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Taigan
2013-09-10 15:36:01

The Taigan, also known as the Kyrgyzskaya Borzaya Taigan, is a breed of domestic sighthound dog that originated in Kyrgyzstan, although it can be found from Central Asia to Northern Africa today. The exact origins of this breed are largely unknown, because the Kyrgyz people who developed the breed were mostly nomadic. The modern form of the Taigan is designated as a mountain breed that is built...

Sloughi
2013-06-22 15:51:31

The Sloughi is a breed of domestic breed of sighthound dog that can be found in North Africa, specifically in Morocco. The origin of this breed is unknown, but it is thought to have come from the area now known as Ethiopia or the Orient and is possibly related to the Azawakh breed. The breed was used for hunting and still is today, but it is also known for its skills as a guard dog. The...

Kanni
2013-06-19 14:20:51

The Kanni, which means unmarried girl or maiden, is a breed of domestic dog that is native to India, specifically the Tamil Nadu region. The breed was developed from the Mudhol hound or the Caravan hound and has been used a pet. A bride’s family gave it as a dowry to a groom, and the dog was never sold, only given as a gift to those who were willing to care for it. Despite this common...

Trigg Hound
2013-06-19 12:31:42

The Trigg hound, also known as the Hayden Trigg Hound or the Trigg foxhound, is a domestic dog and a type of the American foxhound. Colonel Haiden C. Trigg developed the breed in the 1860s, when Trigg bred hounds from Maupin, Birdsong, and Walker to create a faster breed of hound for foxhunting.  The dog became very popular, despite its physical unattractiveness, but when Trigg passed away,...

Istrian Shorthaired Hound
2013-06-18 13:44:37

The Istrian shorthaired hound is a domestic breed of hunting dog that originated from Croatia. The history of the breed is largely unknown, although there are many stories about its development from its home country. Images were found on frescoes that resemble the breed that date back to 1497 and writers including Bishop Bakič of Đakovo, from 1719, speak of the dog.  This breed, along with...

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
2013-06-18 13:39:13

The Istrian coarse-haired hound is a breed of domestic hunting dog that originated from Croatia in the nineteenth century. The breed was developed by Croatian and Slovene breeders that bred the Istrian Shorthaired Hound, which has smooth hair, with the French Griffon Vendeén, making its first official appearance in Vienna at a conformation show that occurred in 1866. The dog was originally...

Grand Bleu de Gascogne
2013-06-11 15:22:04

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of scent hound dog that is thought to have originated from France and was used to hunt large game like deer and boar. It is a descendent of an old hunting breed that lived at the time of the St. Hubert hound in the 14th century. The modern breed is an important ancestor of many other scent hounds. Its temperament varies between individuals and it is not...

Azawakh
2013-06-11 15:18:18

The Azawakh is a breed of sight hound dog that originated from Africa. This breed is thought to have been developed in the regions of Southern Algeria, Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, by nomadic tribes including the Fula and the Tuareg peoples. This dog was bred for speed so it could hunt hares and other creatures and guard the camps of its people, but only highly fit dogs could adequately...

Petit Bleu de Gascogne
2013-06-11 14:22:42

The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is a domestic breed of scenthound dog that originated in France. The breed is descended from hunting dogs that were used during the fourteenth century, the same ancestors of the slightly larger Grand Bleu de Gascogne breed. Like its larger counterpart, the term Petit does not refer to its size but to the size of the game it hunts, including hares. The Petit Bleu de...

Afghan Hound
2008-09-06 21:14:45

The Afghan Hound is a sighthound "“ a dog that hunts by sight, as opposed to a scenthound). It is one of the most ancient dog breeds, dating back thousands of years. It is a tall dog, standing 24 to 29 inches and weighing 45 to 60 pounds. It is distinguished by its size as well as its thick, silky coat and its ring-curled tail. Other names for the Afghan Hound include the Balkh Hound, Baluchi...

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