Often confused with various wolf species, the Tamaskan Dog is an intelligent and social breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.
The origin of the Tamaskan Dog can be traced back to 1980’s Finland, when breeders began experimenting with crossing various sledding breeds. Founders of the breed (including owners of Bluestag Kennel and Blufawn Kennel) eventually crossed specially selected specimens of the Siberian Husky, Northern Inuit Dog, and the Utonagan, and the Tamaskan Dog was finally born.
Throughout its history, the Tamaskan Dog has been most commonly used for sled pulling, and as a show dog, proving its superior abilities to work endlessly in the harshest of climate and terrain while providing devoted companionship.
Today, while the Tamaskan Dog has attained an underground popularity as a working, show, and companion dog, the breed remains rather rare world wide.
Best known for its friendly and social nature, the Tamaskan Dog is a genuinely happy breed that loves to keep busy with work or play. These dogs thrive on strong and dependable relationships with humans, and often look to their owner for assurance and guidance. This breed is very intelligent and generally easy to train. As a pet, the Tamaskan Dog is obedient, loyal, loving, and very affectionate. The Tamaskan Dog is not suited for full-time indoor or apartment living, as it enjoys spending time outdoors, playing games such as fetch and tug-of-war, and having plenty of room to roam, run, and play.
Due to its eagerness to please and impress its owner and willingness to learn, the Tamaskan Dog generally responds well to basic training and commands. This bright breed has the ability to learn to perform most any task its trainer is willing to take the time to teach.
Establishing immediate dominance, trust, and respect is key to successfully training the Tamaskan Dog. These dogs require a confident, patient, and caring handler with a stern yet gentle approach to repetitive exercises and tasks.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning a Tamaskan Dog, such as its no hassle, low maintenance coat. These dogs are very intelligent, obedient by nature, easy to train, and capable of learning to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. When properly socialized from a young age, the Tamaskan Dog gets along well with children and other pets, known for its sweet and gentle approach to small children and its ability to make friends quickly with other animals due to its social nature. This breed is alert and aware of its surroundings, making an effective watch dog by announcing the arrival of guests and unwanted visitors, and serving as a deterrent to would-be intruders based on appearance. The Tamaskan Dog is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate, making an excellent working dog, family pet, and companion alike.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Tamaskan Dog. This energetic and athletic breed requires large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play outdoors. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Tamaskan Dog not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, digging, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.
The Tamaskan Dog is known to suffer from separation anxiety. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed who travel frequently, have full-time work, or are away from the home on a daily basis are advised to begin researching another breed. During an attack of separation anxiety, the Tamaskan Dog will act out of nervous destruction and may destroy property, chew, dig, bark, whine, and ignore housebreaking training.
As previously mentioned, the Tamaskan Dog remains rather rare world wide and can prove quite difficult to obtain. Individuals wishing to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, extremely high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.
Common Health Concerns
While the Tamaskan Dog is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: chronic ear infection, hearing issues – sometimes leading to deafness, entropian – folding inward of the eye lid, ectropian – folding outward of the eye lid, distichiasis – ingrown eye lashes, sensitivity to heat, and bloat.
Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Tamaskan Dog? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.