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Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by Jesykasflowers » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:51 am

Hi! I am brand new to this forum- I actually have been trying to get on here for a while but my account kept goofing up. But alas, here I am enjoying all of the pictures of beautiful tams!
My plan is to own one sometime next year, litters (and my picky-ness!) permitting. So I am here to learn more and see what all is going on in the world of tam owners. And hopefully I will be an experienced owner soon, too. ;)

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Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by HiTenshi16 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:29 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum! :)
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Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by Katlin » Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:21 pm

Hello and welcome :D
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Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by Sylvaen » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:28 pm

Welcome to the forum! :D
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Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by firleymj » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:31 am

Welcome and well met

May you be as blessed with a Tamaskan as I have been. They are unique, wonderful, and wholly miraculous dogs

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Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by Jesykasflowers » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:52 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome!!

I do really want to adopt a tam, however I am finding myself to be a bit too picky I guess. I was first turned on to the tams based upon their wolf-like appearance, and then after excessive research, I really love all that I have tea and have been told about the tamaskan. I am willing to pay the money for a tam, but I would be disappointed if, as the pup matured, his tail began to curl like a husky tail. What are my odds of finding a true, red tam without the curled tail? And how old would a pup have to be before I could see whether the tail was likely to curl?

Or should I wait a few more years until the curled tail is (hopefully) bred out?

Any other opinions/tips/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by Katlin » Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:07 am

From what I've seen, you can generally tell when they are puppies, but they can get a curly tail as time goes on. Wylie didn't have much of a curl as a pup, but now has a sickle tail. Honestly, I don't see why it would be such a big deal that I wouldn't want a tam....but the tails are getting better from what I've seen from past litters...
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Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by Jesykasflowers » Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:22 pm

I don't mind a sickle tail. I have just never liked husky tails. Not really sure why, I just don't like them. It's a personal preference, like a person who would favor a large dog over a small one, or a flashy brindle over a fawn colored coat, or a red tam over a gray.

The curled tail also takes away from the resemblance to the wolf, which was a factor in creating the tam anyway, and the straight tails will just further dissuade people from trying to buy a wolf or wolf hybrid as a pet. I want to represent the breed well, even though I won't be breeding, so hopefully more wolf-enthusiasts will see that there is another way to "own a wolf," without actually owning one. And with the tam's beautiful appearance AND awesome, family-dog character, they really are the best of both worlds. So a big thank you to all of you breeders of tams!!!

So I was just curious as to what all of your experiences with tams are, wondering how early a pup's tail will curl and how many pups are born without a curled tail. That was the purpose of my original question.

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Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by HiTenshi16 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:16 pm

In my experience, it really will vary. My boy Ulric has a sickle shaped tail, straight at rest but it really curls more when excited. His tail was pretty straight up until 5 or 6 months old if I remember correctly. My girl Zelda, her tail was straight until the day I picked her up at 8 weeks old, and she has a very curly tail.

Husky tails are not supposed to be curly, their standard actually says straight. I could be wrong, but the curly tail may come from bad breeding and/or adding in Malamute.
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Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Post by chelle784 » Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:21 pm

Pepper has a sickle tail and Phoenix's tail touches the floor when straight so she has a kink in the bottom and is held to the side to keep it off the floor. I'm guessing she will grow into her tail though but I know one of Pepper's sister's had the same - really long tail so the bottom cork screws to keep it off the floor.

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