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Tamaskan Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 50 to 99 pounds
Height: 24 to 28 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: High

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The Tamaskan Dog breed is quite controversial, to say the least. It was originally named as the Northern Inuit Dog, which was later then changed to the Utonagan dog breed. Right now, there are canine organizations that recognizes all three as a separate and distinct breed. Regardless of the name, may it be Tamasakan, Northern Inuit or Utonaga, this Nordic dog breed has captured the world’s attention for its wold-like appearance but very well tempered disposition.

Official Name

Tamaskan Dog


Date – early 1980’s
Country – Finland
Family / Group – Spitz, Northern, Nordic

Recognized By:
The Tamaskan Dog Register
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
American Pet Registry, Inc.


The Tamaskan Dog is a fairly young Husky-type dog breed that originated in Finland during the early 1980’s. This breed was created by crossing various Huskies that were bred in the USA and crossed with lines of Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and a couple of lines from the German shepherd dog. Finish dog breeders wanted to create a dog that can physically match a wolf’s appearance but intelligent and obedient enough to be uses as working dogs. During the first ten years of the Tamaskan breeding program, various bloodlines from other northern dogs and Husky breeds were used and put into the mix. Today, only Tamaskan to Tamaskan breeding is allowed.


The Tamaskan may look like wolves, but they are very docile and considered to be a good family pet. These are dogs that will display gentleness towards children and will be tolerant and accepting when around other dogs. The Tamaskan are very intelligent as they are very hard working. This Nordic dogs excel in agility and obedience trials and also impressive in dog sledding races. They are dog not suited for isolation, craving companionship from other dogs and people.

Bred For

The Tamaskan Dog breed was created to be a dog that can physically match a wolf’s appearance but intelligent and obedient enough to be uses as working dogs.


Tamaskan Dog is not suitable and is not recommended to keep as an apartment pet. They are dogs that require companionship from other dogs and people. These are dogs suited for rural life and living in homes that have a large yard.


The Tamaskan Dog like most northern dog breed, require very minimal grooming attention. Brushing once a week is not required but will benefit the dog.


The Tamaskan is very intelligent and obedient, making this Nordic breed highly trainable.


That Tamaskan dog underwent a rigorous selective breeding program. During the early years of development, epilepsy occurred to three dogs and since then, lines from these dogs are not allowed to mate. Other genetic diseases that occurred or may occur to lines of the Tamaskan breed will follow this breeding rule. They are dogs that may suffer hip dysplasia.


The Tamaskan Dog is an active dog. Plenty of exercise should be given every day through long and brisk walks or jogging every day.