Reports

Perchino hunting report 1912

Andrus Kozlov has collected data from the Perchino hunting Journals. Not all years are available. Contrary to Gatchina they did not use guns but hunted with borzoi so what these figures tell us about the borzoi’s capabilities we can assume is quite close to the truth. It is also apparent that wolves were not an …

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Zarack the wanderer

Espen Uvaag has sent this interesting story about Zarack. Zarack’s owner was Ole Sigurd Hvidtsten from Høybråten just outside of Oslo, the capital of Norway. In a newspaper article, it says that the dog was relocated to Trondheim some 500km from home. The dog escaped from its new home and the article says that the …

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The tragedy in Bolanda

Picture of Porozhai , born 1891, red/white by (Letun D.B.Golizyn x Zmeika Sipyagin) and Ugar 248 (Sverkai Gatchina 154 x Obruga Gatchina 152). He won a big silver medal in St.Petersburg 1896 and first prize in coursing 1894. Died in the fire  in Bolanda described below. The Tragedy with the dogs of the Imperial Hunt …

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The Martynov portfolio

A Martynov was a well known Russian painter! The paintings are all from the time prior to the Perchino kennels. It is paintings, not photos. There is no reason to believe other than that Martynov did his best to have the borzoi look as good as possible. The paintings give us a clear impression of …

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King of the Wolfhounds

Kolchak – King of the Wolfhounds      In 1918 during World War I, a regiment from the 27th Infantry was sent on a reconnaissance operation along the Trans-Siberian Railway. At that time, 15,000 German and Austrian prisoners of war, along with Bolsheviks headquartered in the Ussuri Valley, threatened Vladivostok. Despite the frigid temperatures and …

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Working with Russian databases

This database is derived from various Russian studbooks published by different organisations and assorted catalogues from 1875 plus some 19th century pedigrees in Russian journals and some surviving handwritten records from Perchino all in original Cyrillic script.  For dogs that were exported, the studbooks from those countries were used for information on parents etc.   Some …

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