May 15, 2011

The search begins.

Posted in dogs at 3:39 pm by Angie Hilbert

There are so few Tamaskan breeders, it would be easy to contact all of them. But I decided I needed a breeder from the USA that was recognized by the National Tamaskan Club of America It is important to me to be able to visit the kennel, see the parents and, when the time comes, pick out my puppy after watching their behavior instead of just looking at cute pictures. Though my career has been good to me, trips across the Atlantic for this would be logistically and financially prohibitive.

Of course, many breeders have started using web cam technology to assist out-of-state and foreign clients in puppy selection and kennel visitation without exposing vulnerable dogs to disruption and disease. But as much as I would be GLUED to this kind of web stream while waiting for my pup, I still want to be there for three important things.

1. Meeting the breeder and parents in person before breeding.

2. Observe the puppy behavior when they are 4-5 weeks to select my little girl based on personality, not photography.

3. Pick up the darling and take her home personally.

Though UK and European breeders with full recognition from the TDRwill sometimes export to carefully screened USA and Canadian families, I’m not thrilled about picking up a dog I never met from a breeder I never met after a grueling trans-atlantic flight in the hold of an airplane. Additionally, many UK and European breeders have tightened their already strict standards since a puppy-mill in the USA, posing as an individual, got a lovely dog from the prestigious Blue Stag Kennel in the UK and proceeded to cross-breed her backwards with dogs once used early in pre-Tamaskan breed development (instead of breeding forward to strengthen the health, temperament and unique look of the Tamaskan dog.) There is even evidence that he used wolf hybrids in his breeding program as well.

Since these dogs in no way conform to the Tamaskan Dog Registry’s strict breeder ethics or Tamaskan breed standard, he invented his own club and keeps a registry of his own dogs and markets them as “registered American Tamaskans.” It’s kind of like declaring your back yard your own country and printing your own money. When duped customers contact the official Tamaskan Dog Register, they discover they don’t have a Tamaskan at all.

Ruling out this breeder left me with 4 people to contact. Upon investigation, two of them are still awaiting their Tamaskans to reach full maturity and development so they can undergo the strict health screenings required before being TDR sanctioned to breed. The two actively breeding kennels are Double J Tamaskan Dogs, home of the first breeding pair of Tamaskans in the USA and Tarheel Tamaskan who produced “Tuffy” the live mascot of NCSU.

Best of all, though both kennels are out-of-state from me, these breeders are only six and ten hours away by car. Easily within reach of weekend road-trips. Now, let’s see if either of them will accept Wayne and I on their wait lists!

Wish me luck!

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