Hi from Paris, France ^^
I am French so English is obviously not my mother tongue.
I apologize in advance if I may write some broken English :p
I am not a Tamaskan owner but I am more an more interested by this breed and even more by this adventure you are living by creating a new dog breed. And what a wolfish dog breed !
I knew for years the Czech wolf dog (is it the name in English ? I just directly translate from the French "chien-loup tchécoslovaque) or the Sarloos wolf dog but I always was kind of unconvinced by 1. their very primitive/difficult personality, very unrecommended for not 'dog expert' 2. the skinny German Shepherd look they often have (I especially don't appreaciate the long ears).
So when I discovered the Tamaskan dog, I was so pleased to read the simple and clear objective of the breed : having a beautiful dog looking like a wolf BUT with a easy/pleasant dog personality
Congratulations for all the beautiful work you've done so far !
At first, I registered myself on the forum to learn more about this new ongoing breed and the breeding work you are doing. I am curious to understand the process of selection for "new blood line" in purpose of increasing the genetic diversity in the Tamaskan breed.
Then I started to read topics in the Breeding section and I realised that you often talked about possibly adding some Groenendael blood in the pool. I was a bit surprised to understand that this mix seems to not be so often used so far because I saw that one of the fundation dogs really looks like a Groenendael.
I saw that "recently" (2015), in the famous Sylvaen kennel, they used a White German Shepherd (in French we said "Berger Blanc Suisse" = "White Swiss Shepherd") for one of their litter (Aurora Litter 2015). In my opinion (but I am not a dog expert and I don't pretend to be, sorry if my English may sounds rude ), Groenendael may also be a good addition to the pool. Comparing to White German Shepherd, they have smaller ears, thinner and more wolfy muzzle, same kind of fur...
Why do I suddendly advocate for Groenendael ?
Because if I am not a Tamaskan owner, I am a very happy Groenendael owner so of course I think there are amazing dogs (like every happy owner should feel about their dog, right ? )
He is on my profile pic, his name is Minuit (Midnight in French) and he will be 8 months at the end of September ^^
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So, when I discovered on your forum that some of you may be interested with a mix with Groenendael, even for just a trial, some crazy project started to grow in my head (with a lot of "IF", of course).
But I am the kind of person who plan/learn a lot before doing something so I guess I am in the right place to ask questions and received advices first before thinking too far for nothing ^^
IF Minuit have good health tests (I know it is not before he is 1 year old ^^) : DM, dysplasia (hips and elbows), eyes checking (what else ?)
IF he matches with what the TDR is looking for outcross stud (is it the right term ?)
Do you think it is a reasonable idea to think about adding him in the adventure of the Tamaskan breed ?
I mean, he is only 8 months so I am just asking to know your opinions, advices, warning about this idea
I know I am new and I really don't want to appear like a foolish girl who comes with her stupid ideas But as my grandma always says : "There is no shame to ask."
Sorry for this very long presentation and thanks for those who had the courage to read it all ! :p