The Taigan: A Loyal and Independent Hunting Dog
History of the Breed:
Originating from the Central Asian region, specifically in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan, the Taigan breed is believed to have existed for hundreds of years. These dogs were commonly used by nomads for hunting small game such as rabbits, foxes, and wolves. The name “Taigan” comes from a Persian word that means “crown”. This unique breed was not recognized until 1960 when it was first exhibited at a dog show in Moscow.
The Taigan is a large-sized dog with a muscular build. They typically weigh between 80-140 pounds (36-63 kg) and stand about 25-32 inches (64-81 cm) tall. Their coats are long and dense with color ranging from black or white to reddish-brown or gray tones. Their eyes are usually dark brown but can also be blue or amber. Distinctive physical features include their bushy tails and floppy ears.
Being bred as hunting dogs, they display excellent working abilities that showcase their strong protective instincts while out on hunts with their owners which makes them loyal companions of theirs too.
These independent thinkers will occasionally test boundaries if they think they can get away with it but due to their trusting nature training must be kind yet firm.If socialized early on properly any unwanted behaviour will likely turn out fine thereafter.Taigans have no problem accepting strangers who come into your home as long as you remain calm.It would be advised to keep them under an observant eye when around smaller animals though.
As with most breeds there are some health concerns we need to consider before buying one.Taigans may suffer from typical issues like hip dysplasia.Elbow dysplasia might even occur rarely in these types although not all members of this breed develop any problems.Their average lifespan is about 12-14 years so while healthy enough problems may arise in that time.
They are energetic dogs requiring daily exercise from going on walks to running around playing games.With a similar energy level as Huskies, these breeds will need a few good long walks or runs per day and sufficient space in the backyard for playtime activities. It would be great if we could indulge them by hiking trips!
Special Grooming Needs:
Taigans have long dense coats which tend to be quite low maintenance.They’re mostly self-sufficient but their fur might get matted occasionally Brushing weekly should keep it untangled.Clipping nails requires attention every couple of months at max.Also check ears frequently for any signs of an infection or redness.By staying clean they can stay healthy.
The training process can take effort but once done right,it’ll all pay off.One important trait you might want your Taigan to learn is housebreaking and potty-training early on as this breed may take longer than most.Start with basic obedience classes then transition into more advanced obedience classes.Train based on positive reinforcement techniques (like verbal praise) rather than punishment due to their sensitive nature.One notable characteristic taigan’s possessis their intelligence,making them apt candidates for emotional support/therapy roles.Infact,in some cases they work better than human caretakers!
Compatibility with children/pets
With proper socialization from when they were puppies,Taigans do well with children.While it never hurts to supervise interactions there won’t be many conflicts between kids and pets.Adopting other animals later in life doesnâ€™t fare too well with Taigans though particularly the smaller furry types.If raised alongside cats/dogs/rabbits etc Taigans usually won’t exhibit aggressive behaviour towards them.
While independent, friendly, loyal,and clever the common quirk amongst taigan owners has been lauded as;they have very expressive faces,usually showing excitement through wiggles,wags and barks rather than with just one thing like a tail wag or happy sounds.In fact this unique personality trait has led some to name them â€śthe peopleâ€™s dog.”
Though not necessarily famous in the entertainment industry or owned by an historical figure, Taigans are regarded highly as hunters of smaller game in central asia.