Molodetz and Oudatchka shown at National Dog Club in June by Prince of Wales.
Litter born Sept 1869 by Molodetz II x Volga (Holland) bred by S G Holland progeny named Cossack (Wright) owned by J Wright.
Litter born Nov 1869 by Dorogai (Imp Russia) x Labidka (Imp Russia) bred by Lady Emily Peel progeny named Dagmar owned by Rev J C Macdona later owned by A Stansfield in 1872
1870 Cossack (Wright) shown by J Wright and Moscow (Holland) shown by J Porter at Birmingham
Dagmar (Peel) shown by Rev J C Macdona at Warrington
Deerhound litter sired by Lord Bentinck’s Borzoi progeny named Prince. The line continues to modern Deerhounds.
1871 Litter by Dorogai (Imp Russia) x Labidka (Imp Russia) bred by Lady Emily Peel progeny named Cossack (Peel) owned by W Fisher, Czar (Peel) and Neva (Peel) owned by breeder
Tom (Imp Germany) born 1867 (Podjor (Imp Russia) x Diana) shown by S T Holland at Crystal Palace
Lady Emily Peel and J C Macdona also exhibited at this show
1872 Cossack (Wright) shown at Crystal Palace in June also Dagmar (Peel) shown by Agnes Stansfield
Litter by Molodetz (Imp Russia) x Oudatchka (Imp Russia) bred by the Prince of Wales progeny named Moscow (Hamilton) owned by Duke of Hamilton.
Litter born August 1872 by Tom (Imp Germany) x Oudatchka II bred by S G Holland progeny named Khiva owned by the breeder and Tom (Holland) owned by F J Holford
Cossack (Wright) sold to F Holland and shown at Birmingham in December
1873 Czar (Peel) and Neva (Peel) shown by Lady Emily Peel at Birmingham and Cossack (Peel) shown by W Fisher
Cossack (Wright) shown in Paris by F Holland won medaille d’honneur and 250 francs
Litter born July 1873 by Tom (Imp Germany) x Oudatchka II bred by S G Holland progeny named Czar (Holland) and Tigar (Holland) both owned T W Holland shown at Northampton 1874.
1874 Tom (Imp Germany) and his son Khiva shown at Crystal Palace in June
Litter by Molodetz (Imp Russia) x Oudatchka (Imp Russia) bred by the Prince of Wales progeny named Sandringham owned by J C Macdona and Cossack owned by H S Finch-Hatton in Australia
Show results published in December - number 599 unnamed was bred by Lady Emily Peel, number 600 Sultan owned by Mr Harris, number 601 unnamed and no details. No information on Sultan. Cossack (Peel) shown by W Fisher and Tom (Holland) shown by F J Holford at Birmingham (from studbook results) are probably numbers 559 and 601. Tom (Imp Germany) age 6 years shown by S G Holland at the same show.
Tcherkes (Imp Russia) (Gatchina) shown by Duchess of Sutherland in Inverness, Scotland.
Atilka (Imported) won silver medal in Paris 1874 owned by S T Holland
1875 Molodetz (Imp Russia) shown by Prince of Wales won first prize at Crystal Palace in June also Moscow (Hamilton) shown by the Duke of Hamilton in same class.
Northampton show for sporting dogs in AOV class– The Czar owned by Southwell and Moltke owned by Lady Robinson. Possible Borzois?
Birmingham Foreign large size class – Zarratt owned by J Price. Possible Borzoi from France
Litter by Moscow (Duke of Hamilton’s) x Sandringham bred by J C Macdona and progeny named Czar (Macdona) owned by Lady Emily Peel
Litter born May 1875 by Czar (Holland) x Atilka (Imported) 8 pups advertised bred by S T Holland progeny name Cossack (Costello) owned by P Costello
Tom by Tsar x Dianne II (by Tsar x Diane I) advertised for sale by S T Holland is probably a French import. This is the third dog named Tom in the Holland family.
1876 Moscow (Imp Russia) bred by R Tolstoy presented to the Princess of Wales and shown at Brighton
Shah and Fly (Imported) littermates shown by F Rosing at Crystal Palace. Bred in Cologne zoological gardens both parents imported from Russia (Gatchina). Probably returned to Europe after the show.
Sandringham shown by Rev J C Macdona at Birkenhead
1877 Mynski (Imp Russia) bred at Gatchina 1874 to Lord Aylesford then J Briggs shown Wolverhampton
Sergei (Imp Russia) bred at Gatchina 1875 to Lady Loftus advertised for sale and sold to W J Thomas
Sarah (Imp Russia) bred at Gatchina 1875 to Lady Loftus advertised for sale
Sandringham shown by Rev J C Macdona at Manchester
1878 Czar (Macdona) shown by Lady Emily Peel at Tamworth won silver medal
Litter by Moscow (Imp Russia) x Sandringham bred by Rev J C Macdona progeny names Moscow II owned by Lady de Tabley and Czarina owned by J C Macdona.
1879 Czar (Macdona) shown by Lady Emily Peel at Alexandra Palace and Birmingham
Litter by Lady Emily Peel’s Czar (Peel) x Sandringham bred by J C Macdona progeny named Nihilist Anihilator owned by Lady de Tabley also Czar II owned by J C Macdona
Czarina (Macdona) shown by J C Macdona in Hanover, Germany.
1880 Narkal shown by W Musgrave in 1881. Probable Russian import arriving circa 1880
Lofky (Imp Russia) circa 1880 owner F Felix breeder stated as a Grand Duke Nicholas
Swan (Imp Russia) circa 1880 owned by F Felix
Caesar owned by Lady Innes Ker (unknown circa 1878-1879?) registered in 1880
1881 Moscow (Imp Russia) Tolstoy shown by Prince of Wales at Woodbridge
Narkal shown by W Musgrave at Birmingham
1882 Dianne (imported) born 1878 by Sultan x Mirza bred by Sarah Bernhardt in Europe owned by M V Codina in UK.
Leppitt (Imp Russia) born about 1882 owned by F Felix
Hvita born 2 Oct 1879 by Geysir x Hruni listed in foreign dogs without the breed named. May be an imported Borzoi? owned by A B Woods.
1883 Zavlodai (Imp Russia) w/red sable breeder Mossoloff shown by E Goujon of Paris
Zikatch (Imp Russia) (or Likatch) breeder Mossoloff shown by E Goujon of Paris
Dosia (Imported) born Feb 1882 bred by Mons Bertin owned by E Holt Beever
1884 Belgrave Moscow (Imported) owned by Lady Combermere shown at Tunbridge Wells
Domovoy (Imp France) born 1884 breeder Desvignes owned by F Zambaco
Lady II (Imp Russia) shown in Ireland by T A Bond later owned by F Felix
Litter born January 1884 by Earl Spencer’s dog x Lady II (Imp Russia) progeny named Alice owned by J McCutcheon. This litter may have been bred in Ireland.
Lord Crowley had several Russian imports from Gatchina which went to Lady Innes Ker in 1884
1885 Moscow II shown by J C Macdona at Hanley
Doushka, Vedma, Fedora and Domovoy (Imp France) shown by F Zambaco but returned to France
The following litters were bred by Lady C Innes Ker with the dogs from Lord Crowley.
Litter born 31 January 1885 by Leppitt (Imp Russia) F Felix x Olga (Imp Russia) progeny names Paul owner Mrs Laxton, Prince (Felix) owned by F Felix, Lepid (Ker) owned by R Tilden and Leila owned by A Morrison
Litter born 16 May 1885 by Vodka (Crowley) x Dushka (Crowley) progeny name Iskra owned by Lady Innes Ker (This Iskra was registered but may have died young)
Litter born 29 July 1885 by Vassili (Imp Russia) x Nikita (Imp Russia) progeny name Iskra owned by Lady Innes Ker then to Lady Hoare in 1891.
Litter born 15 September 1885 by Don Cossack (Crowley) x Volga (Crowley) progeny name Azov owned by Lady Innes Ker
· Bud (Ker) and Peggy (Ker) owned by Colonel Wellesley came from two of these litters but actual parents not discovered yet. One of them is probably from the first litter.
· The Russian dogs were renamed in the UK. The ones marked (Crowley) are probably Russian imports. They were in the Crowley group of dogs but country of origin was not specified at the time.
1886 Iskra (Vassili x Nikita) shown by Lady Innes Ker at Warwick
Koff (Imp France) Zambaco shown by R Sparrow at Maidstone
Krasotka (Imp Russia) born 1884 exported by Gleitzman shown by W Taunton at KC Show
F Zambaco showed Olga, Vedma, Barakai, Caucase, Galupshik and Tsar all imported from France but returned to France after the show.
Litter born 26 Feb 1886 by Ivan (Crowley) x Olga (Imp Russia) bred by Lady Innes Ker progeny Vassili (Ker), Dwina (Ker) owned by breeder and Neva (Ker) owned by Countess of Aylesford then R Tilden
Litter born 26 Sept 1886 by Sergei (Crowley) x Matushka (Imp Russia) progeny named Durak (Ker) owned by Lady Innes Ker
Litter born 4 August 1886 by Bud (Ker) x Peggy (Ker) bred by Colonel Wellesley progeny names Ivanavitch owner W Pain, Kinjal owned by G Pollock, Oobay owned by W Alcock, Tichrinka owned by W Vaughan and Katinka owned by breeder then C A Hoare in 1888.
Wera (Ker) owned by Lord Tennyson was from one of the 1886 litters bred by Lady Innes Ker but which parents are yet to be discovered. Dakka also owned by Lord Tennyson not yet identified and may be imported.
1887 Drouskok (Imp Russia) Sechendorf shown by W Barthropp at Barn Elms show
Yock (Imp Russia) born 1886 owned by F Felix then N Howard in 1889.
Toboeskie (Imp Russia) born 1887 owned by W H Wemyss
Iskra and Neva shown by Lady Innes Ker at Birmingham
Paul (Ker) shown by Laxton at Olympia
Koff (Imp France) shown by R Sparrow at Crystal Palace
Krasotka (Imp Russia) shown by W Taunton at Scarborough
Litter born August 1887 by Prince (Ker) (owner Felix) x Lady II (Imp Russia) bred by F Felix and progeny named Elsie owned by W Wade was exported to USA
Litter born December 1887 by Lepid (Ker) x Neva (Ker) breeder R Tilden and progeny named Lady Romanow was exported to Dr H Mallory in USA.
1888 Kapah (Imp Russia) shown by Colonel Wellesley at the Agricultural Hall
Tcherko III (Imp France) shown by M E Musgrave
Bujanovna (Imp France) owned by R Brandt
Albania (Imp France) Zambaco owned by W C Mellor
Iskra shown by Lady Innes Ker at Warwick
Litter born 25 June 1888 by Lepid (Ker) x Neva (Ker) bred by R Tilden progeny names Bobbie owned by W Gregory and Reggie owned by R Tilden
Litter born 28 June 1888 by Durak (Ker) x Iskra (Ker) bred by Lady Innes Ker progeny name Bosack owned by Captain Marshall
1889 Krilutt (Imp Russia) owned by Colonel Wellesley shown at Birmingham
Pagooba (Imp Russia) owned by Colonel Wellesley
Ivan II (Imp France) from the Paris Zoological Gardens and owned by the Duchess of Newcastle
Spain (Imp Spain) breeder Marquess of Qualdalmina. Parents were Russian imports from Gatchina. Spain owned by the Duchess of Newcastle’s mother.
Damon (Imp Russia) born 1886 breeder Prince Galitzen owner Colonel Wellesley
Trajan (Imp Russia) born 1887 breeder Count Stroganoff owner Miss Harvey
Kapah (Imp Russia) shown by C A Hoare at Olympia
Molodyets shown by G Pollock at Crystal Palace. Parents not stated
Durack (Ker) shown by Lady Innes Ker at Crystal Palace
Litter born 1 June 1889 by Wera (Ker) (b1886) x Dakka bred by Lord Tennyson progeny names Southampton Vodka owner A Andrews and Vooka owned by Dr Rowe.
Litter born 14 June 1889 by Krilutt (Imp Russia) x Iskra (Ker) bred by Lady Innes Ker progeny names Vladimir, Thrupp, Dolinka, Dvina, Mezene, Nagla and Vanity.
Litter born 6 October 1889 by Krilutt (Imp Russia) x Leila (Ker) bred by Mrs A Morrison progeny names Cedric, Sultan II, Quintin, Thistle, Aurelia, Brenda, Daphne, Diana III, Doushka II Maida II
Litter born 20 August 1889 by Ch Domovoy (France) x Albania (Imp France) bred by W Mellor progeny names Yaroslaf, Vera and Yarana
1890 Olga III (Imp France) owned by Lord Kilmorey
Micha (Imp France) owned by the Countess of Kilmorey
Zloeem (Imp Russia) owned by P Hacke shown in UK later exported to USA
Prokaza (Imp Russia) owned b P Hacke later exported to USA
Litter born 18 Feb 1890 by Ch Krilutt (Imp Russia) x Elsie bred by W Wade USA but born in UK. Progeny names Vladimir, Modjeska, Princess Irma, Lucca and 2 unnamed m & f exported to US Whirlwind owner Freeman Lloyd remained in UK.
Litter born 2 March 1890 by Ch Krilutt (Imp Russia) x Peggy (Ker) bred by Colonel Wellesley progeny names Lebed and Lady Kate owned by Wellesley, Pagrom owner C Paget, Strelka owner A Abbey
Litter born 15 March 1890 Ivan II (Imp France) x Spain (Imp Spain) bred by Duchess of Newcastle progeny 8 named pups including Macginty who has descendants to modern dogs.
Litter born 3 June 1890 by Ch Krilutt (Imp Russia) x Pagooba (Imp Russia) bred Colonel Wellesley progeny 8 named pups Oscar V owner Duchess of Wellington and Nagradka with Wellesley bred on.
Litter born 8 Oct 1890 by Ataman (Rousseau) x Prokaza (Imp Russia) bred by P Hacke born UK (Imported in dam) One progeny named Prokaza II later exported to USA owner P Hacke
Litter born 3 Dec 1890 by Sultan II x Empress bred by A Morrison progeny names Nachal owned by M E Musgrave and Renwick owned by A Morrison.
1891 This year began a flood of Russian imports and many litters bred between 1891 and 1900. The peak year was 1898 with 64 known litters recorded in 11 months. The 1890s generally wiped out the earlier bloodlines in the UK. Very few dogs from the early years continued but Leila born 1885 from the Innes Ker litter by Leppitt (Imp Russia) x Olga (Imp Russia) is behind Ch Miss Piostri and her brother Prince is the grandfather of Am & Can Ch Princess Irma.
The last known descendant of of the famous Russian imports Molodetz and Oudatchka (Prince of Wales) was born in Germany in 1885 bred by the Duchess of Hamilton. Her dog Moscow went to Austria but any progeny are unknown.
Pagooba (Colonel Wellesley) had several descendants but the last known was born 1901 however Ch Krilutt survives to modern dogs. He was also used in Deerhound and Irish Wolfhound pedigrees.
The early breeder S G Holland produced 4 known litters and S T Holland produced 1 known litter in the period 1868 – 1875. S G Holland was the main exhibitor for years including travelling to various European shows. A dog bred by him won the medal d’honneur in Paris in 1874. Holland & Sons were creators of fine furniture with a Royal warrant from Queen Victoria and they were responsible for decorating parts of Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House among others including some in Europe. The Holland family imported a dog from Germany and a bitch from France as well as using their foundation bitch bred by the Prince of Wales. UK shows confined Borzois to AOV or Foreign Dogs class of assorted breeds where some Holland dogs won the class but Borzois were recognised at shows in Germany and France where breed classes were held. Holland dogs also won in Europe. None of these lines survived.
Lady Emily Peel owned 6 Russian imports between 1856 and 1871. There are no known litters from the first pair Udaloi and Yasva or from Czarina in the second pair but Czar (Imp Russia) was used to sire a litter for S G Holland. The third pair of imports Dorogai and Labidka were bred from in 1869 and 1871. The last known descendant was shown in 1882. In later years Lady Emily exhibited a dog bred by Rev J C Macdona.
Researched and compiled by Margaret Davis including additional research by Andrus Koslow.