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The Tamaskan, a dog with a wolf-like appearance

The Tamaskan is a breed that is still in its infancy. Still under construction, it was created with the objective of obtaining a dog with the appearance of a wolf, but adapted to family life. Get to know this animal like no other, to say the least.

Characteristics of the Tamaskan

The Tamaskan is admired for its athletic appearance, which is reminiscent of a wolf. The creation of this breed was precisely motivated by the objective of making it resemble its wild counterpart. This large dog measures between 61 and 84 cm and weighs between 25 and 50 kg depending on its sex. Its head, whose size is in harmony with the body, reveals a moderate stop and a slightly arched skull. Particular point: a V-shaped hollow is visible between the two eyes and constitutes the signature of the Tamaskan. The edges of the eyes, the lips and the nose must always be black. The Tamaskan is also recognizable by its narrow eyes in oblique position whose color can be brown, amber or yellow. Blue eyes are penalized. Of medium size, the ears are rectangular in shape and are erect and carried forward. The dog must always have a dense and thick coat. The winter coat is different from the summer coat. As for the coat, it can be wolf-gray, black-gray or red-gray.

History of the Tamaskan breed

The Tamaskan is a very recent breed. It appeared under the impulse of Finnish breeders from the 1980s and is being built. So far, there are only about 600 specimens worldwide. To obtain it, several breeds have been crossed like the German Shepherd, the Alaskan Malamute, the Siberian Husky and the Saarloos Wolfdog. Developed in Great Britain and the United States, the Tamaskan is a confidential breed in France. It is not recognized by the Société Centrale Canine nor by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Tamaskan

The Tamaskan resembles the wolf not only physically, but also from the point of view of its character. It is a very independent, strong and stubborn animal. It is clear that he does not like inexperienced owners. He needs someone who can channel him and give him the best education, without violence or aggression. The Tamaskan is an intelligent animal that learns very quickly. To be happy, it must evolve in the countryside and not in the city. It is a dog completely adapted for the various canine sports like the cani kart, the pulka or the canirando.

Diet and main health problems of the Tamaskan

As the breed is new, it is difficult to determine exactly what pathologies may affect it. One thing is certain: so far, it has proven to be particularly robust. The only thing to keep in mind is hip dysplasia, which is common in large dogs.