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10 Dog Breeds That Look Like Wolves

10 Dog Breeds That Look Like Wolves


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Wolves are one of nature’s beautifully mystical animals. They appear cute, just like any domesticated dog, yet you cannot really get too friendly with one. You'd be very lucky to catch a glimpse of one in real life, and, if you do happen to see one, there’s bound to be a whole pack nearby!

People are drawn to wolves for many reasons. Perhaps it’s the comfort found in their dog-like appearance (as they are a member of the canine family), a tribute to Native American roots, or the complete opposite side of them being blood-thirsty creatures of nature. Whatever the case, when someone sees a wolf, they either tend to run away in fear for their lives or stick around to marvel at their beauty.

Now, you may not be able to domesticate a real wolf, but these dogs are the next best thing! There’s actually quite a few breeds that resemble wolves, some bred specifically for their wolf-like appearance, while others naturally look like wolves.

Here is a list of 10 dogs that look like wolves, their personality traits, and their wolf-like physical characteristics!

Dogs That Look Like Wolves

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Canadian Eskimo
  • Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
  • Finnish Lapphund
  • German Shepherds
  • Kugsha
  • Northern Inuit
  • Siberian Husky
  • Tamaskan
  • Utonagan

Once you've picked the perfect wolf-like breed, make sure you find the perfect wolf name for your furious looking friend by reading the article 60 Wolf Names and Meanings.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamutes stand about 25 inches high and weight in at around 85 lbs as adults. Often used as a sled dog, this breed definitely has the energy for it! Sources say it is rather a stubborn breed and difficult to train, so they require quite a bit of work!

They most commonly have a grey and white fur coat, with some brown coloring common on their head or tail region. Although a bit more furry than a wolf, one can easily mistake it for a wolf!

Canadian Eskimo

The Canadian Eskimo, also known as a Canadian Husky, is a breed that you will need to look twice at! It is thought that this breed was bred with wolves giving it its wolf appearance. This dog breed requires plenty of exercise and room to run around as they are yet another sled-dog.

They are a very friendly and playful breed but very rare these days. Their average lifespan is about 12 years with them reaching 28 inches in height and about 90 lbs at full grown.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

If “wolf” is in the name, then it has to resemble a wolf! Weighing in at around 75 pounds and measuring at a height of 28 inches fully grown, the energetic Czechoslovakian Wolfdog definitely has the look and energy of a real wolf!

Because it has German Shepherd in its bloodline, it has inherited the good temperament of the German Shepherd.

Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund is a type of shepherd used to round up deer in Finland, and although their puppy-like appearance has them looking more like a teddy bear, they definitely have the look of a wolf in their faces!

Long, thick coat means they are winter-ready. Weighing in at a mere 40 lbs as an adult, I consider this dog “fun size”!

German Shepherds

Perhaps one of the most popular dogs that look like wolves in the United States, German Shepherds are a loyal and intelligent breed is most often used as police dogs and various other service dogs!

They measure at around 26 inches full grown with a weight up to 90 pounds. These dogs make terrific family dogs and readily offer their protection where they sense it’s needed!

Kugsha

Kugsha, also known as Amerindian Malamutes, these dogs look strikingly similar to a real wolf due to being a true wolf hybrid. Since they have only recently been domesticated, their personalities are probably closest to that of a wolf than any other breed on this list.

In other words, they are great predators and tend to be destructive and are not the best dog to have if you have small children!

Northern Inuit

The Northern Inuit is a newer breed of dog bred in the United Kingdom to look like a wolf by combining Inuit breeds with German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamutes, and Siberian Huskies.

These dogs tend to be very friendly and crave attention, and if left to their own devices, will get bored and find ways to stimulate themselves. As adults, they can weigh heavier than 100 lbs and measure up to 30 inches tall!

Siberian Husky

This breed of husky was bred in Siberia to pull sleds which means that like the other sled dogs listed, they require lots of space and exercise to meet their needs!

If their physical needs are not met, these types of dogs often resort in digging holes to get out of the backyard and find stimulation. They are a bit on the smaller side, measuring about 23 inches and weighing in at about 60 lbs full-grown.

Tamaskan

Originating in Finland, the Tamaskan is one of the breeds bred specifically to look like a real wolf, like the Northern Inuit! It’s a rather new breed that was produced in the year 2006, so not too much is known about the breed itself, including life expectancy.

They can get up to 90 lbs as adults and tend to be sociable and intelligent dogs. They are still rather rare, with less than 1,000 registered around the world!

Utonagan

Another dog that was selectively bred to look like a wolf, originating in the UK, the Utonagan has a Native American name meaning “Spirit of the wolf.” A relatively healthy breed with a life expectancy of about 15 years, these dogs get up to 27 inches in height and 90 pounds as adults. They tend to be friendly and patient which comes in handy during the training process!

So now that you know about the dogs that look like wolves, you can basically have a wolf of your very own without worrying about being on the receiving end of a wolf attack! It is always recommended that before making the decision to buy or adopt a dog, that you first research the breed and interact with the actual dog you will be taking to ensure a good family fit. Looks alone should not be the reason why you take in a furbaby!

In Case You Didn't Realize How Big Wolves Are!

Wolves Are Not Pets

Wolves are in no way a domesticated breed of dog and should therefore never be taken in as a pet, even if found as a stray pup. Reason being that wolves, no matter how young they’re raised from, have very strong natural hunting instincts and if hungry, they will choose you as a meal over a companion!

Even though wolf pups are really cute, you must resist the temptation to “rescue” one that you find in the woods. Although it may seem like it’s been abandoned, most likely it has not as wolves are very loyal animals when it comes to their pack. If you feel the need to do something, your best bet is to either call around to local animal shelters for suggestions or alert the local fish and wildlife department.

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Galaxy on October 13, 2019:

I ment Kristina

Galaxy on October 13, 2019:

Zord the Utonagan and the Tamaskan are not pics of wolves

I know because i have both of those breeds

Zord on May 15, 2019:

I liked German shepherd the most and I am going to buy it.

Kristina on May 09, 2019:

A few of these pics don’t match the breed and are actually pics of wolves. The Northern Inuit, Tamaskan, and Utonagan are all pics of wolves... please be accurate when making an educational and informative article. Personally working closely with these animals has taught me, misrepresentation with wolves, wolfdogs, and dogs can be deadly.

Dashwalker on November 14, 2018:

Love them all and they will all be mine

norlawrence on May 15, 2016:

Great Hub. I love wolves. They are so noble. These dog breeds you wrote about are awesome

Chelsea on April 28, 2016:

Nice anti-wolf article. I get that warning irresponsible people against trying to own an animal that they know nothing about is imperative to the well being of both nonhuman and human.. Adding to the recent historical hate-mongering stigma that wolves would rather attack/eat a human than run away or hide is akin to a fairy tail story. Even if intended to be humorous, it's not good. Don't wear a red cloak & if a wolf starts talking to you, keep walking like it's a creep in a subway station.. don't let him lead you to grandma's cottage. If not for the dramatic recent events in the gross mismanagement of wolves, a keystone species in multiple ecosystems, I'd not have mentioned it... but at this time it would be shameful not to support the spread of objective information & oppose the potential worsening spread of misinformation or anything which could lead someone to believe something inherently harmful that's not fact.

Shaun on March 19, 2016:

A true candian eskimo dog were never crossed with a wolf. Dna proved the dogs and wolves split over 10000 years ago There have bein people that have crossed them and try to pass them off as eskimo dogs but they are a hybrd and not true eskimo dog


The Bottom Line:

So now that you know that every dog has its animal spirit, wolf, it might seem complicated to own these breeds as pets. Fear not, you are not getting an unpredictable wolf attack any time soon.

The majority of the dogs mentioned in this article share only the aesthetic features of wolves while retaining their domestic virtue. In short, wolf hybrids are here to stay but with a bit of study and training, you could easily master their skittish and aggressive temperaments. So, carry on and select your type of pet-wolf today.


Dogs That Looks Like Wolves The Most

Tamaskan:

This dog which is from Finland has been bred with a view to making it resemble a wolf. You will find that the Tamaskan is slightly smaller in stature than a timber wolf and will weigh around 30-40 kgs but will have the same grey coloring making them resemble the wolf. The will not have tails that are straight or eyes that are blue. As they are rare, the health problems associated with them are not that well recognized.

Tamaskans may have hip dysplasia and also one tenth of the male dogs could be cryptorchid. They are pretty smart, agile, obedient, good at rescues and pretty shy. They work well as sled dogs and need to be kept busy to avoid trouble.

Dogs and wolves are closely related in many aspects in terms of the physical characteristics as well as looks. In fact, it is not unusual for people to look at different types of wolves and mistake them for dogs. The look, the physique and the activities of all kinds of dogs tend to be on the same lines of different types of wolves. In fact, when you look at the evolution of all kinds of dogs, you will find that many of them have some genes of different types of wolves in them. If you are considering such a breed of dog at home, then you need to read on to know more.


The Evolutionary History of Dogs and Wolves

It may be surprising that so many dog breeds look similar to wolves – but only until we remember that domestic dogs descended from these wild predators. This might be hard to believe when we look at modern toy breeds like Pomeranians or Pugs, but they too have wolf ancestors!

The evolution of the wolf is a much-contested issue, since there’s not much evidence to show exactly how these animals developed. It’s thought that the first grey wolf appeared in Eurasia around a million years ago, arriving in North America about 250 000 years later.

When Charles Darwin first developed the theory of evolution, he found it unlikely that all dogs descended from wolves. Darwin theorised that since there’s such a huge variety of dog breeds, their ancestry must have been more complex than that.

Therefore, he speculated that wolves must have mated with another similar species – such as jackals or coyotes – to produce the new species that would become the domestic dog. The cross-breeding between wolves and different packs of wild dogs would explain the large variety of breeds already present in Darwin’s times.

However, more recent studies have found Darwin’s assumption to be incorrect. DNA testing, in particular, has revealed that all dogs have descended from wolves – but not necessarily grey wolves as we know them today.

The dominant theory proposes that dogs and grey wolves descended from a common (but now extinct) wolf ancestor. This idea is still sometimes contested with several alternate explanations, but it’s currently the only widely accepted theory on the topic.

Whether we accept that dogs and grey wolves shared a common wolf ancestor – or believe the alternate explanation that domestic dogs developed directly from grey wolves – either way, a wolf of some species somehow became a domestic dog.


10 Dog Breeds That Look Like a Wolf

Good family pets or wolves in dog’s clothing?

You be the judge with these 10 dog breeds that look like a wolf!

I bet there’s a few unique breeds you haven’t heard of on this list!

Several dog breeds do resemble their wolf cousins but are still all canine.

Which dog is most similar to a wolf? Do they make good family pets?

We will answer these and many other burning questions as we explore this controversial topic.


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