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.
And now to turn to some of the present-day
champions. These can be seen at any big show, and criticism
here would be out of place. The writer, therefore, merely appends
their pedigrees and measurements; for the latter he is indebted
to their respective owners.
First let us bracket together the brothers
Champions Vassal and Kieff (later litter), and give an extended
pedigree, from which names occurring in following pedigree may
be traced back.
Both these dogs, built on much the same lines,
are brindle marked. Ch. Kieff's measurements are: height, 33
in., head, 12 1/2 in., girth, 35 1/2 in.
Another good dog by Fedia is Ch. Padiham Nordia.
His dam, Norah, is a Windle-bred bitch, by Korotai ex Windle
Dainty; Nordia is also brindle-marked. Height, 32 1/2 in., head,
12 in., girth, 36 in.
Closely related to the above is Ch. Berris,
one of the few sired by Ch. Caspian. His dam, Selwood Strelka,
was by Ch. Krilutt ex Nagla II. Height 34 in., girth 37 in.,
head 13 in. Ch. Ivan Turgeneff, by White Tsar ex Ch. Sunbeam.
Colour, white, with fawn markings, half Windle-bred, his dam
being full sister to Ch. Statesman. Height 32 1/2 in., girth
40 in., head 13 1/2 in.
In Ch. Strawberry King, by Ch. Kieff ex Maid
of Honour (by Ch. Windle Courtier), we have got another with
Windle blood on both sire and dams' sides; markings, light brindle.
H.M. the Queen's Borzoi Vassilka, a capital
photo os which appears here, is by Ch. Velsk. His mother, Gatchina,
is an imported bitch, the pedigree of which is unknown. He stands
32 1/2 in. at shoulder, length of head 12 1/2 in., girth 35
ins., markings, light fawn.
Of the bitches on the show bench at the present
time, it is perhaps invidious to mention names where many are
so good: but the writer thinks it will be admitted that Ch.
Sunbeam and Ch. Miss Piostri head the list. A photo of a painting
of the latter by the eminent canine artist, Miss Fairman, faces
page 272 [below].
The dogs living at the time of writing and
entitled to the coveted prefix of "Champion" are:
- Clumber Kennels (Her Grace the Duchess of Newcastle):
Dogs - Chs. Ivan Turgeneff, Velsk Votrio, and Vassal
Bitches - Chs. Sunbeam, Theodora, and Tatiana
- Ramsden Kennels (Mrs. Borman's):
Dogs - Chs. Kieff, Ramsden Ranger, and Statesman
Bitch - Miss Piostri
- Padiham Kennels (Mr. Murphy's):
Dog - Ch. Padiham Nordia
- Mrs. Aitchison's Kennels:
Dog - Ch. Strawberry King
Bitch - Ch. Votrio Vikhra
- Mrs. May's Kennel -
Dog - Ch. Berris
Now the photos here given, list of points, etc., should be
an excellent guide to the intending Borzoi fancier; but it must
be pointed out that the measurements apply to the best dogs
of the past and present, and the novice must not expect quite
such excellence unless prepared to open his purse-strings widely.
There are plenty of dogs living the measurements of which equal
the above, but mere size is nothing unless quality
is also present; and this is where the breeder's difficulty
arises - to get size without coarseness.