This is an original 1907 black and white print ad for Valley Farm Kennels' Russian Wolfhounds. These dogs are natural sighthounds, and are often referred to as long-haired greyhounds due to their heritage and appearance. The dogs usually reach an excess of 100 pounds in weight. Their coat is silky and wavy, and they are known for their grace and compact strength, as well as their speed and endurance. This particular breed evolved between the Kyrgyzstan, the lower Kazakhstan part of Altai and the Afghan plains during the 9th and 10th centuries. The dogs were eventually bred by Tzars in Russia to hunt game, and were also used in Wolf Tests, where owners would release the hounds after a wolf. The dog would lock down around the wolf's neck and hold it there until the owner arrived. Some offshoots of the dog, mainly the Psovoi, were bred by the Tsars to be a symbol of tyranny and wealth, and thus much of the breed's population was seized and destroyed by the 1917 Revolutionaries.
This 104+ year old Item is rated Near Mint. No aging. No creases. No natural defects. No tears. No water damage.
Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint
Dimensions: Approximately 2.75 x 1 inches; 7 x 3 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
Keywords specific to this image: Borzoi Club of America, Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya, Hortaya Borzaya, Psovaya Borzaya Vintage Advertising