Get to know Tamaskan Dogs
We spoke with talented photographer Michelle Fernandes Fox about her adorable Tamaskan dogs, Phoenix and Pepper, and about their unique role in fostering cats to help them find their forever home. (Stay tuned for our upcoming Dogs of the Day post all about this unique relationship!) We had no idea though that these gorgeous puppies that caught our eye on Instagram weren’t huskies, and in fact are a breed of dog that isn’t yet even recognized by major kennel clubs. Michelle was happy to provide us with some great information for those of you who might be interested in learning more about the Tamaskan breed.
“I researched this breed for 7 years before I got one… I was drawn to the breed partly because of the breeding practices. The aim of the original breeders was to breed a healthy dog over looks.”
Unique breeding practices
- A female Tamaskan can only be bred once she is 2 years old, and then once a year for a maximum of 3 times in her life. Michelle says that most breeders do less (Pepper’s mother was bred only once and Phoenix’s mother only twice).
- Before you breed, you need to submit your combination to the Tamaskan dog register board to approve the pairing
- All potential breeding dogs, before approved, have to pass health tests (hips, elbows, DM testing, CAER, etc)
- Dogs must pass a certain COI (coefficient of inbreeding) % test to ensure they are not related before breeding. This is to avoid the inbreeding and associated issues that are sometimes seen with irresponsible breeders. It meant that Pepper’s breeder had to drive to the US to find a suitable stud dog and so did Phoenix’s breeder. Breeders are also having to import dogs to make sure the bloodline is diversified. Pepper’s mum is imported from England and her dad was in the US, imported from Scotland. Phoenix’s mum was from Canada and her dad was in the US, imported from Germany.
The Process To Get A Puppy- Worth the wait
Registering to be a responsible pet owner
Most importantly though, Michelle and Dan say, you have to sign a contract. It states that if you cannot look after the dog, you have to return it to the breeder. This is why there are no Tamaskans in rescues that we know of. That’s not to say that there aren’t any that need rescuing, but they go back to the breeder who finds a new home. Michelle and Dan also have a pet only contract which means they cannot breed.
Check out more amazing photos taken by Michelle and Dan on their website!