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JASPER (Blustag Lapis Lazuli at Sylvaen)

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IDENTITY

BORN: 18.11.2008
BIRTHPLACE: England
CO-OWNER: Matija Vasic
REGISTRATION #: TDR148G1
MICROCHIP #: 958000001465104
DNA Profile: AKC & ISAG

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AWARDS

Tamaskan Dog of the Month: July 2011
Tamaskan Treffen 2011: BEST IN SHOW
Tamaskan Treffen 2011: 1st Place (offene Klasse Rüden)
Tamaskan Treffen 2010: 1st Place (offene Klasse Rüden)
Astrid's Puppyclass 2009: Best Puppy





BACKGROUND

Jasper was born in England and then imported to the Netherlands (and, subsequently, Croatia). He is my first Tamaskan and I got him as a puppy at the age of 8 weeks old. When he was 7 months old, he was featured on the "Pick Of The Litter" blog. In summer 2009, I hitchhiked across Europe (from Zagreb to The Hague) with only Jasper for company. I felt very safe with him by my side and he protected me during several dangerous situations throughout the journey. He truly is the World's Greatest Dog (in my unbiased, humble opinion - of course).

In 2011, my ex and I broke up; we decided that he would keep two of our cats and I would keep the other three cats + the dogs. However, it turned out that my ex's new girlfriend was/is severely allergic to cats and, reluctantly, my ex realized that he had no other option than to return the two cats to me... but he was heartbroken and missed their company. As we were/are still on good terms, we ultimately agreed to share custody of Jasper instead... it was a difficult decision because Jasper is so important to me, but he really deserves much more one-on-one attention than I was/am able to provide at this time in my life. Jasper now lives with my ex, Matija, fulltime but we still get to see him on a regular basis. It's a win:win situation all around and, most importantly, Jasper is happy.


HEALTH

COI 10: 17.77%
AVK 10: 14.03%
Genetic Diversity

HD: FCI B
DM: Clear (N/N)

MyDogDNA PASS: 8700 2321 4642 000 (PIN: 1234)


TEMPERAMENT

Jasper is a wonderful dog, he is highly intelligent (sometimes too clever for his own good!) and very loyal. He is quite aloof and doesn't particularly like being petted by strangers - he is not a cuddly dog, even with his close family (though when he does oblige, it just makes it that much more special). When he was younger he was somewhat boisterous and goofy (and challenging) but now that he is older he is much more calm, relaxed and easy-going. He can now be off-leash without any issues, though it was a problem during puberty when he had 'selective hearing' (typical teenager). As a youngster he suffered from Separation Anxiety and he was also quite destructive; he certainly wan't an "easy" puppy. He was also relatively dominant toward intact, small breed, male dogs that wanted to fight him... since being castrated he is now much more chilled out and less eager to fight.

However, he has to be watched around small children because he has been known to lunge at them... not to intentionally hurt them (he does not attack or bite) but to scare / challenge them as a 'test' (to get them to back down) which can be frightening for young children. He considers an eye-level child staring at him to be a challenge for dominance; this is an instinctual behavior that we have tried to curb, without much success, so we always keep a close eye (and a short leash) on him whenever children are nearby to prevent him from knocking over and inadvertently hurting a small child. With regard to other animals, he is very gentle with cats and kittens but we have to keep him on-leash around sheep or goats. Overall, he is a great dog but he is also a unique individual with his own idiosyncrasies, and not what I would consider an ideal "family pet". That aside, he is a loyal companion and a dear friend.


PHENOTYPE

HEIGHT: 71cm
WEIGHT: 30kg
COLOR: Wolf-Grey

FAULTS:
- ears (quite large and pointed)
- tail (curves over back when excited)


GENOTYPE

Colour Locus A = aw/aw (homozygous for aw allele)
Colour Locus B = B/B (homozygous for B allele)
Colour Locus E = E/E (homozygous for E allele)
Colour Locus H = h/h (homozygous for h allele)
Colour Locus K = ky/ky (homozygous for ky allele)

Coat length = G/G (homozygous for short-haired coat)
Curly coat = T/C (heterozygous for curly coat)
Ear erectness = T/T (homozygous for pointy ears)
Snout/skull length = C/C (homozygous for elongated head)


PEDIGREE


PARENTS

SIRE: Jackal (Jackal at Blustag)

(Out of: Oskari X Pauliina)

HD: BVA 12

DM: Clear (N/N)

DAM: Susi (Susi at Blustag)

(Out of: Watti X Legenda)

HD: BVA 12

DM: Clear (N/N)