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PostSubject: Breed: Tamaskans   Fri May 22, 2009 1:42 am

Tamaskan Dog



Country of origin Finland

The Tamaskan dog is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originating from Finland known to excel in agility, obedience and working trials, along with its ability to pull sleds due to its Husky and Malamute ancestors. Morphologically, it is the most wolf-like dog with no recent wolf ancestry. A slowly increasing interest in the breed has resulted in the importation of Tamaskans in continental Europe, the UK and the USA, largely due to the efforts of The Tamaskan Register, the official registering body.[1] The Tamaskan Dog is not to be confused with the Tamaskan Wolfdog which is not a pure breed of dog but a collection of crossbreeds with a similar look.

Tamaskans are large dogs, being slightly taller in size than German Shepherds. Adults typically measure 24-28 inches (61-71 cm) tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 95 pounds. Tamaskans have a lupine appearance with a straight bushy tail and thick coat which comes in three main colours; red grey, black grey and wolf grey. The eyes are yellow through amber and brown, with light coloured eyes being very rare. Blue eyes are unacceptable [1]

Unlike most true wolfdogs, Tamaskans are considered ideal family dogs, as they are tolerant toward other dogs and small children. Tamaskans are highly intelligent and some have been known to excel in agility and obedience training, as well as sled racing. They are highly social, and typically do not cope well without the company of people or other dogs. A tamaskan left alone for long periods of time may develop destructive behaviour or try to escape its home.[1] Unlike some of their husky ancestors the Tamaskan Dog responds well off the lead and with a small amount of training and perhaps some treats or biscuits they will usually return when called.

Despite originating from ancestors suffering from hip dysplasia, no known health issues have yet arisen. The Tamaskan Register insists that all breeding stock be scored before mating and so far, Tamaskans have kept a breed average of 8.2.[1] Tamaskans have an average lifespan of 14-15 years.[1]

The first generation of Tamaskan to be registered were born in 2002, bred by the two main founders (Blustag & Blufawn Kennels) of the breed. Since that time the founders have continued to search for wolfy looking dogs to improve the breed. The last foundation dog was added to the breed in 2006, when the doors were closed on any new bloodlines. The breeds used include the Northern Inuit, Utonagan, Siberian Husky and Finnish racing huskies (which consist of unregistered huskies and husky crosses bred for competitive sled racing in Lapland). Each dog was carefully selected for its appearance, intelligence, temperament and health.
The first Tamaskan to be imported into America arrived in 2005 and they had their first litter in 2007. Since that time the Tamaskans popularity has grown and there are now six registered breeders across America.
The country of origin is difficult to determine, Tamaskan were bred in Finland, Britain and America before the bloodlines were closed in 2006 which could mean that all three are the countries of origin. Currently no country has accepted the Tamaskan as a registered breed, although it is believed the Tamaskan may soon be recognized by the FSS, as well as recognition through other Clubs.
The Tamaskan Dog Register, created by the founders, is still the official Governing Body for all Tamaskan dogs throughout the world, maintaining the pedigree and health records for all authentic Tamaskans. The Tamaskan Dog Society of Great Britain (TDSGB) and the National Tamaskan Club of America (NTCA), both affiliated to the TDR were also created in early 2006. The NTCA has published information regarding a counterfeit organization publicizing itself as the official North American registry of the Tamaskan. All supporters and individuals interested in the breed are being advised to avoid the Tamaskan Club of America and its owners, the RightPuppy Kennel and an imitation of the original Blustag Kennels (neither of which are recognized breeders by the Tamaskan Dog Register).[2]

References

^ a b c d e "Tamaskan Dog". Dogbreedinfo. June 2008. Retrieved on 2008-06-12.
^ "NCTA Breeders List". The National Tamaskan Club of America. 2007. Retrieved on 2009-02-08.
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Fri May 22, 2009 3:12 pm

Those are stunning !
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Fri May 22, 2009 3:13 pm

Agreed! I've never heard of them, but now I totally want one!
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Fri May 22, 2009 3:27 pm

Ummmm... yeah. I feel that I NEED one.

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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Sat May 23, 2009 6:33 pm

dang never heard of them, but they are really good looking wolfdogs.
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Fri May 29, 2009 4:26 am

OMG they are gorgeous - never seen them before
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:43 pm

So beautiful. I recently saw an episode of dog whisperer with wolf hybrids. They're stunning creatures
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:55 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:30 am

Those are pretty cool. And it looks like it likes swimming!
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:58 pm

Gorgeous pics. I am familiar with the breed having researched them before but I love seeing pics of them, such beautiful dogs.

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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:40 pm

So I ran into a Tamaskan at the park today. What a gorgeous yet odd dog. I suggest you guys should see one of these in person. They look like short wolf-hybrid huskies with the attitude of a labrador. Hillarious.
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:18 pm

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So I ran into a Tamaskan at the park today. What a gorgeous yet odd dog. I suggest you guys should see one of these in person. They look like short wolf-hybrid huskies with the attitude of a labrador. Hillarious.

Really? So describe it compared to a husky (in regards to appearance).

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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:51 pm

I'm more interested in the size of the things. Those shoulder measurements never mean jack to me. Is it larger than a Labrador? Smaller?
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:47 pm

It looks nothing like a purebred husky. If you are familiar with Alaskan Malamute wolf-hybrids it more closely resembles them in color and appearance. The one I had seen was in fact a Tamaskan wolf-hybrid but according to the owner had very little wolf in it. It looked almost exactly like the bottom most picture in the original post but has longer hair. Its mannerisms were very labrador-ish. She was only seven months old so I cannot give an accurate measure of its adult measurements. She had short legs...as long as Zephyr's legs and he is 3 months old.

She has started coming to the dog park more often...I will snap a picture next time.
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:49 pm

Pictures would be great!
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:52 pm

She hasn't come back when I am around yet. Darn!
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:08 am

WOW those are really cool looking
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:07 am

there is also a wolf look alike breed that originated in the UK, called Northern Inuit dog ( even though i has nothing to do with the inuit, also, they are a mix of malamutes, sibes, and german sheps.) so there is no actual wolf in them.From the wiki there temperament seems husky like, and a little less energy from breeding sites I've heard they can be protective, which isn't really typical husky trait by the book. But all I am sure of is that I am saving up so I can evenutally get one .
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:43 am

There is a Czech wolfdog that looks more like the husky like the N Inuit but they have the wolf coloring and husky mentality. Both breeds are beautiful and a european thing that is moving into the states. I like the wolf look. Would proabably get the comment hi is dangerous Im scaed more often that with the husky!

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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:15 pm

As far as I know, most, if not all, Tamaskans have wolf in them. I've done a lot of research into the breed and its offshoots, and have been in touch with Conchur Tamaskans (Beaverton, OR), one of the few US breeders. At some point, wolves were added to the breeding without many people knowing, and this caused a split among the breeders. The breed prided itself on its motto: "wolfdog without the wolf!" But now they actually have wolf in them, so it kinda defeats the purpose. O well, they're still beautiful. I'm trying to arrange a meeting with Conchur to meet their dogs and learn more about them in person. Because the breed is so new and still very rare in the US, they are very expensive. I don't think I'd ever be able to afford one, other than a rescue.
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:33 pm

I really like the wolf look of these, but could never own one. We have issues with people shooting huskies because they look wolf-like, one of those wouldn't last at all around here.
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:42 pm

Oh I never really think of the shooting part as I live in the suburbs and the major farms out here are more crops or fields. Guess it would be a problem in Wyoming.

So are your three constantly in a bright colored leash harness just incase they get away? (so nobody would think a wolf had a red harness on)

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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:45 pm

Collars with tags always. The only time mine are in harness is when they are pulling. I've taken them and pictures of them around to all the neighbors so they all know what they look like. When we are in the mountains they wear a bright red hankerchief.
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:51 pm

I never thought about the handkerchief. Shaqua has worn them before, but just to dress up. Smart idea!
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PostSubject: Re: Breed: Tamaskans   Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:53 pm

Yah mine always were collars and tags just in case and it is that much more of a just in case in your situation but good call on the handkerchief.
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