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About the Tamaskan Dog


As in many breeds, the origin of the Tamaskan Dog is subject to many theories, however it is generally accepted that the breed originated from England with the two founders, Blustag and Blufawn. Both founders, although British, moved their breeding establishments to Finland to race their dogs in arctic conditions, and many Finnish dogs were integrated into the breeding program.

The Tamaskan is sweet natured and good with children and small pets, this has made them a favourite with UK wolf lovers.

Tamaskan dogs are highly intelligent and need constant mental stimulation, but with the correct training they can excel in obedience, agility and even heelwork to music as well as their original function as a sled dog.

A well-bred Tamaskan is calm, sensible, and patient. Some are more outgoing, others more introspective. Our club does not condone the introduction of outcrosses with mid level wolf content into our beloved breed as we want to retain their amazing character.

Adult Tamaskan are calm and quiet indoors, youngsters are boisterous. This breed needs daily exercise, we recommend at least 45-60minutes of exercise daily for a fully grown adult dog, puppies would need less.

Companionship is of prime importance to this sociable breed. Left alone too much, he becomes dispirited -- and destructive.

Tamaskan are generally relaxed and accepting of everyone, but some may be reserved and requires early, frequent excursions into the world so that he grows up to trust and respect people and other dogs.

Most Tamaskan are fine with other animals when raised with them, but there is some same sex aggression, which can be frightening to experience because of this breed's size and power, again early socialisation is key to raising a well adjusted adult.

Tamaskan can have an independent streak, but they are willing to please if you can establish consistent rules through motivational training methods that include praise and food rewards.

If you want a dog who...

  • Is  medium to large with a lot of endurance
  • Is usually kind and steady-tempered with everyone
  • Loves pulling sleds and doing any sort of dog sport
  • Is responsive to training and can be allowed off lead

A Tamaskan may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • A large dog who takes up a lot of space in your house and car
  • A big lap dog who wants to sit on your knee and pulls on the lead
  • Rowdiness and exuberant jumping when young
  • Loneliness, noise and destructiveness when left alone too much
  • Fearfulness or aggression when not socialized enough
  • Some stubbornness and/or dominance problems, especially in males
  • Heavy shedding

A Tamaskan may not be right for you.

Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behaviour are also shaped by raising and training.

  • You can avoid some negative traits by choosing an ADULT dog from Tamaskan Rescue UK. With an adult dog, you can easily see what you're getting, and plenty of adult Tamaskan have already proven themselves not to have negative characteristics.
  • If you want a puppy, you can avoid some negative traits by choosing the right breeder and the right lines. Your breeder should always be able to tell you about the characteristics of their dogs lines.
  • Finally, you can avoid some negative traits by training your Tamaskan at a good dog club.
  • Tamaskan contain small traces of wolf content that is not legal in some countries. Please check with your local authority before booking a puppy

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