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Text from British Dogs - The Various Breeds 1903 by Drury and Others
Although we have not had many specimens in this country, the variety is one that is worthy of encouragement, it has good appearance, activity, and strength to recommend it. Some seventeen years ago there was exhibited at Crystal Palace Show a remarkably handsome specimen of this variety in M Zambaco's Domovoy. This was a fine upstanding dog, straight and strong in limbs, and in contour resembling a Scotch Deerhound, though shorter in comparison to height. In color he was a cloudy red, with useful if not very thick coat. He was a winner at many Continental shows and a descendant from winners. His weight and measurements are thus recorded:
Color fawn mixed with black (wolf color)
M Zambaco, the owner of Domovoy, thus describes the variety; "The Circassian Orloff Wolfhound is the cousin of the Siberian Borzoi, but it has a few special characteristics that show it to be a distinct variety. The coat, instead of being wavy, as in the Northern animal, lies flat on the body, though it is about 2 inches long. The hind part of the front legs, the thighs, and the lower part of the tail are heavily feathered, the coat is longest about the breast and neck, forming a sort of frill. The legs of the Circassian dog are proportionally longer than those of the Siberian , the head is shorter and the forehead not so sloping back between the ears, the eyes are more open, the color is dark fawn or black. This hound is faster than the Siberian, and perhaps more intelligent, though both are suitable as companions, their aristocratic demeanor and most graceful attitude make them the richest ornamental hound of the hall and the drawing room."
As supplementing the information given by M Zambaco, in respect of the
color it may be stated that the Circassian Wolfhound is always dark. The
color preferred is dark tawny or black, and fawn on back and other upper
parts, shading off into a creamy-fawn, almost white, on belly, lower thighs
Circassian Hare Hound
seems to be another hound altogether, at least size wise.