Tamaskan Breed Standard

The Tamaskan Dog is a large sized dog with an intelligent gaze who is rangy and wolf-like in appearance bearing witness to his northern heritage of sled dog type. He is a well-balanced working dog, quick and light on his feet and free and graceful in action. He has a well-furred body, erect ears, and bottle-brush shaped tail. 
The Tamaskan stands well over the pads; this stance gives the appearance of readiness for activity and a proud carriage, with head erect and eyes alert showing interest and curiosity. His characteristic gait is smooth and effortless, showing good forward reach and rear extension. He is a capable worker as a sled dog or tracking dog, easily carrying a light load at a moderate speed over short distances. However, he is not intended as a racing sled dog and is not designed to compete in speed trials. 
The Tamaskan is intelligent and a fast learner, however he may be willful. He should be considered a working pet that is both happy in harness or at home. His body proportions, form, and movement resemble that of a wolf: balance of power, agility and endurance. 
Male Tamaskan should be easily distinguishable from females. 
Any characteristic of the individual specimen, including temperament, which interferes with the accomplishment of this purpose is to be considered the most serious of faults. 
 


Size, Proportion & Substance

Size

The Tamaskan is a slow maturing breed, reaching full maturity at 3 – 4 years. 
Size: Ideal height at the withers: 
Males: 63.5 – 73.66cm (25 – 29 inches). 
Females 61cm – 71cm (24-27.9 inches). 
 

Proportion

When measuring from point of shoulder to the point of buttocks the Tamaskan is slightly longer than tall. The proportion of height to length of body is a 9:10 ratio. The depth of chest is less than one half the height of the dog at the shoulders, the deepest point being just behind the forelegs. Tamaskan have a minimum depth of chest to leg ratio of 6:7 (45% depth of chest, 55% leg).  

Substance

Substance is muscular with moderate bone, and an easily discernable gender difference. The Tamaskan exemplifies a sound athlete in grace, muscle tone, movement, and carriage. The body carries no excess weight, and bone is in proportion to size. Faults: Excessive weight, poor overall proportion.


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