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 flagFinland
Other Names
What other names does the Tamaskan Dog have?
TamTamaskan husky
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Tamaskan Dog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Tamaskan Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Tamaskan Dog in the United States? How much money is a Tamaskan Dog?

Where to buy a Tamaskan Dog with a good pedigree?

$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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Tamaskan Dog? How many Tamaskan Dog are there in the world?
Average: The Tamaskan Dog is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Tamaskan Dog Size

Size
Is a Tamaskan Dog small, medium or large dog?

How big do Tamaskan Dog get?

What is the average size of a Tamaskan Dog?

Large
Weight
How much does the Tamaskan Dog weigh? How much should a Tamaskan Dog weight? What is the normal weight of a Tamaskan Dog? How much does a full-grown Tamaskan Dog weight?
Male: 66-99 pounds (30-45 kg), Female: 50-84 pounds (23-38 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Tamaskan Dog?
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)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Tamaskan Dog?
Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 25.5 inches (63.5 cm)

Tamaskan Dog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Tamaskan Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ThickDoubleCoarse
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? How often should I take my Tamaskan Dog to the groomer?
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 Tam? Do Tamaskan Dog dogs shed a lot?
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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Tamaskan Dog need a bath? How often should you give a Tamaskan Dog a bath? Can I bathe my Tamaskan Dog every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Tamaskan Dog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Tamaskan Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AgileObedientTolerantIntelligentSociable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Tamaskan Dog? Is the Tamaskan Dog breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Tamaskan Dog ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Tamaskan Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Tamaskan Dog?
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?
Average: Tamaskan Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Tamaskan Dog sensitivity:
Sensitive: Tamaskan Dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Tamaskan Dog a good family dog?
Average to High: Tamaskan Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Tam 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? Are they barkers/noisy? 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? Are they alert at night?
Tamaskan Dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a 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.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Tamaskan Dog dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
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 Tam? 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Tamaskan Dog has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Tamaskan Dog? How much bite force does a Tamaskan Dog have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Tamaskan Dog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Tamaskan Dog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

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?
The 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? Can you have a Tamaskan Dog in an apartment?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Tamaskan Dog breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Tamaskan Dog indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Tamaskan Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Tamaskan Dog be left alone? How long can you leave a Tamaskan Dog alone?
Tamaskan Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Tamaskan Dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Tamaskan Dog temperament with other people:
Tamaskan Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
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.
Child Friendly
Are Tamaskan Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Tamaskan Dog temperament with 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the Tamaskan Dog breed live with a cat?
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?
Tamaskan Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Tamaskan Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Tamaskan Dog breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Tamaskan Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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 Tam temperament with senior people? Are Tamaskan Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Tamaskan Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Tamaskan Dog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Tamaskan Dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Tamaskan Dogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Tamaskan Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Tamaskan Dog breed? Most common health risks of Tamaskan Dog:
BloatCancerCryptorchidismDeafnessDegenerative MyelopathyEar InfectionsEpilepsyEye ProblemsHeat IntoleranceLiver IssuesRenal Failure
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Tamaskan Dog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Tamaskan Dog see the vet?
Frequent
The Tamaskan Dog should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Tamaskan Dog dogs live? How old can a Tamaskan Dog be? What is the age limit of the Tamaskan Dog? How many years can the oldest Tamaskan Dog live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Tamaskan Dog?

How long is the lifespan of a Tamaskan Dog?

14-16 years
The average lifespan of Tamaskan Dog: 15 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? What is the activity level of the Tamaskan Dog?
Tamaskan Dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Tamaskan Dog need? How much exercise do Tamaskan Dog dogs require per day?

Do Tamaskan Dog dogs need a lot of exercises?

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 the Tamaskan Dog breed need?
Tamaskan Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Tamaskan Dog need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Tamaskan Dog breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Tamaskan Dog? How much food should I feed my Tamaskan Dog?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and 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.

Tamaskan Dog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Tamaskan Dog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Tamaskan Dog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Tamaskan Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Tamaskan Dog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Tamaskan Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Tamaskan Dog pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Tamaskan Dog breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Tamaskan Dog breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Tamaskan Dog have? How many puppies can a Tamaskan Dog give birth to?
6-10 puppies

Tamaskan Dog Recognition

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.

Tamaskan Dog Pros and Cons

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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Tamaskan Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Tamaskan Dogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Tamaskan Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Tamaskan Dog breed.
  • Mouthiness: Tamaskan Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The 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.

Tamaskan Dog 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.

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