Tamaskan Dog Breed, Wolf look alike

Tamaskan Dog

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“Wolfdog without the Wolf” is the motto of the breed’s parent club, according to Dog Breeds of the World website. If you want a dog that looks like a wolf, has working ability and makes a good family dog? If so, the Tamaskan Breed might be what you’re looking for. Never heard of the breed? Well neither did I until I was browsing for an unusual dog to write about. They are not an ancient breed, but one that was developed in and after the 1980’s. The exact origins are not known but the breed seems to have started with five dogs from the United States that were exported to the United Kingdom, according to Tamaskan Dog register website. These dogs were bred to dogs that were crosses of Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky and German Shepherd. The hoped for result was a dog with a wolf like appearance and a good temperament for a family dog. As expressed by the website Dog Breeds of the World the breed’s foundation stock are Northern Inuit dogs and four unknown rescue breeds and Finnish wolf-like dogs.

No records were kept at first. It appears that the original dogs were bred to pure Siberian Huskies, some German shepherds and Alaskan Malamute. Soon after, they were probably selectively bred to each other for a few years to create the desired look and temperament. After an unrecorded history of selective breeding the dogs were called “wolf-dog” but about 1988 the name was changed to Northern Inuit (NI) as the name was misleading. No wolf was in the breeding, according to the Tamaskan Dog register.

Breed standard:

The Tamaskan Club of America™ website United States sled type dogs with a mix of Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute and German shepherd were exported to Finland. Other feral looking sled dogs were added for the American Tamaskan.

Dog Breed Info Center describes the Tamaskan as a large working dog, with an athletic look, wolf like appearance, a thick coat and straight bushy tail.

Height at shoulder:

Male 24-28 inches (60-70 cm)

Weight 55-88 lbs. (25-40 kg)

The male Tamaskan is heavy set with somewhat broader heads and heavier boned than the female. The female is a bit smaller with a feminine appearance. In general the Tamaskan have a lupine look, straight bushy tail, thick double coat. Colors can be wolf gray, red gray, and black gray.

Eyes are almond shaped and usually yellow, amber, or brown. Mismatched or blue eyes are not acceptable for this breed.

Intelligence

The Tamaskan is an intelligent dog that can exceed in agility, obedience and working trials. They can work as sled dogs since they have descended from Huskies and Malamutes. They can be used in skijoring. The word skijoring means ski driving in Norwegian. It is a sport in which dogs, horses or motorized vehicles pull a person on skies. When done with dogs it is a sport where cross country skiers are assisted by a dog or as many as three. The dogs are controlled by voice commands. Any breed can be used but because of its sled dog heritage the Tamaskan would be a good choice.

Tamaskans and snow

Now this one really looks wolf like
Now this one really looks wolf like | Source

Potential uses for the breed

· Tamaskan breed has a keen sense of smell, stamina, and endurance. As such, they would be useful in search and rescue work.

· As these dogs are friendly with laid-back personalities, they are good candidates for training as therapy and assistance dogs.

Temperament

The breed is social and good with people, children, other dogs and other pets. This is a dog that needs company. If left alone, they may get bored and get into mischief or worse. They may develop destructive behavior and should not be left alone for long periods of time. If the owner is going to be gone all day, t may be a poor choice of pet.

Like Huskies, this dog loves to dig holes and will pull strongly on a leash. They do respond better when off a leash than most Huskies will. They need training in any case.

Grooming is relatively easy if one can brush them once a week, However, when they are molting the grooming will be more demanding.

They are a good family but not recommended for apartment living. Their live expectancy is about 14 to 15 years.

Sources: Wikipedia

Dog Breed Info

Dog Breeds of the world

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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I want one...as soon as we build a cabin in the woods and by a lake!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What a handsome dog this Tamaskan breed is, Don. Thanks for the educational information.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

dahoglund, really nice hub here you have about this unique dog breed. i find it unique and intriguing. thanks. voted up.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Will, it is an interesting breed although I already have a siberian Husky that people seem to thin is par t wolf. A cabin by the lake sounds good.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

drjb, odd that we spent centuries breeding dogs away from wolves and now we want them to look like wolves. Thanks for your comment.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

torrilynn, thanks for reading my hub and commenting. glad you found it nice.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Your welcome.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

“These dogs were bred to dogs that were crosses of Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky and German Shepherd.”

The minute I saw the photo, I thought Shepherd or wolf, but the Malamute was a surprise. My sister had two dogs that were a cross between wolf and Husky; they were amazing, wonderful dogs, but hard to train and initially had separation anxiety. She managed to train them quite well, though. It’s interesting that the Tamaskan is also a good candidate for a therapy dog…this speaks will of their temperament. Very informative hub.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

I was aware of this breed and I affectionately call it Tabasco Sauce Breed. An acquaintance has it and a Karelian Bear Dog and he took the two to a hike from the east to the west coast of the USA. He also wrote about his adventure in Huffington Post. However, he had to take several short cuts (read hitch hike) because his Tamaskan kept getting quilled by porcupines.

The two can be seen here:

http://youtu.be/TIvqkJy5sNQ

It is a good looking dog. Thanks for writing about it.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Hi Genna, they went to all this trouble and my neighbor thinks the dog looks like my Siberian Husky. Thanks for commenting.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I ran across information about this breed when I was researching dog breeds. It caught my attention. Thanks for adding you information.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

A beautiful breed, is this a relative of the Siberian Husky? Thanks for the feature!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Hi midget, The Siberian Husky is one of the breeds used to creat the Tamarian breed.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Don,

What a great mixture of breeds that go into the making of these Tamaskan dogs. Like you, I had never heard of them. I grew up with German Shepherd dogs since that was my parent's favorite breed. Loved watching the video. Reminded me of my hubby playing with our Irish Setter in the snow of Wisconsin Rapids in our backyard. They used to go after each other like that...playing in fun. Up, useful, interesting votes and will share. I like learning about these different breeds of dogs. You have a great series going here!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Hi Peggy,

The breed got my attention when I ran across them. Humans seem to have a love/hate attitude toward wolves. Thanks for commenting, voting and sharing.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Don,

Wolves are highly intelligent creatures...work in packs to the benefit of the entire group, etc. I think that the dislike of them came about when domesticated animals were sometimes slaughtered by a wolf. Of course the wolves were probably there first...and if hungry...who can blame them!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Hi Peggy,

I recently watched the movie "Call of the wild." The wolves are always played by dogs which I think are Siberian Huskies. My neighbor thought that the Tamaskan dog looked like our Siberian and people always ask us if she is a wolf or part wolf. we previously had a Siberian/German shepherd mix which was also mistaken for a wolf at times. There are some wolf dogs in Rapids.

Thanks for your observations.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

They certainly are a regal looking dog. They are quite beautiful.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals,

Yes, they are impressive. Thanks for commenting.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This breed looks so much like my Buddy Lee whom we found running by the road years ago. Your description really matches his personality and appearance. A neighbor asked us where we got the wolf. He was a great family dog with a double coat and bushy straight tail, a black and amber color dog who reached 85 pounds and loved the snow. He lived to be 12 years old. Thanks for this hub. Made me think of him.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

PegCole, sounds like your Buddy Lee was a fine dog whatever his heritage. Thanks for commenting.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub, Uncle. Can I call you uncle? It looks like a wolf indeed. Thanks for writing and share with us. The photos you included are the best. Voted up!

Prasetio


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Prasetto, calling me uncle is fine. The Tamaskan breed was developed with the prime idea of having a dog that looks like a wolf but not dangerous. Thanks very much for commenting.


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Hello my friend , What a beautiful animal ! Great info , thanks for sharing that ! I have two dogs and would love more BUT !...Ed


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Just about every dog I write about makes me want one. The one I have is about all I can realistically handle.Thanks for reading.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

They really do look like a wolf. I have never heard of them before. Very interesting hub. Voted up.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Moonlake, the breed is just getting established. They are interesting though. Thanks for voting.


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ryanjhoe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

Never knew there's a dog breed that looks like a wolf rather than Siberian Husky. But this type of dog is indeed looks like a wolf. I would like to have a dog like this, wonder if I can raise it since I live in tropical country. Nice hub you have, thanks for sharing!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

ryanjhoe, not very many people are aware of this breed as it is pretty new. I imagine it tolerence for whether would be about the same as the Husky breeds. Thank you for commenting.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a nice mixture of breeds to come up with the Tamaskan. I'd love to see one up close.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Susan, it is an interesting mixture. We did have a Siberian Husky-Greman shepherd mix which was a nice dog and I did have it mistaken for a wolf at times. Thanks for commenting.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

These are fascinating dogs ... and they really do look a lot like wolves!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Deborah-Diane, when I ran across the bree I figured there would be interest in ti as people are fascinated by wolves. Thanks for commenting.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Don,

I loved that book "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. In fact I liked reading other books by him as well. Will share again by tweeting. Tried to pin this but all that came up was a huge H instead of the dog photo...so deleted it. Sorry!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Hi Peggy,

I don't recall if I read "Call of the Wild" or not. I have watched two movie versions of it though. London was a good writer but rather down on people. His human character are usually either stupid or greedy, sometimes both.

Thanks for voting and sharing.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What beautiful dogs! Enjoyed the video. They remind me of dogs I've had when I was growing up. Mine were part shepherd, part collie, and who knows what else? But they were smart and looked a lot like the dogs in the video. Voted up, interesting, and useful; pinned to my 'Pets' board, and will share!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Au Fait

a shepherd/collie mix sounds like a very nice dog. I like both breeds. I'm glad you liked the hub and appreciate the votes, pin and share.


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

What a beautiful dog! I bet that Tamaskans would be great "actors" for movies featuring wolves. A Tamaskan would be a wonderful stand-in for a wolf and so much more trainable! (voted up and tweeted)


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Your right, Dolores. I think they use Siberian Huskies or used to. Although people often ask if our Husky is a wolf I think the Tamaskan would look more real. Thanks for commenting.


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA

I loved reading your hub,haven't had the pleasure of meeting one yet, they sound very fascinating!


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

alexdra, glad you enjoyed reading the hub and thanks for doing so. I've never seen one either. Still probably not too numerous.


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Alphadogg16 2 years ago from Texas

I've never seen one but that dog is absolutely beautiful. I have always loved the Siberian Husky & Alaskan Malmute. Where can you find these dogs?


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Alphadog, Thanks for reading about the Tamaskan dog. I'm sure if you do a web search you will find breeders.


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stuff4kids 2 years ago

Thank you so much for that - what a beautiful breed of dog and so very, very wolf-like.

I would dearly love to have one, you now, but as I live in an urban apartment with only a small balcony/terrace I don't think it will be possible. Still, it was great to be introduced to this breed and enjoy the fantasy for a few moments!

Thanks for sharing. :)


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

stuff4kids,

I would like to have one each of the dogs I write about but I have enough challenge with one dog.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Wendi Gjata 2 years ago from Hialeah-Florida

I have never heard of this brand! I had wanted a Husky and didn't know that the Tamaskan Dog Breed descended from Huskies and Malamutes. Maybe now I should get this brand! Good hub, very useful!


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Wendi, We have a Siberian Husky and before that a Siberian/ German Shepherd mix. They a great dogs. Like any dog, an owner should match the dog to their own lifestyle.

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