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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: proportionate to height Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-12 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Taigan is also known as Tajgan, Kyrgyz Sighthound and Kyrgyzskaya Borzaya Taigan. It is a large size sighthound that originated in Kyrgyzstan. This sighthound has existed with the nomadic tribes that migrated through the different parts of Central Asia and Siberia. The Taigan is one of the ancient swift dogs of Central Asia. The cross country capabilities of this breed were honed in the 2000 to 3000 meters altitude of its mountainous homeland. This extremely fast dog has excellent sight and scenting abilities as well. The Taigan breed has a massive skull, wedge-shaped head and big, wide, always black nose. Large oval shaped eyes are brown or hazel in colour. Ear are thin and set at eye level. This breed is strong without having heavy skeletal structure. Back is broad, Wide chest has short but well developed ribs. The large volume of the lungs, the strong bone structure and the thick coat enable the Taigan to work in rugged terrain, and at elevations up to 4000 m above sea level. A Taigan has a sword shaped thin tail that forms a ring at the tip. The coat of this breed is soft, long, and thick. In the winter, undercoat is developed. It comes in black, black with white, gray, brown and yellow. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.
The Taigan coat colors range from black, black & white, gray, brown and yellow.
The soft and thick outer coat protects the dog from cold weather. An undercoat is developed during winter season to provide additional protection from below zero degree temperatures. The coat is uniquely distributed all over the body with short fur covering, muzzle, head, back, waist and front of legs and longer wavy hair covering backside of skull, neck, shoulders, forearms and back of legs.
The Taigan is an extremely energetic and tenacious hunter who uses all its senses when hunting on the rugged surfaces of its native environment. This sighthound not only uses sight but also makes use of its great scenting and hearing abilities to locate and hunt the game which include Ibex, Roe Deer, Wolf, Fox and Marmot. As a family companion, this breed shows its dignified and calm demeanor. Very loyal and obedient, this breed manifest its undying devotion to its owner. This breed is intolerant of rough handling and may not suit families with small children although the dog is very gentle and friendly with older children who do not mistreat this dog. It forms strong bond with its master. It is wary of strangers but gets along well with other dogs. It has an independent nature that calls for a strong and experienced handler to train this dog. With proper training and socialization, the Taigan makes an excellent family pet.
The beautiful coat of this breed needs to be regularly brushed to remove tangles and keep the beauty of the coat intact. This dog may not suit city life where its free nature has to face certain sanctions. This breed likes to be free and independent and will be best suited in a rural setting.
Though docile to its master, the Taigan has an independent mind. This breed will require firm and consistent training extended in a gentle and positive manner by an experienced and strong trainer. In the hands of weak or inexperienced owner, this breed will prove to be quite a handful and difficult to train.
The Taigan is an extremely energetic. It is calm and relatively inactive when around its family but does need lots of exercise to be fit and happy. It likes large open spaces to run, play or even hunt for himself.