Borzoi History

The Romanoff kennels

Submitted by arvid andersen on Sat, 08/31/2019 - 22:24
The American Romanoff kennels has been researched by and is written by Margaret Davis! Romanoff was the name of the Russian royal family. It was established in 1630 by Michael Romanoff. Read more at, A relative of the first Michael Romanoff, Prince George M Romanoff bred borzoi in Russia in about 1880 using the Romanoff name. The name inspired borzoibreeders from the earliest times and kennels was set up in several western countries. The first was in Holland in 1905, owned by H G Hoogenkamp. There are about 25 borzoi bred in Holland by HG [...]

Asmodey Perchino - star of the past

Submitted by arvid andersen on Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:42
Deceased Borzoi Stars by Erich Zeiß, Berlin im January 1926 Under the same heading, I described the old borzoi-winners of the years 1890 to 1910, some years ago. And this time I am concerned with the three thoroughbred borzois, which were imported by Dr. Arthur Wegener from Perchino, the kennels of the Grand Duke Nicolai Nikolajewitch in the year 1913. For that, this old meritorious breeder still deserves the thanks of the entire borzoi-world. Firstly I will mention Ch Ptitschka Perchino DWZ 513 since she was the best of them. Ptitschka was the best Borzoi bitch, I‘ve ever seen during my years [...]

Remarks on the Borzoi Award in Kassel, 25.-26. October 1913

Submitted by DanPersson on Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:02
Remarks on the Borzoi Award in Kassel, 25.-26. October 1913 by General George de Meyer. Kieff, February 12, 1914 Photo from the magazine "Hundesport und Jagd" 1913, Nr.45, pg.1044, through courtesy of Andrus Kozlov. When I, at the request of Dr. Ing., A. Wegener took over the judges assignment over Borzois (Russian greyhounds) at the exhibition in Kassel, I was highly curious about how the type and conformation of our Russian Borzois bred in Germany bred on, and our beautiful breed in the care of German lovers has become. Through this kind of expertise, the Borzoi owner learn to know the [...]

The Color of the Borzoi

Submitted by SueVasick on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:16
The Color of the Borzoi, Artem Boldereff Chasseet Peche [Fishing and Hunting], 1914 Translated by Jean Vandongen Of all the points of the borzoi, the color is certainly the one that causes the most controversy among the owners of the breed. Not only abroad, but even in Russia, in the country of birth of the breed; the breeders are far from reaching an agreement in this regard. Without pretending to settle the matter, I think it is useful to submit to the breeders abroad some considerations which, I hope, will ease the task to clear up this so complicated matter. Many of our breeders or, as we [...]


Submitted by arvid andersen on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:01
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 valuable factor in the Swedish line of Borzois!

Louis Murr - Mr Borzoi

Submitted by arvid andersen on Fri, 01/17/2020 - 17:58
Mr. Borzoi: Louis Murr Was a Russian Wolfhound Advocate and Judge to Be Reckoned With AKC History By Denise Flaim Aug 28, 2019 Louis Murr was a renowned Borzoi owner, breeder, exhibitor, and judge. Most authorities of the time considered Murr’s Ch. Vigow of Romanoff to be the greatest Borzoi ever bred on American soil A tragic event cut Vigow’s career short Murr died in 1978, two years after retiring from judging, at age 84 Never mind Rasputin’s curse. Or the jewels sewn into the clothes that at first deflected the hail of Bolshevik bullets. Or the persistent rumors of a young Anastasia’s [...]

Nina Alexandrovna Korff-Sumarokova

Submitted by arvid andersen on Thu, 09/06/2018 - 09:58
A quick look at one famous woman in Borzoi from a 100 years ago: Nina Alexandrovna Korff-Sumarokova. Baroness 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 Vladimirovich Sumarokov and [...]

The first FCI Breedstandard for Borzoi

Submitted by Danielle Laure… on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 19:25
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 [...]

Leningrad Canine Society, Borzoi section.

Submitted by arvid andersen on Wed, 09/05/2018 - 23:33
The Borzoi section of the Leningrad Dog Society was formed in 1926. The founders were A. Mezencev, K. Matvejev and E. Dezor. 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 been bred at Gatchina. Tchaika [...]

The Hound Column, “Chasse et Peche”

Submitted by SueVasick on Fri, 11/30/2018 - 23:49
Translated by Jean Vandongan [verbatim] “Account of the judge, Royal St. Hubert Show, Brussels [Belgium], May 7 and 8: Borzoi” Appointed by the Hound Club and invited by the Royal St. Hubert Club to judge the borzoi at this show, I have accepted this task, even though I thought that after the load of work for the Show of the Int. Union of Hound Clubs in Gent last April23 and 24, the number of entered dogs would not be considerable. That nevertheless 19 borzois were entered surpassed my expectations, especially after a conversation with Mr. Creuwels, President of not less than 14 clubs, judge [...]

In Defense of the Russian Borzoi.

Submitted by arvid andersen on Fri, 08/24/2018 - 19:28
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 [...]

Rasswet's Jo

Submitted by SueVasick on Sat, 10/07/2017 - 01:00
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 [...]

The Early Days: Mr. & Mrs. Russell O. Everhart

Submitted by SueVasick on Wed, 03/20/2019 - 00:07
The Early Days: Mr. & Mrs. Russell O. Everhart [overview written by Russ Everhart] Mr. & Mrs. Russell O. Everhart of Ann Arbor, Michigan [U.S.A.] purchased their first Borzoi in the Fall of 1929 and soon after selected the name Arborzoi as a composite of Ann Arbor and Borzoi. Their first two purchases were of ranch-raised stock with magnificent coats, but lacking quality of head, depth of brisket and sound feet. Visiting the 3-day Detroit dog show in March of the following year, Mr. Everhart was enticed by the singling out the tactics of Nega of Woronzova who, at one year of age, had defeated [...]

"Tail Wagged" by A Croxton Smith

Submitted by Pam_Wild on Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:08
A Croxton Smith was a Member of the UK Kennel Club and a journalist. He published several books including "Tail Wagged" in 1931. The Borzoi was illustrated by a photograph of Ernest Guy's dog Booklaw: " THE BORZOI Here we have the wolfdog of the Czars and sporting nobles of pre-revolutionary Russia. Great kennels were kept and the hunting was conducted with fitting pomp and ceremony. The usual method was to station men round a wood, each of whom had two or three borzois in leash. As the quarry was drawn out of covert by hounds, the borzois closest to him were slipped, and if they were fast [...]

The ISMAILOFF Borzoi kennel

Submitted by Desiree on Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:13
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 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 further old borzoi photographs from the Winters, German borzoi kennel ISMAILOFF and Mrs. Brunhilde Raschke (PIROSCHKA [...]

J.B. Thomas Says American Borzoi Lead the World

Submitted by SueVasick on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 00:02
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 [...]

Miss Elizabeth Vlasto

Submitted by Pam_Wild on Fri, 01/03/2020 - 15:16
This iconic image is of Miss Elizabeth (Betty) Vlasto and her Borzoi Tzigan Tiranka. Born in 1906 the daughter of Anthony Alexander Vlasto following her marriage to David Carnegie, 11th Earl of Northesk on 7 August 1929 Miss Vlasto was styled The Countess of Northesk. The Vlastos were a prominent Greek business family resident in London, UK. A further photographic image is held in the National Portrait Gallery, London. With grateful thanks to Noel Patterson for identifying this image. I am publishing these articles in The Borzoi Encyclopedia to encourage better understanding of the function of [...]

Bransgore Borzois of Mrs. E. L. Gingold from The Book of Dogs by Stanley West.

Submitted by Pam_Wild on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:10
"Here is a Borzoi, to walk, proudly and delicately as yourself, across velvet lawns at the hem of your trailing satins, and whose fidelity, moreover, will but increase as your mirror grows less and less courteous." Jerrold Vassall Adams wrote in the introduction to the book. The name of Bransgore is from a village in Hampshire, UK the county in which Mr and Mrs Gingold lived for a time. This was adopted by Mrs Gingold as her affix. In the section on Borzoi of this publication the photographs are incorrectly named. These have been amended in the feature below:- . Ch. Ballerina of Bransgore [...]

Nevezhin (A force in Russian borzoi)

Submitted by arvid andersen on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:30
Nevezhin 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 many factors as mentioned above. Of great importance is the fact that a number of descendants from earlier exported borzoi to the west [...]

Who was Constantin Esmont?

Submitted by arvid andersen on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 19:22
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. 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. Esmont was concerned that the distinct types of sighthounds were in danger of degenerating without a controlled system of breeding. He convinced the Soviet government [...]

Kennel Ekhaga Sweden

Submitted by DanPersson on Mon, 07/24/2017 - 09:00
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. Roity, that was white with black spots (sorry, no photo) was mated to HeimerbergsTzarewitch, a male who was linebred on Int Ch Wladislaw Monasterium. Wladislaw went in his [...]