The Tamaskan Dog is a breed-in-development, meaning there is still an open stud book to ensure a robust gene pool while also working toward achieving the goals of the breed standard breed in terms of looks, temperament, and health. The breed is not yet recognized by the AKC or other FCI recognized registries; however, there are two reputable international registries utilized in North America, the Tamaskan Dog Register and the International Tamaskan Register along with a couple recognized breed registries in Europe (Tamaskan Germany and Tamaskan Netherlands).
Because the Tamaskan still has an open stud book, this means that non-Tamaskan dogs can be approved as an outcross to contribute to the developing Tamaskan breed. Any outcrosses used in the Tamaskan breed must also go through the same rigorous health testing requirements as registered Tamaskan breeding dogs and must be approved by the registry committees of breeders. Any dogs used as outcrosses that are approved by the respective registries become "Foundation Dogs" of the Tamaskan breed. Offspring from outcross litters are considered G1 Tamaskans and are registered with the respective registries as such.
The Tamaskan Dog is a domestic nordic breed, often possessing traits associated with nordic breeds such as high energy, high prey drive, intelligence, and typically need both mental and physical stimulation and/or a job to be happy. Tamaskans are bred to be friendly, biddable, and happy to work in harness.
Foundation dogs include primarily husky, malamute, and shepherd, along with some Samoyed and other wolf-alike breeds and outcrosses, such as Northern Inuit and Utonagan. There are some foundation dogs that have wolf content, including American wolfdogs, Czechoslovakian wolfdogs, and Saarloos wolfdogs. This wolf content has typically been diluted over generations, although some new outcrosses with wolf content at 30% and below have been approved. Most Tamaskans do have some wolf content, albeit very little. It is very important for you to know your national, state, and local laws and ordinances related to owning dogs with wolf content. If you live in an intolerant wolf content area, there are some breeders producing 0% and low single digit percent wolf content Tamaskan Dogs. We would be happy to point you in their direction if you wish!
For information on the Tamaskan Dog, including breed standards, history, and lists of TDR and ITR affiliated Tamaskan breeders, you can visit the Tamaskan Dog Register website here: https://www.tamaskandogregister.com
and the International Tamaskan Register here: https://www.tamaskan-register.com
When searching for a Tamaskan breeder, any breeders listed and affiliated with the TDR or ITR will be producing registered Tamaskan puppies and adhere to the TDR and ITR Breeders' Code of Ethics, which require breeders to complete heath testing requirements, adhere to ethical breeding practices, and confirm offspring parentage through DNA testing, among many other requirements. The German and Netherlands Tamaskan registries/clubs also adhere to strict ethical breeding practices. As long as you work with a TRD, ITR, Tamaskan Germany or Netherlands affiliated breeder, you will be working with someone who upholds ethical breeding practices and who makes careful breeding decisions based on health testing results, COI, and has breeding goals and objectives not only for the litters they produce, but to continuously improve the Tamaskan breed as a whole.
Please be aware of puppy mills and back yard breeders. There are several "breeders" in the U.S. that claim to have Tamaskans, but in fact, are breeding look-alikes and falsely selling their puppies as Tamaskans, when they are not. Often times, these same breeders have unethical breeding practices (too many litters, back to back litters, falsifying pedigrees, do not consider the coefficient of inbreeding in their parings, produce sick and unhealthy puppies, and do not health test, among other things). These unscrupulous breeders are NOT affiliated with the TRD or ITR, and the pups they produce are NOT Tamaskan Dogs. To learn more about breeders to avoid, check out: https://www.TamaskansAgainstPuppyMills.com
Please note that this site does not have an exhaustive list of all the Tamaskan puppy mills and bybs, but it's a good reference!