Borzoi History

Borzoi in Russia from 1920 to 1980. Galina Zotova.

Submitted by arvid andersen on Thu, 09/06/2018 - 14:42
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. After the October revolution, and the [...]

The Boreland History (Sweden)

Submitted by DanPersson on Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:27
Barbro Blomqvist started her Borelands kennel in Norrkoping with a Borzoi named Natascha (Trolle av Vaktarbo-Heimerbergs Natascha), born 1948. 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 related, with the same background as almost all Swedish Borzois [...]

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

Submitted by SueVasick on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 19:23
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 [...]

War&Peace "Hunt scenes"

Submitted by DanPersson on Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:51
Wolfhunt scenes Sergej Bondartjuks version of Leo Tolstoj's War&Peace has been much awarded. Here we have a link to the beatiful scenes of the wolfhunt. The USSR (Nikita Chrustiev) export to England, "Boran" owned by Lady Sternberg, was said to play the main role among the Borzois appearing.

Jo Dupret et La Polianka

Submitted by Danielle Laure… on Mon, 02/17/2020 - 16:10
Une vie où le Barzoï a tenu une large place... Jo Dupret et son élevage belge de la Polianka (qui a duré de1969 – 1993 en ce qui concerne la production) font partie de l’histoire déjà presque ancienne du Barzoï pour les jeunes d'aujourd'hui. Il a donc paru nécessaire de recueillir les souvenirs de cette grande éleveuse qui n’a jamais cherché à se mettre en avant et dont les produits ont marqué notre race durant plus de vingt ans... Aucun éleveur européen de cette période n’a pu rivaliser avec elle en ce qui concerne l’importance de l’élevage et la qualité de ses lignes de sang. Aussi, il m’a [...]

The Swedish Borzoi Club (Ryska Vinthundsringen 1971)

Submitted by nils on Thu, 05/11/2017 - 15:40
Photo, Ryska Vinthundsringen was founded in 1971 by a number of local entusiasts from the Gothenburg area. Due to intensive lobbying it was soon established throughout the country. In 1972 it was recognized by the Swedish Sighthound Club (SvVk). At a meeting the same year Henry Zöller, Helga Ljungberg and N.Toll from SvVk was present, a board was elected with A. Andersen as Chairman, Carina Jansson as Secretary, Dan Persson Editor and Clas Jansson as Treasurer.

Procedure for testing hunting borzois

Submitted by arvid andersen on Thu, 10/03/2019 - 16:44
By courtesi of Olga Zilberman Pictures from: Архив Кудрявцевой Н.Г. PREPARED All-Union Canine Council of Agriculture of the USSR APPROVED Order of the General Directorate of Nature Reserves and Hunting of the USSR Number 25 on July 26, 1972 TERMS OF TEST hunting QUALITY Borzoi breeds on free animals. Tests of borzoi dogs carried out on adult hare, white hare in areas where there is no hare, willow, as well as fox. Testing dogs for fox-Korsak prohibited. 2. Tests are carried out mainly in the period between October 1 and December 1, depending on local conditions. The tests are not conducted in [...]

Kennel “Van de Sabatchnaja Izba” by Jo Heller

Submitted by SueVasick on Mon, 03/04/2019 - 23:11
Translated from “Der Windhundfreund” by Jean Vandongen, August 1976 When I was still living in England I had already heard about Mr. H. van Erp in Holland and his ‘real Russians’. The name Van de Sabatchnaja Izba is known all over the continent. Now, as I live in Holland, when I get Borzoi visitors – and that happens often – this name is always on the top of my list for a MUST visit. So, I am very pleased to tell you a little about this Borzoi breeder. This year the Sabatchnaja Izba kennel has its 20th Anniversary, although it has existed long before that. We can still find this kennel at [...]

Kennel “Van Troybhiko”

Submitted by SueVasick on Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:59
Kennel “Van Troybhiko” by E. Ebneter. ‘Der Windhundfreund’, December 1976 The Troybhiko kennel of Mrs. Matheeuwsen in Best, Holland was established in 1962. The kennel name ‘Troybhiko’ was taken from the first four dogs bought by this kennel: Troyka, Bianka, Hermi and Kosak. Troyka van Borjoschka became the foundation of the successful Troybhiko borzoi. Troyka himself won 32 CACIB. He was an International, Dutch Champion, Belg. Ch, 1969 German Winner, 1967 Swiss Winner and 66-68 Winner Amsterdam. Troyka is the sire of many beautiful borzoi and sired International Champions all over the world [...]

Borzoi Skeleton

Submitted by Pam_Wild on Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:43
This picture was given to me many years ago and I understand the actual skeleton is held by The Natural History Museum, London, UK. I am publishing these articles in The Borzoi Encyclopedia to encourage better understanding of the function of the Borzoi and its development as a breed. They are for all to enjoy reading but no part of my contributions to The Borzoi Encyclopedia may be copied, downloaded, printed or used in any way without my prior express written consent.

Interview with Richard Meen & John Reeve Newson (3)

Submitted by arvid andersen on Wed, 02/06/2019 - 15:38
The Borzoi Quarterly Talks With Dr. Richard Meen and Dr. John Reeve-Newson KISHNIGA [Part III] Campbellville, Ontario, Canada This interview was conducted in July 1983 at Dick and John's home by Jocelyne Ivanovskis. Do you ever sell on terms? Dick: 99.99% of the time, it's cash. It does depend on the bitch, of course. Say someone comes to us and wants to use a stud that has not been proven. Our stud fee for an unproven male is $100 when the litter is on the ground. No matter how great the dog may be, the stud fee is $100 if it is unproven. We figure that anyone who wants to breed their bitch [...]

Interview with Richard Meen & John Reeve-Newson (1)

Submitted by arvid andersen on Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:22
The Borzoi Quarterly Talks With Dr. Richard Meen and Dr. John Reeve-Newson KISHNIGA Campbellville, Ontario, Canada This interview was conducted in July 1983 at Dick and John's home by Jocelyne Ivanovskis. How long have you been in Borzoi? Dick: I purchased my first Borzoi in 1969. That's what, 14 years. My first litter was born 12 years ago in June, or 1972. Three years after you got your first Borzoi? Dick: Yes, 11 years ago, ac­tually. The first Borzoi I got died two weeks after I got it. I then got a replacement puppy which was an outcross. John: I took one look at that puppy and knew it [...]

Interview with Richard Meen and John Reeve Newson (2)

Submitted by arvid andersen on Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:10
The Borzoi Quarterly Talks With Dr. Richard Meen and Dr. John Reeve-Newson KISHNIGA [Part II] Campbellville, Ontario, Canada This interview was conducted in July 1983 at Dick and John's home by Jocelyne Ivanovskis. What type of breeding have you found most successful in your program? Dick: We've discovered some very interesting things in linebreed­ing. John: Onstott gave some good advice on that. You can linebreed very extensively, but you have to be prepared to cull very extensively and be very objective. Dick: That's the joy of breed­ing your own show dogs. John: We were driving to the [...]

Interview with Richard Meen and John Reeve-Newson (4)

Submitted by arvid andersen on Sun, 02/17/2019 - 23:59
This interview was conducted for The Borzoi Quarterly in July 1983 at Dick and John's home by Jocelyne Ivanovskis. What would you consider good in terms of relationship of lengths of parts of the body? Dick: I can't tell in terms of degrees or inches, but it should look right. John: The length of the head should equal the length of the neck, give or take. Dick: But we never measure, as such. It's like when you go to a fashion show, and someone comes out and something's not right you might not know what it is, exactly, but it's wrong. How much emphasis would you give the head on a scale of ten [...]

The Borzoi In Western Europe (Part 1)

Submitted by SueVasick on Fri, 03/22/2019 - 23:31
The Borzoi In Western Europe Part I By Ursula-Vera Trueb, Malleray [Switzerland] Translated from "Der Windhundfreund"#131, February 1983 by Jean Vandongen Germany, The Netherlands, England and France were the first countries of Western Europe to be interested in the Borzoi. Now and then, a few representatives of the breed had found their way to the West, the first imports going back to the 16th century. In most cases, they were royal presents or had been brought by merchants and travelers coming back from Russia. But it was only at the end of the 19th century that the breed met with rapidly [...]

The Borzoi In Western Europe (Part 2)

Submitted by SueVasick on Sat, 03/30/2019 - 20:26
The Borzoi In Western Europe Part II By Ursula-Vera Trueb, Malleray [Switzerland] Translated from "Der Windhundfreund"#131, February 1983 by Jean Vandongen In 1909, another line was added to all the fine imports into Germany that in the beginning was hardly noticed, yet it was destined to give the entire breeding of borzoi a new rise. Unfortunately, it was also destined to be the cause of a controversy which lasted for decades. One of the last imports before World War I was a certain Vigow von der Moritzburg from Kiev, father and mother unknown. The whole appearance of this male was proof that [...]

The Borzoi In Western Europe (Part 3)

Submitted by SueVasick on Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:26
Part III By Ursula-Vera Trueb, Malleray [Switzerland] Translated from "Der Windhundfreund"#131, February 1983 by Jean Vandongen [Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of the article which explains the development of the Borzoi breed in Europe through major kennels and their influence. The integrity of this article has been kept as true as possible] VOM SACHSENWALD [Richard Kallmeyer, 1914-1923] A famous name of a successful but, unfortunately, short-lived kennel. It is interesting to know that it was made famous by one single litter which did not carry even a drop of Asmodey ex Ptitschka blood [...]

The Borzoi in Western Europe (Part 4)

Submitted by SueVasick on Sun, 05/05/2019 - 16:00
Part IV [Conclusion] By Ursula-Vera Trueb, Malleray [Switzerland] Translated from "Der Windhundfreund"#131, February 1983 by Jean Vandongen [Editor’s Note: This is the conclusion of the article which describes development of the Borzoi breed in Europe through major kennels and their influence. The integrity of this article has been kept as true as possible, including sentence structure] VOM SILBERHOF [Mrs. A. Schaaf M.D.] Founded in 1924, this kennel gave to breeders and lovers of the breed in the whole world – during decades and still nowadays – a borzoi type that belonged to the best ever [...]

Interview with Miss Betty Murray

Submitted by arvid andersen on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:04
The Borzoi Quarterly Talks With Miss Betty Murray FORTROUGE BORZOI Devon, Great Britain This interview was conducted at the home of Miss B. Murray on July 26, 1984 by 0. W. Roemer-Horn. How did you get started in dogs and, especially, in Borzoi? I never remember being without a dog. When I was born my mother had a little Smooth Fox Terrier called "Boy." She had bought it in a famous street market, called Seven Dials, for five shillings and taken him out to Canada with her in 1902. Some ten years later, Boy was getting too old to appreciate the attentions of a young child so I was given my own [...]

Interview with Reg Bassett of Colhugh Kls.

Submitted by arvid andersen on Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:00
The Borzoi Quarterly Talks with Reg A Bassett, COLHUGH BORZOI A collection of Colhugh borzoi (link to more photos) This inteview was conducted in the home of Mr Reg A Bassett on July 25 1984 by O W Roamer-Horn How and when did you get started in dogs? I didn’t start in dogs, I was born in dogs. I can say that because my parents had a little holding which is a small farm. There were always dogs present, little working Spaniels, Whippets, or some such things. When I was in school, I bought my first, or at least my father bought my first Corgi. That one was also a winner? Oh yes, because the [...]

The 57th Hound Show in Moscow

Submitted by SueVasick on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:49
The 57th Hound Show in Moscow [21st-22nd June 1986] Written by Ursula-Vera Trueb, de Norois Borzoi, Switzerland, translated by Jean Vandongen. Submitted by Sue E.A. Vasick via James Sillers The show grounds in the green belt surrounding Moscow was an ideal place. The pine and birchwood surrounds large clearings, the sandy ground of which is covered with rough grass. The latter had not been cut, but due to the treading of many feet and paws, it was reduced to a comfortable carpet. Overall, a most beautiful midsummer sunshine. The rings were of impressive size, and defined by ropes on which [...]