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Health Tests

The Tamaskan Dog Register (TDR) has extensive health testing requirements for all registered breeders and we are proud to be part of an organization that takes health testing seriously. In accordance with TDR rules, our adult breeding dogs are all fully health tested (hip and elbow scored via the BVA, eyes examined by a licensed veterinary ophthalmologist, and DNA tested for Degenerative Myelopathy). Our breeding dogs have also been DNA profiled via Neogen (AKC markers) and DNA tested via MyDogDNA (Genoscoper). The MyDogDNA PASS combines nearly 200 genetic tests in one testing package, please click HERE for more info!

Finally, each of our puppies is also individually DNA profiled via Neogen (AKC markers) and DNA tested via MyDogDNA (Genoscoper) before they go to their new homes. You can see all the MyDogDNA results for every Tamaskan Dog that we've tested so far HERE! The new owners get copies of their puppy's DNA profiles and MyDogDNA results as part of their Puppy Portfolio, which also includes copies of the parents' official health certificates.


Health Guarantees

In the unfortunate event that your Sylvaen Tamaskan puppy cannot be used for breeding due to a genetically-inherited health problem (such as: cryptorchidism, epilepsy, Addison's disease, heart defect, etc) your puppy must be castrated / sterilized. Your puppy may then be kept as a pet and you are entitled to an additional Sylvaen Tamaskan puppy, from a different / future litter, at half price. To receive an additional Sylvaen Tamaskan puppy at half price, you must provide adequate documentation (issued by a licensed veterinarian) confirming your puppy's genetically-inherited health problem, and that your puppy has been castrated / sterilized.

In the unfortunate event that your Sylvaen Tamaskan puppy is subsequently diagnosed with a hereditary defect (genetically-inherited health problem) that causes your puppy to die and/or necessitates its euthanasia during the first TWO YEARS (24 months) of its life, you are entitled to a replacement Sylvaen Tamaskan puppy, from a different / future litter, at no extra cost. To receive a replacement Sylvaen Tamaskan puppy, you must provide adequate documentation (issued by a licensed veterinarian) confirming your puppy's death or euthanasia.

Health Issues

Overall, the Tamaskan breed is relatively healthy with few serious genetically inherited conditions. This is predominantly due to extensive health testing, so that only healthy dogs are allowed to breed, but it is also the result of TDR breeders fully reporting all serious health issues so that carriers (and potential carriers) can be identified. Therefore, reputable breeders can ensure that carrier (or potential carrier) bloodlines are not purposefully crossed, thereby preventing future 'at risk' offspring.

The Tamaskan breeding program currently has an open studbook and new carefully-selected outcrosses are added to the genepool on a fairly regular basis. This means that the breed as a whole has a very low COI (level of inbreeding) and, therefore, not as many recessive disorders compared to most closed-studbook dog breeds. Notable health issues in the Tamaskan breed, which only affect a very small percentage of the overall population, include: hip dysplasia, cryptorchidism, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, Addison's Disease, juvenile cataracts, and digestive problems / food allergies.