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Tamaskan Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Tamaskan Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFinland
Other Names
What other names does the Tamaskan Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Tamaskan husky, Tam
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Tamaskan Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Tamaskan Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Tamaskan Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Tamaskan Dog price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Tamaskan Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Tamaskan Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Tamaskan Dog gets to a happy place.

History

The Origin of the Tamaskan Dog

The first time you look at a Tamaskan dog you can easily get the impression that you are facing a wolf rather than a dog. But don’t worry, the appearance and the name Tamaskan, which in Native American language means ’mighty wolf’, might refer to a wolf-like dog, in reality, these dogs are really friendly and gentle.

In the 80s a group of five Husky-type dogs, the ancestors of the Tamaskan, were imported to the US. The goal of the breeding was to create a dog with a great temper and with the resemblance of a wolf. Because of the poor records from this era, we cannot be sure of the origin of these ancestors but it’s for sure that even though the Tamaskans look like wolfdogs they do not have any wolf blood in them. They are a cross of Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and German Shepherds. These crossbred dogs were later imported to Finland for further breeding and additional development, which resulted in a new breed called Utonagan dog. Some believe that the Utonagan dog was later crossed with the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog creating the Tamaskan as we know today, but because there isn’t much-documented history we cannot be sure. It was only in the 90s when a breed club was formed which made better documentation possible. This club later in the 2000s was divided into two groups, one of which was the Utonagan Society. A few years later the Utonagan Society was split, one remained with the same name, another one was called the British and International Utonagan Society which was later changed to Tamaskan Society. The first litter of Tamaskan puppies was produced in 2002, but the name did not exist then. It was only in February 2006 when the Tamaskan Dog Register was formed by Lynn Hardey creating strict rules, including DNA testing, in order to prevent the falsification of the pedigrees. Since then the Tamaskan breed has been exported all over Europe, America, Canada, and Australia.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Tamaskan Dog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Tamaskan Dog weigh? Tamaskan Dog weight:
Male: 66-99 pounds (30-45 kg), Female: 50-84 pounds (23-38 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Tamaskan Dog? Tamaskan Dog average weight:
Male: 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 67 pounds (30.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Tamaskan Dog? Tamaskan Dog height:
Male: 25-28 inches (63-71 cm), Female: 24-27 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Tamaskan Dog average height:
Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 25.5 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Tamaskan Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
CoarseThickDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Tamaskan Dog's coat?
RedGrayBlackUsually in the following color combinations: Wolf Grey, Red & Grey or Black & Grey.
Grooming
How to groom the Tamaskan Dog and how often?
Easy to groom: The Tamaskan Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Tamaskan Dog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Tamaskan Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Tamaskan husky? Tamaskan Dog shedding level:
Tamaskan Dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Tamaskan Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AgileObedientTolerantIntelligentSociable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Tamaskan Dog? Are they intelligent?
Average: Tamaskan Dog's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Tamaskan Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Tamaskan Dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Tamaskan Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Tamaskan Dog sensitivity:
Tamaskan Dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Tamaskan Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Tamaskan husky need? Tamaskan Dog social needs:
Tamaskan Dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Tamaskan Dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Tam bark?
Low to Average: The Tamaskan Dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Tamaskan Dog good as a watchdog?
Tamaskan Dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Tamaskan Dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Tamaskan Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Tamaskan Dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Tamaskan Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Tamaskan husky? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Tamaskan Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Tamaskan Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Tamaskan Dog do?
Tamaskan Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Tamaskan Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Tamaskan Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Tamaskan Dog roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Tamaskan Dog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Tamaskan Dog have high prey drive?
Tamaskan Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Tamaskan Dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Tamaskan Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Tamaskan Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Tamaskan Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Tamaskan Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Tamaskan Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Tamaskan Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Tamaskan Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Tamaskan Dog and children:
Tamaskan Dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Tamaskan Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Tamaskan Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Tamaskan Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Tamaskan Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Tamaskan Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Tamaskan Dogs good office dogs? Do Tamaskan Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Tamaskan Dogs be office dogs?
No
Tamaskan Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Tamaskan Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Tamaskan husky temperament with senior people? Are Tamaskan Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Tamaskan Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Tamaskan Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Tamaskan Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Tamaskan Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Tamaskan Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Tamaskan Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Tamaskan Dog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Tamaskan Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Tamaskan Dog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Tamaskan Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Tamaskan Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Tamaskan Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Tamaskan Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Tamaskan Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Tamaskan Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Tamaskan Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Tamaskan Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Tamaskan Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Tamaskan Dog dogs have health problems?
Tamaskan Dogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Tamaskan Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Tamaskan Dog breed? Health risks of Tamaskan Dog:
BloatCancerCryptorchidismDeafnessDegenerative MyelopathyEar InfectionsEpilepsyEye ProblemsHeat IntoleranceLiver IssuesRenal Failure
Life Expectancy
How long do Tamaskan Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Tamaskan Dog be?
14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Tamaskan Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Tamaskan Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Tamaskan Dog have?
Tamaskan Dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Tamaskan Dog dogs require per day?
Tamaskan Dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Tamaskan Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Tamaskan Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Tamaskan Dog risk for obesity:
Average. The Tamaskan Dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Tamaskan Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Tamaskan Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Tamaskan Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Tamaskan Dog drool?
The Tamaskan Dog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Tamaskan Dog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Tamaskan Dog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Tamaskan Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Tamaskan Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Tamaskan Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Tamaskan Dog

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Tamaskan Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Tamaskan Dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Tamaskan Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Tamaskan Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Tamaskan Dogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Tamaskan Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Tamaskan Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Mouthiness: Tamaskan Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Tamaskan Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Tamaskan Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: Tamaskan Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Tamaskan Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Tamaskan Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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