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The Tamaskan Dog is a recognized dog breed
"I bought a dog from the puppy mill. Now Tamaskan Dog breeders will not sell me another dog."
Tamaskan Dog breeders may still sell you a Tamaskan Dog, just as long as you pass their screening process. Where you got any previous pets will not matter as long as you are honest about it.
"Regardless of where I got my puppy, my papers say it is a Tamaskan Dog, therefore it is a Tamaskan Dog."
A dog is a Tamaskan Dog only if it came from two Tamaskan Dog parents. In some cases one of the parents is an approved outcross, in which case the pup would be called a generation 1 Tamaskan Dog. Papers have no true word if they are fake.
"There is so much drama in the Tamaskan Dog community."
Emotions run high in those passionate about the Tamaskan Dog breed. However, this does not only exist in just the Tamaskan community, you will find it in other breed communities, and not just dogs but also cats, horses, reptiles, ect.
"Dog breeders make so much money breeding dogs."
Responsible dog breeders spend more money with health testing, welping supplies, vet visits, extra food for the puppies and mother, and more, than they could make on selling a puppy.
History of the Tamaskan
The history of the Tamaskan Dog stems from the origins of the Northern Inuits. In the early 1980s, several mixed breed rescue dogs of unspecified origin or heritage of Canadian Eskimo Dogs or Labrador Huskies, were imported into the Britain from the North America, then bred to Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and German Shepherd crosses. The intent of these breedings was to create a dog that closely resembled a wolf in appearance, but with a good temperament to make a good family dog, and possess a good working ability.
Through selective breeding, a small group of dedicated breeders continued to add other dogs to each other over a few years trying to create this wolf look-a-like breed. Due to records not being maintained and breeding programs not documented, no one is certain of the exact breeding programs. Eventually these dogs were given the name wolf-dog, but was changed in 1988 to Northern Inuit since these dogs did not contain any wolf content and the wolf-dog name was misleading. A Northern Inuit Society was then formed.
Some time later, there were differences in opinion in the development of the breed which led to a split within the group and the formation of the Northern Inuit Society and the Northern Inuit Society of Great Britain. In 2002, in order to further separate the two groups, the Northern Inuit Society decided on a new breed name, the Utonagan, and was renamed The Utonagan Society. With the name change, the remaining Inuit group, returned to its original name, The Northern Inuit Society.
In 2003, a rift in the Utonagan group resulted two separate groups, The Utonagan Society and the British and International Utonagan Society. In March of 2006, the British and Internationl Utonagan Society was disbanded. Within days, The Tamaskan Society was created by Ms. Lynn Sharkey/Hardey who was formerly associated with the disbanded British and International Utonagan Society. And, her Utonagans were immediately identified reclassified as Tamaskan Dogs.
Ms. Hardey/Sharkey moved to Finland during the time and with the assistance of a local friend began looking for breeding stock for this new breed. This search led to a racing kennel in Lapland.
After some negotiations with the kennel owners, a female was purchased and imported to the UK. Subsequently, six dogs were purchased from this racing kennel. These dogs were Finnish racing huskies, and Czechoslovakian Wolfdog and Siberian Husky mixes. Additionally, two other foundation dogs with wolf content were purchased from breeders in Finland.
There were 4 breeders involved in the founding of the Tamaskan Dog: Blustag (Finland), Blufawn (UK), Alba (Scotland), and Moonstone (UK). Ms. Sharkey/Hardey returned to the UK with her “no wolf” Tamaskan Dogs in 2007.
The governing body of the Tamaskan Dog was the Tamaskan Dog Register. As the founder of the breed, Ms. Hardy/Sharkey was primarily responsible for determining the breed standard, testing requirements and breeding standards for the breed. As puppies were placed overseas, the composition of the Tamaskan Dog Register consisted of representatives from countries where puppies had been placed. Over time, mandatory hip testing, DNA testing for parentage, PRA testing became requirements to ensure the health of the breeding stock. A Code of Ethics for breeders and protocols for addressing issues and concerns by breeders were developed.
The Tamaskan Dog Register is the international registry for Tamaskan Dogs worldwide. The Tamaskan Dog Register issues registration paperwork whilst maintaining the official pedigree database. Many clubs had formed within the Tamaskan Dog Register so that members of the community could participate in events with their respective country clubs. In 2008, a Saarloos Wolfdog was added as an outcross, then in 2009 a Siberian Husky.
In 2009, an acquaintance of Blustag approached some of the Tamaskan breeders and revealed information about the lies Blustag had told. Some of the breeders left the Tamaskan Dog Register after learning this information started a new group to call their dogs Aatu Tamaskans. In 2012, after DNA evidence of different parents than listed in pedigrees, it became evident that Blustag and Blufawn had been deceitful about their breeding practices. Blustag and Blufawn also deny there ever being wolf content in the breed, though DNA evidence proved otherwise. Members of the community asked that Blustag and Blufawn step down in their positions in the Tamaskan Dog Register or resign.
Blufawn announced her resignation from the Tamaskan Dog Register on the community's public forum. Blustag refused to respond, but instead made a new private forum which she and Blufawn moderate. In Blustag's private forum, there are often claims that they are still the Tamaskan Dog Register, and that the name was stolen by disgruntled breeders.
After Blustag and Blufawn were removed, the Tamaskan Dog Register was reformed to be governed by an international committee, a roundtable Board of Directors with each Director being a representative of their respective country. The Tamaskan Dog Register was then registered as an official non-profit company in the United Kingdom. Shortly thereafter, some of the breeders of the Aatu Tamaskan group rejoined the Tamaskan Dog Register.
There were also two more splits from the Tamaskan Dog Register during this time. The German community, which formed the Tamaskan Germany Club, who are their own registry that maintain pedigrees and puppy contracts, and then soon after, the Nederlandse Tamaskan Club who are also their own registry that also maintain pedigrees and puppy contracts.
As of 27 November 2013, the Tamaskan Dog has been recognized by the American Rare Breed Association, and the Kennel Club of the United States of America, two related dog fancier and pedigree registries. Outcrosses are still continued to be added into the breed to better the breed standard and to add fresh genes.