Tamaskan Dog

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Tamaskan Dog
Tamaskan.jpg
A Tamaskan Dog
Nicknames Tam, Tamaskan Husky
Country of origin Finland
Traits
Weight Male 65–95 pounds (29–43 kg)
Female 55–85 pounds (25–39 kg)
Height Male 25–33 inches (64–84 cm)
Female 24–28 inches (61–71 cm)
Coat Thick double coat; dense undercoat & coarse outer coat. Each individual guard hair is Agouti banded.
Color Wolf Grey, Red Grey, Black Grey
Litter size 6-10 puppies
Life span 14–15 years (projected)
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Tamaskan Dog is a crossbred dog of sleddog type, created in Finland, and as of 27 November 2013, has been recognized by the American Rare Breed Association, and the Kennel Club of the United States of America, two related dog fancier and pedigree registries.[1][2] It is a highly versatile dog that can excel in agility, obedience and working trials. It is also capable of pulling sleds, which is inherited from its Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute ancestors. Morphologically, Tamaskans have been bred to look like wolves and have a notable lupine appearance. Although there are a little over 400 registered Tamaskan Dogs worldwide, increasing interest has resulted in their spread throughout continental Europe, the UK and the USA, as well as Canada and Australia.

Description[edit]

A Tamaskan puppy

Tamaskans are large, athletic dogs; slightly taller in size than German Shepherds. With regards to build, they are substantially larger than their Siberian Husky ancestors but smaller than the Alaskan Malamute. They generally resemble grey wolves and wolfdogs.

On average, Tamaskan adults measure around 24-28 inches (60–70 cm) tall at the shoulder and typically weigh between 55-88 pounds (25–40 kg)–the heaviest recorded Tamaskan males (to date) weigh just under 50 kg. Females are usually slightly smaller and lighter than males, with a distinct feminine appearance. Males are more heavyset with broader heads and a heavier bone structure. Tamaskans have a lupine appearance with a straight bushy tail and thick double coat that comes in three main colors: Wolf Gray, Red Gray, and Black Gray. Each individual guard hair is agouti banded along its length. The almond-shaped eyes range from yellow through to amber and brown, with lighter colored eyes being very rare. Blue eyes are not acceptable, nor are mismatched eyes.[3]

Health[edit]

An adult female

Overall the Tamaskan breed is healthy with only a few notable health issues, which affect a small percentage of the bloodlines to date. Roughly 10% of males suffer from cryptorchidism: undescended testes. With these cases, usually only one testicle fully descends within the scrotum, while the other testicle remains "hidden" up within the abdominal cavity. Epilepsy has been diagnosed in five dogs, affecting about 1 out of every 100 registered Tamaskan worldwide. Several dogs have been found to be carriers of degenerative myelopathy. As with all large breed dogs, hip dysplasia is a risk.

History[edit]

A Tamaskan

Breed Clubs[edit]

There are breed clubs the United States (US Tamaskan Dog Club),[4] Canada (National Tamaskan Club of Canada),[5] France (Club Français du Tamaskan),[6] Germany (Tamaskan Club Germany),[7] the Netherlands (Nederlandse Tamaskan Club),[8] Croatia (Hrvatski Tamaskan Savez),[9] and Australia.[10]

Famous Tamaskan Dogs[edit]

A prizewinning Tamaskan Dog

In October 2007, a Tamaskan named "Genghis Khan" featured as a wolf in a music video for the band Lucretia Choir.[11]

In September 2010, a TDR registered male Tamaskan named "Wave" became the official Live Mascot of North Carolina State University's football team: NC State Wolfpack. Wave (aka "Tuffy") now attends most home games and can be seen stalking around the sidelines.[12][13][14][15]

In September 2012, four Tamaskan Dogs were featured on the Croatian HRT 1 television program "Kućni ljubimci".[16]

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