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Origin / History The American Tundra Shepherd Dog was a breed originally developed to serve the government. In 1968, Frank Catania, a breeder in Edwardsville, Kansas, started a five-year project for the government, which aimed to produce wolfdogs for military use. To achieve this goal, female Deutscher Schäferhunds were crossed with male Alaskan Tundra Wolves. The puppies resulting from these matches weren't as aggressive or as trainable as desired, and after five years, the project was deemed a failure.

Although the government project ended, wolfdogs from the program were still bred. At first, further breedings were centered on breeding first generation wolfdogs with one another. Then, these second generation wolfdogs were crossed with Deutscher Schäferhunds to create a wolfdog with only 25% wolf blood. These dogs were more trainable than first generation wolfdogs. Second generation wolfdogs were then bred with other second generation wolfdogs. Puppies born from these unions were American Tundra Shepherd Dogs.

Appearance American Tundra Shepherd Dogs are large and powerful. These dogs have a wedge-shaped head with a relatively long muzzle and tight lips. Their nose is black, while their medium-sized eyes are almond-shaped and obliquely set. The eyes of American Tundra Shepherd Dogs are usually dark brown in color, although there are some dogs of this breed that sport orange, gold, yellow, and bronze eyes. These dogs have long, well-formed ribs and a moderately tucked-up abdomen. Their large feet are webbed and have thick pads. Dogs of this breed have a dense, woolly undercoat and a dense, straight outer coat with medium-length hairs. They also have a ruff of longer hair around the neck

Colours Acceptable coat colours for dogs of this breed include black, tan, agouti, or any solid colour. Aside from solid black American Tundra Shepherd Dogs, all dogs of this breed sport a gray undercoat.

Temperament These dogs are no longer considered as just military dogs; they are now being used as guard dogs, watchdogs, therapy dogs, herders, agility dogs, search and rescue dogs, and as family companions. American Tundra Shepherd Dogs are devoted to their owners, especially when they've been with them since puppyhood. These dogs aren't friendly with strangers, and it's advisable for their owners to be present when someone unfamiliar approaches them. Being intelligent dogs, they are capable of learning many commands when trained properly.

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height that ranges from 27 inches to 34 inches, while females must be at least 25 inches tall. Males weigh an average of 110 pounds, while females have an average weight of only 85 pounds.

Common Health Problems These dogs are generally healthy, although they may be susceptible to hip dysplasia.

Living Conditions It's best for these dogs to be provided with a large yard where they can exercise and run around.

Exercise Requirements These dogs have a high energy level, and they need to be taken out for long walks daily. It's also advisable for owners to play with these dogs and let them run around in a large, secure area.

Training Requirements Owners of these dogs should be confident and must train these dogs using firm, consistent methods. It's important for these dogs to undergo obedience training, and they must also be socialized at an early age. It's also essential for owners to display strong leadership skills so that the dog won't feel that it is the leader of the pack. Dogs have natural pack instincts and they think of their human family as their pack, so it's a must for owners to establish that humans are higher in rank than dogs.

Life Expectancy American Tundra Shepherd Dogs are known to live for as long as 16 to 17 years

Grooming Owners should brush the coat of their dogs regularly, especially during shedding season. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs must be done only when necessary.

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