How to find an Authentic Tamaskan?

Finding a Purebred Tamaskan?
"BUYER BEWARE"

Tamaskans are a rare breed especially with only a few registered breeders in the United States of America. The cost of importing a puppy is even more costly due to shipping prices. In either event, purchasing a Tamaskan is quite a financial commitment. Therefore, before you put a buy a Tamaskan puppy, please make sure you are working with a reputable registered breeder. Registered breeders are listed on the Tamaskan Club of America (TCA) website and the Tamaskan Breeders Association (TBA) website. The TCA is the official registry of the American Tamaskan and the Tamaskan Breeders Association (TBA) is the official registry of the Aatu Tamaskan. Beware of backyard breeders.

Please be aware that there is a hobby/backyard breeder who is selling mixed breed puppies claiming they are Tamaskans/American Tamaskans (and/or Tamaskan Dogs). When formally asked to "cease and desist" selling these puppies as supposedly registered Tamaskans, the Tamaskan Club of America (TCA) was told that they would set up his own registry. The Tamaskan Club of America is a bona fide international organization and the only organization that recognizes purebred American Tamaskans based on their pedigree and DNA testing. The Tamaskan Club of America also maintains breeding records on litters produced, tracks breed history and maintains a health database to track the health and development of the breed. Please visit the website www.TamaskanDog.com for more information. To further add to the deception, they attempted to copy our domain name and are using www.Tamaskan-Dog.com (note the added hyphen). An official dog registry is more than just a place to advertise puppies that are for sale.

This hobby breeder has also advertised that his Tamaskan/Tamaskan Dog puppies are "Championship" quality. In order for a puppy to be legitimately classified as "championship quality", it must be evaluated and judged by outside experts to determine that it conforms to the breed standard. As a new breed, the American Tamaskan is not yet recognized by the AKC, UKC or CKC. Therefore, showing a dog to Championship is not possible. While Club recognition is a goal of the TCA, at this point the breed is too young and the number of American Tamaskans in the United States is too small.

After exhausting all other avenues, the TCA filed formal complaints to the Elizabeth City NC Better Business Bureau, the North Carolina Attorney General's Office and the Federal Trade Commission. We have asked for this backyard breeder to stop these deliberately deceptive advertising practices and have encouraged them to simply advertise his puppies with honesty and integrity. In response, they have opted to "create" their own breed, which they are calling the "Tamaskan Dog". This is particularly sad, especially for people interested in a purebred American Tamaskan, as these Tamaskan Dogs are simply Tamaskan x Utonagan mixes; don't get deceived!

This becomes even more evident as you read through his breed history, which was copied (without permission) from the TCA and apparently Wikipedia. (Please note: Generally breeders do not go to Wikipedia to develop their breed history, but rather develop their standard in the course of developing their new breed.) They provide no explanation, nor do they document, how their breeding practices have contributed to the new breed or why a new breed was supposedly developed. They are simply using the Tamaskan name to confuse the public in order to sell mix breed dogs as a rare purebred. This is very sad. We wish that they would stop.

To assist your search for a registered purebred American Tamaskan puppy, we offer the information below. Please do not hesitate to contact the Tamaskan Club of America at www.TamaskanDog.com or any of the registered breeders listed on either of those sites should you need advice or assistance.

How to Find a Purebred Registered American Tamaskan

Please ask your breeder the following before you enter into any contract with a breeder to purchase a Tamaskan:

Are you a registered American Tamaskan Breeder?

Purebred registered Tamaskan puppies are only available through breeders who are registered through the Tamaskan Club of America (TCA) www.TamaskanDog.com or the Tamaskan Breeders Association (TBA). The TCA is the governing and authenticating body for the American Tamaskan, maintaining a database of all purebred American Tamaskans worldwide.

Registered breeders are bound by a strict Code of Ethics relative to ownership, breeding and placement of puppies. Purebred registered American Tamaskans are not available from hobby breeders, wholesale dealers, retailers, or pet stores. A registered American Tamaskan will never be offered in a raffle, auction, or as a prize. Backyard breeders are easy to spot; they never have a phone number or address on their site and never show where the dogs/puppies live. This Elizabeth City breeder falls into this category; dead "give-away".

Beware of backyard breeders/puppy mills claiming to have purebred registered American Tamaskans, as it is highly unlikely that they will be approved as registered breeders simply because they can not adhere to the TCA Code of Ethics considering their sheer volume of animals. All Registered Breeders in the United States are required to be members of the Tamaskan Club of America. http://www.TamaskanDog.com The TCA provides education and support to breeders to ensure that they are kept up to date on testing, health issues, breeding practices, protocols, puppy care, and placement. A copy of the TCA membership card should be provided upon request.

ALL American Tamaskans are now DNA profiled to help protect the breed against fraudulent breeders, please do not purchase a puppy from parents that have not been DNA profiled and have a certificate stating their breed and parentage.

Please Note: If you are not buying a American Tamaskan from the one of the Registered Breeders then there is no way to ensure that you are getting an authentic American Tamaskan. The Tamaskan Club of America™ maintains a database of all legitimate American Tamaskans in North America. Don't be fooled by other breeders claiming to have authentic American Tamaskans. Buying an authentic American Tamaskan gives you the assurance that all of ethical breeding practices are strictly adhered to. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Tamaskan Club of America™ for more information.

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