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History The Tamaskan Dog is a domestic dog breed that originated in Finland. Although dogs of this breed have no recent wolf ancestry, their appearance resembles that of a wolf. The first generation of Tamaskan Dogs to be registered were born during 2002. These dogs were bred by the Blustag & Blufawn Kennels, which were the two primary founders of the breed. Since then, the founders have continued searching for wolf-like dogs to improve the breed. In 2006, the last foundation dog was mixed in. Breeds used for the development of the Tamaskan Dog include the Utonagan, Siberian Husky, Northern Inuit, and Finnish racing huskies. Each specimen used was carefully chosen based on its intelligence, appearance, health, and temperament.
In 2005, the first Tamaskan Dogs were imported into America. Since then, the popularity of this breed has grown and there are now six registered breeders throughout America. The founders of this breed established the Tamaskan Dog Register, which is still the official governing body for all the Tamaskan Dogs all over the world. In 2006, the National Tamaskan Club of America and the Tamaskan Dog Society of Great Britain were created.
Appearance Tamaskan Dogs are large, athletic-looking, wolf-like dogs. The head of these dogs is round, and they have a long muzzle. Their triangular ears are straight, and resemble that of Siberian Huskies. Their eyes may be brown or yellow in colour. These dogs have a strong and compact body, with thin, muscular legs. Their paws are small, and they have a fluffy tail that looks like that of Alaskan Malamutes, the difference being that the tail of Tamaskan Dogs do not curl up on their back. The coat of these dogs is fluffy and thick.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include red grey, wolf grey, and black grey.
Temperament Tamaskan Dogs are ideal family dogs because they can get along well with children and are tolerant towards other canines. Tamaskans are also very intelligent and highly social. These dogs won't do well without the company of other dogs or people. When left alone for long periods of time, these dogs may be destructive.
Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height of 25 to 28 inches and a weight of 14 to 21 pounds. Females, on the other hand, are 24 to 27 inches tall and 50 to 84 pounds heavy.
Problems There are no known genetic health problems specifically associated with this breed.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for Tamaskan Dogs to be kept inside apartments. These dogs should be provided with a large yard where they can run around and play.
Requirements Being very active dogs, Tamaskans need much exercise and should be taken out on a long, brisk jog or walk daily. These dogs can be left off their leash so that they can run around freely. Owners must take note, however, that this can only be done when the dog is properly trained.
Training Requirements It's important for owners of Tamaskan Dogs to know how to display strong leadership skills. When training these dogs, owners should make the dogs see that humans are higher in pack rank than canines. Exercise should be a part of these dogs' everyday life. Without enough exercise, they can become destructive or may try to escape their home. Because of their intelligence, Tamaskan Dogs can do well in almost any kind of training. They excel in obedience, agility, and sled racing.
Life Expectancy The average life span of Tamaskan Dogs is 14 to 15 years.
Grooming These dogs need little grooming. Owners just need to brush the coat of these dogs to get rid of loose and dead hairs. More attention should be given to the coat during the moulting season.
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