The Tamaskan is a breed of dog from Finland, not recognised by the FCI, which has been bred since the 1980s with the aim of looking as similar as possible to the wolf without losing the positive characteristics of a companion and family dog. The Tamaskan Dog gained great fame through the popular HBO series “Games of Thrones” in which the Direwolves were portrayed in some episodes by the similar looking Northern Inuit Dogs.
More info at: Breed standard Tamaskan Rassestandard Tamaskan
The Tamaskan Dog, or Tamaskan for short, is a cross between several Nordic breeds, sheepdogs and wolfhounds. The breeds Czechoslovakian Wolfhound and Saarloos Wolfhound are best known as wolfhounds.
Depending on the mating, the wolf content of Tamis ranges from 0-30%, whereby the breeding goal is less than 10%.
The Tamaskan is NOT a wolf hybrid, because the wolf is a strictly protected species in Europe. The strict species protection regulations also apply to wolf hybrids (dog-wolf crosses) of the first four generations (F1 to F4). They may only be kept with official permission.
The following dog breeds (purebreds and mixed breeds) went into the creation of the Tamaskan dog breed (foundation dogs as well as outcross dogs approved since then):
🐺Alaska Noble Companion Dog (since 2019)
—> Groenendael (since 2016)
—> Tervueren (since 2021)
🐺Canadian Eskimo Dog
🐺Dutch Shepherd (since 2022)
—> Alaskan Husky
—> Finnish Husky
—> Hedlund Husky (since 2014)
—> Labrador Husky
—> Siberian Husky
🐺Irish Wolfshound (since 2021)
🐺Karealien Beardog (since 2021)
🐺 Labrador Retriever (since 2020)
🐺Marxdorfer Wolfdog (since 2013)
🐺Shikoku (since 2022)
🐺Svensk Varghund (since 2013)
🐺 West Siberian Laika (since 2021)
🐺White Swiss Shepherd
—> Northern Inuit Dog
—> Cadelonian Wolfalike
—> British Timber Dog
⚠️ The following breeds can be determined by EMBARK (as of 2022):
🐕 Alaskan Husky
🐕 Siberian Husky
🐕 Alaskan Malamute
🐕 Karealian Beardog
🐕 Irish Wolfshound
🐕 Czechoslovak Wolfdog
🐕 Saarloos Wolfdog
🐕 German Shepherd
🐕 White Swiss Shepherd
🐕 West Siberian Laika
🐕 Labrador Retriever
🐕 Greenland Dog
🐕 Eskimo Dog
As with many larger breed dogs, hip dysplasia (HD) and elbow dysplasia (ED) are common problems in the Tamaskan.
The most common inherited disease in the Tamaskan population is cryptorchidism. This means that one or both testicles have not descended into the scrotum and must be removed by surgery (usually including castration). In general, pedigree dogs (9.5%) are more affected than mongrel dogs (1.2%).
In addition, various eye diseases (cataract, glaucoma), cancer, digestive problems/allergies and unfortunately also epilepsy.
Some diseases such as degenerative myelopathy (DM), MDR1 gene defect and hyposaric dwarfism (HZ) can nowadays be ruled out in advance by a genetic test.
This question cannot be answered in a general way, because every person is an individual. Are you ready to change your life completely to accommodate a dog? Are you prepared to forego visits to the cinema, parties, etc. because the dog cannot stay alone?
Yes, the breeding goal of the Tamaskan is designed for the task as a family and companion dog.
Certainly there are isolated specimens that are suitable for the special requirements of a service dog, but basically other breeds with a solid breeding goal & character would be better suited, as the Tamaskan is still a surprise package. Also, in some countries assistance and service dogs with wolf content are prohibited.
If you like to be out and about in nature and can take your dog to work etc., then a Tamaskan is also happy with a flat.
However, it is not advisable to keep a dog in a kennel only, as the Tamaskan is a dog that relates very much to its human and would prefer to be with its family 24/7.
Yes/No, this varies from dog to dog, even in a litter. You should always have a plan B,C,D… before acquiring the dog. It can happen that the Tamaskan Dog will never learn or be able to do this.
Absolutely. However, as in the case of staying alone, the degree of this instinct varies from dog to dog.
In general, Tamaskans can be socialised with cats and other animals, provided they get to know it from an early age but there is never a guarantee.
Because of the hunting instinct, one should always be especially careful with rodents that may be considered prey.
According to the standard, the Tamaskan should be a friendly, social dog, but the reality is currently different, so that same-sex problems can occur again and again. Some (Wolfhound) bitches also perceive male neuters as competition. We therefore recommend choosing the opposite sex when considering a second dog.
Here, too, there is no guarantee.
This also varies from breeder to breeder.
A Sakura puppy leaves our home from the 9th week with:
🌸 Pedigree from the register
🌸 Health certificate from a veterinarian
🌸 Certified contract of sale
🌸 EMBARK test & proof of parentage
🌸 EU vaccination passport with 1st immunisation
🌸 Deworming passport with 4x deworming (2nd/4th/6th & 8th week)
🌸 2kg dry food + wet food from Wolfsblut
🌸 a matching harness from AnnyX
🌸 a bad weather towel with the smell of mummy
🌸 treats for the start of training
🌸 Puppy info folder
🌸 Admission to the owners’ puppy exchange group
🌸Lifelong advice also beyond the purchase
Between 1,500 – 3,000 EUR. Basically you should not compare prices but the breeding and socialisation strategies of the respective breeders. For a lovingly designed upbringing that produces a well-socialised puppy, the purchase price mentioned should not play a decisive role, because we are dealing here with a living creature that will live for at least 12 years.
The early intervention programme for puppies “Puppy Culture” was developed by the American dog trainer and author Jane Messineo Lindquist to make puppies more stress-resistant through targeted exercises.
Because the first 12 weeks of a puppy’s life are incredibly important. This is an almost magical time when we, as breeders, have the opportunity to change a puppy’s life by teaching them the right things. By doing just the right things at just the right time, we can give your puppy the best possible start in life.
Learn more about Puppy Culture
For the countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland there are maps with tamis and their owners created by the respective clubs and fanciers.
Are you looking for a suitable stud dog? Our dogs (link stud dogs) are available to selected, healthy dog ladies by arrangement.
IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS REGARDING THE TAMASKAN BREED, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US!