Outcross

6. OUTCROSS DOGS

An Outcross proposal will be submitted by a person or breeder to the CoB by email to cob@tamaskan-register.com or by using the online form, for the consideration of a specific dog to be reviewed as a potential new ITR Foundation Dog.  If any information or required health testing listed below is not available, please contact the CoB for further instruction. Outcross submission is a two-step process. Preapproval is available prior to any health testing if testing is not already complete. Please submit as much information as you have for preapproval before proceeding to avoid unnecessary cost to you.  

6.1 General Outcross Regulations 

a) Additional health tests may be required prior to final approval, and pending passing results, for any specific genetic disorders that are known to exist in the breed(s) that make up the ancestry of the proposed outcross dog for which there are health tests available. TheCoB reserves the right to request further health testing in addition to what is listed below as mandatory breed specific tests. 

b) Limitations such as number of litters, or prohibiting the sale of puppies in wolf-restricted areas may be included on the registration of some outcross dogs. Other conditions may be placed on the offspring of outcross litters, such as the requirement that all offspring must be tested for CEA or MDR1 so that only non-carriers will be permitted to move forward (to qualify for future breeding). Limitations will be reviewed and implemented on a case-by-case basis by theCoB; 

c) Any proposed outcross dog whose parentage includes wolfdog within five generations shall be required to provide a DNA/Embark test to document wolf content percentage. Only proposed outcross dogs with low wolf content (0 – 30%) will be considered for approval;

d) There are some additional health tests that are now mandatory for certain breeds (and mixes of those breeds) as follows:

German Shepherds (GSD), White Shepherds, Swiss White Shepherds, Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs (CSV), Saarloos Wolfdogs (SWD) and crosses of these breeds:  

-DNA test for Multi-Drug Resistance (MDR1);  

-DNA test for Canine Pituitary Dwarfism (CPD);  

-cardiac auscultation to determine no heart murmur is present (if any murmur is detected, echocardiogram by a certified cardiologist is required);  

-T4 blood test (Thyroid levels);  

-TLI (Trypsin-like immunoreactivity) blood test including cobalamin and folate levels to test for EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency); 

Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, Siberian Huskies or other Husky breeds and crosses of these breeds: 

-DNA test for Progressive Polyneuropathy of Alaskan Malamute (PAM);  

-DNA test for Canine Pituitary Dwarfism (CPD);  

-DNA test for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA);  

-DNA test for Alaskan Husky Encephalopathy (AHE) Huskies only; 

-Gonioscopy (additional Eye Exam); 

Groenendael and other Belgian Sheepdogs as well as crosses of these breeds: 

-DNA test for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA); 

-Statement from licensed veterinarian confirm dog does not have a sensitivity to anesthesia, to the best of their knowledge. This would include the number of times the dog has been under anesthesia 

Rough/Smooth Collies, dogs with Collie heritage such as Marxdorf Wolfdog, Shetland Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, Lancashire Heelers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and crosses of these breeds:  

-DNA test for Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) 

6.2 STEP 1: Outcross Proposal Submission 

Submit a completed Outcross Proposal Form (download form) to the CoB for preapproval. The following items should be included with the Outcross proposal form. Otherwise these additional items must be included in Step 2.  

a) ITR Temperament form or Information regarding the outcross dog’s temperament; Examples include, but are not limited to: a written declaration by the owner, an impartial third-party evaluation, or official certificates pertaining to temperament, such as a passing Canine Good Citizen (GCG) exam, obedience titles, service or therapy dog qualifications, etc. This can also include photos and/or videos of the proposed outcross dog interacting with other dogs, children, cats, etc. The more information the better, as well as any negative aspects or potential behavioral and/or temperament issues;

b) A written report of a hands-on structural/conformation evaluation of the potential outcross dog relative to the breed standard. The ITR Tamaskan Dog structure evaluation form may be used. In the event that a hands-on structural/conformation evaluation cannot be performed, photos/videos may be submitted to the CoB instead; 

c) A five (5) generation pedigree, even if the dogs are not registered. If there is not a five (5) generation pedigree available, please contact theCoB for further instruction; 

d) Photos of the proposed outcross dog, outcross dog’s dam and sire and, whenever possible, photos of: siblings, offspring and both sets of grandparents;

e) For adult outcross dogs, include photos showing the face, mask, muzzle, ears, neck and tail-set of the proposed outcross. At least one front view and one side-stacked view shall also be included. Puppies for preapproval may just include the front and side views, stacked if possible;

f) A video showing the proposed outcross dog’s movement, and interaction with people;

Once the above information has been received by the CoB, the Proposal will be reviewed, discussed and voted on for preapproval. The CoB will return the verdict along with any additional requirements/testing to the applicant. If preapproved, continue to step 2. 

6.3 STEP 2: Preapproval and Limitations 

Preapproval for the proposed outcross dog may be granted by the CoB, pending passing results for the required/mandatory health testing. After preapproval has been granted, the CoB will outline any additional health testing in an email to you. All required information and/or relevant/requested health certificates must be submitted prior to final approval by the CoB and subsequent ITR registration as an official Outcross Dog (also known as “Foundation Dog”) for the breed. In some cases, breeding limitations or restrictions, or specific terms and conditions for the offspring, may also be added upon final approval. 

a) Submit copies of all mandatory health testing certificates, if not already submitted, as specified in sections 5.1 through 5.4 and 5.6, which include:  Hip Score, Elbow Score; DNA test for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM); passing eye exam conducted by a licensed veterinary ophthalmologist; and a Certificate of Entirety for males; DNA panel testing through MyDogDNA or Embark;

b) Submit any additional health testing or other requirements as outlined in your preapproval email. 

c) Submit DNA profile by Neogen GeneSeek (submit to Neogen using Neogen Form). This is used to verify the parentage of all future offspring;

6.4 Final Approval 

Once all of the additional information that has been requested is received by the CoB, the results will be discussed and voted on, if necessary, for final approval. The CoB will return the verdict with any limitations to the applicant and an ITR Registrar for appropriate paperwork. Please note, ALL outcross registration/approval paperwork is for studbook record-keeping ONLY and does not imply that the outcross dog has been accepted as a registered Tamaskan Dog. An outcross dog with ITR Outcross / Foundation Dog registration number or certificate is NOT permitted to enter/participate in dog shows under the Tamaskan Dog standard, or enter as a Tamaskan Dog at any dog show. 

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