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Elevator Speech

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:53 am
by BlossomB
Everyone knows what an elevator speech is, right? Be able to explain a topic in a detailed manner, but kept short enough to be able to pitch in the time of an elevator ride. Hence the name elevator speech :)

Anyway, after immersing myself in the Tam community for the past year or so as much as I can, whenever I tell anyone about the breed, I have my typical short-ish pitch. I'm wondering, though, anyone have a really good "elevator" speech to describe this breed in progress? :) It's always exciting to promote this breed, but it'd be nice to have my little slogan in the back of my head that I can easily and accurately pull out in any conversation. (Otherwise I go on and on talking about Tamaskans ahaha)

Re: Elevator Speech

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:27 pm
by Hawthorne
Really short version: Yes, they're bred to look like that. LOL

Seriously, though: Tamaskan Dogs (I always include "Dogs!" It differentiates us from "American" or "Wolfdogs") are a multipurpose working dog bred to retain traits of a pulling and tracking breed. They are bred to look like wolves but without the temperament issues. Ours enjoy hiking, pulling in harness and snuggling on the couch. They have a lot of personality: they are playful, clownish, quick to learn, obedient, intense, play rough, and love to howl. They rarely bark. (though I'm finding that I lie about this because Raven has turned out to be a barker…where on earth did she get this from?) Most are food motivated: the stinkier the treat the better.

Hmm….I used to love saying "they are bred to look like wolves but without any wolf content." Can't say that any more :( I did love the old slogan. I do hope that someday we can use it again.

Re: Elevator Speech

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:16 pm
by BlossomB
Hahaha, yes I've used the short version many of times ;)

So, I always thought they followed your old slogan? Or do you mean, just some may have wolf content but still aren't a wolf-breed?

Re: Elevator Speech

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:07 pm
by Hawthorne
No, "The Wolfdog without the wolf" was dropped over a year ago because for some dogs it isn't true any more. However, I personally still find it a goal to try and continue to achieve (that is, breed away from wolf and wolfdog content). That was my original attraction to the breed: all the great looks with none of the content. But yes, it does depend on the line and the individual dog.

Re: Elevator Speech

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:31 pm
by Nino
I usually explain it as "a dog bred to have wolfish characteristics but without the wolfish behaviours" and then I often say a sled dog breed too as they are in that category (and more people are aware of that category rather than the spitz category)