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Last update June 15 1998


The Russians that I met, claim that the Chortaya and the Chart Polski are identical and the same breed. This breed is somewhere around 150 years old and a mix between Greyhound and Borzoi. This is vehemently denied by the Polish people I talked to, who say the Chart Polski was first mentioned in old annals as far back as the 14 and 15 hundreds. They also deny any connection to the Borzoi. But they said something I did not know. There used to be a longhaired Chart Polski as well! During the beginning of the 19th century Poland decided to try to breed to a standard and the longhaired variety was considered inferior and is now bred out of the lines.


These 2 Chortayas are said to have bad heads. The Russians said they are perfect examples of what happens if you mix in new Greyhound blood.



In Finland I watched several hours of video film of lure coursing in Russia. The competing breeds were Chortayas, Whippet, the Mid Asiatic Tazi and Borzoi. Since we don't do much coursing in Sweden I know practically nothing about coursing but at least I have eyes to see with. Had to rely on them because the speaker text was all in russian and no help to me at all.

The Chortaya was the supreme courser of these breeds, no question about it.
They were constantly at the lure, very intense and extremely fast and agile. They were the only ones to catch the lure by the way.

The Whippet hunted the lure in the same way, almost but not quite as intense in the hunt as the Chortaya, and of course a lot slower since they are smaller. Maybe I should mention that the Russian Whippets on the video did not look quite like we are used to... Small, like our Scandinavian Whippets, much flatter skulls and a behind that somehow reminds me of an Italian Greyhound. 


The Mid Asiatic Tazi hunted the lure as I've always figured a sighthound would. They sometimes got a bit confused and started to chase each other instead of the lure. Not at all as intent on the lure and not as fast as the Chortayas or the Whippets.


Then there was Borzoi, "my" breed.
A big disappointment to me!! Compared to the others they were big, slow and clumsy. Only one bitch was *really* interested in the lure and chased it with all her might and she was quite fast. The others actually had to be coaxed to follow the lure through the whole run...


The lure was a piece of pelt that had a long and wide ribbon tied to it. The pelt followed the wire in a straight line but the ribbon "tail" fluttered in the wind, making it very visble.


At another Lure corsing event, obviously at a horsehow in a big riding hall (house?), the lure was not anything plastic but a dead pheasant and now the Borzoi had not trouble at all to be interested.