300 Spartans

300 Spartans

“One Taz is able to feed the whole village”, nothern peoples used to say about Taz dogs. Hunting greyhounds have always been considered one of the seven prides of Kazakh people but starting from the 50s their population became to decrease. Today, there are just 300 Taz dogs left. Just like 300 Spartans.

300 Spartans

This pureblooded Taz dog have cubbed and has 10 cute puppies.

300 Spartans

These puppies are just one week old!

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

They take care of them as if they were infants! Only in a year, it will get clear which of them will be strong and which are weaker.

300 Spartans

Taking care of little puppies is rather expensive but this man living in the surbubs of Almaty believes it to be his mission.

300 Spartans

The Taz dog is a 100% Kazakh breed of dogs.

300 Spartans

This man is a breeder and president of the Taz Dog National Club. He’s been dealing with this breed for over 20 years and has come here to check out the puppies.

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

He thoroughly examines each puppy.

300 Spartans

These people are all dog breeders and every time they meet they can’t stop talking about dogs.

300 Spartans

He took photographs of each puppy and wrote down some information about them.

300 Spartans

He decided which dogs shall be mated (just like a god) but this is the power he has due to his knowledge.

300 Spartans

By the way, there is no such a breed as the Taz dog officially. To register a breed, a lot of work has to be done. In this respect it is Turkey which wants to register this breed as a national breed.

300 Spartans

To combine their dogs, knowledge and love for breeding, they opened a kennel 6 years ago in Kargaly Village, the Almaty Region.

300 Spartans

This man is one of the few responsible for financing.

300 Spartans

Nomad people liked this breed and let these dogs enter their homes. At the same time, Taz dogs are unpretentious and not food-grubbing. Kazakh people determine the quality of the dog also by the way it eats. The more careful the dog is, the better.

300 Spartans

Each dog needs about 500 g of meat or 400 g of dog food a day. If they feed it bread and water, which is widespread in other villages, the dog may get sick.

300 Spartans

They live in comfortable doghouses here.

300 Spartans

It should be clean…

300 Spartans

And warm!

300 Spartans

This dog is the pride of the kennel and his father was well-known too.

300 Spartans

These young dogs are beautiful too.

300 Spartans

These are a male and a female Taz dogs and they are very promising. Breeders hope these dogs will have good puppies together.

300 Spartans

However, it is not love, it is hunting which is a real passion of this breed.

300 Spartans

They jump into the rear of the car every time they see it because they know that they are going to hunt!

300 Spartans

After a short discussion, they decided to hunt for foxes.

300 Spartans

They stopped by at another village to take a few horses for their hunting.

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

Sula was the first to smell a fox.

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

Everything happened really fast when those good-looking dogs turned into pitiless hunters.

300 Spartans

The Taz dog may run as fast as 80 km/h giving not a single chance for a fox to escape.

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

Catching the fox, they immediately kill it.

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

There were times when these dogs saved people from starving.

300 Spartans

See how the dog is looking at its owner? It’s waiting for a signal to hunt. Without this signal, it will never start attacking.

300 Spartans

It takes these dogs some time to analyze the command and act which differs this breed from other dogs. They are more independent, can think by themselves and are not trainable. This is not the type of dog to bring you your slippers.

300 Spartans

Hunting with Taz dogs implies having no arms.

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

Many years ago, Kazakh people used to take hunting birds too but modern Taz breeders prefer not to because birds might attack the dog or the hunter which is dangerous.

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

300 Spartans

The hunt is over so they can go home.

300 Spartans

This dog’s waiting for another hunt.

Location: The Almaty Region

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4 thoughts on “300 Spartans”

  1. I know this breed of dog as Saluki. I love, love this breed– it is my absolute favorite. How great to see them at work instead of a yard ornament only.

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