History of the "Borzoi" Russian Wolfhound
Breeding Russian Wolfhounds
(from a booklet published in 1930 by the Russian Wolfhound
Club of America)
Study very closely the different points according
to the standard of the Russian Wolfhound Club of America, find
out the good and bad points of both dog and bitch, go over the
pedigrees of both very carefully and make sure the animals are
not too closely related. Do not be decieved or misled by ads,
but demand actual facts from those who advertise stud dogs.
Do not think because a dog has won at a popular dog show that
it is necessarily the best for breeding, find out how many Russian
wolfhounds were present to compete with it. Remember that there
are many individuals who own hounds that may be very good, but
which are never exhibited at a show.
breeding your bitch keep her in confinement for the first five
weeks, do not let her run or jump, but give just enough exercise
to prevent her from going stale or getting out of condition.
The last four weeks walk her daily from two to five miles, and
it is advisable to feed a bitch in whelp bone-making food, such
as raw meat, eggs, cod liver oil, etc.
Be sure to have a well ventilated, well lighted
and carefully disinfected dry whelping place away from other
dogs if possible, and if the whelping is to take place in the
Commence to feed the puppies at the age of
three weeks with boiled milk, half water, a few drops of cod
liver oil in a pan and letting them lap it up will help them
greatly. Lactol, a British preparation, is also very useful
in raising puppies and for bitches in whelp. It should be used
according to directions. At five weeks it is known that a little
lean raw chopped meat is very good, aside from whatever you
may feed your puppies, increasing the amount as they grow older.
Puppies should be wormed at four weeks of age and if it is found
that they have worms, they should be wormed every month after
that until cleaned out.
Breeding and raising Russian wolfhounds in
Russia before the World War and in other countries then, such
as Belgium, France and Holland, apparently led the other countries
for type and quality, Germany and England led in number, and
still do. Italy, Roumania, Austria, Hungary and Luxembourg also
have some. We are not sure if there are any left in Russia and
other small countries bordering Russia at the present time,
worth mentioning. Breeding and raising these hounds in Russia
appears to have been easier than in any other place in the world,
very seldom would one see a hound there that had bad legs and
feet, or out of coat; unsoundness was scarcely known. Solid
black and black marked with brindle or brown, was not wanted
and many breeders would do away with such puppies at birth.
Roman-headed hounds were considered as freaks and this was then
in Russia, and is today in Europe, a very bad fault and in some
countries a disqualification.