Can. CH RUBY de BOLSHOY
by Melanie Richards, Lythe Borzoi
What is the difference between two of Canada's
world-famous borzoi kennels, Kishniga and Sirhan? One little
red and white bitch named Ruby de Bolshoy who brought a mix
of Dutch blood to the famous Sirhan bloodline.
Sirhan was well known for the lovely Best in Show brother-and-sister
team, Am.Can.CH Sirhan Kaissack and Am.Can. CH Sirhan Tatyana,
both multiple Specialty winners in the states as well as en
route to their American titles. One of Kaissack's "trophies"
at the Midwest Specialty was a puppy from Sunbarr Kennels who
was to become one of the most famous sires in the breed: Sirhan
Podar of Sunbarr. Podar was linebred on the famous Sunbarr "B"
litter, all named for saints, which was a blend of Scottish
and German lines.
When Tatyana was mated to Podar, one of the
most famous litters in borzoi history resulted: the Sirhan "P"
litter, which included the two multi-Best in Show brothers Am.Can.
CH Sirhan Poraschai, owned by Edd Abblett, and Am. Can. CH Sirhan
Porchai, owned by his breeders Audrey
& Julian Benbow, both #1 borzoi; as well as Group-winning
Am. Can. CH Sirhan Pobedim and multi-specialty winning CH Sirhan
Pleshka, as well as other champions.
The first Kishniga litter resulted when Dick
Meen & John Reeve-Newson leased the multi-Specialty winning
Am. Can. CH Sirhan Raskolnika, who was out of Kaissack bred
back to his dam, CH Antigone of Tyree. Dick and John then tracked
down Podar, at that point living as a companion in Western Canada
with Leslie Rogers, and bred Raskolnika to him.
The two bloodlines diverged with the introduction
of Can. CH Ruby de Bolshoy. When bred to one of the males from
the Kishniga "A" litter, Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Gallant Anubis,
Ruby produced the spectacular multi-Best in Show winning litterbrothers
Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Desert Song, owned by breeders Dick and
John and shown by Dick; and Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Dalgarth,
later sold to Dyane Roth and piloted by Edd Abblett, both #1
borzoi in their time; as well as the group-placing bitch Am.
Can. CH Kishniga's Desiderata and others.
Ruby was sired by Am. Can. CH Sirhan Rugay
of Wilolea, a top winner in Canada, whose dam was three-quarters
the same breeding as Kaissack and whose sire was from the well
known Trezor Kennel, based on similar European imports to those
behind Podar, blended with some English.
Ruby's dam was a tightly bred daughter of the
famous continental stud dog, Intl. CH Troyka v. Borjoschka,
out of his half-sister. The introduction of this Dutch bloodline
definitely stamped Kishniga borzoi and marks the point Kishniga
borzoi took on a look distinct from their Sirhan forebears.
Ruby was a heavily coated, substantial bitch
with moderate angulation and an exceptionally sweet temperment.
John Reeve-Newson picked her out as a puppy when one of the
Kishniga's "A" bitches was traded with Ruby's breeder Pauline
Though rarely shown in the states, Ruby was
Reserve Winners Bitch and the Midwest Borzoi Club specialty
in Detroit under Swedish judge, Carin Lindhe. Her brother,Am.
Can. CH Goshka de Bolshoy, a top winner in Canada, came down
to the states one year for this same specialty and went Winners
Dog to finish his U.S. title. Interestingly, despite the highly
successful combination of Ruby to the Kishniga "A" litter, I've
never heard of any of the Kishniga "A" bitches having been bred
Ruby was subsequently bred to Anubis' litterbrother,
Am. Can. CH Kighniga's Poh Ardagan, for the Kishniga "H" and
"K" litters. The "H" litter contained Specialty-winning and
Group-placing Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Hermes and Can. CH Kishniga's
Hatiana. The "K" litter included Can. CHs. Kishniga's Kassatka
and Kishniga's Black Knight.
She was later bred to each of her famous sons.
The Kishniga "O" litter was sired by Desert Song and included
several Canadian Champions, including Oona, Olga, Omnipotence,
and, my favorite for wittiness, Oedipus Rex! Her litter sired
by Dalgarth was co-bred by Kishniga and Dyane Roth's Dirlov
Kennels and included Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Dirlov Buttons,
Reserve Winners Bitch at the B.C.O.A. national specialty.
Batruk of Volga, a male heavily linebred to
the well know Volga bloodline, sired Can. CH Kishniga's Tallulah
Ruby has many well-known grandchildren, including
the "Desert Song" offspring, Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Rasputin,
a U.S. Specialty winner and a Canadian Best in Show winner;
Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Principessa Dolly P.,Canadian Best in
Show winner; Canadian multi-Best in Show winner Can. CH Keljhenni's
Anna Karenina; Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Nickelodeon Kid, multi-Specialty
and Group winner in the states and a Canadian Best in Show winner
as well; Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Dirlov Augustus, a multiple
specialty winner; Specialty-winning Kishniga's Dirlov Angelica;
Specialty-winner CH Kishniga's Purly Victorious; Group-winning
CH Tremara's Figaro of Goodooga; Specialty-winning CH Zenovia
Alotza Spots; Group-winning CH Silde Captain Fantastic; and
the Best in Show bitch, CH Tara's La Troika.
Other well know "Ruby" grandchildren include
the Dalgarth offspring Can. Best in Show-winning, U.S.
Group- and Specialty-winning Am. Can. CH Kishniga's Isis; and
Specialty-winning Can. CH Chernenkoff's Tavarish.
"Ruby's" daughter "Tallulah" produced Canadian
Best in Show and U.S. specialty winner Can. Am. CH Swiftess
High Sierra of Andare and his specialty-winning littersister,
Can. CH Swiftess African Queen. Another daughter, Hunter's Moon,
produced B.C.O.A. National Specialty Best of Winners CH Lythe
Mandragora, and litterbrother, multi-Group and Specialty-winning
Am. Can. CH Lythe Moon & Sixpence.
One of the most famous borzoi bitches in recent
decades was a Ruby great granddaughter, the Best in Show and
National Specialty winner, CH Fox Run's Ivy Rose, and so the