Kazakhstan Wants to Protect and Advance Its Native Tazy Dogs

Thirteen years ago, Kazakhstan started a mission to revitalize, breed, and develop its purebred national Tazy dogs. As a result, the Nomad National Hunting Club was founded, with the goal of uniting and promoting the efforts of its members.

Photo credit: Nomad National Hunting Club.

The club was founded in November 2010 and is an assignee of the Federation for the Restoration and Breeding of National and Rare Dog Breeds, a public association.

The popularity and population of Tazy dogs declined in the 1990s as a result of the traditional hunting practices in Kazakhstan being abandoned. In the 1930s, there were over 3,000 Tazy dogs; by 2000, that number had dropped to less than 300.

With the goal of restoring and conserving the national breed of dogs for future generations, Kazakhstan responded by organizing like-minded individuals and forming a public association to increase the population of purebred Kazakh Tazy and raise awareness of the dire situation.

Photo credit: Nomad National Hunting Club.

Over a hundred enthusiasts from all over Kazakhstan have participated in the public association’s active organization of regional dog shows, exhibitions, field trials, and other events since then.

The goal of the second phase, which started in 2014, was to improve national breeds’ standing. They set standards and evaluation guidelines for the Tazy and Tobet breeds with the Agriculture Minister’s approval. Additionally, they started a “regulation on field trials.”

The association’s third phase of activity was devoted to encouraging national Tazy hunting, which is improved when hunters utilize riding horses. According to experts, owners of Tazy dogs should also be able to ride horses, since using Tazys for hunting on horseback is thought to be both a more pleasurable and essential activity for hunting societies.

French President Emmanuel Macron gets acquainted with Tazy dogs at the Ethno-village exhibition during his official visit to Kazakhstan. Photo credit: Akorda.

More than 400 Tazy puppies have been given new homes over the club’s years of operation. At present, the kennel accommodates more than ten Kazakh Tazy dogs.

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