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Hunting wolves, Russian Wolfhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Deerhounds
(Adelaide Chronicle), 1901


The Borzoi, a Russian wolfhound, is at present a very fashionable breed in England and America, and facts seem to indicate that the same will soon be said of Australia; at any rate as regards Victoria and New South Wales. Colonel Wellesley was famous in England, and of late years the Duchess of Newcastle has been a very prominent patron ol' the breed. She has exhibited, bred, and judged largely. Other leaders of fashion have followed her example with the result that the breed occupies the foremost place in public estimation. Queen Alexandra, when Princess of Wales won the championship with Alex, her well-known Borzoi. Photographs of famous dogs and descri tive letterpress are frequently to be found in leading English journals, and, although one regrets that the noble Irish wolfhound and Scotch deerhound are not the prime favorites, we must perforce come to the conclusion that there must be some greater attraction in the breed than mere fashion. It may be that the Borzoi, being the favorite Russian dog, and that there are large Imperial kennels, the attention of English Royalty and nobility has been drawn to them more markedly than is the case with British breeds. Doubtless the Borzoi is descended from the original type which. produced greyhounds, deer hounds, wolf-hounds, and Irish staghounds. The first notable Borzoi in England were presented by the Czar of Russia to the Princess of Wales about 32 years or so ago. They were named Moloditz and Owdalzka, and they were exhibited and bred from, many of the resulting progeny turning out ' verv well. Among the best specimens' of recent years in England mar be named the celebrated Kributt, belonging to Colonel Wellesley. and the Duchess of Newcastle has many splendid animals in her kennels at Clumber. Mr. Freeman Lloyd, now a resident of Sydney, was among the owners of prominent dogs in England, notably of Whirlwind, a typical specimen. Mr. Charles Ryan, tho well-known surgeon of Melbourne, has numerous good ones, including a pair sent by a late Russian Consul-General to him from the Imperial Russian kennels. From these Mr. Ryan has bred a number, and about a year ago imported a nice dog from the Duchess of Newcastle's kennels. Those I saw some months ago in Melbourne, and admired very much. There are some m Sydney which I have not seen. An authority, Mr. F. Lowe, writing on the merits of the Borzoi, declares: 'A per fect Wolfhound must run up to a wolf, collar him by the neck just under the ear, and, with the two animals rolling over, the hound must never lose hie hold, or the wolf would turn round and snap him through the leg. Three of these hounds hold the biggest wolf powerless; so that the men can dismount from their horses and muzzle the wolf to take him alive.' It is stated that the biggest Scotch Deerhoundi; have been tried but failed to hold the wolf long enough. It is possible, however, that if trained to the work they, or the Irish Wolfhound, would give a new complexion to the affair.

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