Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Chortaj
The rare Hortaya Borzaya is a Central Asian sighthound similar to the Saluki which is native to the former Soviet states of Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Lithuania. Like many other sighthounds, it can sprint explosively when it spots game, but it also knows how to relax with its people at home. In the 21st century, some of these dogs have been exported to the West, but it would still be unusual to find them outside their home countries.
Appearance / health:
The Hortaya or the Chortaj is a slender, big sighthound with long legs. Several distinct types can be seen in the same breed. The nose is black. The eyes have a black or dark rim.
Hunting is the best form of exercise for them. When hunting is not possible, owners may take their dogs for long jogs and walks. A run off the leash in an open space free of people and traffic is highly suitable for this breed.
Owing to healthy breeding practices, the Hortaya is relatively free of inherited diseases. Faulty diet or lack of exercise may affect its health.
Behavior / temperament:
The Hortaya is a pack animal and a good hunter. It has a powerful sight, and can spot prey from far. Its hunting instincts are quite strong, and in Central Asia it is still used as a working animal that assists the hunter, rather than a simple companion animal.
The Hortaya Borzaya needs to be trained with a lot of consistency and patience.
Hortayas are usually calm dogs.