There are very few internationally known dog breeds that first come to mind when you think about Russian dog breeds. In fact, only a handful of Russian dogs have managed to gain international traction outside its native country.
Even so, many popular dog breeds like the Siberian Husky and Samoyed all originate from the somewhat isolated transcontinental country. And despite popular belief, Russia is home to some of the coolest dog breeds in the canine kingdom.
That said, let’s examine all 21 Russian dog breeds, their wonderful temperaments and why you should consider bringing home one next. After all, they can be just as affectionate as any other dog breed while bringing a special uniqueness.
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Table of Contents
- Russian Dog Breeds List
- 1. Siberian Husky
- 2. Samoyed
- 3. Borzoi
- 4. Black Russian Terrier
- 5. Caucasian Shepherd
- 6. Central Asian Shepherd
- 7. East European Shepherd
- 8. East Siberian Laika
- 9. Franzuskaya Bolonka
- 10. Moscow Watchdog
- 11. Moscow Water Dog
- 12. Russian Harlequin Hound
- 13. Russian Hound
- 14. South Russian Ovcharka
- 15. Russian Spaniel
- 16. Russian Toy
- 17. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
- 18. Russo European Laika
- 19. West Siberian Laika
- 20. Yakutian Laika
- 21. Taigan
Russian Dog Breeds List
The most popular Russian dog breeds are the Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Borzoi and Black Russian Terrier. However, other lesser known breeds include the Russian Spaniel, Moscow Water Dog, Laika breeds and so many more.
Most of these dog breeds are not well known outside Russia, and even less popular among western countries. Let’s examine each Russian breed.
1. Siberian Husky
Highlights: Mischievous, Energetic, Lively
The Siberian Husky is without a doubt the most popular dog breed to originate in Russia. They’ve come a long way from their sleigh-pulling days, although many still work this job.
These dogs don’t mess around when it comes to work. They need it! As energetic as they are, Huskies also have a playful and sometimes mischievous side.
They’re the perfect dog for owners that enjoy an active lifestyle. If given the opportunity, they’ll run with you all day. So make sure you’re not forcing a Husky to be your big lap dog.
- In 1925, a pack of Huskies saved a small Alaskan town’s kids from Diphtheria by delivering the anti-toxin from 700 miles away.
- DNA studies show that Huskies share a large amount of DNA with the grey wolf (along with Shiba Inus and Chow Chows).
- Huskies are one of the only breeds to have blue eyes without the merle gene, such as with the Australian Shepherd.
As mentioned, Huskies are energetic dogs. Though they are affectionate dogs and wouldn’t intentionally hurt a child, they often do by accident.
In terms of working and obedience intelligence, Huskies don’t rank very high. However, they’re more intelligent than you think. They’re just a little stubborn and don’t always like to follow the rules.
They’re naturally pack dogs, so giving them a canine friend is the most ideal. However, their instincts and liveliness may cause them to chase down your cat.
These dogs are not great watchdogs because simply put, they’re too friendly.
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Highlights: Affectionate, Calm, Adaptable
Samoyeds, affectionately nicknamed Sammies, are some of the brightest and most graceful dogs we have, thanks to Russia. They always look like they’re happy with a “perpetual smile.”
Like the Husky, Sammies are fierce and loyal workers. Keeping them locked in the house for the day is like prison for these energetic dogs. Give them some work and they’ll thrive!
They originated from the Siberian town of Oymyakon, where temperatures can reach negative 60 degrees!
For this reason, the Sammy’s thick white coat (that sheds a lot!) was bred into the dogs to protect them from the harsh climate conditions of rural Russia.
- Their smiles are famous. We call it the “Sammy Smile” because of their upturned mouths that make them look like they’re always smiling.
- There are only 14 dog breeds with a genetic footprint that closely resembles the grey wolf. The Samoyed is one of the 14.
- These dogs can sing…well, kind of. They’ll howl and yodel to a melodic tune, often harmonizing with it.
The Sammie is a very smart dog that loves to work. Because of this, plenty of mental and physical stimulation is needed.
They can be stubborn and mischievous, making obedience training a little difficult for new owners. But as long as you establish dominance in the house early, you’ll be fine.
The Samoyed is all about love and affection. They need a lot of attention and in return, will reciprocate with love. If you’re a busy person, I don’t suggest bringing home a Samoyed.
Though they’re very adaptable dogs, they certainly wouldn’t appreciate it if you brought them to an area with hot climate.
Highlights: Proud, Affectionate, Friendly
The Borzoi is a large sighthound known for its majestic gait, stunning beauty and calm temperament. Though they’re considered Russian dogs, many believe they actually originated from central Asian countries.
They’re fast dogs and when in full stride, can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. In fact, I Heart Dogs say they’re one of the 5 fastest dog breeds in the world.
Borzois are not small dogs. A male Borzoi can stand nearly 28 inches tall and weight just over 100 pounds.They have a similar build to Greyhounds and are often compared to those dogs.
Most Borzois will have a white flat coat with patches of brown/tan. However, they can come in all variations of colors. The coat is silky and can be either wavy or curly.
- Borzois excel in a dog sport called Lure Coursing. This sport mimics exactly what these dogs were bred for – to chase down a target.
- Before 1936, Americans called Borzois the Russian Wolfhound.
- It takes three years for a Borzoi’s head to fully reach maturity. They don’t develop their hound-like head shape until then.
Borzois are quiet and calm dogs with a very agreeable demeanor. Owners have often described them as feline-like.
Though they don’t rank high on the 100 smartest dogs list, they’re very adaptable dogs – just a little stubborn at times. But they are affectionate and love the family members like any other dog.
Training these dogs require patience and consistency. With their independent nature and stubbornness, they won’t do your bidding for the sake of working.
Like with most sighthounds, Borzois need a lot of physical activity. But when you’re walking these dogs, make sure to keep them on a leash. The sight of a squirrel will send them running.
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4. Black Russian Terrier
Highlights: Smart, Docile, Powerful
The Black Russian Terrier is one of the fiercest working dogs to originate from Russia. They were bred to work and their powerful body shows it.
Black Russians can grow up to 30 inches tall and weigh between 80 to 130 pounds. These big dogs are not just about the brawn, but they have the smarts too!
Thanks to their waterproof double coat, these dogs are able to work in the harshest conditions of Russia. Rain, snow or shine – the Black Russian is up for the challenge.
But despite their massive size, they’re quite nimble dogs. For their size, they’re relatively agile, which is probably why they’re such reliable work and guard dogs.
- Although they’re called the Black Russian Terrier, they’re not actually terriers. Rather, they’re part of the working group.
- It took the Soviet Union nearly 20 years to develop and finalize the Black Russian Terrier standard.
- Black Russian Terriers were developed by the Red Star Kennel for the sole purpose of military use. They don’t develop their hound-like head shape until then.
Black Russian Terrier Temperament
The Black Russian is a hard-working dog breed. They know they’re highly capable of many jobs, so they’re willing to do whatever it takes to help out.
These dogs are make fantastic guard dogs because of their innate instinct to protect and guard. Plus, I don’t know many people that would mess with this 100 pound dog!
When they’re not on the field working, Black Russians are calm and affectionate dogs in the home. They love the family and do especially well with children.
On the other hand, you’ll need to provide these dogs with plenty of exercise. And if you actually have a job for them to do, they’ll thrive at it.
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5. Caucasian Shepherd
Highlights: Courageous, Spirited, Friendly
The Caucasian Shepherd is a mastiff-type Russian dog that originates from the most southern point of Russia – the Caucasus Mountains. Hence, the name.
These dogs are huge, weighing up to 170 pounds and standing 30 inches tall. As one may expect, they were bred to be brave guardians.
For centuries, Caucasian Shepherds were premier companions for local farmers. They really did everything, from guarding livestock to other various farm jobs.
However, they are very different dogs in the home compared to when they’re out on the field. They know when to turn their intensity up and down.
Caucasian Shepherd Temperament
Caucasian Shepherds have all the qualities of a great guard dog. They’re bold, brave, fierce and extremely confident in themselves – as they should.
But when they’re at home, they’re very different dogs. They’re loyal, sweet, calm and affectionate towards the family members. This includes children and other pets too!
Like with most guard dogs, they’ll be wary of strangers and may take a while to warm up to them. As for training, these giant dogs need a dominant leader for the pack.
Establish dominance early on and be consistent with positive reinforcement. Socialization would be a huge plus for these dogs, as with all guard dogs.
6. Central Asian Shepherd
Highlights: Independent, Confident, Brave
One of the most ancient breeds, the Central Asian Shepherd can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago. For thousands of years, these dogs have been guarding livestock and property for local farmers.
Though they were believed to have originated from Central Asia, Russia (Soviet Union) was credited for standardizing this breed in the 1920’s.
After the fall of the USSR, a new variation of these dogs were bred, called the Central Asian Ovcharka. They differ in size, coat color and personality, though are fairly similar.
In the early 2000’s, the Central Asian Shepherds were immensely popular. At one point, they were the most popular dog in Russia.
Central Asian Temperament
Because they are guard dogs by nature, the Central Asian Shepherd is inherently protective. They take their guarding tasks very seriously and requires a lot of socialization and obedience training.
They are not for novice dog owners. These dogs are still relatively primitive, having been bred through thousands of years of natural selection.
With enough socialization, they can make great family dogs. Just make sure you establish dominance early on with these dogs.
7. East European Shepherd
Highlights: Courageous, Athletic, Smart
The East European Shepherd was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1930s to help with police work and guarding. They are the Russian version of the German Shepherd.
In fact, these dogs were modeled after the German Shepherd. Because of the harsh climates of Russia, they needed to breed a fierce police dog that could withstand the freezing temperatures.
These dogs have many of the same qualities as the German Shepherd. However, they are slightly larger, weighing up to 110 pounds and sitting 30 inches tall.
In Russia, along with other ex-Soviet Union states, these dogs are widely infamous. But in western countries, not so much. Regardless, they are beasts that rival the GSD. Enough said.
East European Shepherd Temperament
The East Europeans are hard working dogs, just like with the German Shepherd. They have a balanced temperament and have shown high marks with all aspects of dog intelligence.
Confident by nature, these dogs are fearless. Because they were bred specifically for police work and guard duties, they needed to be brave.
As with all working dogs, the East European Shepherd needs a lot of exercise. Plus, mental stimulation is essential because of their high dog IQ.
Their obedience and working intelligence is off the charts. In other words, they’re very obedient and will follow commands for the sake of work.
8. East Siberian Laika
Highlights: Loyal, Protective, Energetic
The East Siberian Laika is a spitz-type Russian dog. They originated from the region that’s east of the Yenisei River in Siberia.
Though they were bred for hunting, they’re very versatile dogs that can do it all. Even after domestication for so many years, they still retain the wolf-like qualities they inherited from their ancestors.
The standard for this dog, along with other Laikas, were established in 1947. However, they have yet to be recognized by any major kennel clubs.
East Siberian Laika Temperament
The East Siberian Laika can be a fierce hunter on the field. But off the field, they’re actually affectionate and loving dogs. They’ll rarely show excessive aggression towards humans.
They can be a little protective and vigilant in the home. It’s why they also make excellent guard or watch dogs for the family.
East Siberians have a passion for hunting and it shows. Sitting at home and hanging out with the family cannot be their only thing. They’ll thrive best with a stimulating job or role.
9. Franzuskaya Bolonka
Highlights: Lively, Cheerful, Sociable
There are two variations of the Russian Bolonka breeds. One of which, is the Franszuskaya Bolonka – a white-coated lap dog.
Though the word Franszuskaya means “french,” these dogs are actually of Russian origin. However, the development of these dogs were inspired by popular French dogs, such as the Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle.
But in reality, they’re a variation of an Italian lapdog called the Bolognese. As a matter of fact, the word bolonka means “bolognese” in Russian.
They’re sweet lapdogs that are very much similar to any of the lap dogs we mentioned.
Franzuskaya Bolonka Temperament
These dogs are quite intelligent with an attractive balanced temper. With the people they love, these Bolonkas are affectionate and kind.
Though small in size, they’re not very shy. Generally very cheerful and curious, these Bolonkas love to play and will entertain. There’s never a dull moment with one.
Because of their territorial instincts, they can become great watchdogs. They’ll alert you of any intruders, but they’d make terrible guard dogs.
Franzuskaya Bolonkas perceive almost all people as potential playmates. It doesn’t take them long for them to warm up to a stranger.
10. Moscow Watchdog
Highlights: Gentle, Protective, Confident
The Moscow Watchdog is the Russian cousin of the Saint Bernard. These dogs are actually a crossbreed of the Saint Bernard and Caucasian Shepherd.
These massive dogs were developed in the Soviet Union and can weigh up to 150 pounds. But unlike the Saint Bernard, Moscow Watchdogs are active dogs that require a lot of physical activity.
They were bred during World War II, when Russia needed a helping hand in managing the rising crime in the country. So, they were assigned as guard dogs around government properties, such as warehouses, railroads and labor camps.
Though they were once considered rare outside of Russia, they have been gaining popularity within Europe. Also, they’ve managed to make it to the United States too.
Moscow Watchdog Temperament
The Moscow Watchdog has a similar temperament to that of the Saint Bernard. In other words, they’re loving gentle giants as well!
However, for these dogs to develop an attractive temperament, they need regular socialization early on. They’ll get along great with people and dogs if properly trained.
As with most guard dogs, the Moscow Watchdog has strong protective instincts. They’re quite confident dogs when the situation calls for it, such as their family being threatened.
To raise an excellent family dog, you’ll need to establish dominance early with this huge canine. With that said, they’re not recommended for most owners.
11. Moscow Water Dog
Highlights: Brave, Confident, Independent
Also called the Russian Newfoundland, the Moscow Water Dog was another breed developed by the Soviet Union in the 1950s.
Though they were originally intended as Navy companions, Moscow Water Dogs were not suitable because of their aggressive temperaments. Instead of saving, they would attack sailors.
Today, purebred Moscow Water Dogs are extinct. Because there was no use for these dogs anymore, breeding had stopped.
However, they did serve a purpose in the development of the Black Russian Terrier. Along with 13 other breeds, the Moscow Water Dog was used to breed Russia’s most successful “army dog.”
Moscow Water Dog Temperament
Although they’re called the Russian Newfoundland, the Water Dog’s temperament is much different. They were aggressive and vicious, which eventually led to their downfall and extinction.
On the other hand, they were highly capable swimmers. Even in the rough seas with freezing temperatures, these dogs excelled at their jobs (sometimes).
They were confident and courageous, which is what the Russian army had intended. It’s just unfortunate they weren’t bred with a more docile temperament when off the field.
12. Russian Harlequin Hound
Highlights: Active, Good-natured, Sociable
The Russian Harlequin Hound, also known as the Anglo-Russian, is one of the two most popular scent hounds to originate from Russia.
Even then, they’re still an extremely rare dog breed and are difficult to find outside of the country. However, they’re still used as hunting companions in Russia today.
They were developed by crossbreeding the Russian Hound with the English Foxhound. As a result, they’re superbly skilled in tracking “red game,” namely, foxes and wolves.
They’re known for their square build with a signature tri-colored coat (patches over white coat). Some people often confuse them with the tri-color Beagle.
Russian Harlequin Temperament
Though these dogs are friendly and social with most people, they can have a high prey drive. With that said, they need a lot of socialization early on if they’re going to live with cats or other small pets.
Russian Harlequins are extremely loyal dogs and will stick by your side while at home. They just love to spend time with family and would be prefer to participate in family activities too!
They’re very energetic and active dogs, requiring a generous amount of exercise daily. Depending on your dog, they may not be suitable for apartment life. Not only do they need to run but most Harlequins are very vocal dogs.
13. Russian Hound
Highlights: Obedient, Loyal, Energetic
The Russian Hound is another popular scent hound that was developed in Russia. However, they were developed much earlier than Harlequin Hound (in the 18th century).
These dogs has a specialized hunting job, and would often work in conjunction with Russian Borzois. Russian Hounds would flush game out to where hunters and Borzois would be waiting to chase.
Russian Hounds are medium/large dogs, weighing up to 70 pounds and standing as tall as 27 inches. With a short and dense coat, these dogs are well-equipped for the rough hunting grounds of Russia.
Russian Hound Temperament
Russian Hounds are very energetic and lively dogs. They could spend all day hunting with their owner if allowed to.
They’re fairly easy to train because they’re eager to please and highly obedient dogs. In the home, they’re as loyal as they are on the field. Whatever you want, they’ll have your back.
A Russian Hound will do great around other dogs and people. However, with small pets, the high prey-instincts may show. Make sure socialization is introduced early on.
14. South Russian Ovcharka
Highlights: Strong, Lively, Confident
The South Russian Ovcharka, or Russian Sheepdog for short, was developed in Ukraine (when it was still part of the Soviet Union).
They’re primarily found along the massive grasslands between the Black Sea and Sea of Azov. In the region, they serve primarily as herding dogs for rural farms.
These dogs are highly adaptable shepherds, capable of withstanding a wide range of temperatures. With a strong body and thick coat, they’re some of the best multi-purpose dogs to originate from Russia.
Unfortunately, these dogs are hard to come by. It’s difficult to find one even in their home countries of Russia and Ukraine.
Russian Sheepdog Temperament
These dogs need a lot of leadership. If you plan to bring one home, you’ll need to establish authority with firm and consistent training.
They thrive serving as herding dogs. However, you’ll need to exhibit strong dominance over the livestock. Otherwise, the Russian Sheepdog may become possessive of the animals around other people.
These sheepdogs have strong protective instincts, which needs to be kept in check. Although they would serve as formidable family guardians, they can be aggressive with strangers.
Needless to say, the importance of early socialization is critical with this dog. In fact, maybe more important than any other Russian dog breed on this list.
15. Russian Spaniel
Highlights: Carefree, Cheerful, Energetic
The Russian Spaniel was developed in 1951 through the crossbreeding of various spaniel breeds, such as the English Cocker and Springer Spaniels.
They may look very similar to a Cocker Spaniel, but they have an elongated body and a denser coat. Though coat color can vary (with spots and freckles), they have the signature spaniel feathering on the ears and legs.
Russian Spaniels may be relatively small dogs, but they’re excellent hunting and gun dogs. Don’t let their size or friendly personality fool you, they’re some of the best.
They come with the full gun dog package – keen sense of smell, excellent stamina, perseverance and a strong desire to retrieve.
Russian Spaniel Temperament
A Russian Spaniel is bold, lively and spirited. They’re great companions with a workers’ mentality on the field but an easy-going attitude at home.
Loyal as any breed, Russian Spaniels are completely devoted to the task given at hand. It’s why they’re such excellent gun dogs and watchdogs.
In addition, these spaniels are highly obedient and trainable. Descending from intelligent spaniels, they’re just as smart with an eagerness to learn.
With a pleasant temperament, Russian Spaniels thrive around children. They make great playmates and can be a second pair of eyes on the kids.
16. Russian Toy
Highlights: Intelligent, Devoted, Delightful
Small yet elegant, the Russian Toy is the ultimate Russian lapdog. They were originally developed in Russia from the English Toy Terrier.
There are two coat variations for these dogs: smooth and long coated. Though they were called different dogs at one point, they were combined into one breed in 1988.
They were originally bred for companionship among the Russian elite. However, they’re great companion dogs enjoyed by numerous families across the world today.
As for appearance, Russian Toys are some of the smallest dog breeds. Standing just below 28cm, they’re almost as small as the Chihuahua.
Russian Toy Temperament
There’s nothing the Russian Toy enjoys more than to lounge on your lap. In fact, that’s exactly what they were bred to do.
These sweet-natured dogs are playful and love to have fun. Whether it’s playing with their favorite toys or hide-n-seek, they’re happy as long as the owner is somehow involved.
Human companionship is the most important thing with these toy dogs. They can be sensitive and will let you know when they want your attention. Likewise, they’ll come by your side when they sense you’re feeling down.
The bond developed with these dogs is inseparable. However, they can be aloof or cautious around strangers. With that, they make decent watchdogs despite their size.
17. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
Highlights: Charming, Curious, Lively
The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is very similar to the Franzuskaya Bolonka. In fact, the only difference is that the latter comes in a white coat.
Bred to be the ultimate Russian apartment dog, the Bolonka is a relatively rare breed developed from other toy dogs. They were derived from the Bichon Frise, Pekingese, Shih Tzu and Bolognese.
However, they’re most similar to the Bolognese. So similar that their name, Bolonka, actually means “Bolognese” in many Slavic languages.
The best part is that they’re hypoallergenic dogs. In other words, perfect for owners sensitive to dog allergens.
Tsvetnaya Bolonka Temperament
Easy-going and outgoing, the Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a companion lap dog that gets along with nearly anyone. They’re quick to make friends and easy to fall in love with.
They are alert and vigilant, making them great watchdogs. However, they don’t bark as much as a Chihuahua, making them great for households with small children.
Despite being a toy dog, they can be independent-minded. For them to get along with all people, they require plenty of socialization.
The Bolonkas are as intelligent as any breed. With that said, they’re fairly easy to train and do well with obedience training if positive reinforcement is used.
18. Russo European Laika
Highlights: Lively, Alert, Territorial
Russo European Laikas are one of the few dog breeds developed from Russian landrace dogs. These spitz-type dogs were bred in the 1940’s for a program aiming to produce top hunting dogs.
And surely enough, Russo Europeans are some of the best dogs when it comes to duck hunting. Unlike other hunting dogs, they’re very vocal, which helps with communication during hunts.
Currently, these dogs are recognized by the FCI. However, they haven’t been picked up by any major kennel clubs other than the United Kennel Club.
Russo European Temperament
This energetic hunting dog loves nothing more than being outdoors in the wilderness. It’s partly why they thrive as duck hunters.
They’re very loyal dogs and once you’ve developed a bond with them, they won’t ever stray. Plus, they’re fantastic with children due to their patience.
Russo Europeans can be a little territorial, which makes them excellent guard dogs too. With other people and dogs, they may react aggressively. Make sure you introduce socialization training!
These dogs love to work and do best when they have a sense of purpose. Whether it’s hunting, guarding or companionship, they need some meaningful role in the family.
19. West Siberian Laika
Highlights: Loyal, Affectionate, Vigilant
The West Siberian Laika is another spitz breed developed from Russia’s very own Laika dogs. Although their history isn’t clear, we know they originated as hunting companions for the Ural people in West Siberia.
Like the other Laika variations, the West Siberian is also an adept hunting dog. In fact, they may be the most versatile of the bunch (others being more specialized).
All Laikas are vocal dogs that use their barks to help hunters locate the game. The West Siberian Laika is no exception.
Still, these dogs are relatively primitive. They can maintain both appearance and behaviors from their ancestors, Siberian wolves.
West Siberian Temperament
Loyal and loving, the West Siberian Laika is entirely devoted to the owner and family. In addition to versatile hunters, these dogs make fantastic guard dogs as they’re alert and protective.
Though they’re cautious but non-aggressive around strangers, they will likely show aggressive tendencies when around unfamiliar dogs, especially of the same sex.
Their high prey instincts make them unsuitable for households with small pets. However, with enough socialization, family cats can be tolerated. With enough time, they’ll learn and accept other animals.
On the other hand, the West Siberian is a very obedient dog. Thanks to their great loyalty, they’re willing to please the owner, even if that means obedience training.
20. Yakutian Laika
Highlights: Loving, Lively, Smart
The Yakutian Laika is a Russian dog breed originating from the northernmost part of Russia. Specifically, they’re from the region bordering the Arctic, called the Sakha Republic.
In this ice-cold region of Russia, the Yakutians served many jobs. Not only do they pull sleigh, but also herd reindeers and hunt wild game. They do it all!
Yakutian Laikas are known for their sharp sense of smell, superb hearing, outstanding stamina and great vision. All of which, are qualities that make up an excellent hunting dog.
Thanks to their thick double coat, they’re able to tirelessly work in the harshest winter conditions. As a matter of fact, they’ve been known to work all day with relative ease.
Yakutian Laika Temperament
Yakutian Laikas are some of the most faithful companion dogs. They demand respect, but also show it towards their family.
They’re quite energetic dogs, as needed to work long hours all day. So a good amount of mental and physical stimulation is needed for a Yakutian on a daily basis.
In the home, these dogs are gentle and docile. They’ll get along with children and other dogs if given the proper socialization training. The earlier you start, the better.
Plus, they’re quite obedient and easy to train – partly because of their eager-to-please mentality.
Highlights: Patient, Affectionate, Docile
The Taigan dog, formerly known as the Kyrgyzdyn Taighany, is a sighthound developed in Kyrgyzstan when it was still part of the Soviet Union.
Some refer to these dogs as the Russian Greyhound due to their uncanny resemblance. They’re both medium height and sport a medium-length coat with slight curls. Plus, the shape is also quite similar.
They were bred to hunt in the extreme regions of the Tian Shan mountain range. Taigans were capable of tracking down deer, foxes, wolves and even marmots.
We’re uncertain about the true origins of these dogs, but researchers speculate they’re related to the Saluki, Afghan Hound, Sloughi, among other sighthound breeds.
These Russian dogs are patient and gentle, for the most part. With that said, they don’t deal well with rough play. So, make sure children are old enough to learn to respect these dogs.
Like other sighthounds, the Taigan is perfectly fine living with other, familiar dogs. However, their strong prey instincts may kick in if you have a cat around.
In order for you to have an even-tempered Taigan, socialization is a must. But when given proper training, they’re some of the best Russian breeds to have in the home.
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