Qutuldu’s home was a permanent home, he was not a nomad like the families I had stayed with in Mongolia.
This was a farmstead, with animals in pens and free roaming in rough paddocks.
Unlike in Mongolia where the home dogs were guard dogs and some looked more savage than the wolves they were meant to keep at bay.
Here in Kyrgyzstan Qutuldu kept a matching pair of sight hounds for sport. These two seemed quite keen to slip indoors if they had been given the chance, which gave me the suspicion they were as much pets as working dogs.
Qutuldu ran them at rabbits and hares and had used them with falcons in the past.