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The Circassian Hare Hound


This could be read in the Twentieth Century Dog 1904


Without a doubt one of the most beautiful foreign dogs ever seen in England is the Circassion Harehound FLY, which may also be said to be quite unique in this country. I happened to see it at the Botanic Gardens Show in 1903, and gladly availed myself the opportunity afforded me of getting something really novel for a dog book.
I am indebted to Mrs. Ross for the following description and particulars of the little dog.

The Circassion Harehound FLY is, in appearance like a diminutive deerhound, but has silkier and longer hair, of a variegated greyish tint, and a curly bushy tail. Its parents came from Teheran in Persia, but I believe the natural home of the breed is in the part of Russia below the Caucas Mountains.  The sire and dam of FLY were imported into Italy, where the dog was born about March 1900.  She weighs 31 lbs., and stands 20 1/2 inches at the shoulder.  Her eyes are a dark-blue with brown outlines to the pupils; ears short and covered with smooth hair, carried neatly folded back in repose, but when excited, she cocks them beautifully; tail very long, heavily feathered and rings - when excited it has something of the appearance of a circular fan; her coat is longer than the average deerhound's, inclined to be straight, and of a graduated shade of grey, with white chest and feet; she has a very long second thigh, well bent stifles, and hocks well let down; front legs dead straight; hare-footed, and rather large feet, probably adapted for running in a sandy country.She is extraordinarily fleet, and has beaten greyhounds that have won prizes, being able to turn in half the space or time of any dog she has yet been matched with. She is very gentle and playful, and an ideal dog for a lady or a child. When gamboling with other dogs she has the most graceful action, and is as agile as a cat.  I have tried very hard to get a dog to mate with her, but found it impossible, as I believe she is the only one of her breed in England.  She has attracted great attention whenever she has been exhibited, and is much admired by every one who sees her, both for her beauty and for her charmingly friendly disposition.