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About Tamaskan's

General description

Tamaskan Dog is a large-sized dog with an intelligent look. In appearance, proportions and the movement it resembles a wolf with a lean physique, which - among other features - gives evidence of its Northern origin of the sled dogs. It is a great dog with a fast and light gait and grace in movement. Its body is fully covered with hair and its ears are pricked.

The Tamaskan has a proud look with its head looking straight and watchful eyes expressing interest and curiosity. Its characteristic gait is well paced with minimized effort and a considerable range of legs. It is willing to do various kinds of work, can be a great sled dog, prove successful in smell work, or serve people. It can also easily carry a light load at moderate speed over short distances. Its high advantage is also its high intelligence and speed of learning (alas this also applies to bad habits). If raised in a proper way and taught (at least) the basic commands it will help us get a great and faithful companion. Male and female are noticeably different in appearance and size.

Breed history

  • 1987The beginning

    In the '80s five husky dogs were imported into Great Britain. They were crossbred with German Shepherds and malamutes and husky. These were the humble beginnings of attempts to breed a dog that would look similar to a wolf, but would be a good family and working dog.
  • 1990Northern Inut Society

    The efforts to breed a dog of the previously mentioned characteristics resulted in the creation of the Northern Inuit Society, and one of its members was Lynn of the Blustag breeding, later a founder of the Tamaskan breed.
  • 2002Utonagan Society

    The differences in vision of the development of the dogs resulted in a separation of the Utonagan Society over time. A newly formed organization primarily focused on its main goal, which was eliminating the diseases, which appeared in the meantime due to too close crossbreeding. Medical tests and analysis of breeding books were introduced, as well as ethical rules of properly conducted breeding were implemented.
  • 02.2016Tamaskan Dog Register

    As a result of a search, seven working dogs, crossbred huskies of wolf-like look, best prepared to pull the sleds, were found and brought from the Lappish countryside. Along with the appropriate appearance, temperament, and their desire to work, they became a major step towards the development of the breed. Such vision of the development (the use of wolfdogs, and so the blood of the wolf) was not accepted by the Utonagan Society, which ceased to add new lines to their breeding programs. Additionally, it became obvious that when the Finnish line of features was entered in the breed, the characteristic of the whole breed would change. As a result, in February 2006, an international registry of dogs of the new breed – the Tamaskan Dog Register, was created by the original members of the British and International Utonagan Association (including two of the members coming from the Association of Northern Inuit).
  • The beginnings of TDR

    The great popularity of the newly formed race gave rise to pathology. Some part of rogue breeders almost brought the race to its end by counterfeiting pedigrees and selling sick dogs. After proving through DNA testing the fraudulent actions by some of the breeders, they were excluded from the group of breeders, and the TDR was redesigned to prevent such activities in the future.
  • 2008Introduction of DNA testing requirements for breeding dogs