Early history of sighthounds

The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry from 1066. One of the first images of sighthounds in the west. Click on the museum link and learn more! Bayeux Tapestry – Visit of the Bayeux Tapestry – Bayeux Museum Bayeux Tapestry – Wikipedia

Hound on the church door

​​The Urnes Church Official description of the wood carvings on the very old church door! Wood carvings from a very old church door in Norway. The oldest churches in Norway was built in about 1100 to 1150. It has been said that the animal on this door is a stag or even a dragon. To me …

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The Albanian/Circassian borzoi

From FB/Borzoi past. Andrus Kozlov wrote this: From “The dog : its varieties and management in health” by Walsh, J. H. (John Henry), 1810-1888 The dog on the photo is very similar to the so-called Circassian Orloff Wolfhound. Mr. Zambacco named his dog Domovoy, imported from southern Russia, that way. In 1886-1888 a few articles …

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The Kyrgyz and Eastern borzoi (Taigan)

The Taigan (Kyrgyz: тайган), and also known as Kyrgyz Taighany (Kyrgyz: кыргыз тайганы) (Kyrgyzskaya Borzaya in Russian), is a breed of sighthound from Kyrgyzstan. The Taigan is found in the alpine Tian Shan region of Kyrgyzstan on the border with China, it is closely related to the Tazy and the Afghan hound.[1][2] As a sighthound the Taigan predominantly uses it sight and speed to overcome its prey, it is known for its extraordinary …

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Celt and Scythians

Is there a common root for the large sighthounds, the Borzoi, the Irish wolfhound and the Scottish Deerhound? We know that the Celts moved from the Eurasian steppes gradually further and further west ending in Ireland and Scotland. We also know that the celts were skilled horse breeders and craftsmen. From our point of view …

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L. P. Sabaneev on the borzoi

Differences in the appearance between types of the Russian Borzoi according to Sabaneev and other writers cited in his book. The text was given as a speech by Kristina Terra at the IBC conference in England. The pictures was suggested by Andrus Kozlov. The word “Psovaya” originated from the archaic Russian word “psovina”, which means …

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“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”: https://online.fliphtml5.com/hxyvj/cxfx/#p=93 BONUS: Three pedigrees: Ivan Turgeneff, Petrosavodsk and Podar of Notts! 1.photo The Clumber mansion When …

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Borzoi Skeleton

    This picture was given to me many years ago and I understand the actual skeleton is held by The Natural History Museum, London, UK.         I am publishing these articles in The Borzoi Encyclopedia to encourage better understanding of the function of the Borzoi and its development as a breed. …

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Borzoi History Sweden 1900-2000

  To understand the state of the breed 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 …

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