Breed: Tamaskan Dog
Country of Origin: Finland
Color: Black, Grey, Red
Life Expectancy: 14-15 years
Height: Female: 61-66 cm, Male: 63-71 cm
Weight: Female: 23-38 kg, Male: 30-45 kg
Litter Size: 5-11 puppies
The Tamaskan Dog originates from Finland. Husky type dogs were imported from the USA in the early 1980s. These were mixed with other dogs including Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute and a small amount of German Shepherd.
The aim was to create a breed of dog that looked like a wolf and had high intelligence and a good working ability. More recently, in order to improve bloodlines, other dogs of Husky type origins were integrated into the breeding program. Now the gene pool has been extended, Tamaskan breeders can carry on mating only Tamaskan to Tamaskan and so creating a whole new breed of dog.
Interest in the Tamaskan Dog has been slowly increasing and there are now Tamaskan Dogs in the U.K., USA and across Europe, largely due to the efforts of The Tamaskan Register, the official registering body.
The Tamaskan Dog is a large working dog and as such has an athletic look to it. Similar in size to its cousin the German Shepherd, the Tamaskan has a wolf-like appearance with a thick coat and straight, bushy tail.
It comes in three main colors of red-gray, wolf-gray and black-gray. Eyes are yellow through amber and brown, although light eyes are very rare.
Temperament: Agile, Sociable, Obedient, Intelligent, Tolerant
Health Problems: Epilepsy was diagnosed in 3 dogs, but with careful breeding, the lines that carried this are not allowed to breed. Also there have been several dogs that have been found as carriers of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), so now they DNA test all breeding dogs for DM to prevent any sufferers of the genetic disease. Their Husky and German Shepherd ancestors both suffered with hip dysplasia and to guard from this the Tamaskan Register insist that all breeding stock be scored before mating and they have so far kept a good breed average of 8.1.
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