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Best in show at the 21st Sintra International show in Portugal was the Borzoi Silver Shannon de Nikolaiev, handled by Pascal Douis, owned by Cecilio Pineido.

Photo by Vince Hogan

A big thank you to Samantha in the UK Kennel Club Photo Library who after my recent visit there this month sorted out the following pictures for me to use in the newsletter I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did finding them.

The pictures show Queen Alexandra's borzoi Alex in one of the day paddocks at her Sandringham kennels circa 1896 the photos were all used in the UK Ladies Kennel journal of the same year. I have included a bigger picture of each smaller picture just click on the picture to enlarge it. There were lots of different breeds kept at the Queens kennels including some beautiful Maremmas or Italian Mountain dogs as they were described in the journal.

Alex - 1896 
from the Ladies Kennel Journal in the day paddock at Sandringham

These are the day paddocks with the kennels in the background.

A close up of one of the kennels, you can see the small hatch on the right for the small breeds kept.

This is called the Queens Gate, presumably the one she used to visit the Kennels.

This shows one of the staff outside another gate at the end of the day paddocks.

Dog genome assembled July 20, 2004

MIT researchers and colleagues have released the first draft of the dog genome sequence, which could aid the characterization of dog diseases. The draft has been deposited into free public databases for use by biomedical and veterinary researchers around the globe. 

The researchers, led by Kerstin Lindblad-Toh of the Broad Institute and Agencourt Bioscience Corp., are currently comparing the dog and human genome sequences. They plan to publish results of their analysis in the next several months. The Broad is a partnership among MIT, Harvard and affiliated hospitals and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

The breed of dog sequenced was the boxer, because analyses of 60 dog breeds found it was one of the breeds with the least amount of variation in its genome and therefore likely to provide the most reliable reference genome sequence.

The dog genome is similar in size to the genomes of humans and other mammals, containing approximately 2.5 billion DNA base pairs. Due to a long history of selective breeding, many types of dogs are prone to genetic diseases that are difficult to study in humans, such as cancer, heart disease, deafness, blindness and autoimmune disorders. In addition, the dog is an important model for the genetics of behavior and is used extensively in pharmaceutical research.

To best characterize disease in dogs, it is important to have a sufficient number of markers in the genome. Therefore, in addition to the boxer, nine other dog breeds, four wolves and a coyote were sampled to generate markers that can be used in disease studies in any dog breed. A preliminary set of about 600,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which amounts to a SNP roughly every 5,000 DNA base pairs, is currently being aligned to the released assembly. 

Sequencing of the dog genome began in June 2003. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), funded the work through the Broad Institute. The Broad (rhymes with road) is part of NHGRI’s Large-Scale Sequencing Research Network. 
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Best In Show - I hope you remembered this is on every Monday on Animal Planet, Satellite TV - it's been great to watch all the professional handlers and the owner handlers competing in North America and Canada.

Borzoi are big in Pontypool!! A little piece that made it into the local Welsh newspapers.

See pictures of  Brenda Blythe (Lelant) and Barry & Leslie Rimell's (Borodino) recent trip to France at the Netherlands borzoi site. The puppy below is Bistrumodny sire is Borodino Barich, dam is Gustopsowaya’s Brindle Breeze who was competing at the French show Servins

See pictures of Brenda Blyth (Lelant Borzoi) recent trip to Moscow to judge at the Regional Borzoi Club in Moscow.

The Anxiety Wrap - a tool taken from the world of autism that helps animals to cope and over past and present issues. It aids an animal's ability to focus and remain calm and compliments the use of gentle training methods.

Hair of The Dog - Docs Blend!
Created by Borzoi breeders Doc and Barbara Lord of Warwind Borzoi, this is a Synergistic Approach to Omega Balance and Antioxidant Protection.

Aust Ch Aria's Cry Havoc

Ros Barden of Kenibeas Borzoi sent me this great picture of him and wrote

"we are just so lucky that we were able to get this fantastic young dog.... and he truly is just a gem..." you'll find  a link to Ros's kennel on the right.

Having seen what Patti Neale of Sylvan Borzoi can achieve with her Borzoi in a cart - here is a site that supplies several sorts of sulky carts for dogs.

Movies with Borzoi

Pickle Hills Notchee Boy in "Legends of the Fall
Read the whole story of this borzoi in the movie in the link above.

More Movies below

Hello Dolly D'or's Prince Igor 
owned by Barbara
Todd (Zcerlov)and bred by Andre Legere.
Excalibur (1980's)  
Bride of Frankenstein In the Boris Karloff classics
Easter Parade Borzoi join Fred Astaire and Judy Garland
War and Peace Borzoi from the kennel of from Ekhaga Sweden.
Pink Floyd Music DVD
Live at Pompeii the Directors Cut
TV Show in USA "Wings" Lyndell Ackerman's "Nessie" CH Windyglens Finesse
The Great Ziegfield
Ziegfield Follies
"Onegin " 1999 Actors: Ralf Fiennes, Liv Tyler
This film has a couple of scenes with Borzois in their true setting, ie.
in Russian landowner's country mansion
a) being led through snowy inner courtyard by one of the servants
b) lounging next to enormous hearth/ fireplace next to their master
Gangs of New York (2002)  
Chaplin Robert Downey Jr
The Avengers with Emma Peel
Maverick (1994) with Mel Gibson
Sleepy Hollow At the end of the movie
Last Action Hero Being walked out of the Police Headquarters
A Knights Tale On the DVD deleted scenes
Love at First Bite  

If you know of anymore do let me know!

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Dog Info


Last Months

The International Borzoi Conference takes places in Texas, USA, April 2005.  The event co-ordinators are Mrs. Shen Smith & Mrs. Angela San Paolo.


Dogs in Europe
Aniwa is a European Website dedicated to the world of animal and show dogs - always good pics.

USA Nationals
If you'd like to see the breeding behind some of the winners you'll find a pdf here.

Dog News USA
f you'd like to keep up to date with the dog scene in the USA, Dog News is the place to be!



I keep a Kennel Club database of borzoi pedigrees on my computer and if you ever need a pedigree for any uk, some european and american borzoi , drop me an email and I'll send you one.

For details of breeders with puppies for sale please 
email me
The average UK price for borzoi puppies is £500.

If you want to find and print pedigrees of borzoi from the UK, Europe, America and Sweden visit Borzoi Central's pedigree pages. You can also add your own pedigrees to this enormous pedigree resource.


Good Websites

Looking for lure coursing equipment in the UK? Slips, blankets, muzzles and a whole host more here.

Coursing Equipment?
Maple Creek in the USA have a good selection of wares.

Sighthounds Only
What a great idea, a sighthound only playgroup, for socialisation and interaction.

Kenibea Borzoi 
See the lovely Texan import here Ch Aria's Cry Havoc as he lands in this Aussie kennel, they have a great puppy policy too.

Aria Borzoi
If you love the look of Ch Aria's Cry Havoc, enjoy Richard Mason Terry and Rita Lincks site devoted to their hounds. Richard also writes some great grooming articles too.
Interesting breed history


Silken Windhounds
As there is so much talk of these dogs coming to the UK, I thought you might like to see a little more of them.

Borzoi Stuff
Looking for pictures, stamps, paintings, and a whole host more, just click here.


The Borzoi Club of America also has a good website called Borzoi Health the number one disease in dogs is Cancer. Though heart disease which is so high in borzoi in the UK comes in at number 7 on the US list. 


Yahoo Groups
You'll find several excellent borzoi lists located at Yahoo Groups to subscribe to, including, Borzoi Conversations, Borzoi News, European Borzoi and Show Borzoi


Animals Naturally is a good starting place to find out more about homeopathic nosodes which are becoming very popular instead of annual boosters, always talk through your choices with your vet before making any decisions.

You can also read Dr Richard Pitcairns article on the subject of vaccinations too.

All our dogs are fed on the Nutro range of dog products.

and also on Anglian Meat Products

Just in case you're not already taking advantage of the new companies now allowed to sell you wormers and prescription medicines directly - here is the web address of Hyperdrug, also trading under the name of the Canine Chemist in your local dog press. It's so much cheaper bulk buying wormers and medicines directly.

Dog Show Results

Higham Press if you don't already know is an excellent website you can also get the number of entries entered in your breed now online.

Fossedata also supplies show results from many of the Scottish shows too.

Canine Information Online has results from Bath, Blackpool and 3 Counties.

If you've found a great website and would like to share it with others please email it to me

Judges for 2004

Manchester- Jill Chapman
Dog CC
Ch Dimland Music Maker
Bitch CC
Ch Colhugh Courtesan

Crufts 2004 - Mrs B Stears 
Dog CC
Manitias Silent Night at Mischran
Bitch CC
Colhugh Coffee Cream at Yanjoy

Hound Association Scotland
Marion Spavin
Dog CC Redbanner Representative
Bitch CC Ch Abamor Bewitched

Graham Hill
Dog CC Ch Vashla Vassago
Bitch CC - Ch Colhugh Coutoure

Anne MacDonald
Dog CC Nakora Izvoschik
Bitch CC Ch Colhugh Courtesan

Scottish Kennel Club - Roger Heap
Dog CC Swiftcroft Blaze Away
Bitch CC Rothesby Snow Queen

Mr DT Wong (Australia)
Dog CC Borodino Barishnikov
Bitch CC Ricanova Pickettywitch

Southern Counties
 Mrs D Martin
Dog CC Ch Dimland Music Maker
also won the Hound Group
Bitch CC Ch Colhugh Courtesan

3 Counties
Ian Bond
BOB Rothesby Ice Diamond

Mrs PM Wells
BOB Sukeshi Titan

Jeff Horswell

Dog CC Manitias Kilimanjaro
over Endevor
Bitch CC Ch Colhugh Courtesan

South Wales KA 
Denys Simpson
Dog CC Swiftcroft Blaze Away
Bitch CC Colhugh Coffee Cream at Yanjoy

Terry Thorn
Dog CC Ch Dimland Music Maker
Bitch CC Ricanova Pickettywych  

Vic Harrison
Dog CC Manitias Kilimanjaro
over Endevor
Bitch CC Colhugh Coffee Cream at Yanjoy

Hound Association
Susan Swain
Dog CC Ch Vashla Vassago
Bitch CC Ch Colhugh Courtesan

Margaret Masterman
Dog CC Manitias Kilimanjaro
over Endevor
Bitch CC Ricanova Pickettywych  

Welsh KC
 Derrick Harrison
Dog CC Sukeshi Hyperion
Bitch CC Ch Colhugh Courtesan

Scottish Kennel Club August -Kari Engh
August 28th

City of Birmingham 
Judy Fryer
September 3rd

Dee Langley
September 12th

Sue Simon
September 24th

Borzoi Club
 Bert Simmonds Dogs
Barbara Long Bitches
October 3rd

Gill Grist
October 16th

Borzoi Seminar 
24th October

Julie Stevens Smith
December 10th

Judges 2005

Crufts 2005 - Mrs FJ Minns

Northern Borzoi 
Michael Real

Hound Association 
Val Tuton