“Of Notts Kennels by Her Grace, Duchess of Newcastle”

Of Notts Kennels by Her Grace, Duchess of Newcastle

Written by Maja Čosić

Proofreading by Sue Vasick

Article was published also as printed version in Borzoi Yearbook 2021/2022 (Europeanborzoi) and also in Croatian in Kennel Club magazine “Moj pas”:

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BONUS: Three pedigrees: Ivan Turgeneff, Petrosavodsk and Podar of Notts!

1.photo The Clumber mansion

When someone mentions Nottingham or Sherwood Forest, the first things we think about are the Sheriff of Nottingham or the Legendof Robin Hood. But if you mention it to borzoi breeders, or to the breeders of fox terriers or clumber spaniels, they have another name on their mind: Kathleen Pelham – Clinton, Duchess of Newcastle, dog show judge and breeder. Owner of one of the biggest and most successful kennels of all times, kennel Of Notts, located in the heart of Nottingham near the Sherwood forest on the magical Clumber estate.

Kathleen Pelham – Clinton, Duchess of Newcastle was born on 1872 as Kathleen Candy. In 1889, at only 17 years of age she married Henry Pelham – Clinton, VII, the Duke of Newcastle. He was 24 at the time, so they became the youngest duke and duchess in England.

2.photo The Duchess and Duke of Newcastle, from archives of Sue Carter

The Duke fell badly as a boy and injuredhis leg, which later caused many problems and pain, resulting in the needfor it to be amputated. Because of his short height, he gained the nickname „little duke“. All of this causedhim to be rather shy. The Duchess, on the contrary, was a very determined and open spirited woman whosuccessfullymanaged the Clumber estate.

The Duke and Duchess shared many of the same interests, one of them being dogs. In1892, they founded The Borzoi Club. The Duchess was President and Duke Co-President, with 12 board members who changed annually between the membership. The first meeting of the Club was in Abermale Hotel, Picadilly. The club name was protected by The Kennel Club, and membership fee was two guineas a year, one guinea for foreign members.

The Ladies Kennel Association was also founded, with Duchess as an important member. Her dedication to dogs was mentioned in many magazines and books.

In 1902 C. H. Lane dedicated a book,“Dog shows and Doggy People”, to the Duchess, and stated as follows:

TO HER GRACETHE DUCHESS OF NEWCASTLE

WHO, BY HER CONDESCENSION,PERSONAL PATRONAGE, AND SUPPORT,

HAS RAISED THE TONE OF DOG SHOWS

AND DONE MUCH FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE WHOLE DOGGY COMMUNITY

THIS BOOK IS MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED BY THE

AUTHOR

 

THE CLUMBERESTATE

The Clumber estate belonged to the Clinton family, who had been granted with the Earls of Lincoln title in the 16th century. The title was borne by the Dukes of Newcastle-under-Lyme and eventually they added Pelham to their surname. Members of the dynasty made Clumber estate their home in the second half of the 18th century. The Clumber mansion was developed in 1760 as a ducal residence.

The coat of arms of the Dukes of Newcastle-under-Lyme shows two sighthounds holding the shield.

3.photo Dukes of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s coat of arms

In 1879. after the passing of VI Duke of Newcastle, a fire broke on the estateand the castle suffered considerable damage. Fortunately, a settlement was achieved with the insurance company and the castle soon underwent a thorough renovation.

During the reconstruction, the rooms were renovated and the layout was changed. The new central atrium was 30 meters long, 13 meters wide and 15 meters high. Fortunately, the library was not destroyed in the fire. It was a real gem, containing very valuable collections with about 70.000 books, the oldest of which dated from 1481.

Among the paintings were valuable works by famous artists, even Rubens and Rembrandt. The house was decorated with tapestries, clocks, stuffed animals and whole collections made of glass and ebony. The most beautiful rooms were the crimson reception room, the smoking room with white marble figures, the room with the crimson chandelier and, by far the most alluring: the library. Interesting also was the oak room, decorated with a wooden carved fireplace with the coats of arms of the schools attended by the dukes. On each side of the fireplace were carved figures of two greyhounds facing each other.

In the spring of 1886, the reconstruction was completed and VII Duke moved to Clumber with his mother and siblings. After the wedding in 1889, his new wife, the Duchess, joined them.

The mansion was open to visitors whenever the family was not at home, which was quite often. Visitors could tour the rooms and walk through the park, and, in order to have a place to spend the night, a Greyhound hotel was built nearby.

The Estate was around 20 km wide and included the mansion, stables, storage buildings, gardens, park, forest and also the Hardwick village where the staff lived. The artificial lake was built on the Poulter River and was used as a romantic skating place in winter, while in summer it was adorned by the Duke’s yacht, Salamanca.

OF NOTTSKENNELS

4.photo View of kennels in Hardwick near Clumber with borzoi, around 1893.

In 1891, the Duchess decided to build a kennel for her dogs in the village of Hardwick, not far from the castle. The kennels were designed according to her strict instructions and included a veterinary hospital. The kennels spread over 15 hectares of land. In the central building was a kitchen with storage; the fences were 2 or 3 meters high and separated the paved exercise area from the rest of the kennel.

There were several breeds in the kennel, mainly borzoi, fox terriers, deerhounds and whippets. The kennels could accommodate about a hundred dogs. During the 1896, it housed 30 borzoi, 25 fox terriers and 20 clumber spaniels. In the period from 1891 to 1904 more than 300 borzoi were bred and raised in these kennels.

Aside from the dogs, the kennels were home for one exotic animal:an American wolf, which was a gift from the Earl of Liverpool. This is not the strangest animal that has resided on the estate over the years as there are records that the IV Duke owned a leopard during late 1820., and his Trustees had two buffalos in the farm barn.

Clumber spaniels, the first breed on the estate

Clumber spaniels were bred on the estate since the mid-18th century. The French Count de Nouailles II presented the Duke of Newcastle with a couple of his spaniels during the French Revolution around 1760 – 1770. The breed continued to develop at the Clumber estate and soon gained its name after the location. Until the mid-19th century the breeding of the clumber spaniel was limited to the aristocracy. During the World War I. breeding was completely stopped, which resulted in a reduction in number of dogs. After the war, in 1925 King George V continued the breeding of clumber spaniels in the royal kennels of Sandringham.

Fox terriers, darlings of the Royal family

5.photo King Edward VII and his fox terrier Caesar circa 1908 © The Royal Collection Trust

The Duchess of Newcastle was president of The Wire Fox Terrier Association from 1916 to 1919 and a member until her death. Between 1900 and 1923, she bred twenty champions of this breed, the most successful of whom was the Cackler of Notts. He is considered the ancestor of all wire fox terriers in the world. Yet the most interesting of these dogs was his son Caesar of Notts, owned by King Edward VII. Caesar was bred by the Duchess and was the king’s favourite dog. He had his own valet and was allowed to sleep in an armchair next to the king’s bed. He wore a collar with the inscription I am Caesar. I belong to the King.

After the king’s death, Caesar did not eat for days,was hiding under the king’s bed, and howled inconsolably until he was recovered by the king’s widow,Alexandra. He achieved worldwide fame in 1910 when he joined the funeral procession of his master marching in front of state officials and nine kings, including future King George V.

6.photo Funeral of the King Edward VII with Caesar and Kings favourite horse © The Royal Collection Trust

At the king’s tomb in the chapel of St. George in Windsor is a sculpture of Caesar curled up at the king’s feet. Caesar was buried along with Queen Alexandra’s other dogs in the dog cemetery in Marlborough Palace Park in London.

Alexandra was a breeder and exhibitor. She bred borzoi in royal kennels of Sandringham, and was one of the high society members often seen atdog shows, thus she was a friend of the Duchess. The most famous borzoi that belonged to the Queen Alexandra was Alix, a gift from the Russian Tsar Alexander II, her brother in law.

Borzoi, the inspiration of artist’s

The first record of borzoi in Britain is found in the early 19th century. The Duchess of Newcastle’s first encounter with Russian greyhounds was in 1886, when Marquis de Quadelmina presented her mother with a female borzoi he had brought from the Russian Imperial Kennels in Gatchina. They called the puppy Spain because the Marquis was aSpaniard.

Shortly afterwards, in 1889 the Duchess bought the male Ivan II, bred at the Paris Zoo. In the period from 1867 to 1914, a total of 41 litters of borzoi were bred in the Paris Zoo, together with many other breeds.

7.photoThe Duchess and Ivan II circa 1891.

From the breeding between Ivan II and Spain eight puppies emerged. Soon followed the new imports from Russia and so began the serious breeding of borzoi at the Clumber estate.

8.photo Spain and her puppies,painting by Frank Watkins 1891 © Bonhams

The Duchess was one of the most important importers of borzoi from Russia into Britain. Sometimes she would send agents, or she travelled herself to Russia to select and redeem the best specimens. In 1891, one of her agents imported from St. Petersburg nine borzoi at once.

Grand Duke Nicholai Nikolaevich, the owner of famous Pershino kennel, advised the Duchess and passed his knowledge about borzoi to her.

After her visit to Russia and meeting with the Duke in 1891. she writes for the magazine Forest and Stream:

English judges will soon ruin this breed if they form a fresh standard; they will breed animals (not dogs) as top heavy and useless as present St. Bernard, simply through trying to make elephants of them. In Russia they do not consider height a point, simply symmetry of form and speed for hunting. The average height of dogs is from 16 to 18 vershoks (vershok is an old russianmeasure, and 16 to 18 vershoks equal 70 to 80 cm, or 28 to 31.5 inches); over this height they become coarse and lose symmetry and speed,which are much valued.

She also mentions the Duke in one of her articles for Our dogs magazine:

I flatter myself that I probably know more of His Imperial Highness the Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich’s judgement of Borzoi than anyone else, as when I was in Russia, His Imperial Highness took the trouble to bring me Borzois, pictures and models, and explained all the points he most prized, he also gave me the picture of his best dog, a very beautiful and perfect specimen, and which type I try to keep in my mind’s-eye.

As to wolf hunting and killing, the Grand Duke told me that it was only a very exceptional dog that would tackle a wolf single handed, and that he himself judged a dog’s character and courage very much by the way he used his ears, and for this reason he laid great stress on ears, their carriage and movement. Usually two dogs are slipped at wolf, and when they have collared him the hunter comes up and kills the quarry.             

Even then, the Duchess showed exceptional knowledge of borzoi breed, which will only deepen with her judging assignments that will follow.

FIRST WOMEN JUDGING AT DOG SHOWS

9.photo The Duchess judging fox terriers in the ring

10.dog show at the botanical garden in 1906, with the judge, Duchess of Newcastle (in black dress).

Mrs Whitney was first woman invited to judge at a dog show. That was in New York and she was judging St. Bernards. Mrs Holdsworth and Mrs Jenkins were first ladies to judge in England, and they judged Pugs and Toy Spaniels at the Maidstone show in 1886. Mrs Jagger was the first lady invited to judge big breeds. She judged St. Bernards in Belfast in 1894. and it caused a sensation at the time, the Press giving such headings as A lady going to the dogs, Advance of Woman, Innovation in Dog-judging etc.

Thus, the Duchess of Newcastle was not the first female judge, but she was very successful and at her first exhibition in Southport, Lancashire in 1897, she judged as many as 118 borzoi.

The canine literature writes about this event:

Her Grace, the Duchess of Newcastle has consented to judge at the show in Southport and, no doubt, the novelty of a canine exhibition of the kind will ensure the success, especially as it will be the first occasion upon which a lady of such social distinction and noble family has officiated in the judging ring.

The show was mentioned in The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News:

This event would have been a challenge to any judge, but it passed almost without any difficulty. She judged reasonably in each class at a speed that amazed the audience.

The magazineCountry life illustrated commented about the event:

I never met with a lady who had made a more successful study of any particular variety than has the Duchess of Newcastle. Such a thorough sports woman deserves support, and although one or two critics stood aghast at the type she preferred in several of the classes, it was all round agreed that as adébutanther Grace made but few mistakes.

11.The Clumber five at Southport show: Ooslad, Milka, Golub, Vikhra and Tsaritsa, “Country Life Illustrated”, 1897.

At the same show in Southport, five borzoi from Clumber were present, but not shown. They were an absolute attraction, and by some they surpassed all shown dogs in quality. These were Ooslad, Milka, Golub, Vikhra and Tsaritsa.

12.Tsaritsa (or Tsaretsa) in 1895, colorized photo from the archive of Dan Persson.

Tsaritsa (1893 or 1895) (or sometimes called Tsaretsa) was most significant among them, considered by many to be the best specimen of the breed ever exhibited at the time. She was a gift to Her Grace from Count Sergei Alexandrovich Stroganoff, an heir to the powerful Russian Family Stroganoff. He was a passionate hunter and one of the founders of the popular Russian hunting magazine Okhota (Hunting). Some sources say that count Stroganoff bought Tsaritsa from the Russian borzoi breeder, General Boldareff. Other say that the Stroganoff could be the breeder of Tsaritsa, as he bought her parents from General Boldareff and they could have a litter at his kennel in 1895. In one of her newspaper articles, the Duchess addresses the count Stroganoff as the breeder of Tsaritsa. Tsaritsa’s brother from the same litter, Marksman, was imported to America by Joseph Thomas at O’Valley Farm. Joseph Thomas is the author of a documentary book about borzoi based on his visits to Russia and the Pershino estate, where the highest quality specimens of this breed were bred. About her, the Duchess wrote: A big bitch of lovely quality, she produced six first prize winners in one litter, and three of them champions, and she herself was unbeaten winner of 200 firsts.

Milka (1889) was first female borzoi champion of Great Britain, gaining the title in 1893. She was bred by Colonel Tschebishoff, same as Nagrajdai II. The Duchess says about Milka: She also, through her daughter Vedma comes into our pedigrees to-day. She is a mixture of her breeds’ Prince Galitzin’s and Visheslavtsov strains – she was pure white.

13.Four borzoi with kill, painter John Emms 1892. © The Kennel Club

Some of the most important borzoi belonging to the Duchess – Nagrajdai II, Oudar, Golub and Ooslad –  are painted on the painting Four borzoi with kill by John Emms. The painting is today owned by The Kennel Club.

Oudar (1888) was bred in the Russian kennel Durassov. He was white with grey markings. Oudar and a dozen other borzoi were sent from St. Petersburg to compete at Crufts in 1892. The Duchess noticed Oudar at the show and bought him for amount of £200, which is today’s value of £30.000. The Duchess writes about him: The best of a large draft sent over by Grand Duke Nicolas, was a big, good coated dog, rather coarse in the head and light in the eye. He did a good deal of winning and sired several winners before I sold him to America.

Nagrajdai II (1888) was purchased by Her Grace from the Russian Colonel Tschebishoff. The Duchess described him as wider in front than any borzoi she had seen, very deep chest, splendid shoulders with straight tail, well let down to the hocks and ‘can go a great pace’.

Ooslad (1887) was a silver medal winner in Moscow, bred by General Sokoloff. About him, The Duchess said: His is perhaps the most dominant blood in our back pedigrees. His sire was Mr. N. A. Boldareff’s Ataman, and his dam was Podruga of Waltsoff strain.

14. Kaissack, Kaissack II and Nagrajdai II

About Kaissack(1888) the Dutchess commented around 1930: His blood comes in present – day back pedigrees through his daughter Vedma, dam of Ch. Vikhra, his sire was bred by Count Sheremeteff, and his dam was of Prince Galitzin and Mr. Korotneff’s blood. I think that he was the best coated Borzoi we have ever had in England, better even that my Ch. Podar is today!

Golub(1889.- 1899.) was bred by the Russian general DimitiWaltzoff, known for the documentary book “Pershino Hunt” in which he describes the Imperial estate and kennels in Pershino, Tula. Golub was immortalized on the painting by artist John Emms, today owned by the Kennel Club. In a German magazine Hunde-Sport und Jagd (Dogs, sport and hunting) from 1893, the dimensions of Golub were stated: height 77.5 cm, chest girth 92 cm, head length 32.5 cm, skull girth 35 cm.Golub died when he was ten years old at the show in Ranelagh Club soon after he got out of his transporter. The newspapers wrote his death was the result of heat, which was unbearable on that summer day. The Duchess wrote about him: A very good dog, wonderfully sound, and a great sire. His blood comes down today.

15. Golub, painter John Emms © The Kennel Club

Borzoi belonging to the Duchess of Newcastle can be also found in the paintings of artist Maud Earl, known for her canine paintings and portraits of dogs that were especially appreciated by Queens Alexandra and Victoria. The painting Borzoi heads by Maud Earl was sold for US$27,500 at an auction in New York in 2013. The painting shows the dogs Vitim (1903), Vassal (1899) and Ivan Turgeneff (1902), all owned by the Duchess of Newcastle.

16.Borzoi heads by Maud Earl © Bonhams

17.Ivan Turgeneffby Maud Earl © Bonhams

Head kennel man at Clumber, Mr Gardner, measured following dogs belonging to the Duchess:

Velasquez: height 82.5 cm, head length 32 cm., girth of chest 91.5 cm

Velsk: height 79 cm, head length 32 cm, girth of chest 90 cm

Tatiana: height 76.5 cm, head length30.5 cm, girth of chest 90 cm

Tsaritsa: height 79 cm, head length 30.5 cm, girth of chest 89 cm

 

18. Petrosavodsk, son of famous Tsaritsa had all qualities of the breed that we would like to see today “Le Sport UniverselIllustre” 1908.

 

From the Ernest H. Guy collection provided by Sue Vasick, the comments of the Borzoi standard are stated by Her Grace the Duchess of Newcastle in an article for Our Dogs magazine (circa 1930):

Mr George Krehl (editor of the late Stock – keeper), much interested in Borzois during the early nineties of the last century, as who helped so much in the formation of our club, obtained the following standard of points complied by the Russian Imperial Society for the Encouragement of sport, at a meeting held on March 4, 1889 and signed by N. D. Stoopiskin, president, and seven other members of that society. The translation is a literal one, and from it the English Borzoi Club drew up their standard of points on the club’s foundation early in the February of 1892.

Head – Generally lean throughout, with flat narrow skull, leading over a hardly perceptible stop to a long snout. The head, from forehead to end of the nose should be so fine and lean that the shape and direction of the bones and principal veins can be easily seen.

Nose – Black.

Eyes – Dark, expressive, oblong, almond shaped.

Ears – Small, not quite round at the tips, not leathery, set on high, and the tips when thrown back almost touching the occiput.

Neck – Not swanlike, though not short, not rising straight from the withers.

Shoulders – Clean.

Chest – Somewhat narrow, but not hollow.

Back – Rather bony and free from any cavity in the spinal cord (as, from example, is often seen in English Greyhounds) with a well marked arch in the males, but level and broad in the female.

Loins – Broad and drooping.

Ribs – On no account round like a barrel, but flat like a fish, deep, reaching to the elbow, and even lower.

Groin – In the male short, in the female roomy.

Forelegs – Lean and straight, seen from the front they should be narrow, and from the side broad at the shoulder and narrowing gradually down to the foot.

Hindlegs – Should be the least thing under the body when standing still, not straight, and the stifle only slightly bent and the hindlegs not too far apart from one another. Free from dew claws.

Muscles – Those of the hindquarters and shoulders should be long and not convex.

Pasterns – Short.

Feet – Long toes closely jointed together, short and strong nails, and the animal should stand more on the nails than on the heel.

Coat – Soft, long, silky and wavy, and in places somewhat curly. The feet should be covered with hair like a hare.

Tail – Long and sickle shaped.

Note – The male should in general be shorter in body than the female. It should be possible to place the male in a square, so that the withers, toes of forefeet and heels of hindlegs should be placed within the limits of four lines forming it.

The minutes from which the above are extracts are signed by the president and seven other gentlemen.

You will see nothing is said as to color or height, but I will quote Colonel Tschebichoff, who in those days owned the best Borzois dog that had been exhibited (NagrajdaiII – the only Moscow gold medal winner). The colonel says that in his experience he has never seen the front ribs reach as low as the elbow. The dog should have an arched back, and when the bitch is more than ordinarily broad, her back is arched also. There is no greater fault than a back level from the withers, and suddenly arching at the hindquarters. The vertebrae of the spine should be seen like a row of knots. The elbows should never be turned out as they are in a Bulldog. The hocks should be prominent. The hindpart of the body should be broader than the fore. The muscles of the hindlegs should be narrow and long, not as in the English Greyhound broad and thick. Height of dog 25.1/4 inches (64 cm) to 33.1/4 inches (84.5 cm). Height of bitch 22.3/4 inches (58 cm) to 29.3/4 inches (75.5 cm). Average height of dogs 28 inches (71 cm) to 33.1/4 inches (84.5 cm); bitches 24.1/2 inches (62 cm) to 28 inches (71 cm). Coat: on head, the hair short and smooth, the same on ears and front of forelegs. The frill on neck should be long and rather curly. The chest and the rest of the body should be covered with long wavy, but not curly hair. Colour: nose black, eyes very dark although excellent specimens are seen with hazel or some other even lighter colours. Coat should be white, and white with grey spots, white with yellowish –grey spots. Many people object to tiger coloured spots as in the Bulldog.

The Colonel always disqualifies blacks, black and tan, and white with black spots, as he considers that these colours indicate a descent from English or Oriental Greyhounds. His supplementary remarks are valuable. The description of the neck is interesting “not swan like” means not arched. The borzoi carries his neck lower with the head nearer the line of back.

The medals in Moscow are given I suppose much on the same lines as the qualification systems works at other Continental shows. General Boldareff explains this by dividing the different parts into seven, with a maximum of five points to each, making 45 in all. As to the valuation of the points in reference to each other they are placed in this order.

  1. Hindlegs
  2. Forelegs
  3. Ribs
  4. Back
  5. General symmetry
  6. Muzzle, eyes and ears
  7. Tail

A dog gaining 27 points gets certificate, 30 a bronze medal, 36 a small silver, 40 a large silver and 45 a gold medal. As you can imagine, the gold medal is only given in extraordinary cases. The main things are the working points, the hind legs must be always better than the forelegs.

Of course most of what I have written is very ancient history, but as I was owning and judging Borzois when most of to-day’s owners were barely in their cradles, and I also have had the great privilege of personal instruction of Duke Nicholas Nicolaevich on the points of the Borzoi, I feel that these facts are of interest to Borzoi lovers; and it is as well, too, to realize that although certain well-known Russian owners and breeders did ban black with tan, still dogs of this colour have won at Moscow. Personally I don’t like black markings, as light eyes nearly always follow, still it is only when dogs are equal in all other points that I allow my colour fad to come in.

                                                                                            Signed: K. NEWCASTLE

AN END TO AN ERA

The Duke of Newcastle bought a Forest Farm estate in Winfield near Cranbourne, within Windsor Forest near London where the couple was increasingly staying. The Duchess was dedicated to fox terrier breeding and dog show judging. During 1906, she decided to part with most of her borzoi, except for six of her favourites. She sent the remaining 24 borzoi to the Manchester show where she sold them. This decision was partly of a financial nature, but the second reason was that she primarily decided to continue with the breeding of fox terriers.

After the Duke’s passing in 1928, he was succeeded by his brother, Henry Francis Hope Pelham – Clinton, the VIII. Duke of Newcastle. The dowager Duchess had permanently moved to their Forest Farm estate in Winfield.

19.The Duchess and Podar of Notts at the Forest Farm in Winkfield circa 1930. From the archive of Sue Carter.

20.Painting of Podar of Notts drawn for Her Grace by Miss A. R. Mackinnon, now in a private posession in USA.

Soon, the new Duke fell into serious financial trouble. The Clumber mansion was demolished in 1938, and the material was sold. Books from the library and all other valuables were also sold. The oak fireplace, adorned with two carved figures of greyhounds was to be moved to the town hall. Unfortunately, during World War II the fireplace was left in a basement where it was attacked by a wormhole and was subsequently destroyed. In the next year, the entire estate was sold for £ 297,500.00 which would be around £20 million in 2021. Clumber Park has been under the protection of the British National Trust since 1946 onwards.

The last show judged by the Duchess of Newcastle was held in 1948., 60 years after the arrival of her first borzoi Spain into her life!

The Duchess passed in 1955. She left her show dogs to her kennel man, and her house dogs to her maid.

21.Kathleen Pelham – Clinton, the Duchess of Newcastle at the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.

 

The Duchess was an extremely intelligent woman, with vast experience and a life dedicated to dogs. She deserves to be called and remembered as one of the greatest dog persons in history. Her lines of borzoi are still present in the blood of many champions in United Kingdom, but also in the world. Her influence on the breeding of fox terriers and clumber spaniels is also very significant.

One of the most important breeders of borzoi, Captain Borman, writes about the Duchess in a book British Dogs, Their Points, Selection, And Show Preparationin 1903:

Indeed, in a great measure the borzoi owes its present position in the English dog world to her Grace, who takes a keen and active interest in the welfare of the breed, and who is acknowledged to be the best judge of the variety we have.

22.The Duchess wears a hat with a borzoi motif accompanied by her borzoi Alexandroff of Notts. We can see the missing premolar, often a problem in today’s borzoi. Circa 1933.

Many thanks to all borzoi friends and members from The Borzoi Encyclopedia that helped in creation of this article.

 

 

Literature:

Ornament of Sherwood Forest, John Fletcher, Country Books, 2005.

РусскиепсовыеборзыенаЗападе. Начало., ИринаШлыкова, АндрусКозлов, 2013.

Dog shows and doggy people, C. H. Lane, Hutchinson & co., London 1902.

History and Description of the Modern Dogs of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol 1 & Vol. 2, Rawdon B. Lee, London 1897.

British Dogs, Their Points, Selection, And Show Preparation, W. D. Drury. 1903, Charles Scribner’s Sons

Kennel secrets: How to breed, exhibit, and manage dogs, Perry, Joseph Franklin, 1846.

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Sue Vasick’s archive, Ernest Guy collection

 

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Country Life Illustrated, 17.06.1899.

 

www.borzoipedia.com

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www.wirefoxterrierassociation.co.uk

 

BONUS – PEDIGREES

 

 

BRITISH BORZOI SHOWS IN PHOTOS (1978)

Bath Ch Show 1978. Judge Mr Bill Siggers

Photos & names Annette Rose Parton

Novice Dog or Bitch: Barham’s, Tamaroff Tosca. Beattie’s, ArbeeBlueMoon of Cawder. Brown’s, Wellthornes Fuselier.

 

 

Junior Dog or Bitch: Patrioona Pegasus J.W. winner.
Post Graduate Bitch: Anderson’s, Waycross Analenka. Mabey’s, Colhugh Collette. Tutin’s, Vashla Vesta. Blair’s, Patrioona Bolshaia. E. Garrett.
Cruft’s Dog Show Society 1978: Judge Miss B. Murray
Reg Bassett’s young Colhugh Clangers.
Reg Bassett’s Ch. Colhugh Valla
Bennett-Heard’s Keepers Elsa.
Mrs P Malone’s Netheroyd Miss Eleganze
Graham Hill’s Dimland Petya, Mrs G Harrison’s Greenhaven Barrie.
Reg Bassett’s Dimland Kohoutek of Colhugh
Derek Harrison with Greeenhaven Barrie Res. CC.
Derek Harrison with Greenhaven Barrie Res. CC
Gina Rose’s Stonebar Nikolenka CC.
G. Harrison’s Greenhaven Barrie Res CC.
Bitch class
Robin Searle’s Francehill Petunia Res. CC, Mrs Bakhurst’s Martina Spindrift, Jean Clare’s Ryazan Serena, ?

 

R. Searle’s Francehill Petunia Res. CC. R. Bassett’s Ch Colhugh Valla CC 
Leeds Ch Show 1978:Judge Mrs Clare Anderson
Left, Annette Blair’s Patrioona Pegasus
Annette Blair’s Patrioona Pegasus
Langley’s Bacaret Zebe of Zoribo, Newsham’s Tinryland O’Leary, Martin’s Dimland Kommissar.
Hill’s Dimland Blondel, Cooper’s Bacaret Zeke, Lange’s Lanclare Lord Jeffri
Pat Barham’s Tamaroff Tosca, Tuton’s Vashla Vanda, ?, Clare’s Ryazan Serena, Pat & Annette Blair’s Patrioona Bolshana.
L.K.A. Ch. Show 1978:Judge Mrs Pat Blair
Mrs Randall’s Manitia Count Hugo, Pearson & Prior’s Zomahli Ozopnik, Eileen Ruggles Bacaret Milord of Matalona, Graham Hill’s Ch Colhugh Oriole of Dimland, Barbara Long’s Bacaret Lord Super Tramp.
Ann Webb, ?, Di Martin, Val Tuton.
Ann Webb, Brenda Stears? Di Martin, Val Tuton
Bitch class
Reg Bassett’s Ch Colhugh Crystal, Graham Hill’s Ch Colhugh Oriole of Dimland, Eileen Garrett’s Edgelmclere Roana.
Bennett-Heard’s Keepers Elsa.
Stonebar Reflection of Ryazan, Junior Warrant holder
Stonebar Reflection of Ryazan

 

British Borzoi Shows in Photos ( 1950)

By Annette Rose Parton, Photos F. Norman Chadwick

Croydon Ch Show Olympia 30 May 1950. Judge James Saunders. 87 Entries, 35 Hounds.

Puppy Dog or Bitch: Davidson, Triska of Jasrigg. Chadwick, Winjones Ilya. Cherry, Baroness of Elmerkin. Norton, Karina of Norvel. Curnow, Nita of Rydens.
Puppy Dog or Bitch: Cherry, Baronoff of Elmerkin. Ellis, Jester of Whitelilies. Norton, Cassanova of Norvel.Tovey, Timo.
Puppy Dog or Bitch: Davidson, Triska of Jasrigg. Chadwick, Winjones Ilya. Cherry, Baroness of Elmerkin.
Limit Dog: Chorley,Gay Courtier of Bordak. Sarson, Mazeppa Brazhnikoff.
Limit Dog: Sarson, Mazeppa Brazhnikoff. Harris, Zomahli Almadin of the Barn. Seaford, Grisha of Swalescar.
Open Dog: McNeil,Nicholas of Silverpines. Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens CC.
Limit Bitch: Hawkin, Zola of Carradale R.CC. Murray, Seidal of Hindham.
Special Beginners Dog or Bitch: Harris, Zomahli Almadin of the Barn. Seaford, Grisha of Swalescar. Chorle,y Gay Courtier of Bordak.Brown ,Nicolai of Swalescar R.CC.

 

Best of Breed: Chadwick, Ch Winjones Balzoniza CC. Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens CC & BOB.

Richmond Ch Show 1950, Judge Mrs B. M. Ellis, 76 Entries, 32 Hounds

Puppy Dog or Bitch: Chadwick,Winjones Ilya. Norton,Petroff of Norvel. Perry, Baron of Beetop. Cherry, Baronoff of Elmerkin.
Puppy Dog or Bitch: Norton, Loretta of Norvel. Curnow, Nita of Rydens. Reed, Kubans Markita of Yof (Partly hidden).Brock, Ballerina of Norvel. Cherry, Baroness of Elmerkin. Hawkin, Zilda of Carradale. McKay, Tessa of Laguna.
Maiden Dog or Bitch: Norton, Loretta of Norvel. Cherry, Baroness of Elmerkin. McKay, Tessa of Laguna. Hinds, Bonnie Jean of Barnaigh. Murray, Seidal of Hindham.
Limit Dog: Young, Louis of Rydens. Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens. Brown, Nicolai of Swalescar. McNeil, Taurus of Barnaigh. Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak.
Maiden Dog or Bitch: McKay, Tessa of Laguna. Murray, Seidal of Hindham. Beresford, Tessina of Yadasar. Curnow, Anita of Woodcourt.
Limit Dog: Young, Louis of Rydens. Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens, Brown, Nicolai of Swalescar. McNeil, Taurus of Barnaigh. Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak.
Open Dog: Abson Ch Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey CC. Chadwick ,Winjones Ermolai R.CC. Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens. Young, Louis of Rydens.
Limit Bitch: Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka. Hawkin, Zola of Carradale, Hinds, Bonny Jean of Barnaigh.
Open Bitch: McNeil, Onyx of Barnaigh CC & BOB. Chadwick, Winjones Balzoniza R.CC. Young, Lady Luck of Rydens.
CC Dog: Abson, Ch Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey.

 

CC Bitch and BOB: McNeil, Onyx of Barnaigh.

 

Brighton Ch Show 6 September 1950. Judge Mrs Forsyth-Caddell, 60 Entries, 23 Hounds.
Puppy Dog or Bitch:: Hawkin, Zilda of Carradale. Ellis, Jester of Whitelilies. Needham, Thurloxton Blue Quest.
Novice Dog or Bitch: Ethrington, Bertramilva of Astonoff. Curnow, Nita of Rydens. Brock, Ballerina of Norvel. Curnow, Anita of Woodcourt, Needham ,Thurloxton Blue Quest.
Novice Dog or Bitch: Norton, Loretta of Norvel. Ellis, Jester of Whitelilies. Curnow Anita of Woodcourt. Allam, Domovoy Zarinsky of Ukrainia.
Graduate Dog or Bitch: Norton, Petroff of Norvel. Harris, Zomahil Almadin of the Barn. Gibbs, Pharos of Nenefen.
Limit Dog: Brown, Nicolai of Swalescar. Young, Louis of Rydens R.CC, Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai. Gibbs, Pharos of Nenefen.
Limit Bitch: Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies. Young, Lady Luck of Rydens CC & BOB. Brock, Ballerina of Norvel. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka. Curnow, Anita of Woodcourt. Hawkin, Zilda of Carradale. Norton, Loretta of Norvel R.CC.
Limit Bitch: Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies. Young, Lady Luck of Rydens CC & BOB. Brock, Ballerina of Norvel. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka.
Limit Bitch: Hawkin, Zilda of Carradale. Norton, Loretta of Norvel R.CC, Young, Lady Luck of Rydens CC & BOB.
Dog CC: Brown, Nicolai of Swalescar.
Bitch CC & BOB: Young, Lady Luck of Rydens.
Borzoi Club Ch Show L.K.A. 1 November 1950. Judge Mrs A. A. Vlasto. 88 Entries 36 Hounds.
Puppy Dog: Curnow, Achilles of Woodcourt. Chadwick, Winjones Jasco, Beresford, Apollo of Yadasar.
Novice Dog: Chadwick, Winjones Jasco. Ellis, Jester of Whitelilies. Norton, Petroff of Norvel.
Post Graduate Dog: Sarson, Mazeppa Brazhnikoff. Gibbs, Pharos of Nenefen. Ellis, Jester of Whitelilies. Norton, Petroff of Norvel.
Limit Dog: Gibbs, Pharos of Nenefen. Ellis, Jester of Whitelilies. Norton, Petroff of Norvel R.CC. Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai CC & BOB.
Open Dog: Sarson, Mazeppa Brazhnikoff. Hinds, Louis of Rydens. Dixon, Ch Dante.
Puppy Bitch: Anstey, Melody of Yvill. Curnow, Aureola of Woodcourt, Wildish, Valdai Hills Astreela. Farrer, Tetrazena of Tetrach.
Maiden Bitch: Wildish, Valdai Hills Astreela. Anstey, Melody of Yvill. Curnow, Aureola of Woodcourt.
Post Graduate Bitch: Brock, Ballerina. Norton, Loretta of Norvel, Beresford, Tessina of Yadasar. Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies.
Limit Bitch: Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka. Beresford, Tessina of Yadasar. Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies R.CC. McNeil, Onyx of Barnaigh CC.
Open Bitch: Chadwick, Ch Winjones Balzoniza. Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies R.CC. McNeil, Onyx of Barnaigh CC.
Best of Breed: McNeil, Onyx of Barnaigh CC. Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai CC & BOB.

Birmingham National Ch Show 8 November 1950

Judge Mrs T.A.M Hill. 48 Entries 23 Hounds

Puppy Dog or Bitch: Young, Olga of Rydens. Groves, Vadois. Anstey, Melody of Yvill.
Post Graduate Dog: Gibbs, Pharos of Nenefen. Churchill, Lancelot of Rydens. Harris, Zomahli Almadin of the Barn.
Open Dog: Abson, Ch Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey CC & BOB, Young, Norman of Rydens R.CC. Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai. Gibbs, ,Pharos of Nenefen. Harris, Zomahli Almadin of the Barn.

Kensington 14 December 1950

Judge Miss S. A. Hawkin, 66 Entries 26 Hounds.

Puppy Dog or Bitch: Etherington, Eglonessa of Astonoff. Forsyth-Caddell, Zadek of Bruton. Anstey, Melody of Yvill.
Junior Dog or Bitch: Gilbert, Atmen of Gilbertville. Ellis, Jester of Whitelilies.
Limit Dog: Ellis, Jester of Whitelilies. Hinds, Louis of Rydens. Collyer, Rimski of Lenoken.
Open Dog: Abson, Ch Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey CC & BOB. Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai R.CC. Brown, Nicolai of Swalescar Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens.
Open Bitch: Young, Lady Luck of Rydens CC – her third. McNeil, Ch Onyx of Barnaigh.
Best of Breed: Young, Ch Lady Luck of Rydens CC (her third). Abson, Ch Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey CC & BOB.

 

British Borzoi Shows in Photos (1949)

 

(By Annette Rose Parton, Photos F. Norman Chadwick.)

Birmingham National  11.02.1949

Birmingham National 1949; Junior Dog, Chadwick, Winjones Dionisyi.
Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak.
Birmingham National: Maiden Dog or Bitch 1949. Twilton, Eureka. Harris, Fabian of Fortrouge. Chadwick, Winjones Dionisyi.Hill, Harmony of Rydens. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka. Sayer, Reyas String Song.
Birmingham National 1949: Maiden Dog or Bitch, Hill, Harmony of Rydens. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka. Sayer, Reyas String Song. Twilton, Eureka.
Birmingham National 1949; Open Dog, Wingate, Snitterfield Cossack. Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak.
Birmingham National 1949: Challenge for CC, Chadwick, Winjones Dionisyi R.CC. Wingate, Snitterfield Cossack CC.
Birmingham National 1949: Novice Bitch, Sayer, Reyas String Song. Harris, Lalka of Mantavani. Twilton, Eureka. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka.
Birmingham National 1949: Post Graduate Bitch, Norton, Denes Zarina CC & BOB. Longhurst, Posa R.CC. Sayer, Reyas String Song.Harris Lalka of Mantavan. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka.
Birmingham National 1949: CC Winners. Norton, Denes Zarina Bitch CC & BOB. Wingate, Snitterfield Cossack Dog CC.
Winjones Dionishyi (Moryak of Moskowa- Astrakhan of Barnaigh)
Hill, Harmony of Rydens. Chadwick, Winjones Dionishyi. Sayer, Reyas String Song
Chadwick, Winjones Dionishyi. Sayer, Reyas String Song. Fabian of Fortrouge.
Chadwick, Winjones Dionishyi. Fabian of Fortrouge.
? Sarson, Mazeppa Brazhnikoff. ? ?
Chadwick, Winjones Dionisyi R.CC.
Norton, Denes Zarina. Longhurst, Posa.
Norton, Denes Zarina. Longhurst, Posa. Lolka of Mantavani
Chadwick, Winjones Dionisyi R.CC. Wingate, Snitterfield Cossack CC

 

 

Sarson, Mazeppa Brazhnikoff (Amber Elegance-Barinina of Barinoff)
Merry Boy of Lenoken ( Swank of Lenoken-Marina of Mantavani)

Croydon Ch Show Olympia

Judge Mrs Norman Anstey, 67 Entries 28 Hounds.

Croydon Olympia 1949: Special Beginners D. or B. Mitchell, Nasha of Yof. Curnow, Fedor of Woodcourt. Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak.
Croydon Olympia 1949:Puppy D. or B. Clarke, Winjones Eugeny. Young, Ivanoff of Rydens. Curnow, Carissima of Woodcourt. Brown, Nicolai of Swalescar, Curnow Fedor of Woodcourt, Young Irene of Rydens.
Croydon Ch Show Olympia 1949: Maiden Dog or Bitch. Brown, Nicolai of Swalescar. Mitchell, Nasha of Yof, Young, Irene of Rydens. Young, Ivanoff of Rydens. Keating, Nina Olenska (centre). Keating,Khan Koschak. Twilton, Eureka. Chadwick, Winjones Dashenka. Wildish. Koona of the Valdai Hills. Hawkin, Zola of Carradale.
Croydon Olympia 1949: Maiden Dog or Bitch. Keating, Khan Koschak. Twilton Eureka. Chadwick, Winjones Dashenka. Wildish, Koona of the Valdai Hills. Hawkins, Zola of Carradale.
Croydon Olympia 1949: Maiden Dog or Bitch. Ivanoff of Rydens R.CC, Hawkin, Zola of Carradale. Chadwick, Winjones Dashenka Bitch R.CC, Twilton Eureka.
Croydon Olympia 24 May 1949: Limit Dog. Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak. Chadwick, Winjones Dionisyi. Mitchell, Nasha of Yof, Brown, Alexis of Swalescar.
Croydon Olympia 1949: Open Dog Young, Eglon of Rydens CC. Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak. Chadwick, Winjones Dionisyi.
Croydon Olympia 1949: Open Bitch. Young, Ch Antoinette of RydensCC & BOB. Hawkin, Zola of Carradale. Chadwick, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen. Beresford, Winjones Bolshaia.

L.K.A Olympia

Judge Mrs D.E. Dugdale, 93 Entries 33 Hounds.

L.K.A. Olympia 1949: Novice Dog of Bitch. Ellis, Clown of Whitelilies. Beeston, Apollo of Elmerkin. Curnow, Anita of Woodcourt. Gibbs, Pharos of Nenefen. Tansley, Kyra of Medworth.
L.K.A. Olympia 1949: Novice Dog or Bitch. Ellis, Clown of Whitelilies. Beeston, Apollo of Elmerkin. Curnow, Anita of Woodcourt.
L.K.A. Olympia 1949: Post Graduate Dog. Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai. Ellis, Clown of Whitelilies. Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens. Beeston, Apollo of Elmerkin.
L.K.A. Olympia 1949: Limit Dog. Forsyth-Caddell, Fast and Fair. Young, Eglon of Rydens.Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai CC.
L.K.A. Olympia 1949: Open Dog. McNeil, Ch Winjones Ataman. Abson, Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey. Young, Eglon of Rydens R.CC.
L.K.A. Olympia 1949.: Post Graduate Bitch. Sayer, Reyas String Song R.CC. Young, Jasmine of Rydens. Chadwick, Winjones Dashenka.
L.K.A. Olympia 1949: Open Bitch. Young, Elegance of Rydens CC & BOB. Sayer, Reyas String Song R.CC. Chadwick, Ch Winjones Balzoniza.
Borzoi Club Annual Club Show, Kensington Ch Show Olympia 1949.
Special Beginners Dog or Bitch: Sayer, Reyas String Song. Ross, Feodor of Rega. Watts, Betty Lou.Cherry, Arona of Elmerkin. Curnow, Anita of Woodcourt,Townend, Not yet named.
Special Beginners D or B: Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens. Briggs, Vanda of Milngavie. Seaford, Grisha of Swalescar, Mitchell, Peace of the Valdai Hills. Etherington, Bertramilva. Hinds, Bonny Jean of Barnaigh. Quinton, Winjones Feklushka.
Special Beginners Dog or Bitch: Watts, Betty Lou.Townend, Not yet named. Cherry,Arona of Elmerkin. Curnow, Anita of Woodcourt. Briggs, Vanda of Milngavie.
Special Beginners Dog or Bitch: Mitchell, Peace of the Valdai Hills Mealor, Kaszan of Medani. Sayer, Reyas String Song. Ross, Feodor of Rega. Seaford, Grisha of Swalescar. Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens.
Novice Dog: Pitts, Swank of Lenoken. Townend, Not yet named, Seaford, Grisha of Swalescar. Hinds, Siegfried of Hindham. Mealor, Kaszan of Medani.
Post Graduate Dog: Watts, Count of Addbranmyoken. Brown, Alexis of Swalescar. Ferguson Ivanoff of Rydens. Seaford, Grisha of Swalescar.
Limit Dog: Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens. Seaford, Grisha of Swalescar. Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai R.CC.
Open Dog: McNeil, Ch Winjones Ataman. Abson, Ch Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey CC.
Novice Bitch: Etherington, Bertramilva.Mitchell, Peace of the Valdai Hills. Hinds, Bonny Jean of Barnaigh. Curnow, Anita of Woodcourt. Quinton Winjones Feklushka, Reed Kolpitza of Kuban. Chorley Gossamer of Bordak. Young Karenina of Rydens. Beresford, Winjones Florentsiya.
Novice Bitch: Chorley, Gossamer of Bordak. Ellis, Charm of Whitelilies. Young, Karenina of Rydens. Beresford, Winjones Florentsiya.
Open Bitch: Ellis,Charm of Whitelilies. Beresford, Winjones Bolshaia, Chadwick, Ch Winjones Balzoniza R.CC. Young, Ch Elegance of Rydens CC & BOB. Murray, Ch Folly of Fortrouge.

Brighton Ch Show 1949

Judge Mr H.A. Hawkin, 48 Entries 22 Hounds.

Novice Dog or Bitch: Curnow, Fedor of Woodcourt. Curnow, Carissima of Woodcourt. Shennan, Ivanova of Swalescar. Allam, Domovoy Zarinsky of Ukrainia. Young Rydens, Cara of Whitelilies. Ellis, Clown of Whitelilies.
Graduate Dog or Bitch: Ellis, Clown of Whitelilies. Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai. Curnow, Fedor of Woodcourt. Shennan, Ivanova of Swalescar, Allam, Domovoy Zarinsky of Ukrainia. Curnow, Carissima of Woodcourt.
Graduate Dog or Bitch: Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens. Ellis, Clown of Whitelilies. Pitts, Swank of Lenoken. Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai.
Limit Dog: Chadwick, Winjones Ermolai. Allam, Domovoy Zarinsky of Ukrainia. Abson, Netheroyd Zomahil Alexey.Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak. Forsyth-Caddell, Fast and Fair. Young, Eglon of Rydens.
Limit Dog: Abson, Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey CC. Youngs, Eglon of Rydens R.CC. Forsyth-Caddell, Fast and Fair. Ferguson. Ivanoff of Rydens
Limit Dog: Abson, Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey CC. Young, Eglon of Rydens R.CC. Forsyth-Caddell, Fast and Fair. Ferguson, Ivanoff of Rydens, Ellis Clown of Whitelilies, Pitts Swank of Lenoken.
Limit Bitch: Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka. Arnold, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen.
Open Bitch: Young, Elegance of Rydens CC. Arnold, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen R.CC. Guy, Ch Ladoga Nalivka. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka.

Richmond Ch Show 1949.

Judge Mrs A.A. Vlasto, 111 Entries, 40 Hounds.

Puppy Dog or Bitch: Young, Ivanoff of Rydens. Abson, Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey. Chadwick, Winjones Ermlolai.
Special Beginners Dog or Bitch: Mealor, Kaszan of Medani. Curnow, Fedor of Woodcourt. Honeyman, Anna of Yarensk. Sayer, Reyas String Song.
Graduate Dog: Seaford, Grisha of Swalescar. McNeil, Nicholas of Silverpines. Abson, Netheroyd Zomahli Alexey. Mitchell, Nasha of Yof.
Limit Dog: Forsyth-Caddell, Fast and Fair R.CC. Seaford, Grisha of Swalescar. McNeil, Nicholas of Silverpines.
Graduate Bitch: Twilton, Eureka. Forsyth-Caddell, Zana of Brunton. Hawkin, Zola of Carradale. Young, Jasmine of Rydens R.CC.
Limit Bitch: Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka. Wildish, Pride of the Valdai Hills. Beresford, Winjones Bolshaia. Darrock, Nikeva de Malines.
Limit Bitch: Sayer, Reyas String Song. Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies. Hawkin,Zola of Carradale. Honeyman, Anna of Yarensk. Twilton. Eureka.
Open Bitch: Sayer, Reyas String Song. Chadwick,Winjones Dunyashka. Guy, Ch Ladoga Nalivka. Cherry, Ch Delightful of Rydens CC.

W.E.L.K.S. Cheltenham 30 April 1949

Judge Mrs T.A.M. Hill. 83 Entries, 32 Hounds

Puppy Dog or Bitch: Oakes, Igor of Swalescar. Cox, Sweet Baraban. Young, Ivanoff of Rydens. Young, Jasmine of Rydens. Chadwick, Winjones Dionisyi.
Puppy Dog or Bitch: Hawkin, Zola of Carradale. Oakes, Igor of Swalescar. Young, Jasmine of Rydens. Young, Ivanoff of Rydens.
Novice Dog or Bitch: Twilton, Eureka. Hawkin, Zola of Carradale. Oakes, Igor of Swalescar. Young, Jasmine of Rydens. Young, Harmony of Rydens. Bayliss, Gay Corinthian of Bordak. Watts, Count of Addbranmyoken. Lycette, Feliks of Mantavani.
Novice Dog or Bitch: Twilton, Eureka. Hawkin, Zola of Carradale. Oakes Igor of Swalescar. Young, Jasmine of Rydens.
Graduate Dog: Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak. Sarson, Mazeppa Brazhnikoff. Chadwick, Winjones Dionisyi. Brown, Alexis of Swalescar.
Open Dog: Wingate, Snitterfield Cossack CC. Young, Eglon of Rydens R.CC. Chorley, Gay Courtier of Bordak. Miller, Sergei of Swalescar. Sarson, Mazeppa Brazhnikoff. Watts, Count of Addbranmyoken.
Graduate Bitch: Twilton, Eureka. Hawkin, Zola of Carradale. Young, Harmony of Rydens. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka. Harris, Lalka of Mantavani. Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies.
Graduate Bitch: Twilton, Eureka. Hawkin, Zola of Carradale. Ripley, Winjones Bukashka. Young, Fascination of Rydens. Young, Harmony of Rydens.
Open Bitch: Murray, Folly of Fortrouge. Beresford, Winjones Bolshaia. Young Antoinette of Rydens. Twilton,Eureka. Norton, Denes Zarina.
Open Bitch: Norton, Denes Zarina CC & BOB. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka (lying down). Twilton, Eureka R.CC. Ripley Winjones Bukashka. Young, Antoinette of Rydens.

Taunton Ch Show 2 June 1949

Judge Mrs B.M. Ellis.

 

Novice Dog or Bitch: Chadwick, Winjones Dashenka. Young, Jasmine of Rydens.
Mid limit Bitch: Guy, Barinina of Barinoff. Hawkin, Zola of Carradale, Young, Jasmine of Rydens. Chadwick, Winjones Dunyashka R.CC
Open Bitch: Murray, Ch Folly of Fortrouge. Chadwick, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen. Guy, Ladoga Nalivka. Ripley, Winjones Bukashka. Guy, Ch Fearless Lass.
Open Bitch: Murray,, Ch Folly of Fortrouge C. Chadwick, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen.
Open Dog: Guy, Ch Dante. Young, Eglon of Rydens R.CC. Guy, Ch Blue Train C.C..

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Borzoi Shows in Photos (1948)

  From Annette Rose Partons collection, Photos F. Norman Chadwick 

Brighton

Brighton 8 September 1948: Judge The Duchess of Newcastle
Brighton 1948: Judge The Duchess of Newcastle.
Brighton 1948: Murray, Folly of Fortrouge. Chadwick, Winjones Balzoniza. Norton, Denes Zarina. Guy, Ladoga Varya.

 

Brighton 1948: ?. Chadwick, Winjones Balzoniza. Ladoga Vassily. Young, Fair Copy of Rydens.
Brighton 1948 Ladoga Vassily. Chadwic, Winjones Balzoniza.
Brighton 1948: Young, Balalaika of Rydens. McNeil. Winjones Ataman CC.
Brighton 1948: Murray. Folly of Fortrouge. Chadwick, Winjones Balzoniza. Norton, Denes Zarina. Guy, Ladoga Varya.
Brighton 1948: Murray, Folly of Fortrouge CC. Guy, Ladoga Varya. Chadwick, Winjones ?

Croydon Olympia

Croydon C. S. Olympia 1948: ? . ?. Young Rydens ?.
Croydon C. S. Olympia 1948: ? , Brown, Alexis of Swalescar. Guy ?
Croydon C. S. Olympia 1948: Young, Balalaika of Rydens CC. Snitterfield Cossack. Brown, Alexis of Swalescar. Swank of Lenoken.
Croydon C. S. Olympia 1948: Young, Ch Antoinette of Rydens. Chadwick, Jiffy of Nenefen. Young Ch Antoinette of Rydens, Chadwick Jiffy of Nenefen.
Croydon C.S. Olympia 1948: Beresford, Winjones Bolshaia. Young, Ch Antoinette of Ryden.

Richmond

Richmond Dog Show Society: Chadwick, Winjones Balzoniza. Ellis ? Guy, Fast and Fair. ?
Richmond Dog Show Society 1948: Guy, Fast and Fair, Chadwick, Winjones Balzoniza. ?, ?, ?.
Richmond Dog Show Society 1948: Ellis, Zarena of Whitelillies. Chadwick, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen. McNeil, Barnaigh ?
Richmond Dog Show Society 1948: McNeil, Winjones Ataman CC
Richmond Dog Show Society 1948: Guy, Blue Train.
Richmond Dog Show Society 1948: Guy, Fast and Fair. Chadwick, Winjones Balzoniza.
Richmond Dog Show Society 1948: McNeil, Winjones Ataman Dog CC. Young, Delightful of Rydens Bitch CC.

W.E.L.K.S.

W.E.L.K.S. Cheltenham 24 April 1948: L-R – ?, Guy, Distinctive, Chadwick Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen.
W.E.L.K.S. Cheltenham 1948: E Guy, Distinctive. Chadwick, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen. Young, Delightfull of Rydens.
W.E.L.K.S. Cheltenham 1948: ?, Guy, Distinctive. Chadwick, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen.
W.E.L.K.S. Cheltenham 24 April 1948
W.E.L.K.S. Cheltenham 1948:  Guy, Distinctive & Fast and Fair, Chadwick, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen.

Metropolitan and Essex C. S July 1948.

Metropolitan & Essex C.S. 15 July 1948: Sayer, Reyas ?.Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies. Chadwick, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen. Fantastic of Rydens ?
Metropolitan & Essex 15 July 1948: Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies. Guy, Ladoga Varya
Metropolitan & Essex C. S.: Young, Fascination of Rydens. Guy,Ladoga Varya. Murray, Folly of Fortrouge CC.
Metropolitan & Essex C. S. 1948: ? . Fantastic of Rydens. Young, Rydens ?
Metropolitan & Essex C. S. 1948: Young, Rydens ?. Chadwick, Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen. Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies. Young,Antoinette of Rydens. Guy, Ladoga Varya.
Metropolitan & Essex C. S. 1948: Young, Fair Copy of Rydens. Guy, Blue Train CC.

Blackpool

Blackpool 1948: L – R 2-Hawkin? 4-Guy

 

Blackpool 1948: Guy, Dante CC.
Blackpool 1948 23 June: Centre E Guy. Right H Hawkin
Blackpool 23 June 1948: Left Chadwick Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen.
Blackpool 23 June 1948: Guy, Fearless Lass CC. Chadwick Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen.
Blackpool 23 June 1948: Guy, Fearless Lass CC. Chadwick Winjones Jiffy of Nenefen.

Cruft’s

Crufts 1948
Crufts 1948
Crufts 1948: ? ,Sergei of Swalescar CC. Alexis of Swalescar, Swank of Lenoken
Crufts 1948: Sergei of Swalescar CC. Guy, Fast and Fair. Alexis of Swalescar.
Crufts 1948: Guy, Ch Dante. Sergei of Swalescar CC.
Crufts 1948
Crufts 1948: Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies. Chadwick, Ch Winjones Balzoniza.

 

Crufts 1948: Novice Bitches

L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show

L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Novice Bitches
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies.?. Etherington Bertramilva of Astonoff. ?.
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Young, Rydens, ?. Guy, Birthday Greetings. Ellis, Zarena of Whitelilies. Dudley Zinnia of Ukrainia. Fantastic of Rydens.
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Vodac of Yof. Guy, Birthday Greetings. Young, Rydens Reyas Malina.
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Vodac of Yof. Guy, Birthday Greetings. Young, Rydens Reyas Malina . Dudley, Zinnia of Ukrainia. Bertramilva of Astonoff,. Fantastic of Rydens.
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Young, Rydens ? Guy, Birthday Greetings .?, Bertramilva of Astonoff
L.K.A 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Swank of Lenoken. Sarson, Mazeppa Brazhnikoff. Guy, Kinka.
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Guy, Ch Blue Train. Young, Balalaika of Rydens.
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Guy, Ch Blue Train. Young, Balalaika of Rydens. Pitts, Swank of Lenoken. Wildish Hero? of Valdai Hills.
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Norton, Denes Zarina. Chadwick, Winjones Astral. Guy, Barinina of Baninoff.

 

L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Chadwick, Winjones Balzoniza CC. Guy, Barinina of Barinoff. Young, Ch Antoinette of Rydens.
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Chadwick, Wonjones Balzoniza CC.
L.K.A. 1948 Borzoi Club Show: Chadwick, Winjones Balzoniza CC. Guy, Ch Blue Train CC.

Borzois at Francehill

A short film from the Francehill kennel. Comment from Christina Rafton ;Francehill Parti Piece (later “of Jonwin”) being handled by Robin Searle at the Old Vicarage, Acton, Sudbury Suffolk in 1975. Litter sister to our imported Aus.Ch Francehill Passionflower of Matalona (BISAB). Self Red bitch is Ch Francehill Pantaloons.

The Nederlandse Barsoi Clubs 85th Anniversary at Castle Vorden

Karen van Antwerp has kindly supplied us with text and photos from The 85 Year Jubilee of the Nederlandse Barsoi Club.

 

On January 19, 2020, the Nederlandse Barsoi Club began the celebration of their 85th Anniversary at Castle Vorden during the annual New Year reception and dog walk.  

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Castle Vorden and its owners welcomed club members into the castle and their Borzoi to celebrate this special event. Several members dressed up in historic costumes to honor the aristocratic themed festivities. We had the opportunity to have coffee and a snack with our three Borzoi in the magnificent Red reception room, admiring the guests, their dogs and the beautiful artwork and antiques.

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Vorden Castle dates back to 1315. The moment we walked up the stairs into the castle we could feel the 800 years of history with the beautiful antique furniture, paintings, sculptures, armor and other antiquities dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries. In the dining room were several paintings that are reminiscent of the hunting castle Pershino of Grand Duke Nicolai Nicolaivitch of years past.

Ellen

The schedule for the celebration began around 11:00 – 11: 30 with a warm welcome and speech by Inge Fakkert, the club´s Chairman.  Then we took a few memorable photos of the Borzoi on the front steps of the Castle, with several members in historic costumes.

The hour-long dog walk through the trails on the castle grounds was breathtaking as you watched 50 Borzoi and their owners progressing through trails. It was very picturesque.

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After the dog walk, there was a lovely lunch which began with a toast for the 85th anniversary year of the club.

 

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During the delicious meal, we continued the celebration over conversations on our Borzoi.  Old friends shared stories and several new friendships were made. The Borzoi present enjoyed the day´s activities as much as the owners and everyone felt welcome and relaxed.

It was a `moment in time`in my own life to celebrate this lovely Borzoi breed with the club members in such a grand, elegant location of Castle Vorden. I am thankful to the Club and the committee for organizing such a memorable day.  I have had Borzoi over 25 years and our dogs have lived in 3 different countries. We are glad to be a part of this lovely club and to help celebrate its anniversary celebration.

As the late afternoon sun began to shine, we left lovely Kasteel Vorden. My husband and our Borzoi were so happy to have such a special day together meeting up with our Borzoi friends old and new.

Respectfully submitted:

Historic

Karen Marie Van Antwerp

Member of the Nederlandse Barsoi Club & The Borzoi Club (UK)

Borzoi – from USA and UK

Dashava Lynley

Dashava Rio

Pickle Hill Nadya

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Bransgore Borzois of Mrs. E. L. Gingold.

The Book of Dogs by Stanley West.

“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:-

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Ballerina
Ballerina of Bransgore

“This is one of the most attractive of all breeds, and whilst it may claim to be a relation of the Greyhound its type is certainly more beautiful. In the days before the Great War the Borzoi was world famous for its skill in the favourite Russian sport of wolf-hunting, rather a dangerous pastime, in which a pair of dogs were trained to chase and seize an individual wolf, the object being to grip the wolf by each ear and bring it down, keeping it there until the hunter arrived.

The Russian Imperial Court and many grand-dukes had numerous dogs in their kennels, and the famous “Bransgore” strain now bred in this country are from the original Russian stock.

This breed has been favoured by our own Royal family, both Their Majesties Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra having kept them. At the present time it is one of the most popular exhibits at the larger dog shows.”

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Brynzga of Bransgore

I am publishing this article in The Borzoi Encyclopedia to encourage better understanding of the function of a Borzoi and its development as a breed. It is 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kennel “Van de Sabatchnaja Izba”

By Jo Heller

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 Vliertsesteeg 10, Hertogenbosch, Holland.

Twenty years is a long time, but it is very important to keep in mind that this kennel really does not breed very often, but when they do, they produce quality. The excellent dogs that are bred here are wanted everywhere! Requests from serious lovers of the breed from all over are higher than the amount of young dogs they have at hand.

Kumir

The bloodlines of this kennel have been selected very carefully, and originate from the old Dutch Krasnoje Selo and Vredewold lines. It is the ONLY Dutch kennel who directly imported several excellent Russian Borzoi to breed into their line. In 1960, Mr. van Erp succeeded to import two males, brother Kumir and Kretchet, both white with black, and also the lovely self beige bitch Wolga, directly from Russia.

The powerful Kumir and the quality blonde bitch Petrushka van Lewanoff had an excellent litter [containing] Sokol, Sirotka, Strela and Sorva van de Sabatchnaja Izba. This litter contributed much to the general quality of the breed here.

sorva

Sorva was bred at a later date to Vorenoff Beau Geste, an English import owned by Mrs. J. Heller. From this litter came Inuschka van de Sabatchnaja Izba, better known as ‘Dropje’. Dropje is built the same way as her Russian grandsire, Kumir, has the same intelligence, and is, like Kumir, a very special Borzoi.  She is the dam of World Winner Vorenoff Kismet Tolkaia.

Inushka

The sire of Sorva’s second litter was Russian import Kretchet, and two Borzoi from this litter – Almas and Alenka – are in Switzerland.

At the moment Mr. van Erp has some other interesting Russian imports, a male and female, both black, and the lovely white and black male Yasha, who is a powerful wolf hunter and who deserves to be called Borzoi. This year Yasha will sire puppies, all who are already spoken for in and outside of this country.

The Borzoi kennel Van de Sabatchnaja Izba does not flood the world with numerous young dogs; however, it is known and valued for its quality, and this extremely valuable blood is very important and beneficial to the breed. We wish you success with the Yasha offspring.

D.M. Dudley’s Ukrainia Borzoi

By Sue E.A. Vasick

 

[originally published in the Spring, 1992 issue of Borzoi International magazine] All Rights Reserved.

 

In England, Dorothy Dudley’s interest in Borzoi began in the 1930’s and continued to her demise at a ripe old age. Her first Borzoi were bitches, these being Iza, Zwogezdi and Zwogezdi’s dam, Icy Lass.

Zwogezdi was whelped November 13, 1936 and was sired by Cossack Carzoff, bred by the Tyrells who had moved to Canada. She was 11-1/2 months old when she went to live with Miss Dudley, and had had distemper as a puppy, resulting in a high strung nature. Unfortunately, Zwogezdi’s nature was to be the death of her, as she escaped from Miss Dudley one day and died of exposure. Miss Dudley was understandably very distraught over this incident and it took her many years to recover from the tragedy.

Sympathizing with her loss when they returned to England, the Tyrells hoped to fill the void Zwogezdi left by presenting Dorothy with her dam, Icy Lass. At the time Icy was too old to present anymore litters, but she gave Dorothy two very good years of love and companionship until she died two months after her 10th birthday on August 16, 1939. Icy had a wonderful temperament and pedigree, being a granddaughter of Nora of Shay; she had belonged to Ernest Guy for two years, presenting him with a litter sired by Russet of Llanfair, then two subsequent litters by Ch. Felstead before going to live with the Tyrells.

Miss Dudley’s next bitch was named Iza, a half-Barnaigh bred bitch officially registered as Isinglass. She cost four pounds at 11-1/2 weeks of age, which was quite a tidy sum in those days!  Dorothy described her as an orange marked white by Bedinovitch of Barnaigh ex Patricia of St. Dulthus. She also described her as being very straight in the shoulder, having a Roman head and being undershot, so no one could accuse Dorothy of being kennel blind!

igor and marnova

Dorothy adored Iza, but bad times fell upon her, as well. At the time, Dorothy was living at home with her parents, and her father did not like the dogs – particularly Iza – or understand her love for them. When she brought home another bitch – Marnova of Mantavani [Vasstri of Mantavani ex Marika of Mantavani] – in March 1944, things got rather difficult around the Dudley household. Then in 1946, Dorothy brought home the white and red Igor of Moskowa [Moryak of Moskowa ex Verba of Moskowa]; Dorothy’s father put his foot down —- Iza had to go!

Iza went to what Dorothy felt was a nice family, but the people didn’t understand what Borzoi temperament was truly like and the poor bitch’s life became a living hell. Dorothy managed to get her back, but her father wouldn’t allow Iza to stay and ordered Dorothy to destroy her. Although Dorothy obeyed her father, she never forgave him, and never stopped crying for what she did to her bitch.

As time went on, Miss Dudley’s personal life sorted itself out as she got a job at a hospital in March 1949 and worked there until August of 1967. She was able to finally breed her first litter of Ukrainia Borzoi; this was, of course, Igor to Marnova. This breeding produced a bitch named Zinnia of Ukrainia, who was eventually shown but never made up, as Miss Dudley was often a bit short of money and had limited holiday time from her job. Because of that, Zinnia only attended some local open shows and two championship shows.

Zinnia

Dorothy described Zinnia as being a big bitch weighing 67 pounds at 15 months of age, and having a 34” brisket in her old age. She also said that Zinnia was white and red-gold, a bit flat in topline, straight in shoulder, and quick with a wonderful Borzoi smile.

In 1951, Zinnia was bred to the well known red sable and white Ch. Ivanoff of Rydens, producing a litter of 3 dogs, 7 bitches on December 8th. Of these ten, seven survived – 2 dogs and 5 bitches – and Dorothy particularly liked a bitch she named Cassia of Ukrainia, who was white with red head markings and patches on her sides. Cassia remained at Ukrainia.

She was bred to the well known red on white dog, Gay Cavalier of Yadasar, having a litter on October 30,1953, with the pups named Falcon, Fedro, Felix, Flamingo, Fieldfare, Flying Fox [all males] and Fressia. This was a tragic litter as within two months time they all contracted hardpad disease, and it was a fight to save any of them. Falcon was first to get sick and die. All the rest were then immunized with ‘anti-hardpad serum’, whereupon Flamingo got sick and put to rest on the 26th of December, as he had gone blind with meningitis. The remainder of the males also got sick but were saved, according to Dorothy, by Herb Royal Garlic capsules!

Fressia, the only bitch in this litter, was exposed to the disease but never got ill, so wasn’t even inoculated; she never did get sick. She was a spotted tri bitch of lovely type, beautiful head and nice angles, and did her share of winning at the few shows she was at. As a brood bitch, she was bred several times. Her litter with Zahedi of Carradale produced 2 dogs and 4 bitches, only to have the pups all die within their first week due to Freesia developing eclampsia. She was re-bred, but for some reason killed all her pups.  Finally, though, Freesia was able to continue on the line when bred to Horst of Woodcourt, with the litter born in March 1956. This produced Verbena of Ukrainia.

Freesia

Zahedi of Carradale was used again in hopes of incorporating his blood into the kennel, this time being bred to Verbena. A healthy litter was born April 3, 1961, and Henna of Ukrainia was retained.

These were the original foundations of the Ukrania Borzoi, nice animals by general standards of the time, certainly fraught with tragedy and hard times, but well brought on nonetheless. However, for some reason, which Miss Dudley did not relay to me, these lines were never bred on. Maybe it was the economy and just hard times, but whatever happened, the Ukrainia breeding program switched over to a spotted tri bitch named Tremis of Rega.

Trenis

Tremis was sired by Jester of Fortrouge out of Rega’s Sapphire of Bobrowski, born June 26, 1960. This bitch was bred in 1962 to Natarka of Fortrouge and whelped her litter on September 4th. From this came Boris and Bistri of Ukrainia. Bistri was red and white in color, and her brother Boris colored like his dam; it was Boris who carried on the Ukrainia banner in both Great Britain and America.

Boris was bred to a bitch that Miss Dudley had purchased named Wendylou of Yadasar [Ch. Sabre of Yadasar ex Ch. Iliad of Woodcourt] which resulted in the Ukrania “L” litter, whelped May 2, 1966. From this litter came a spotted tri bitch named Lobelia of Ukrainia [who eventually was bred to Sorvan of Fortrouge to produce Xia of Ukrania] and her litter brother, Lasky of Ukrainia.

Lasky of U

It is Lasky who came to America at 12 weeks of age, and it is Lasky who was able to be found behind a number of American breeding programs throughout the years.He was only used at stud three times, but Lasky was the sire of Elain-Ward’s Calico Patches, Sunbarr’s Sascha of Tyara Tam, Nightsong Eurydice and others, all who figured in American pedigrees. Sadly, Dorothy lost contact with Donald Robb, owner of Lasky, and never knew what became of him. She was quite upset about that.

To go back to Ukrainia, Miss Dudley tried breeding Lobelia’s daughter, Xia, to American import Sunbarr Invader of Fortrouge, but Xia lost the pup and was never again bred. Another litter bred at Ukrainia was a bitch named Iskra of Ukrainia, who was mated to the famous Ch. Zomahli Harorshyi, from which Miss Dudley retained a gold sable and white male named Gordey of Ukrainia.

This pretty much rounds out the breeding program at Ukrainia, although certainly not the end of Dorothy Dudley’s love for the breed nor of Borzoi at her establishment. She was not getting any younger and felt that it was no longer

Charmaine

wise to breed. When I “met” Dorothy through abundant correspondence, she still owned a white, black and cream colored bitch named Shelbor Charmaine [Greenhaven Buccaneer ex Keeper’s Shelbor Desirable], who spent many good years with her. Dorothy mentioned that Charmaine reminded her so much of her old line of Ukrainia dogs and was more precious to her for that reason.

The last Borzoi to ever grace the home of Miss Dudley was Fortrouge Myra, who remained with her for some time until it became too difficult for her to maintain her own home. Dorothy had to return Myra to her breeder, Miss Betty Murray, then sold her long time home,  and moved herself into a well maintained nursing home. Myra  produced two litters at Fortrouge, and Dorothy Dudley spent her latter years content where she was, still talking to Borzoi folks, and occasionally attending a dog show. Although Miss Dudley’s Ukrainia dogs did not make a lasting mark on the breed the way so many others had, there is no doubt that her love and dedication for her dogs helped to produce some very fine Borzoi during the kennel’s existence. Dorothy is no longer with us, but her friends remember her well for her genuine appreciation of a good Borzoi.

[This article has been revised to reflect current times, and modified to simplify some details]