from the Kennel Encyclopedia, edited by J. Sidney Turner,
Chairman of the Committee of the Kennel Club. Published in 1907.
The Borzoi section was written by S.P. Borman.
First let us take a few of those which some
years ago were "at the top" of their breed. Although
no longer with us, their names appear in the pedigrees of most
of the present day "cracks," and a short summary of
their good and bad qualities may be helpful to breeders; for
it is to these former ancestors that many of their pups will
"throw back," and unless one knows the points possessed
by the stud dog's and brood bitch's ancestors, it is difficult
to breed with any degree of certainty.
Perhaps one of the most successful dogs on
the show nech was Ch. Velsk (95), owned by Her Grace the Duchess
of Newcastle. Almost white, with faint, light grey markings,
this dog possessed a marvellous coat, great depth of chest and
plenty of bone. He was unfortunately rather lacking in arch
- his worst fault. His measurements were as follow: - Height
at shoulder, 31 3/4 in.; length of head, 12 1/2 in.; girth of
chest, 35 1/2 in. CHAMPION VELASQUEZ, his litter brother, a
handsome whole-coloured brindle, was a more racily built and
bigger dog. He left few descendants in this country before being
exported to America.
The pedigree of these two dogs (Champions Velsk
and Velasquez) is as follows:
CHAMPION STATESMAN (still alive, but retired
on his laurels) and his brother, CH. SHOWMAN, were also big
winners some four or five years ago. Both were big, sound dogs,
with light fawn markings. Their names occur in many of the present-day
pedigrees. Their pedigree (which, as an example of in-breeding,
is of interest alone) is as follows:
Their dam, Windle Princess, by Korotai ex Windle
Snow, was litter sister to Ch. Windle Courtier. Courtier was
all quality; some say he was too flat-sided and too curly in
coat; but there is doubt that for quality, more especially in
head, one must look to dogs containing blood of the "Windle"
strain, at least, that is the writer's experience. This kennel,
owned by a Mr. Coop, was dispersed some years ago.
Perhaps the biggest Borzoi, combining size
and quality was Ch. Caspian, who when standing smartly, measured
34 1/2 in., length of head 12 3/4 in., girth of chest 37 1/2
in. Unfortunately he, too, left few descendants, dying when
less than three years old.
By the kindness of the Duchess of Newcastle,
the writer is enabled to include an illustration of her celebrated
imported bitch Ch. Tsaritsa. A big, sound bitch, her measurements
equalled those of many dogs, as a glance will show: - Height
31 1/2 in., length of head 11 1/2 in., girth 35 1/2 in. She
was exhibited as "pedigree unknown." Her success on
the show bench was phenomenal. She won no less than 66 firsts,
specials and championships.
Although not a full champion, a dog that deserves
mention as having left his mark on the breed is Piostri, a tall
lemon-marked dog by Windle Earl ex Alston Queen, by Ch. Windle
Courtier. He was extremely prepotent, stamping his wonderful
head on nearly all his progeny. He covered perhaps too much
ground, and wanted more substance; but with all his faults,
his early death was a great loss to the breed.
The list would not be complete without mentioning
some of those bitches, dams and grand-dams of our present champions
whose names appear in all the best pedigrees. Foremost among
these rank Ch. Vikhra, dam of Ch. Velsk, Ch. Velasquez, and
of White Tsar; and Ina, dam of Champions Caspian, Vassal, Kieff
and others. Ina was just a fair specimen, and never made a great
name on the show bench, but as a brood bitch she was simply
invaluable, as was Windle Princess, a tall white bitch, dam
of Champions Sunbeam, Statesman, Showman, etc.