Kazakhstan intends to achieve international recognition of Tazy and Tobet dog breeds
In the coming years, a genetic analysis of the Tazy and Tobet purebred dog breeds from Kazakhstan will be carried out in the country. The main objective is to achieve international recognition of these breeds and to preserve them as a national treasure. They are going to be submitted to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List. The Kazakh hound dog has been a loyal friend of the nomads of the steppe. It has a history of more than 3,000 years. Over time, several breeds have emerged, three of which are found in Central Asia. According to official data, there are 1,500 Tazy dogs in Kazakhstan.
“There are the concepts of Atbegi (horse trainers) and Kusbegi (bird trainers). Itbegi (dog trainers) works only in public organizations. We need the federations to work officially at the national level, in the regions,” commented Serik Zharasbayev, Acting Chair of the Committee For Sports And Physical Culture in the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports.
The breed standards in Kazakhstan were approved six years ago, while Tazy has not yet been recognized abroad. The Committee for Sports and Physical Culture intends to revive Kazakh historical heritage. For this purpose, Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports plans to establish a licensed organization.
“At the second stage, we will try to hold official competitions starting next year. At the same time, we are setting up a large working group for culture and sports. In addition, the development plan is now at the approval stage,” Zharasbayev noted.
As for the recognition of the breed, it may take at least a year for domestic experts to collect genetic information and conduct tests.