OES first appeared in Russia much later than in other countries. The
first imported dogs were not of very good quality as the people that
imported them had little knowledge or understanding of canines.
Unfortunately there is not much information available about them. Up
until the time that Russia joined the FCI each individual club kept
their own breeding records. Because of this, research often turns up
contradicting information. Clearing up the confusion first began
when the Russia Canine Federation (RKF) joined the FCI. Sad
to say, the pedigrees of the first Russian Bobtails were lost.
first Bobtails ever mentioned were imported in 1974 from Great
Britain into the former Soviet Republic. These were a male named
Tommy and a bitch whose name was Jenny. In 1979 the first litter
from these two came into the world. Somewhat later an American bitch,
Jane Chris Moscow Snow-Maiden, a male from Czechoslovakia Athos z
Krumlovska Ruze (Ch. Woodlane’s Elliot x Neva z Akordu), and a
male from Sweden Swedish Rhapsody (Bobby McGee x Oldash Sea Flicker) were
also imported. In fact it was with these bloodlines that breeding in
Russia actually started. The selection wasn’t particularly well
thought out. The greatest problem at that time was the inability of
USSR citizens to travel to other countries. There was no choice
other than inbreeding which resulted in dogs that did not meet the
breed standard (cow hocked, small heads, long legged, lacking
the 1980’s other imported dogs appeared in Moscow. Amongst them
was a bitch from Germany, Raider von den Blue Bobs (Flint v.d. Blue
Bobs x Jenny v.d. Blue Bobs), a male from Belgium, Igbi Du Mas Des
Glycines (Paddington Bears Enterprice x Pervenche Des Folles
Enterprice), as well as a male and two bitches from Germany Aiko,
Aira and Aika vom Grauen Bear (Flach vom Jalzaspring x Aires v.d.
until this time the Bobtail population had concentrated itself in
Moscow but in 1985 the bitch, Gloy Gizi (Swedish Rhapsody x Jane
Chris Moscow Snow-Maiden) went to Saint Petersburg. It was from this
bitch’s offspring with Igbi Du Mas Des Glycines (first litter) and
Athos z Krumlovska Ruze (second litter) that the OES in St.
Petersburg and the north western region of Russia descended. Two
very nice bitches, Peterburg Rabi White and Peterburg Revisanta came
out of the second litter. Later, on May 25, 1995 the combination
Kail Blue Angel x Peterburg Revisanta produced one of the best
Russian bitches, Int. Ch.
Tidy. Unfortunately, she only reached
seven years of age and died in June 2002 leaving her only litter
behind. Her children possessed wonderful breed qualities.
1989 the male, Guliver Hakar (Underberg aus dem Elbe-Urstromtal x
Euridika Hakar) and the bitch Bibi Junior Floren (Underberg aus dem
Elbe-Urstromtal x Cindarella z Plane) were imported from
the early 90’s several other dogs were imported to Moscow, the
males Bonzi Zeno (Bill z Severni Plane x Britt v.d. Lossnitzperle)
from Hungary, Ch.
Jolly Clews HumptyDumpty
Dappere Dodo x Jolly Clews Finaly Fascination) from Germany, Ch.
aus dem Elbe-Urstromtal (Zermatt aus dem Elbe-Urstromtal x Midnight
Lady von den Hottentotten) from Holland and the bitch Ch.
Masovia (Shaggy Danes Nobel Price x Twilight Jersey z Celtycklego
Polmroku) from Poland. From Finland the male, Ch.
Grey Coats Love Me
Tender (Grey Coats After The King x Air Mail aus dem Elbe-Urstromtal)
was exported to St. Petersburg. These dogs influenced the
development of the breed in Russia considerably. Breeding was still
rather chaotic and there weren’t any really dedicated breed
enthusiasts but still a few exemplary dogs resulted. And so in 1991
the most titled dog in Russia was born: Int. Ch.
Enur (Aton x
Cleopatra Glen). In his pedigree we find, amongst others Raider von
den Blue Bobs and Igbi Du Mas Des Glycines.
Enur was a high-class
representative of Russian OES breeding that could often be seen at
foreign exhibitions. He’s still in good form today and can
occasionally be seen in the Veteran Ring at large dog shows where he
proudly represents our breed.
the end of the 90’s two males from Great Britain Ch.
Runnings (Lamedazottel Keep Cool x Oakfarm Roxanne) and Ch.
Yours Forever (Lamedazottel Flamboyant x Lamedazottel Only You) and
a Croatian bitch, Tina (Papageno a.d. Alten Noris x Afra) were
the later part of the 90’s the first kennels registered by breed
enthusiasts appeared in our country. These were "Lohmatoe Chudo"
(owned by Sokolova, Moscow), 'Andreevskiy Flag" (owned by
Andreeva, Moscow), 'Bailain' (owned by Musina, Moscow),
Volshebstvo" (owned by Petrakova, Moscow), "Mechta
Poeta" (owned by Filonenko, Smolensk) and "Fairy Snows" (owned
by Stscherbakowa, Moscow) and many others. Special mention should be
made of the kennel 'Fairy Snows", whose owner Tatjana
Stscherbakowa lived in Germany for several years. When she returned
to Moscow her dogs of course came with her. She was accompanied by
her two males Ch.
Sweet Expression’s Cheerio Dimple
California Breeze x Sweet Expression’s Tuff Enough) and Ch.
Zottels Saturday Nite Fever (Bahlamb’s Back To Basic x
Lamedazottel Hello Again), as well as her bitch Peekaboo Deep in my
Heart (Lammorick Savoir Faire x Peekaboo Beast Of Burden).
January 2000 Ch. Zottels Saturday Nite Fever and Tina had a litter
which produced the beautiful bitch Bamby.
German bitch Ch.
Glory for Russia from Beautiful Highland
Clown’s Call To Glorie x Ch. Fergie from Beautiful Highland) was
imported in early 2001. In spite of her young age she has several
times been awarded BOB, BIG and BIS and taken many prizes at
national and international exhibitions in Russia.
point in time can certainly be considered a turning point. The
breeding program received a new push. Although lack of information (in
1999 the Internet project www.bobtail.ru was started which is the
main source of information for Russian OES owners) and grooming are
still the major problems, interest in the breed has increased.
mention should also be made of matings that took place in Europe. In
particular there were two special matings. In 1998 the bitch Int. Ch.
Vanda Gles F’Egor (Irlan Fred Daniel Dance x Bebi Lav Star) was
mated to Int. Ch. Not for Sale aus dem Elbe-Urstromtal of Belgium
and in 2002 Int. Ch.
Karund Zhu Zhu (Oakfarm Cool Runnings x Karund
Zhenevieva) was mated to Int. Ch. Argovian All on Board of
Switzerland. The offspring were proof that these combinations were
Russian national club “Bobtail” was founded in 1996. However its
inactivity, lack of communication, inability to recognize and admit
their own mistakes prevents them from holding the real Bobtail fans
together. Therefore entries at the annual special show are going
down from year to year.
addition, there are other alternative canine organisations. The
largest of which is the “Sojuz Kynologitscheskich Organizatsyi
Rossii” or SKOR (United Russian Canine Organisations). Within this
organisation there is another Bobtail club which also has imported
dogs registered. Generally these are dogs of Czech breeding from the
kennel “z Akordu”. But there is also a bitch from Great Britain
Ch. Oakfarm Anastasia (Lamedazottel Keep Cool x Oakfarm Roxanne).
breed is well represented in Russia. On the average there are 400
puppies registered per year with the RKF. Unfortunately only very
few of these participate in shows whether at local or larger
Bobtail owners enjoy taking part in agility, trials and other
activities. There’s even a volunteer worker in the rescue service,
the male OES Ch.
(Sweet Expression’s Cherio Dimple x
Binoni Kling Aum).
from Russia are no longer a rarity at the International and European
exhibitions. A group of Russian OES were shown at the International
show in Helsinki, Finland in 1998 and at the European Show in Poznan,
Poland in 2000 two dogs from Russia were awarded prizes: the male Ch.
Zottels Yours Forever, started in the Intermediate class and was
awarded the Reserve CACIB, and the bitch Int. Ch.
Brenda Blue Star
x Bailain) took third place in the Champion Class. The first Russian
dog to participate in the Euro OES Show was the bitch Int. Ch.
Karund Zhu Zhu who was shown at the Euro Show in Kulmbach, Germany
hope that the Russian OES population will improve from year to year
and that dogs of Russian breeding will be seen and go on to win at
some of Europe’s major dog exhibitions. We are trying our best to
make this happen and hope that we’ll succeed.
& Evgenia Petrakovy
by Klaus & Colette Hornig