Also called the Tam or Tamaskan Husky, the rare breed originates from Finland. It descended from the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute and the German Shepherd and was bred for the purpose of creating a dog breed that has the wolf appearance but has high intelligence and good working ability. This large dog weighs between 50 to 99 pounds and stands at a height of 24 to 28 inches. Athletic and impressive, the breed has a lupine appearance and is larger than the Siberian Husky. It has prick, triangular shaped ears, small and almond-shaped eyes that are yellow through amber and brown in colour. It has a muscular neck, a deep chest and a straight and bushy tail. The coat is made of two layers of thick and dense hairs with three main colours: wolf grey, red grey and black grey.
Despite its wolfish appearance, the Tamaskan Dog is a good family dog with a gentle temperament. They are highly intelligent and excel in agility and obedience competitions as well as sled racing. They are also used for search & rescue, therapy or assistance and skijoring. They do well with children and other dogs as well as non-canine pets. They cannot be left alone for long periods of time as they seek human or canine company. If left alone, they suffer from separation anxiety and become destructive or will attempt to escape. They are a fairly healthy breed and require regular physical and mental exercises. They have a life expectancy of about 14 to 15 years.