Tamaskan in general are very loyal family/pack orientated dogs. This leads the breed prone to suffering from separation anxiety and/or destructive behavior if left alone for any length of time. The breed tends to do best having someone working from home, but some Tamaskan have also done well just having another dog for company.
Tamaskan successfully live with other dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds, snakes and lizards, but it is suggested you pay special attention to introduce these animals young so they know they are also part of the pack since the breed does have a prey drive.
This breed is highly intelligent and quick to learn new things, if the right form of motivation is found. They can have a very "what's in it for me" attitude, that can come off as quiet aloof if they feel they can not be bothered with what you are asking of them. With persistence they can do a broad spectrum of things from pulling a sled to becoming a therapy dog or even becoming a search a rescue dog.
Tamaskan tend to be extremely friendly and do well with adults and children of all ages. This leads them to not making a good guard dog unless licking someone to death is the idea you have for protection. They can make good watchdogs and bark if someone or something unfamiliar is approaching your property.
Tams are generally sensitive and attuned to people, therefore it's recommended that only experienced and confident dog owners that are positive and persistent in their training consider ownership.
The perks to a Tamaskan over other Arctic breeds is their recall. They are pack dogs so do not want to be left behind, that being said they do not turn on a dime when called and will often take their time on return. Tams can have a high prey drive so teaching them young not to chase animals will prevent them from straying far if they wander out of sight.
For the best temperament outcome ask about the potential parents of your puppy as well as take the time to socialize them to everything as often as possible.
The Tamaskan Dog is large and athletic. He/She should have a wolf-like appearance with coarse and thick fur, small ears and a straight bushy tail.
The length of the body from point of shoulder to the rear point of pelvis is longer than the height of the body from ground to top of the withers.
The Tamaskan Dog is friendly and affectionate. He should not appear aggressive or overly reserved towards people or other dogs. His high intelligence and eagerness to please make him versatile in his uses as a working dog and loyal companion.
Short, not broad, falling away
Close fitting, turned neither in nor out.
Slightly arched, long and strong.
Slightly slanted, strong, flexible.
Well bent, turned neither in nor out.
Of medium size, but small in proportion to the head. The ears are triangular in shape and slightly rounded at tips. Set wide apart on the skull. Carried facing forward and erect.
Eyes are Yellow through amber & brown. Almond shaped and of medium size. Blue eyes are a disqualifying fault. Close fitting lids
The nose, lips, and eye rim pigmentation should be black, the lighter streaked 'snow nose' is acceptable only in winter months.
Jaws & Teeth:
Jaws strong and symmetrical. Well developed teeth, Scissor bite.
Males 63cm – 84cm (25in - 33in)
Females 61cm – 71cm (24in - 28in)
Movement should be light and balanced, but powerful and flowing. Should be able to cover massive amount of ground.
The tail should reach to the hock joint but not beyond. At rest the tail is carried downward, but when the dog is excited or in motion, it is carried higher. The tail, should not be carried curled over the back. Coarse thick hair but not feathered.
Level topline with a slightly sloping croup.
Taut belly, tucked up.
Well muscled, pronounced.
Straight, close. Winter and summer coat differ. In winter an immense undercoat forms all over the body including the inner part of the ears. Well coated neck. The coat should form a slight ruff around the neck and shoulders framing the head.
The front legs are straight, close together and the feet should turn slightly outwards.
Males 32kilos – 50kilos (70lbs - 110lbs)
Females 25kilos – 41kilos (55lbs - 90lbs)
Wolf Grey Red Grey Black Grey
There are three types of mask that are acceptable, in every variation the mask must reach all the way to the nose.
Minimum Mask Middle Mask Full Mask