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A male Taigan in Bishkek
Other namesTajgan
Kyrgyz Sighthound
Kyrgyzskaya Borzaya Taigan
Colour White, fawns, greys and black.
NotesNationally recognised by the Hunting Commission of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Environmental Protection and by the Russian Kennel Club.
Dog (domestic dog)

The Taigan (Kyrgyz: Тайган), and also known as Kyrgyzdyn Taighany (Kyrgyzskaya Borzaya Taigan in Russian), is a breed of sighthound from Kyrgyzstan. The Taigan is found in the alpine Tian Shan region of Kyrgyzstan on the border with China, it is closely related to the Tazy and the Afghan hound.[1][2][3]

As a sighthound the Taigan predominantly uses it sight and speed to overcome its prey, it is known for its extraordinary stamina at altitude, but the breed is known for its versatlity whilst hunting, they can follow scent trails and also have a reputation for retrieving game, they are often used to hunt in combination with trained bird of prey, especially the golden eagle.[1][3] The Taigan is used to hunt a wide range game including marmot, hare, fox, badger, wildcat, hoofed game such as the ibex and roe deer as well as the wolf.[1][2][3]

The Taigan has medium-length and slightly curly hair, it has a wide range of colours ranging from white and shades of fawn through to greys and black examples.[1] Since the breakup of the Soviet Union the Taigan's numbers have significantly declined, but the Russian Kennel Club has made concerted efforts to ensure the breed's survival, recognising it along with the Tasy, and trying to find good breeding stock of both breeds.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Alderton, David (2000). Hounds of the World. Shrewsbury: Swan Hill Press. p. 120. ISBN 1-85310-912-6.
  2. ^ a b c Fogle, Bruce (2009). The encyclopedia of the dog. New York: DK Publishing. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-7566-6004-8.
  3. ^ a b c Hancock, David (2012). Sighthounds: their form, their function and their future. Ramsbury, Marlborough: The Crowood Press Ltd. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-84797-392-4.

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