What We Do

Our commitment is to preserve the bloodline that was originally brought to this country by Joseph Thomas, namely the bloodlines of the Romanoff Borzoi from Russia. The bloodline has been preserved by Karen Staudt-Cartabona for over forty years, and our Borzoi are purposefully bred on her lines. For us, the bloodline is like no other, as it produces consistently loving temperaments and conformation according to the Borzoi breed standard, breathtaking movement and soundness, and about as healthy as any breed of dog can possibly be.

They are truly living and breathing works of art.

Karen Staudt-Cartabona’s first bitch, Tanya, Ch. Tanya Majenkir of Kalevala CD, is descended from the Romanoff line (Tanya pedigree), a famous Borzoi kennel from the 1920s ultimately owned by Louis Murr, a famous AKC judge, whom Karen met and was mentored by throughout the years when she began her own kennel, Majenkir, in 1963. Vigow O’Valley Farm was Vigow of Romanoff’s sire, and Vigow of Romanoff, undefeated in the breed ring, with 21 Best in Show wins, was owned by and shown by Louis Murr. Since meeting Louis Murr and starting her own kennel, Karen has attained and maintained all kinds of records for top producers, specialty winners, etc. and is considered by many to be the world’s authority on the breed.

MSBIS Ch Majenkir My Beau at Avalyn "Beau"

If you study the Borzoi featured in the Valley Farm catalog from the early 1900s, you will see the same dogs at Majenkir living and breathing today.  How fortunate we are to have her as a friend and mentor. She is a talented, honest, and patient teacher.

Read an article she wrote for the AKC, after being awarded the 2005 Hound Group Breeder of the Year.

So, what we do at our kennel is closely linked to our relationship with Karen. She helps us scrutinize the five-generation pedigrees of our beloved dogs, telling us about each dog, deciding which to breed together in order to preserve the bloodline, maintaining conformation, temperament, and health. We are and always will be students of the breed.

Karen Staudt-Cartabona with Ch Tanya Majenkir of Kalevala, CD 10/18/64

In terms of showing, we show our best Borzoi, and we love each one like family. Although we showed very little while our barn was under construction in 2010-2011, and in 2008-2009 while dealing with cancer treatment, we have handled and finished 11 champions, one remained in the top ten for several years and was #4 breed and all breed in 2005. Five of our champions are home-bred.

We have also bred six litters since 2001, and continue with our breeding program today.

Read an Excerpt from “The Borzoi” published by the Borzoi Club of America in 1973 about the history of Borzoi in the US.

Visit Karen Staudt-Cartabona’s Majenkir Borzoi web site.