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Characteristics, History, and Health


The Tazi, also known as the Tazy, is a type of sighthound originating from Central Asia. This breed is renowned for its athleticism, endurance, and hunting prowess. Tazi dogs are believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds, with roots tracing back over 4,000 years. They're indigenous to Central Asia, specifically areas including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, among others. Historical records suggest these dogs were used primarily for hunting, due to their speed, agility, and keen sight.

Main Info
Central Asia, specifically areas including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
Alternate Names
Tazy, Kazakh National sighthound
Life Expectancy
12-15 years
Average Male Height
24-28 inches
Average Female Height
22-24 inches
Average Male Weight
71-77 pounds
Average Female Weight
44-66 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Coat Colors
Black, White, Gray, Fawn, Brindle, and many other colors
Coat Pattern
Many patterns

Genetic Predispositions and Health

Generally, Tazi dogs are robust and healthy, thanks to their genetic diversity as a primitive breed. Currently, there are no known genetic conditions tightly associated with the Tazi breed. This breed is considered very rare. As a Sighthound breed, they are known to be more sensitive to barbiturate anesthetics. Thiopental, or any other thiobarbiturate, should not be used on these dogs.

Personality and Behavior

Tazis are known to be independent, intelligent, and slightly aloof. They may be reserved with strangers but are generally gentle and affectionate with their family. Like other sighthounds, they have a strong prey drive and love to run. They're well-suited to active families who can provide plenty of physical and mental stimulation.

Fun Facts

Tazi dogs are considered a national treasure in their native regions and have been depicted in art and literature throughout history.

They're known for their impressive speed and endurance, capable of maintaining a steady pace for a long time, making them excellent hunting dogs.

The Tazi's keen eyesight allows them to spot prey from a distance, and their agile bodies enable them to navigate challenging terrains swiftly.

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