The Tamaskan dog, also known as the Tamaskan Husky, is a breed of domestic sled dog that originated from Finland. Jennie Peacock and Lynn Hardey, who created it to resemble a wolf and preform many duties, used breeds including the Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky, and the Northern Inuit, among other breeds. The first successful litter was born in 2002, but the breed did not receive its name until 2006, the same year that registries were formed to record information about as many dogs as possible. The Tamaskan Dog Register was the first registry to record the information, but many other local registries now accept the breed.
The Tamaskan dog is a large breed that differs in size depending upon the sex, with males reaching an average height between twenty-four inches and twenty-eight inches and females reaching a smaller height. Male individuals are heavier than females, who have a more dainty appearance. The double coat of this breed is thick and is typically black grey, red gray, or wolf grey in color, with each hair holding a striped agouti pattern. The standard does not accept blue or mismatched eye colors, although any variances of yellow, amber, or brown are accepted. The breed does not suffer from any major health issues, although some individuals may have epilepsy, cryptorchidism, or hip dysplasia.
The Tamaskan dog is an intelligent breed that can partake in many useful activities including sled driving, search and rescue missions, assistance and therapy jobs, agility trials, and obedience competitions. The breed displays some stubborn traits including digging holes and pulling on a leash, but early training can help prevent these behaviors. Although it is skilled at many things, it also makes a loving and active pet that gets along well with other animals and children.
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