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Taigan

Taigan
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Origin / History The Taigan, also known as the Kyrgyz Taigan Sighthound, belongs to the family of Eastern Sighthounds, which resides from Central Asia to Northern Africa. The Kyrgyz have been mainly nomadic people who have migrated from various parts of Central Asia and Siberia. Because of this, it is highly unlikely that the Taigan originated from a single ancestor. The present form of the Taigan is that of a pronounced mountain breed that has adapted well to the alpine regions located in the Tian Shan mountain range. Taigans were used to hunt various game such as the ibex, wolf, roe deer, marmot, and fox.

During the 1930s, Soviet cynologists started to register these dogs, but registration was stopped in 1941 because of the German invasion. In 1964, the USSR established the first standard for the Taigan. When Kyrgyzstan gained its independence in 1991, the breed was changed. Because of the collapse of farms, people were once again forced to live a nomadic life. Hunting with the Taigan became popular again, because these dogs helped individuals earn their living. In 1995, the Cynologist Council of the Kyrgyz Republic, which is a body related to the Ministry of Agriculture, adopted a different breed standard. This breed standard was later on approved by the Ministry of Environmental Protection's hunting commission.

Appearance Taigans are average-sized dogs with a good constitution. These dogs have well-formed shoulders, a straight back that may be slightly arched and broad, and a deep and broad breast. Their head is long and straight, and they have a medium-sized skull. These dogs have large eyes that are brown in colour. Their eyelids are slanted. Taigans have a long neck that may sometimes be slightly arched. The front legs of these dogs are parallel, and their elbows point backwards. The joints of these dogs are prominent and well-developed. The feet of these dogs are oval, with firm and narrow toes. These dogs have a tail that is thin and hangs down their back like a sword with its tip curled in a spiral.

Colours The acceptable coat colours for these dogs include brown, white, and grey in all shades. They may also be black, with or without spots of a basic colour.

Temperament Aside from the Borzoi, the Taigan is considered to be the only Russian Greyhound that possesses the keenness, courage, and strength to hunt foxes. Taigans are very energetic dogs. They are also free-spirited

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height that ranges from 25 to 32 inches, while females have a height that falls between 21 and 25 inches.

Common Health Problems There are no known genetic health problems specifically associated with this breed. The health problems affecting Taigans are those common to other dogs as well.

Living Conditions Being working dogs, it won't be good for Taigans to be kept inside apartments. These dogs should be provided with a yard where they can get the physical activity they need.

Exercise Requirements When not given a job to do, these dogs must be provided with adequate exercise. Owners should take these dogs out for a daily walk to satisfy their primal instinct for walking.

Training Requirements Owners should know how to display strong leadership skills around their Taigans. Proper training and early socialization are important for these dogs because these are needed for them to grow up to be well-adjusted and well-behaved. Harsh methods won't work on these dogs and owners should train them using firm and consistent methods.

Life Expectancy Not much is known about the life span of these dogs.

Grooming The coat of Taigans should be brushed regularly to get rid of loose and dead hairs. Bathing these dogs should be done only when necessary.

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