Kyrgyz Taigan

  • Photo of Bell, a Kyrgyz Taigan  in Wyoming, USA Photo of Bell, a Kyrgyz Taigan  in Wyoming, USA

“Bell is a very rare breed-- a purebred Taigan--a sighthound of the nomadic Kyrgyz people who use them as hunting dogs and for protecting livestock. From the high lands of Kyrgyzstan, Taigan have a thick coat and large lung capacity allowing them to work up to 4,000 meters above sea level. The end of tail is permanently curled like a ring. Taigans work together with Golden Eagle to hunt down wolf, fox, badger, marmot, goat, wild sheep, Siberian deer, wild boar, pheasant and partridge.”

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Wyoming, USA
New Mexico, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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Kyrgyz Taigan

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The Kyrsgyz Taigan is a swift, ancient sighthound breed from Kyrgyzstan. Although rare across most of the world, they're cherished by their home country and are adept at hunting on rugged terrain.
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Breed Reveal Video


Our algorithms predict this is the most likely family tree to explain Bell’s breed mix, but this family tree may not be the only possible one.

Through Bell’s mitochondrial DNA we can trace her mother’s ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. This map helps you visualize the routes that her ancestors took to your home. Their story is described below the map.







Bell’s Haplogroup

B1 is the second most common maternal lineage in breeds of European or American origin. It is the female line of the majority of Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Shih Tzus, and about half of Beagles, Pekingese and Toy Poodles. This lineage is also somewhat common among village dogs that carry distinct ancestry from these breeds. We know this is a result of B1 dogs being common amongst the European dogs that their conquering owners brought around the world, because nowhere on earth is it a very common lineage in village dogs. It even enables us to trace the path of (human) colonization: Because most Bichons are B1 and Bichons are popular in Spanish culture, B1 is now fairly common among village dogs in Latin America.


Bell’s Haplotype

Part of the large B1 haplogroup, we primarily see this haplotype in Salukis and village dogs in and around the Fertile Crescent (Egypt through the Middle East).

Some other Embark dogs with this haplotype:

The B1 haplogroup can be found in village dogs like the Peruvian Village Dog, pictured above.

The Paternal Haplotype reveals a dog’s deep ancestral lineage, stretching back thousands of years to the original domestication of dogs.

Are you looking for information on the breeds that Bell inherited from her mom and dad? Check out her breed breakdown and family tree.

Paternal Haplotype is determined by looking at a dog’s Y-chromosome—but not all dogs have Y-chromosomes!

Why can’t we show Paternal Haplotype results for female dogs?

All dogs have two sex chromosomes. Female dogs have two X-chromosomes (XX) and male dogs have one X-chromosome and one Y-chromosome (XY). When having offspring, female (XX) dogs always pass an X-chromosome to their puppy. Male (XY) dogs can pass either an X or a Y-chromosome—if the puppy receives an X-chromosome from its father then it will be a female (XX) puppy and if it receives a Y-chromosome then it will be a male (XY) puppy. As you can see, Y-chromosomes are passed down from a male dog only to its male offspring.

Since Bell is a female (XX) dog, she has no Y-chromosome for us to analyze and determine a paternal haplotype.