Borzoi judged by Count Mengden in 1921

Andrus Koslow wrote: “As you know, Count Mengden was one of the few Russian greyhound breeders who after the revolution emigrated to France and continued to engage in dog breeding there. He repeatedly judged at exhibitions. In De Nederlandsche Hondensport on August 20., 1921, his article (report) about the exhibition in Brussels where he tried the greyhounds. NB! Probably his report (original) was in French. Translated (in Dutch) there are some words that cause doubts or misunderstandings – for example, often written about ′′ leg length ′′ (been), but I don’t understand what specifically we are talking about (plus, knee,??) Apart from that text is translated via Google translate, so don’t take it too strictly….

It was interesting to me that Count Mengden (as he wrote), evaluated the dogs ′′ according to Russian rules “, his ′′ grades ′′ were quite modest, even for the champion Almadin Nikolskoi only ′′ small bronze medal “…

To read and understand easier, I will add a photo of the dog (if I have such) and a link to the pedigree.”

Count Mengden with three of his borzois.

′′ The Dutch Dog Sports ′′ 20-08-1921

Russian borzoi in Brussels – Report of the judge of Count Mengden

The Société Royale Saint Hubert exhibition in Brussels made the greatest impression. Apart from a large number of borzoi, I was amazed by the enthusiasm of borzoi lovers like Mr. and Mrs & Mr. and Mrs Van den Berkhof. No doubt, such enthusiasts will soon be able to improve the breed of Russian borzoi abroad at the expense of well-selected dogs with Pershino blood. And we, Russian hunters who lost all our dogs in Russia, will be forever grateful for the desire to preserve this magnificent breed. I will follow the description of the borzoi winning prizes and to show the Russian standard of examination more clearly, I will mention the prizes that dogs would receive in Russia.

Volga du Nord, owner. Mrs. Beernaerts stands out immediately among all her competitors: despite his age, he is still well preserved and very muscular. His only fault is that his head is heavy and the wool on the skull is slightly wavy – a large silver medal. https://borzoipedia.com/pedigrees/1385

′′ Ajax vom Sachsenwald “, owner Mrs. Van den Berkhof, despite growth, not very classic black color for borzoi, dog with typical but not dry head, lack muscle mass and lack of front limbs: fingers too long and not enough tightly adjacent to each other; tail too short. His black color is not dangerous for breeding, because his offspring has different colors, such as Mrs. Beernaerts bitch ′′ Maslowa “, who could compete in appearance with the best Pershinsky bitches – a small silver medal. https://borzoipedia.com/pedigrees/17198

https://borzoipedia.com/pedigrees/7348 Poi Iwanoff “, owner, Mr. Van Essen, large male, back with top, back legs not long enough, beautiful eyes ′′ a fleur de téte ′′ (expression that is difficult to translate correctly, you can say ′′ petty “, is on surface, but not performing); head is not good, skull is heavy, ears are too low, tail is tilted to the right – large bronze medal. https://borzoi.breedarchive.com/…/poi-iwanoff.

Treu, owner. Mrs. Lawlor, very sophisticated, good head, good eye, good back, fingers crossed and short, tail not long enough, (plus? ) and the fingers of the rear limbs are too short – a small silver medal.

′′ Champion Almadin Nikolskoi “, owner of Van den Berkhof, purebred, with a good head, not enough dark eyes, low-staged ears, straight back, which is a disadvantage for a male, without muscles, poor twisted tail – small bronze medal.

′′ Iwan Moskowa “, owner of the countess van Bylandt, purebred, with a good eye, but the tong is too short and sharp, the front legs are too straight – a small bronze medal. https://borzoi.breedarchive.com/…/iwan-moskowa-55e902aa…

‘ Planja Pascholl ‘, owner of Mrs. Van den Berkhof, a very large bitch with beautiful eyes ‘ a fleur de ête ‘, good head, the tail is also good, but she has a shortage in her back and too long toes are a big silver medal. https://borzoi.breedarchive.com/…/planja-pascholl…

′′ Braila Pascholl “, owner of Mrs. Beernaerts, muscular, with a good back, too long fingers, too small eyes, too low-planted ears, the rule is piled to the side – a small silver medal. https://borzoi.breedarchive.com/…/braila-pascholl…

′′ Wonja Pascholl “, owner Van Essen, muscular bitch with very good wide back, back legs too short muscular bitches with very good width, flat back, on the other hand she has too short legs, ears not good – small silver medal .. https://borzoi.breedarchive.com/…/wonja-pascholl…

′′ Bessberk’s Annuschka “, owner of Mrs. Beernaerts, good bitch, head small and thin, but not long enough, beautiful dark eye, back legs of sufficient length, back too curved, rule swamped in side – small silver medal. https://borzoi.breedarchive.com/…/bessberks-annuschka…

′′ Blanda Achotnik “, Mr. Bamberg, pretty good head, toes too long, eye too light, rule piled in side – big bronze medal. https://borzoi.breedarchive.com/…/blanda-achotnik…

After the exhibition Mr. and Mrs. Beernaerts kindly invited me to visit their nursery. It is well organized with compliance with all hygiene rules and in flawless order. The only remark I’d like to make if he can be is that dogs don’t get enough training due to too small space, which inevitably leads to muscle suffering. At the show, it was noticeable for almost all dogs, except for a rare exception. Another common mistake is weakness in the toes. This is due to the fact that most dogs are sandy, so toes are not strong enough and tend to spread. I’ll end up telling greyhounds enthusiasts so often that to preserve and improve the breed you need to first train dogs, either on the hunt or by organizing courses. Otherwise, the muscles dry completely and the greyhound turns into a dog that can only be used for walking in the woods.