26 Apr HISTORY OF THE ICONIC #BORZOIHOUND
Being the most graceful and alluring being of all god’s creations, the borzoi wolfhound became the main source of inspiration behind the name of our iconic club that has been prudently detained since 1978.
Designed for speed and endurance, Borzoi literally means swift in Russian. Good natured, gentle and calm, the borzoi is an aristocratic breed exhibiting sensitivity and a sense of humor.
Its history can actually be traced back to Byzantium and the Saluki type sighthounds that were brought to Russia by traders of the empire. The Borzoi was popular with the Tsars before the 1917 revolution. For centuries, Borzoi’s could not be purchased but only given as gifts from the Tsar. Grand Duke Nicholas Nicolaievich of Russia bred countless Borzoi hounds at Perchino, his private estate.
The Russian concept of hunting trials was instituted during the era of the Tsars. As well as providing exciting sport, the tests were used for selecting borzoi breeding stock; only the quickest and most intelligent hunting dogs went on to produce progeny. For the aristocracy these trials were a well-organized ceremony, sometimes going on for days, with the borzois accompanied by mounted hunters and Foxhounds on the Russian steppe. Hares and other small game were by far the most numerous kills, but the hunters especially loved to test their dogs on wolf. If a wolf was sighted, the hunter would release a team of two or three borzois. The dogs would pursue the wolf, attack its neck from both sides, and hold it until the hunter arrived. The classic kill was by the human hunter with a knife. Wolf trials are still a regular part of the hunting diploma for all Russian sightdog breeds of the relevant type, either singly or in pairs or trios, in their native country.