The Tamaskan Dog is a breed of domestic dog, created to visually resemble the wolf. The breed's origin dates back to the early 1980s, in Finland. Five dogs, some of Siberian Husky origin and others of Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd, were selectively bred over several generations to create the breed known today as the Tamaskan Dog. The Tamaskan Dog, originally known as the Wolflook Dog, was first bred by crossing Siberian Huskies with Alaskan Malamutes and German Shepherds, with the aim to create a dog breed that closely resembles a wolf in appearance while maintaining the favorable characteristics of a domestic dog. The breed was formally recognized by the Tamaskan Dog Register, an independent breed registry, in 2006.
Tamaskans are known to be generally healthy dogs, but as a larger breed they are at risk for developing orthopedic problems, such as hip and elbow dysplasia. They may also be prone to eye disorders such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
Tamaskans are known for their intelligent, versatile, and good-natured temperament. They are generally friendly, social dogs that do well with children and other animals. Tamaskans are very active and require a fair amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They can be stubborn at times, so early socialization and training are important. They are not typically recommended for first-time dog owners due to their high energy levels and need for consistent training.
Tamaskans are often used in films and advertising due to their close physical resemblance to wolves while being much easier to train.
Despite their wolf-like appearance, Tamaskans have a very low percentage of wolf content. They are primarily domestic dog, and their appearance has been achieved through selective breeding.
Tamaskans have been successful in various dog sports, including agility, obedience, and sled racing.