The law “On dog breeding and cynological activity” came into force in Turkmenistan. The text of the law, signed by President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, has been published in the press.
The law notes that its goal is to improve selection and breeding work in dog breeding, protect the purebred dogs included in the national gene pool, develop dog breeding and cynological activities by creating legal guarantees for increasing and improving dog breeds.
According to the law, state regulation in the field of dog breeding and cynological activities is carried out by the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, the authorized body and local executive authorities.
The law requires registration of Turkmen Alabays and other purebred dogs in the State Stud Book and the State Register of Purebred Dogs, respectively. The law introduces the concept of a dog passport, which indicates the dog’s name, date of birth, sex, breed, color and information about its owner. The dog’s passport may contain information about its breeding value by indicating its registration number in the stud book.
The law recognizes the conduct of dog fights between individual breeds of dogs and with different psyches as cruelty to dogs.
To export dogs from the territory of Turkmenistan, you must obtain permission from the authorized body. In addition, the export of dogs belonging to rare and endangered breeds, breed groups and high-value populations bred in Turkmenistan and included in the cadastre of specially protected breeds is limited. In special cases, the export of dogs can be carried out on the basis of a decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan.
The law also encourages successful work in the field of dog breeding and cynological activities. It notes that dog breeders, trainers and other professionals who have achieved high results in keeping, growing, breeding Turkmen Alabai, Turkmen Tazy (hounds) and other dogs can be awarded prizes and cash awards, the size and number of which are determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan.