Vladimir B translates V Shakula. I have not bothered to Anglicize further-- I think his passion comes through best this way.
"I will add some more about Afghans and Taigans. You see, they may have very related roots. Whereas Afghans appeared in Europe long enough and became well known there, in Russia and former Soviet republics they (the Afghans) appeared only 1970th-80th. Mainly in Moscow, in Central Russia and in the Ukraine. In Asia [that part, which is known to V. Shakula V. B] they are very rare. Afghan lovers brought several of them from Moscow in Tashkent and in Almaty. Nobody brought them into mountain regions, because it was a show dog. Longhair and stupid. One of my friends (rather his wife), brought two Afghans in our village in 1995-96. I love all dogs, but these were good for nothing. Stupid, whimsical, cowardly and inept. Finally, one of them died and another got lost; it was found later emaciated in the neighboring village (5 km from us) and they returned her back in the city. Not only for hunting, they were not good, they were not good for a life in general. How it is possible to compare with the Taigan, which is like made of steel and whose sole is burning eternal flame of indefatigable hunter, which makes to dog to pursue game for dozens of km and know direction under any weather conditions, even in winter in the mountains? Excuse me, but aboriginal dog is a dog written from a capital letter. I can recognize their past affinity, but taking a Taigan as a mix with an Afghan or with a Tazi or a Saluki or whom other dog is a mistake. I understand Sir Terence Clark meant the appearance. Indeed, eastern sighthounds are generally similar, because they are resembling each other. Another thing is surprising, I know well that 50-60 years ago Kazakhs and Kyrgyz had no culture of breeding at all. Now, there is more superficial activity in the restoration of national traditions, then real work. Speaking seriously, they were simply killing the breed (Tazi included). Aboriginal blood is so strong, anyway, somewhere in remote provinces a real eastern sighthound (unexpectedly) is popping up in all its former glory. The genotype is so constant! I am stunned and ashamed for people, who do nothing, like myself"
Says VB: "Now, he is going to get involved seriously."
Here is one of his taigans, likely the remote ancestor of today's silly show Afghan, He hunts WOLVES with these.
Here is a tazi with some taigan blood. I want one, only black, a common color.
This is our ultimate destination next trip, and I hope to bring back another pup.