The American Tundra Shepherd

Claudia Bensimoun


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This great working dog and furry-friend was originally developed in the late 1960’s, some saying that this was part of the US Governments super dog program. German shepherds were bred with Alaskan Tundra wolves.

Major Faults in the American Tundra Shepherd Dog

Submissive dogs are thought to have a more aggressive temperament, and breeding is not encouraged. Dogs with an overshot jaw (lower teeth further back in the mouth and top jaw extended forward) are considered to be faulty. All dogs should have 39 teeth out of a possible 42 which is the breed standard norm. The Global Kennel Club states that the solid back color should not have any white markings except on the chest area. This should only be 1 inch or less.

Other Faults To Be Considered

Look out for white dogs with pink noses and pink eyes. (albino traits) Also a too short tail that extends to above the dog’s hock, or a too long tail that reaches the ground. Ears should never be bent, folded drooping or floppy. Keep an eye out for splayfeet or cat feet. The body also cannot be too short or too long in length. Teeth may not be discolored, and the dog cannot have a roach back, swayback or too narrow back. Also watch out for croup where there is a large drop from the hips to the base of the dog’s tail.


  • Shepherd type dog
  • Large, strong muscular body
  • Proud carriage
  • Extremely agile and built for great endurance
  • Black and Tan, Black and White,  Grizzled Sable
  • Males are larger than females


  • Alert
  • Intelligent
  • Great memory retention
  • Can learn numerous commands easily
  • Loyal and devoted best friend
  • Superb scenting abilities thus making him great for tracking and air scenting
  • Loves to hunt and is reserved around strangers

The American Tundra Shepherd mature slower than most other breeds, have tons of energy and a long life expectancy.The gait is similar to that of the GSD.


Females 24-27

Males 27-33


  • Females 85-100 lbs
  • Males 100-140 lbs


  • Black Grey Steel color with Tan markings.
  • Black and Tan Sable Silver with White markings.
  • Black and silver color.Black and Brindle color. Black with cream or off- white markings.
  • White Brown Brindle color. Black with Silver markings.


A level bite is accepted although a scissor bite is preferred in this breed.


The head should be prominent and strong. It is large and must be in proper proportion to the rest of the body.


Nose should be well developed,black, large with well-defined nostrils.


The American Tundra Shepherd may have black, yellow,orange, brown or hazel eye color.


These should be large, erect, upward or slightly angled.


This should be powerful, strong and must extend down to the elbows or possibly below the elbows.


The American Tundra Shepherd’s coat can be either short, intermediate or long. However with longhaired dogs, the coat should not extend to more than 4 inches.


These must be strong, well-developed and large. Both front and back legs must be the same size.


The hocks must be long and angulated and are built for sure-footedness and speed.


The American Tundra Shepherd has movement which is powerful and well-balanced.


This can be bushy, down or slightly bent. It should extend from the hocks and further but should not reach the ground. It also should not curl over the back in a complete curl.


The back must be strong and level and must be longer than the dog’s height. It all must be supported by the dog’s strong hips and thighs.

The American Tundra Shepherd Foundation

Claudia Bensimoun

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