Excerpt from "Hunting Large Game"

This is an excerpt from an article which originally appeared in The North American Review in October 1895. The author is Major-General Nelson A. Miles.

About the most interesting sport I have ever engaged in, was the hunting of large wolved in Indian Territory in 1875, when they were found in great numbers. A party of hunters, very often numbering from ten to twenty, and well mounted, would move out to a divide or high ground of the rolling prairies, each with a greyhound or staghound in leash, while some men would be sent along through the timber and the ravines with deerhounds and bloodhounds to start the wolves out of the cover on to the high ground. The moment they appeared and undertook to cross the prairie, a signal would be given and the dogs let loose. The result would be a grand rush and chase of from three to five miles, winding up with a fierce fight. The large grey wolves were very powerful; you could hear their jaws snap half a mile away, and frequently they cut the dogs very badly. When any one dog had courage enough to make the attack all the others would rush in; and I have frequently seen the whole pack upon one large wolf.

There is, however, rarer sport than this to me in hunting the bear with a well trained pack of dogs. Mr. Montague S. Stevens, an English gentleman, who has a large cattle ranch in New Mexico, has a fine pack of dogs, composed of bloodhounds, fox terriers, staghounds, boarhounds, Russian wolfhounds, and various others of the canine species - the first used as trailers - and taken altogether they will tree or bring to bay any bear found in the country. In fact they fight the bear so furiously that he pays little attention to the hunters, so that they can approach with comparative safety. It is royal sport, though very difficult and somewhat dangerous. The hunters are usually mounted on strong, hardy, sure-footed horses, as they are obliged to ride rapidly up and down the sides of precipitous mountains.

Bear hunting is the most dangerous of all kinds of sport, and is uninteresting unless one is equipped with a well trained pack of dogs - a pack used for no other purpose. Such dogs are never allowed to hunt any other game.

Coursing and Racing Dogs
(Freeman Lloyd)

(not exclusively Borzoi)

Coursing Excerpt from The Beasts of the Prairies

Dog of All the Russias
(W. Haynes)

Dogs of Today - the Russian Wolfhound or Borzoi

Dogs That Hunt Bears and Wolves (Excerpt)
Freeman Lloyd

Excerpt from Hutchinson's Encyclopedia

Excerpt from the Kennel Encyclopaedia

Freeman Lloyd on Borzoi

Hound of the Czars
(Walter Dyer)

Hunting Dogs: Sighthounds and Scenthounds
(L. P. Sabaneev, 1899)

Hunting Large Game Excerpt

J.B. Thomas Says American Borzoi Lead the World
(Micheline de Zutter)

An Outline of the History of the Borzoi
Baron G.D. Rozen, 1891

Ruby de Bolshoy
(Melanie Richards)

Russian Wolfhounds of Yesterday and Today
(Freeman Lloyd)

RWCA's History (1930)

the Borzoi
(H. W. Huntington)

the Borzoi or Russian Wolfhound
(Major Borman)

the Hare and Many Foes

the Russian Borzoi (excerpt from "Dogs From All Angles")

the Russian Wolfhound
(James Watson)

the Russian Wolfhound or Borzoi
(W. Johnston)

Twentieth Century Dog - Borzoi Section

Watson on Borzoi


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