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BREEDING RIGHTS:

The Tamaskan Dog is a very rare breed with only around 100 puppies born (worldwide) each year. Therefore, every Tamaskan owner is, essentially, an Ambassador for the breed. So far, the Tamaskan Dog Register (TDR) has been relatively successful in keeping the breed from being exploited by puppy mills; however, the future of the breed relies on responsible owners and ethical breeders working together. While all Tamaskan Dogs are, first and foremost, much-loved family pets, some Tamaskan owners choose to actively participate in the breed a bit more directly, in order to help promote and preserve the breed for future generations.

Sometimes, this contribution/participation might simply mean “Ambassador Work” (such as using your Tamaskan as a therapy/service dog, or Search & Rescue Dog, or photography/film model, etc) to publicly promote the breed in a good light; other times, it might mean becoming a co-owner with a responsible breeder (who retains breeding rights); other times, it might mean keeping a male dog intact and financing health testing so that your male can become a TDR stud dog; and, for a select few, it might mean that you are ready to commit to becoming a TDR registered breeder yourself, to help support and sustain a diverse Tamaskan genepool.

Dog breeding is not for the faint-hearted but, as with any endeavour, it is worthwhile if done properly. Of course, this means thoroughly researching the pedigrees/bloodlines, understanding your dog’s strengths and weaknesses as well as any/all faults, and seeking suitable, genetically-compatible matches that are also mutually complimentary: having features/traits that complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It is also highly recommended to take several online courses on dog breeding, genetics, population management, etc. Finally, it means having the time, resources and motivation to dedicate your life to becoming an ethical TDR registered Tamaskan breeder.

We always try to ensure that the “best” puppies in each litter (the puppies with the least faults) go to potential breeding homes. However, in the past we’ve sent amazing puppies to breeding homes, which then (for various reasons) decided they don’t want to breed after all. Likewise, we’ve sent “faulty” puppies to pet homes, which then decided they do want to breed after all. Ultimately, with such a limited genepool worldwide, every potential Tamaskan breeding dog is an asset to the breed, regardless of any faults or flaws, and it’s worth keeping in mind that there is no such thing as a “perfect” dog… it’s just a matter of finding a compatible match that can fix any faults/flaws in the subsequent generation(s) and avoid breeding to extremes.

Therefore, we sell all of our Sylvaen puppies as “potential breeding dogs” (unless they exhibit a serious health issue from a young age, such as: cleft palate, cryptorchid, missing teeth, under/over bite, juvenile cataracts, etc). This means, IF your Sylvaen Tamaskan is healthy and fully health tested at 12+ months old (hips, elbows, eyes, DNA, etc) with excellent results, then you may use your Sylvaen Tamaskan for breeding, in accordance with the TDR and full adherence to TDR rules and regulations. Of course, we are willing to assist all Sylvaen owners (potential future breeders/stud dog owners) with finding suitable matches for their Sylvaen Tamaskan(s) and providing any necessary advice/assistance with any questions regarding mating, pregnancy/gestation, whelping and/or raising a litter, as well as any potential problems or complications that may arise.

We do not have a mandatory spay/neuter (sterilize/castrate) clause in our ownership contract; however, we respect the right of every Sylvaen Tamaskan owner to decide if this is the right/best course of action for their family/individual adult dog (once it is fully mature: 12-18+ months old). It is worth noting that we reserve the right to freely use any fully health-tested adult male Sylvaen Tamaskan stud dog for breeding with our own females, without financial compensation, at any point in the future. However, we are also willing to assist Sylvaen Tamaskan stud dog owners with: promoting their male Sylvaen Tamaskan stud dog to other TDR Tamaskan owners/breeders worldwide, helping with the organization of matings, and acting as a mediator if necessary, etc. Of course, the Sylvaen Tamaskan stud dog owner may charge a stud fee (financial compensation) to other TDR Tamaskan owners/breeders who may wish to use their male Sylvaen Tamaskan as a stud dog.

BREEDING REGULATIONS:

In terms of appearance and temperament, BREEDER verifies that this puppy meets the set Breed Standard according to the Tamaskan Dog Register (TDR) and, therefore, has the potential to be used as a breeding dog. If OWNER performs all the necessary health tests and if the puppy’s results / scores meet the breeding requirements set by the Tamaskan Dog Register (TDR), and if the OWNER signs and agrees to adhere to the TDR Breeder’s Contract, this puppy may be bred in accordance with TDR guidelines.

If OWNER decides to use this puppy for breeding, the OWNER shall only breed in association with the Tamaskan Dog Register (TDR) and shall adhere to the TDR Breeder’s Contract by obeying all the terms and conditions listed within. For instance, this puppy shall only ever be bred to other TDR registered Tamaskan Dogs (or approved outcrosses) in accordance with TDR regulations for ethical breeding practices and full health testing (including official hip and elbow scoring, eye exam, DNA testing, etc). All expenses associated with future health testing and breeding this puppy will be the OWNER’s responsibility. This puppy is not to be used for breeding at any type of puppy mill / dog farm or any other commercial mass-production operation.

* For male puppies: BREEDER reserves the right to use this male as a stud dog for the BREEDER’s bloodlines without paying financial compensation (stud fee). However, the OWNER may charge a stud fee to other BREEEDERS or OWNERS who may wish to use this male as a stud dog.

MORE INFO:

Online courses on dog breeding, genetics, population management, etc.
(highly recommended for ALL dog breeders!)

Is ethical dog breeding lucrative?

Breeding Your Dog: What You Should Know

AKC’s Guide to Responsible Dog Breeding