May 1, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - Wolfpack Nation never fear. Tuffy, NC State’s Tamaskan Dog and live mascot on game days, should be back on the sidelines soon after a minor physical setback.
According to Joe Downey of Coastal Radiology, Tuffy has been “under the weather” recently. However, after a biopsy, results pinpointed “an inflammatory issue to the food and protein he was getting, among other things (not cancer).”
Downey concluded by saying, “In short, we just wanted people to know that he’s on the way to recovery,”
The Tamaskan breed originates from Finland and is widely known for excellence in the areas of agility, obedience and working trials.
Life in recent years hasn’t been picture perfect for Tuffy, who was introduced as the University’s latest live mascot in September of 2010.
Two dogs related to Tuffy had to be euthanized in early May of 2012. Tuffy’s mother died the previous October after choking on a sock.
Tamaskan Dogs are also capable of pulling sleds – inherited traits from Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamutes.
Tamaskans have been bred Morphologically to look like Wolves and have a notable lupine appearance. However, they have no recent wolf ancestry.
The breed is extremely rare which makes Tuffy special in the dog world.
However, recent interest has the breed spreading over the USA, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Australia.