I am not a fan of using animals as accessories, but there is no denying that a beautiful beast can class up a joint. lately, all of the "it" people like to have a mini pooch stuffed in a carry-all, but back in the day, nothing said elegance like the sleek Borzoi (also know as the Russian Wolfhound). They were the dogs of royalty, fashion, and of course, movie stars.
|1923: A Chic Parisian Needs 2 Borzois For the Ultimate Style Statement|
Borzois of the Stars
|Theda and her Borzoi|
|Olivia de Havilland and her elegant Borzoi|
|Mary Pickford has 2 Borzois! One for hubby Doug, perhaps?|
|Harlow and Borzoi: which is more glamorous?|
|Mae West and her Borzois. I'll bet they are a male and female|
|Lovely Olive Thomas and her Borzoi|
|Pola Negri and Borzoi, a dog fit for a diva|
|Garbo snuggles with a Borzoi|
|Ethel Barrymore likes the dramatic appearance of the Borzois|
|Kim Novak vamps it up with a couple of Borzois|
|A poetic portrait of Leila Hyams and her Borzoi|
|Marilyn's Borzoi looks a bit apprehensive|
|Author Anita Loos knows what adds elegance to a portrait|
|Carroll Baker as Harlow: Borzois add a touch of '30s elegance|
|Carol Kane on the set of "Valentino" - |
again the Borzoi suggests elegance of an earlier time
|Diana Rigg updates the elegance of the Borzoi|
Hopefully, all dogs in the photos were loved and cared for. Being a sex symbol is no fun when there are no treats and belly rubs at the end of the day.
I had no idea this breed was so popular in early Hollywood.
I had to laugh at the photo of Mary Pickford and her two borzois... They're almost as tall as she is!
What was it about prancing about with not one but TWO Borzois?!? Such beautiful dogs, no doubt about it...
I remember that a neighbor of close relatives of mine owned a Borzoi (possibly two, the memory plays tricks) and I was quite entranced by that. Even little me (about 8) knew somehow that the breed implied prestige.
Chick, I don't think there is any doubt that these dogs probably ate better and bathed more often than most people. They are elegant looking, but too big for me. I would love to have gotten a look at the Chinese sleeve dogs that the Empresses had -- I'm actually a cat person, but I could handle a dog that could slip into my sleeve! Fun article!
Hi Ruth - you're right about Mary. At first I thought she was standing in a hole!
Thanks for stopping by, Patty. I was doing some research for the "Stars and Their Pets" calendar and I could not believe how many times this breed was used back in the 20s and 30s. Plus - there is an amazing amount of art work that features the Borzoi.
Becky, I'm a cat person, too - but these pups sure screamed elegance.
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