1940 to 1970

(1910)

 

ramsden
Ramsden Reindeer and Ch Ramsden Romance

 This article was written in 1984 for the BQs Annual,  its purpose was to give a general picture of the background on bloodlines appear­ing in the Scandinavian Borzois today (1983). It is written in a rather subjective manner, as I, no doubt, have developed strong feelings and preferences during my time with Borzoi/Dan Persson. 

                                                   Sweden

To understand the situation today, one has to remember that World-War II created a special situa­tion in most European countries. Norway, Denmark and Finland were all heavily involved, which made their breeding activities stop for a while. Sweden was lucky enough to stay out of the war and is thereby doubtless the most interesting  country in this corner of the world, having preserved and developed a line founded in 1910-20.

The modern Borzoi history of Sweden, oddly enough, starts in Norway with two English imports from the Ramsden kennel. A male, Ramsden Reindeer and a bitch, Ramsden Romance (out of the famous Miss Piostri) were imported by the Knudtzon family, kennel af Ulleberg (Below left Ms Marie Knudtzon with Reindeer & Romance)These two closely related Ramsden dogs were bred, and this produced among them a bitch that moved to Sweden. Her name was Ch. Vanja af Ulleberg and here she was bred to a German import, Schadow-Ozaroff, who had a Russian father, Sebesz, bred by Baron Korff. Two of the pups from this combina­tion continued the history.

At this time, 1919, two years after the Russian Revolution,two Bor­zois from Russia were registered in the books of the Swed­ish Kennel Club. Two littermates, a black/white male Naletai and a bitch, Tjaijka, white with grey spots, both purchased by a Swedish military, doing business in Russia during the revolution years. 

Naletai
Ch Naletai

Marie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tjaika
Tjaika

 

 

 

 

Ch Naletai was said to have won four gold medals in Moscow before the revolution and he was bred to Vanja Romanowsky (Schadow-Ozaroff x Vanja af Ul­leberg) and Tjaijka in her turn was bred to a litter brother, Boris Romanowsky. These two identical combinations lay the foundation of the swedish line.

Two bitches, one from each litter, Militza Godonoff and Zowja Nikolaewitch, carried on the line. Both were bred to the all white German import, Ch. Eros Hassia. From the combination of Eros x Militza, two littermates, Ch. Cyrano and Tatjana were bred to each other and this produced the leading Swedish Borzoi in the thirties, Ch. Tarzan of Brasta. A bitch from the combination Eros x Zowja was bred to a son of Militza Godonoff x Dimitri Tsarewitch; Dimitri is a full brother to Zowja. This very qualified in­breeding continued one more gener­ation, and the breeding Ch. Tally-Ho Tsarevna x Tjajka Tsarevna II produced a bitch named Zaba.

Boris
Ch Boris Romanowsky

 

 

 

At the same time two imports have arrived in Denmark, Int. Ch. Wladislaw Monasterium and Lava of Addlestone and intensive linebreeding is done on these two. Wladislaw, in his background through de Zwaenhoek and Ural, leads back to Asmodei and Pititschka Perchino, just as Eros Hassia. A male, Bjornehogs Tsarewitch, from the linebreeding on Wladislaw x Lava comes to Sweden. A German bitch, Knjaschna Wergei was also imported. Her grandfather was Wladislaw Monasterium, who had sired a litter at the famous Wergei kennel before going to Denmark. The German Wergei kennel was situated in what later became East Germany, and as part of the east block, the Wergei kennel became quite important to Borzoi breeding in the Soviet Union This would prove valuable in future.breeding

 

 

Eros
Ch Eros Hassia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tatjana
Tatjana (Eros Hassia-Militza Godonoff)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarzan
Ch Tarzan af Bråsta (Ch Cyrano-Tatjana, brother/sistermating)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kickan
Ch Finis Kickan(Wladislaw Monasterium-Lavas Micha af Wladislaw Monasterium)
Nadja
Heimerbergs Nadja (Helmarhöjs Jan-Finis Kickan)

There are now four Borzoi, on one hand, Ch. Tarzan af Bråsta and the bitch Zaba, both very heavily inbred on Ch. Eros Hassia and the Russian-Ramsden combination. On the other hand, we have Bjor­nehogs Tsarewitch and Knachna Wergei, both with much the same German background plus a nip of English through Lava of Addlestone. Tarzan of Bråsta is bred to Knjaschna Wergei and Bjornehogs Tsarewitch is bred to Zaba.

These four Borzois became grandparents of a white/black bitch named Bonnens Roity. (Pictured below two littermates of Roity)

Fedia
Ch Bonnens Fedja

 

 

 

 

Roity became the foundation in Mrs. Hallqvists Ekhaga kennel in 1949. She was bred to Heimerbergs Tsarewitch, also linebred on Wladislaw.  The next breeding on Ekhaga is the brother-sister mating, Ch. Ekhaga Petrow x Ch. Ekhaga Czarina.

Until this time, beginning of the fifties, it's important to know that no breeder had put her or his stamp on the breed so to speak. None of the breedings,in the pedigree of Bonnens Roity are done by the same breeeder

I have a theory of mine, reinforced by old pictures, that this, together with the in­tensive inbreeding on the early im­ports, is why the Borzoi in Sweden tend to be of an ancient type.

 

Raija
Ch Bonnens Raija

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

petrow
Ch Ekhaga Petrow BIS at Swedens first SighthoundSpeciality Gothenburg 1951

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Czarina
Ch Ekhaga Czarina (Heimerbergs Tzarewitch-Bonnens Roity)

The breeding of Petrow x Czarina even more concentrated the lines. From this combination comes two very important bitches, Ekhaga Roity, who remained in the kennel, and Ekhaga Kismeth Dascenkea, foundation bitch In the Tichij Don kennel.

Ekhaga Roity was bred to Ch. Odessas Boris, whose mother,  Ch. Zinja, carries the Swedish line, while his father is the English import, Ch. Achilles of Woodcourt. This breeding was extremely successful, five became champions. Two of them remained at Ekhaga, Ch. Ekhaga Rimski and Ch.EkhagaGaselle,both becoming very important. Rimski was bred to the English import, Ch. Sadia of Whitelilies, who besides her English line also through Kismet von Bergland, went back on the same old German lines as the early influences on Swedish Borzoi.  

gaselle
Three Ch-s Gaselle, Rimski & Sadia of Whitelilies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan
Ch Ekhaga Dan (Ekh. Rimski-Sadia of Whiteliliies

 

 

 

This breeding was first done in the Borelands kennel, who had imported Sadia. She was later sold to Ekhaga and the breeding was repeated.

One of the males from the first litter, Borelands Petrov, was bred to Ch. Ekhaga Gaselle. This combination produced six champions in two different litters. The only part of history the four champions of the first litter played was that one, Ch Ekhaga Carmen, became my very first Borzoi and as such affected my view on Borzoi.

The two Ch.s from the other litter, Ch. Ekhaga Gorkij and Int. Ch. Ekhaga Nikolaus take a more direct part of history. Gorkij as father of Mirioschka (foundation for Northland Hounds in Swiss) and Ch Tatijana (foundation for Yermoloff's) Nikolaus (owned by Monika Wall kennel Tzar) is even more influential, behind among else Leicro and several breedings in Finland,

 

Niklas
Int. Ch Ekhaga Nikolaus (Borelands Petrov-Ekhaga Gaselle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1969 Ekhaga stopped breeding after twenty years of consistently producing champions of mental and physical excellence.

kerstin
Chinnor Kerstin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was in the early sixties, the time when the Igorof kennel starts with two imported Borzois. The male Frimodts Frappant is bred in Norway but with Swedish parents. His father is Int. Tichij Don Igor, out of Ekhaga Kismet Dascenca x Csarewitch v d Solitude, a German male, imported by the Swedish Odessa kennel. Odessas imported (and exported) Borzois from and to the continent and bred in a very low scale.(Will try to come back to Odessa in a separate article) This tradition is later carried on by the Votjaks kennel. Frappant's mother is Borelands Carissima out of Ch. Odes­sas Boris x Ch. Sadia of Whitelilies. Igorof's other import is English, Chinnor Kerstin, Frappant was a very successful show dog and produced a number of champions together with Chinnor Kerstin, and this breeding be­comes an important part of the modern Swedish Borzoi although the Igorof kennel itself never follows up its immediate success.

iacob
Int Ch Igorof Iacob

 

The beginning of the seventies started a lot of breeders. The first to be mentioned should be Olagus owned by Bea Jahrl. She imported two Borzois, Ch Zoltan Springinsfeld and Falconcrag Anna as foundation. Kennel Votjaks, who worked with simular lines, bred the Top Borzoi 1971, Ch. Vot­jaks Majkop. Votjaks kept a very low profile in breeding, just enough to keep its line to continue.

majkop
Nord Ch Votjaks Majkop (Zoltan Springinsfeld-Olagus Annusjka-Dudinka

 

1970s started the next kennel of importance, DonCosacken, which had tremendous success with mixing Ekhaga-Igorof blood. This resulted among others in the outstanding two half brothers, Int. Ch. DonCosackens Artjenko and Int. Ch. DonCosackens Czardas.

tjenko
Int Ch DonCosackens Artjenko, 6 years (Ch Zero-Ch Sundhems Chalinka)

Artjenko was the Top Borzoi in Sweden 1972-75 and Czar­das was four times BOB at the Borzoi Club's Annual Specialty, both records that will be hard to beat. DonCosacken dominated the show scene in Sweden the first five years of the seventies.

czardas
Int Ch DonCosackens Czardas, as a young dog  (Int Ch Zero-Sundhems Dajanka)

During this period a large number of English Borzoi were im­ported to Sweden, some very good, some less good. The most succeesful, no doubt, was Bacaret Dark Elegance imported by Tzars kennel, who had earlier worked with both Swedish and English blood, but now concentrated on the English. "Ellie" was Top Borzoi in 1976 and was bred to English im­ports, Zomahli Ladno and Racingold Yakov. One in the last litter was exported to Galina Zotova in Moscow but hasn't been used in breeding there, and the line also seemed to vanish in Sweden.

ellie
Int Ch Bacaret Dark Elegance (Keepers Michael Angelo-Busa of Matalona)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another English import of importance was Ch. Rodgivad Cabellero who sired some very good litters, both at his owners Bolsjeviken and especially worth mentioning, the K-litter at DonCosacken

dobby
Ch Rodgivad Cabellero (Ch Keepers The Baron-Rodgivad Moonflower

One more high class English import was GB Ch Falconcrag Esmerarna, imported by Murugi kennel, in 1972.

sassa
Ch Falconcrag Esmerarna (Ch Grand Manner of Colhough-Falconcraf Zsa Zsa)

 Top Borzoi of the country in 1977 was the all-white Ch Podjajka, owned and co-bred  by the Murugi kennels, who also had imported this year's BOB at the Specialty, a Nor­wegian bitch, Ch. Marsja, out of English-Swedish lines. The Murugi kennels started with an Ekhaga bitch, and have later added several English and U.S. imports to their kennel.

podjajka
Ch Podjajaka (Ch Tzars Cibitj-Ekhaga Piroschka)
noffan
Ch Ninotcka (Int Ch Ekhaga Nikolaus-Reyas Rudbeckia)

The Leicro kennel started in 1972 with Ch. Ninotcka out of Int. Ch. Ekhaga Nikolaus x Reyas Rud­beckia. She gave an excellent litter with the Finnish Ch. Daragoj Wascha; from this litter was Ch. Leicros Zandor, BOB at the '75 specialty and later exported to the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Klunse
US&SE Ch Leicros Zandor (Ch Daragoj Wascha-Ch Ninotchka)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973 the Leicros brought V'Indras Vanity from the U.S. She was in whelp with Nikolia of Obskaya and gave birth to eight pups in quarantine. Vanity herself became Int. Ch. and one of the pups from Nikolia, Int. Ch. Leicros Z'plendid Copy did very well in the show ring,and  became the Top Borzoi in the country in '78; he also sired a large number of lit­ters. His daughter, Leicros Russian Zilverina was BOB at the National Specialty in 1979. In 1982 Ch. Leicros R Zadhel was the Top Borzoi in Sweden, he was also BOB at the 1981 Specialty.

zadhel
Nord Ch Leicro's Russian Zadhel (Olagus Niltitjinov-Ch V'indras Vanity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

senja
Nord Ch El Khyrias Vaskresenja (Korotai KrasivyAleksei-TzarsAndruskja)

1979 year also meant a break through for Majorows kennel and their young male, Int. Ch. Majorows Charlamow, behind him Ch El Khyrias Vaskrenja, (several BOS at the Speciality linebred on Ekhaga) and Igorof lines through DonCosacken. Charlamow became the nation's No. 1 Borzoi for three years, 1979-81, and tops his career with a BOB at the Specialty in 1980. The Majorow kennels had continued success with pups out of Charlamow and their Dutch import, Vorenoff Pushinka, who is from con­tinental-English-Russian lines.

Charlamow
Int Ch Majorow's Charlamow (Ch Majorow's Alekseev-Majorow-DonCosackens Fayana)

 

polar
Ch Tovarisjtj's Polar(DonCosackens Czardas-Tichij Don Chadisja-Fursteva)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   The Tovarisjtj's kennel was successful for some years with breeding light-colored, type consistent Borzoi and really topped in 1983 with the bitch Ch. Tovarisjtj's Mazeppa as No. 1 and her son, Ch. Tovarisjtj's Jewel as No 2. Jewel later continued his succees as a Top-Siring studdog

jewel
int Ch Tovarisjtj's Jewel (Ch Yermoloff's Rasboi-Ch Tov. Mazeppa)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Yermoloff kennel founded its breeding on Ch. Tatijana, out of Ch. Ekhaga Gorkij x Ekhaga Kalinka, and the kennel has since its start tried to keep the Ekhaga type and line as pure as possible.

Tatijana
Ch Tatijana (Ch Ekhaga Gorkij-Ekhaga Kalinka)
krechet
Ch Yermoloff's Krechet (Ch Tovarisjtj's Polar-Yermoloff's Vjatka)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ch Yermoloff Kretchet, BOB at the Specialty in 1982 and 1983 (judges Aatis Lillstroem & Pat Barham), is the result of linebreeding back to Ch. Ekhaga Gaselle and Rimski. Yermoloffs im­ported a Borzoi male from Moscow, Slavny Alexej Jermolov,, whose lines through the East German Wergei/Silberhof, go back to the same German lines as Wladislaw Monasterium and Knjaschna Wergei.

 

 

 

                                                   Denmark

I have no records of the very early Borzoi breeding in Denmark, but as the ruling classes in Denmark and Russia had close connections, one would not be surprised if Borzois were introduced quite early by the Royalties in to the finer Houses of Copenhagen. 

Möckel
Mylaschka (Möckel) mother of Mylaschka

 

The first trace of Borzois in the Danish Studbook are two German imports, made just before the turn of the century,it’s a male Kidai  and a bitch Mylaschka (Tartar-Mylaschka Möckel), that arrived to Denmark  These two were bred, but with only one registered offspring, Russ, born 1899. As The Danish studbook is not complete, its impossible to trace any further activity

Wladislaw
Left, Int Ch Wlaislaw Monasterium with two of his offspring. Owner Svend v Hansen
Wladi
Wladislaw  (Clou Ural-Gazelle v Königsfurst))

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is better known is that Denmark in the 1930s, as already men­tioned, played a large role in early Swedish Borzoi. The art dealer Svend V Hansen in Copenhagen imported both Ch. Wladislaw Monasterium and Lava of Addlestone to Denmark and linebred intensively on these two.This is quite obvious in the pedigrees of the Danish exports to the U.S. in the forties, Ch. Gandil and Ch. Midtfyns Boja. Boja is apparent in a lot of U.S. Borzoi.  

There was also a bitch,from England, Mitzi of Pyenot, in whelp to Eros of Pyenot, imported by Mr Alfred Brunsö, kennel Helmarhöjs. A puppy from this litter, Helmarhojs Pavlova of Eros, is still to be found in the "swedish line". Mr Brunsö also imported the bitch Hrabraya of Addlestone, and had one litter from her. 

Edith Prahl, kennel Finis, took over some of Svend Hansens breedings and had at least four litters between 1938-1942, based on Wladislaw Monasteriums lines. One bitch, Ch Finis Kickan were exported to Sweden.

 

 

helmarhöjs
Puppies out of Eros& Mitzi of Pyenot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After World War II, the Borzoi played a rather concealed role in Denmark. The sixties saw some English Matalona and Reyas stock arrive, but no organized breed­ing was started until the last years of the 1960s.

Jan
Helmarhöjs Jan

Quarantine makes it difficult importing anything but English dogs to Sweden, Norway and Finland but Denmark hasn't this problem. Though Denmark is very close to Germany, Holland and Belgium, it's not these lines that dominate in Denmark today.

Natascha
Helmarhöjs Natascha

 

 

 

Varinka
Vangsborgs Varinka /Tacari Gorkij-Vangsborgs Glinka

 

 

Kennel Vangsborg started in the late1960s  with Reyas-Olagus lines and bred at least two litters and one from the last, Vangsborgs Varinka, went to Eva Lundum, whose Smirnoff kennel also added the male, Ch. Bjerglunds Sagar  out of English/Swedish lines. Kennel Smirnoff later added Russian blood through the bitches Ludmila, Lara and Fedra Utan Ude, born in Poland and just recently (1983) they have had a young male from the U.S., Ridgeside High Country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sagar
Ch Bjerglunds Sagar (Zandor of Matalona -Tsars Solonkova)
Andyarif
Smirnoff Andyarif (Ch Stiva-Vangsborgs Varinka)
mirni
Ch Mirni (Bjerglunds Sagar-Lara)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Borzois in Denmark in 1983 were two litter brothers, Ch. Mirni, owned by the Barnekow kennel and Ch. Stiva, owned by Smirnoff. They were out of Ch. Bjerglunds Sagar and the Moscow import Lara. The Barnekow kennels also owned a Russian import, Ch. Aksai who had a French father and an English/Russian mother ... a truly international Borzoi.

 

aksai
Ch Aksai owner Mona &Henry Hansen kennel Barnekow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                    Norway

Ulleberg
Borzoi at Kennel af Ulleberg 1912, here with a Kennel man & the owner Marie Knudtzon.

 

 

 

Oslo
Borzois at a show in Kristiania (Oslo) 1915 photo Marie Knudtzon
group
Group of Borzois from "Af Ulleberg" breeding, Stockholm, Marie Knudtzon, is second from the right

 

 

 

Nikolai
Ch Ekhaga Nikolai (Odessas Boris-Ekhaga Roity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1910 The Knudtzon Family in Norway imported two Borzois from the well known Ramsden kennel in England. This was the start in Borzois, for their kennel Af Ulleberg.

It was a male, Ramsden Reindeer, and a bitch, Ch Ramsden Romance. The two were bred and had the first Borzoi litter at "Ulleberg". It was the daughter, Marie Knudtzon, that was the driving force and she promoted her Borzois all over Scandinavia. With the start of World War I , she did however part with her Borzois and instead took a fancy in Whippets and Miniature Breeds.

 

 

 

 

Both Ramsden Romance and her daughter Vanja af Ulleberg, sired by Reindeer, were sold to Sweden, and took their part of History here. However, Marie Knudtzon became a very popular judge of Borzois, and as such influenced the breed in all Scandinavian Countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frimodts kennel started very early with an import from Denmark, Finis Nacha Brusilovice, already in 1938, but hasn't done any continuous breeding. They had a litter in 1961 out of Borelands Carissima mated to Ch. Ekhaga Nikolaj, who was a litter brother to Rimski and Gaselle. This breeding gave the excellent black/white Ch. Frimodts Sarasch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

frippe
"Frippe" Frimodts Frappant as a young dog.

 

 

The next breeding of Carissima was the earlier men­tioned Borelands Carissima to Int. Ch. Tichij Don Igor and from this breeding came  the outstanding Int. Ch. Frimodts Frappant, nicknamed "Frippe", father of all the successful Igorof Borzoi.


 

frippe
Frimodts Frappant (Int Ch Tichij Don Igor-Borelands Carissima)

 

frippe
Frimodts Frappant as an older dog.
frimodts
Group of "Frimodts" To the right, Marie-Louise Wallner (Igorof) with "Frippe". Next to her Fritiof Aamodt (Frimodts)

 

 

 

 

Frimodts Frappant sired many litters both in Sweden, Finland and Norway and his influence on Scandinavian Borzois was remarkable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His blood was also apparent many times in last year's dominating Norwegian Borzoi, Ch. Al Wintar's Mirjoz Vlademir, who is from 3/4 Finnish and 1/4 Norwegian breeding.

mirjoz
Ch Al Wintar's Mirjoz Wladimir (Wenwil's Wladimir Gladiwhisky-Maruscha of Golden West)

                                                         

     For the moment (1983) the most successful showdogs in Norway are imported, those being:          

Creol
DonCosackens Creol /Zero-Sundhems Dajanka)

 

 

Int. Ch. DonKosackens Creol and Invibes BeZmart from Sweden, Int. Ch. Kaznan Farina and Int. Ch. Kazan Dufjek from Finland and the U.S. import, Ch. Danubias Alexander Marmic.

Invibes bezmart
Ch Invibes BeZmart (Leicro's Russian Zmart-Tovarisjtj's Michaela)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The leading kennels in Norway today (1983) are Al Wintars and Sirioschkas, both starting with the same Finnish bloodlines and then going off in different directions. Al Wlntars added English and Swedish blood to its original Finnish lines. Sirioschka imported and breed to swedish Leicro stock, carrying mostly American lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sirioschkas
Group of Sirioshka Borzois

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 

                                                         Finland

Clio
Clio, owned and breed by J R Johansson, later exported to Sweden
kim
Kim, breed by J R Johansson, Helsinki

Finland's Borzoi history started in 1892, when the chairman of the Fin­nish Kennel Club imported a bitch, Lastotschka, deriving from The Tsars Gatchina kennel. One J R Johansson imported and breed Borzois in Helsinkii early 1900s.

During the years several Borzoi were imported from the Soviet. In the thirties, a dog and a bitch, Uslad and Jorza, were imported and bred two litters in 1933 and 1934. Also a German bitch, Felizia von Nordseestrand, gave birth to some litters in the Rednalo kennel, but the breed disappeared in Finland during World War II.

 

 

 

 

zary
Ch Zary (Ch Bojar-Mariza av Moccambo)

 

 

In 1946, "av Moccambo"  kennel owner E Eskola im­ported three Borzoi from Sweden, Ch. Bonnens Fedja plus a son of hers, Bojar, and a bitch named Kicki. Also a bitch from Norway, Ditte. Ch. Bojar and Ch. Kicki gained their titles in Finland and were bred, this producing two champions, Gisela and Maritsa. Unfortunately, the Eskolas stopped breeding after this.

 

 

 

 

 

Udolai
Ch Udaloi (Valdai-Saiga)

 

 

 

The modern Finnish Borzoi decends from Soviet, German, Swiss and Swedish lines. In 1961, "Finlands Hunting and Fishing Society" im­ported a male and a bitch, Udolai and Raketa, who had a litter in 1962. They also imported another bitch, Metschta, who had two litters with Udolai in '64 and '65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urho
Urho Kekkonen with import from USSR, Ludmila

 

 

 

 

 

Worth to mention here is the President of Finland Urho Kekkonen, a man that was highly regarded both in Finland and in the USSR. He was given several Borzois from Russia , most known is perhaps Ch Leo, appearing in pedigrees both in Finland and England (Immerwach Nadja of Bacaret)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felicita
Int Ch Vasaravuoren Felicita (Vas. Argo- Iaga de Norois) foundation for Golden West kennel)

1961 started the Vasaravuoren kennel with a German bitch, Gal­juschka von Karagunda who in 1962 had a litter with Ch. Udaloi. The same year, Vasaravuoren imported the Swiss bitch, Iaga de Norois, who had three litters with Vasaravuoren Argo (Udaloi x Galjuschka). In 1963 Ivanna De Norois arrived at Vasaravuoren. She was bred to Vasaravuore Castro (Argo x Iaga). Iaga and Ivanna had an American father, Int. Ch. Alexis of Swanlake (Malora lines), and a Swiss mother, Assunta is Slonowaja.  

Aleksei
Nord Ch Korotai Krasivy Aleksei (Ekhaga Nikolaus-Vasaravuoren Emira)

The breeding of Vasaravuoren Castro and Ivanna produced, among others, Int. Ch. Vasaravuoren Emira, the foundation bitch for the Korotai Krasivy kennel. Emira was bred to Int. Ch. Ekhaga Nikolaus and this produced Scan. Ch. Korotai Krasivy Aleksei, an important stud in Sweden, and also Korotai Krasivya Antoniina, first owned by Falconcrag in England and later by Margaret Davis, of Russkimir, Australia.

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Int Ch Metsänreunan Amor (Donskoi of Golden West-Amu Darjan Dolja)

The Golden West kennel started with Vasaravuoren Felicita bred first to Int. Ch. Igorof larnac, and later to his father, Int. Ch. Frimodts Frappant. The Metsänreunan kennel mixed Vasaravuoren with Swedish Ekhaga and produced the very in­fluential sire, Int. Ch. Metsanreunan Amor. Other kennels working with a mixture of Vasaravuoren/Swedish lines at this time - the early seventies - were Daragoj and Bolshoi, but both stopped breeding rather suddenly.

Akaasia
Int Ch Polongain Akaasia (O'Klaurok van Troybhiko
Amu-Darjan Darja

 

 

The Polongain kennel is still very active. They started with a bitch named Amu Darjan Darja (Ekhaga Nikolaus x Vasaravuoren Fleurette) and bred her to the Dutch import, O'Klavrok van Troybiko, produc­ing Int. Ch. Polongain Akaasia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan
Alan Mikhailovitch (Lipponen) (Int Ch Keepers Michael Angelo-Ch Zaida)

 

 

 

At this time, the late 1960s a very meritated English Borzoi is imported to Finland, Gb Ch Keepers Michael Angelo. He becomes very influential, especially in Russia, through his son Alan Mikhailovitch (Lipponen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tirit
Int Ch Margiitan Tiritomba (Metsänreunan Amor x Bolshoi Ballet)

 

 

The Margiitan kennel has produced some nice stock, the most known is Int. Ch Margiitan Tiritomba (Metsänreunan Amor x Bolshoi Ballet).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatisa
Ch Shaamanin Fatisa (Metsänreunan Amor-Amu Darja Natasha)

 

 

The Shaamanin kennel has both imported from, Ch Tsad, and exported several Borzois to Russia. They have also breed the perhaps most successful Finnish Show Borzoi so far, Int. Ch. Shaamanin Tsara, World winner in Bern and with several other wins on the European continent. Tsara is out of the Soviet import, Tsad-Shaamanin Fatisa.

 

 

 

 

There is, however, one out­standing Finnish kennel if one is counting show results. The Kaznan kennel has produced numerous In­ternational and National Champions, all bred from imported bloodlines of the European continent.

Kaznan runs its own quarantine and has thereby the possibility to import more easily than others. They have built their kennel on such names as Ch. Werskoi v Dom, Int. Ch. Ugra is Slonowaja, Mumtaz Mahals Patrinka and the Swiss Romanows Marosch, Nikolai and Natasha. These imports carried the best bloodlines of the continent, and have been used with excellent results on the Kaznan kennel. They have until today,1984,finished 11 Int. Ch. and 29 Nat. Chs. out of 14 litters within all 95 pups.

Misek
Int Ch Kaznan Misek (Kaznan Jaroslaw-Kaznan Gaika) Three years Finlands Topwinning Show Borzoi

 

 

 

There are quite a few more Scandinavian kennels than mentioned in this article, but I think it has given a brief picture of appearing bloodlines and important kennels. The main purpose of the article was to describe the way of the Swedish Borzoi from Ramsden x Russia to our modern day Borzoi. (1984)

Dan Persson

 

 

 

 

 

(1920)

 

A quick look at one famous woman in Borzoi from a 100 years ago: Nina Alexandrovna Korff-Sumarokova.

Sumarokova
Baroness, breeder and hunter.

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 married him. He was the leader of nobility in the Mensk district, living at his estate in Aljabevo. He was a passionate hunter, had a flock of Anglo-Russian harriers and many borzois. He repeatedly judged borzois at dog shows.

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 Pospekh, Ahid and Yasva

After settling in Aljabevo, Nina Korff-Sumarokova achieved remarkable results in the field and at shows. The borzois of Aljabevo won sevaral prizes in the years before the Revolution. On the regular exhibition by the Imperial Hunting society in December 1910 in Moscow, seven borzois owned by Korff-Sumarokova were exhibited. Pospěkh was awarded the Grand silver medal, and Pospěkh, Ahed and Yazva won a gold medal in the svora class.

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    Pospekh

Littermate  of Pospěkh and Ahid, Lubka  (Sumarokov), won in 1910 1st prize at  Coursing in Perchino and on the XIII exhibition in Moscow hunting society gained a large silver medal.

In 1911, Korff-Sumarokova exported three dogs, Pospěkh, Ahid and Yazva, and in 1913 Ataman to France. Later Lebed and Lebedka were exported to Germany. All of these dogs were widely used in Europe as stud dogs.

Ataman
Ataman - sent from Russia to France

The fate of Nina Alexandrovna is characteristic for the "former" nobility. In 1923, she was arrested and spent three years in the Orenburg prison. She was released in 1926 but arrested again in 1928 as a participant of "monarchical organization". She was sentenced to 2 years of banishment and sent back to Orenburg.

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  Lyubim and Radost

In 1930, she returned to Leningrad and worked as a livestock specialist at the racetrack for dogs. In the spring of 1935 she and her husband were sent to Irgiz in the Aktyubinsk region for 3 years.

In 1946, she judged the borzois at the XVI exhibition. Galina Zotova said about Nina Alexandrovna Sumarokova: "She was a gorgeous specialist and connoisseur of dogs who during her lifetime had seen and judged a considerable number of dogs. Even before the war, she judged in Leningrad and Moscow. I saw her for the first time in postwar exhibitions in Moscow. She was strict, rather silent. examined the dogs, shook her head and sat down to write. A strict and thorough examination, especially by a woman judge was not always appreciated".

We have no records on when her husband, Konstantin Sumarokov died but when Nina Alexandrovna passed away in 1947, after the Tambov Oblast exhibition, she was alone.
 

(1983)

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 produced outside of Russia. As a veterinarian, she not only knew the answers to breeding problems and was in the position to find the best solutions for them, but a chain of lucky accidental chances added to it to preserve in the vom Silberhof dogs the inner –as well as outer – qualities to a climax which happened only once in the history of borzoi.

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Koldun vom Silberhof

In expression, carriage, and flowing of lines, the vom Silberhofs were the closest to the ideal Perchino type. For serious breeders and owners who would like to know the origins of the ancestors of their dogs, a detailed set-up of this kennel follows:insert I

 

 

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insert II***The missing dates as well as colors were not available from the Stud Book of the “German Windhound Racing and Breeding Club”.

It will be noticeable how small in this case the base was from which precious offspring were produced for almost 50 years. The above is only a selection of the famous names that we see over and over which have influenced borzoi breeding decisively.

The 2nd World War wiped out this glory. Dr. Schaaf died of starvation shortly after peace and confidence had returned to the country. The few dogs who had lived through the times of distress were destroyed, and the precious Silberhof heritage seemed to be doomed. This was especially sad, as these dogs were the last carriers of an irreplaceable inheritance.Now the history becomes a fairy tale of sorts; it is unexpected how all of this ties in. The person chosen by fate to save this precious inheritance appeared in the form of an officer of the Russian occupation troops. I.A. Nevezhin came from Saratov; he was a passionate hunter and knew a little about borzoi. When he heard of this borzoi kennel, he visited it and bought the male Hermelin vom Silberhof [ed.note: this was actually Hermelin vom der Alck 95] [Gotz vom Silberhof ex Jamba vom Silberhof].  This is how some of the last Perchino blood carriers came to Moscow, where he was most welcome for blood refreshing.

Hermelin
Hermelin v.d. Alck



This dog was renamed “Oriel I” and he was bred to the glorious Gaza. In the litter was a dream of a white female named Plutovka. Bred to Giaur, himself a grandson of Oriel I, Plutovka produced two pups, Zagar and Zoluschka. Zagar was a beautiful deep red coated male who even today is known as one of the most beautiful borzoi that ever lived in Russia [he who saw the Russian movie “war and Peace” could admire Zagar in the lead role of the beautiful hunting scene]. Nobody planned to breed him to his sister Zolushka, but Zagar knew the right moment to breed her and so together they had a litter which would be qualified to bring the Silberhof blood with new strength back into Westesn European borzoi breeding!

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Waldaj, also written as Valdai

The two males Waldaj [aka Valdai 1003- ed.] and Warjag along with their sister Wjuga [born March 13, 1957 – ed.] were prominent representatives of the breed with the beautiful heads that we knew from the Bielaja, Rasswet etc lines. Fate, which had good intentions with the breed, determined that a Waldaj son and daughter went to Finland. Wjuga herself went to Germany. It’s hard to understand that these dogs did not attract more interest neither here nor there. It would not have taken much for them to have disappeared from the earth.

But their ancestors guarded them, and the way was paved for a chain of good fortune, thanks to which these carriers of a glorious past did not die out! This happened as follows: From Finland, a grandson of Waldaj/Warjag named Udaloi came to Switzerland. Unfortunately, he was not favored by the reknown kennels of that time, but he did leave behind three offspring who honored their ancestors. These were Russlan, Rasboij and Radneda de Norois.

Meanwhile, more good fortune brought two Wjuga granddaughters to Switzerland, Tschaika Uspenskoje [Vangsborgs Vladimir ex Angara Uspenskoje] and Soluschka Uspenskoje [Waldai Uspenskoje ex Tajna Uspenskoje]. Tschaika was bred to Russland and a female from this litter, Angara, was bred to Rasboij. Then a son of the two last ones, Choudak, was bred to Soluschka Uspenskoje.

The result of this condensation which was based upon 80 years of line and inbreeding produced five wonderful offspring: Barin, Buran, Bistri, Burja and Bukachka [du Grand Veneur]. All were healthy with black eyes, full dentition, beautiful curly, fine coat, copper red in color with black mask, white chest, leg and tail, fabulous, beautiful fine long heads with small high set ears, trustworthy and lovely in temperament. They are a synthesis of the best that came from the former German bloodline of the three stars: Ch. Asmodey Perchino, Ch. Ptitschka Perchino and Ch. Chack Bielaja.

These five show not only quality, they will be able to produce it with full strength. The material is here – who feels qualified to see to it that this precious bloodline lives on and stays preserved for future generation?