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The Purebred Taigan

Information and Pictures

The left side of a tan with white Taigan is sitting across a blacktop surface and it is looking forward. It has a short coat with longer hair on its ears, back of its legs, belly and paws and a long muzzle.

Borzoi the Taigan in the Kirghiz Mountains—he is from Moscow. Photo courtesy of Oleg

Other Names
  • Kyrgyzdyn Taighany
  • Tajgan
  • Taigon
  • Kyrgyz Sighthound
  • Kyrgyzskaya Borzaya Taigan



For thousands of years the Taigan of Kirghiz has been extremely helpful in hunting. Now that hunting is no longer considered the way to survive, Taigans are really close to sinking into oblivion. The current number of Taigans amounts to several hundred species. This relic breed is on the verge of extinction.



Height, Weight

Height: 23-27 inches (58-68 cm)
Weight: 55-73 pounds (25-33 kg)

Health Problems


Living Conditions

The Taigan is not recommended for apartment life. These dogs are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with acreage. This breed should sleep indoors. They prefer warm temperatures over cold ones.


The Taigan needs a lot of exercise, including a daily, long, brisk walk or run. They are happiest when running, however many are lost or killed when they are allowed to get free and they spot a small animal to chase. This very independent dog can never be off its lead except in an isolated, scouted area.

Life Expectancy

About 11-13 years

Litter Size

Abput 6-8 puppies


The Taigan's coat is easy to groom. Just occasionally brush and comb, especially on the longer-haired parts of the dog. The ears should be checked regularly to make sure they are clean. The Taigan is an average shedder.


Kyrgyzstan, Centeral Asia



  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Left Profile - The left side of a black Taigan dog standing across grass with a dusting of snow on top of it. It has longer hair on its ears and legs and belly and a pointy muzzle.

Abolla Gulshin the Taigan, photo courtesy of Tulpar Kennel

A black Taigan is walking across a grass surface that has a dusting of snow on it. Its head is level with its body and it has a long snout and fringe hair on the back of its legs and underbelly.

Abolla Gulshin the Taigan, photo courtesy of Tulpar Kennel