15 Dogs That Look Like Wolves

Medically Reviewed

Have you ever seen a dog that could easily be mistaken for a wolf? Find out which dog breeds are very similar to these beautiful animals thanks to our list of 15 wolf-like dog breeds!

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Is it a dog or a wolf you’re seeing in front of you?

It’s not surprising that many dogs look like dogs, given their genetic similarity and the fact that wolves are some kind of ancestors to dogs.

However, some dogs are more similar to wolves than others. Check them out!

15. Pomsky

This interesting mix is a relatively young cross breed between the Pomeranian and the Husky, but it`s getting more and more popular as we speak.

pomsky puppy

This breed is a dream come true for all the wolf-dog lovers who live in small apartment spaces and who simply can`t take care of big and active dogs. The Pomsky is an incredible combination of a tiny little thing that will steal your heart and wolf-like facial, color and body features.

14. Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund is medium-size dog that resembles a smaller and hairier version of the wolf. The main difference is that it enjoys human company and can be kept as pet!

finnish lapphund

All jokes aside, the Lapphund is an excellent family pet – intelligent, loyal and easy to train.. It’s very energetic and thus in need of regular exercise. Its medium size makes it a perfect indoor companion.

13. Tamaskan

The Tamaskan looks scary like a wolf, although the actual genetic connection to wolves is very distant and bleach. The Tamaskan is a big and calm dog, guard on alert that can be a bit stubborn if not trained properly.

tamaskan

But, if it does get at least basic training, this breed can be an excellent, loving and loyal family pet-wolf.

12. Utonagan

The Untonagan looks a bit like the Husky and the Malamute, but when it comes to body features, it resembles the Malamute more, because of its massive and musculus body. The Utonagan also shares similar roots with these two breeds, being originally bred as a working dog for harsh winter conditions.

untonagan

This is why the Utonagan needs extensive exercise if you don’t want him to get destructive, but if satisfied – he will make a great family and watch dog.

11. Kugsha

Bred for the same reasons as the Husky, the Malamute and the Utonagan, the Kugsha is an American breed designed to be a working dog and a sledge puller. However, the Kugsha is less self-minded than what the Husky is.

kugsha dog

It’s very friendly and intelligent. Kusgsha`s loyalty and affectionate character make it a great family pet for active and outdoorsy people. If you’re an active person this could be a great breed for you as the Kugsha will most definitely share your love for exercise!

10. The Greenland dog

Unlike most Spitz-family breeds, The Greenland dog doesn’t look like a fox, but rather a wolf. The Greenland dog was bred as reliable and strong working dog which is the feature it carries still.

greenland dog

So, if you decide to have this wolf-like Spitz as your pet, keep it busy both physically and mentally, or be prepared to say good bye to your furniture and other things that will end up chewed upon.

9. Seppala Siberian Sled dog

The Seppala Siberian sled dog looks pretty much like the Siberian husky, but it’s their different personalities that allow us to distinguish these two breeds.

Seppala Siberian sled dog

The Seppala is a cheerful, bouncy working dog, in constant need of exercise and with unimaginable, seemingly endless tank of energy. Owning a Seppala means dedicating some serious time to exercise on daily basis.

8. Shikoku

Unlike most wolf-like dogs, the Shikoku was not bred to be a sled dog, so it doesn’t require those insane amounts of exercise working dogs do. However, that does not mean that this medium size dog is lazy – not at all.

Shikoku dog

The Shikoku is playful and intelligent and loves to spend time playing outside and exercising, but it won`t have anything against being petted and played with in a more indoor manner either.

7. Saarloos Wolfdog

The Saarloos Wolfdog looks almost exactly like a wolf, but, even though it was bred relatively recently, starting in 1935, it has strong canine character features.

saarloos wolfdog

It`s very loyal and loving, family and pack oriented but it requires a strong willed and even tempered pack-leader. However, the Saarloos is not recommended for families with small children because of its still strong prey instinct.

6. Canadian Eskimo Dog

Unlike most fox-like and very stubborn Spitz-family members, the Canadian Eskimo dog is a very quick learner, very affectionate and playful and, the reason why it’s on our list – it looks like a wolf.

canadian eskimo dog

It’s a big and strong dog that requires extensive exercise on daily bases, so even though it can be the greatest family pet – it is absolute torture to have such a dog if you’re not willing to dedicate significant time on exercise with it on daily basis.

5. Alaskan Malamute

Bred to sustain harsh Alaskan winters, the Alaskan Malamute was bred as both a strong and musculus working sledge dog and as fearless guard dog, which it remains to this very day.

The Malamute indeed needs extensive daily exercise, but can be an incredible family pet and a reliable watchdog and guardian of the family.

4. German Shepherd

One of the globally most popular breeds, iconic Rin-Tin-Tin and Inspector Rex, the German shepherd is one of the most used working and guard dogs in the world.

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Intelligent and eager to learn, the German shepherd is also a loving pet, dedicated to its family and extremely gentle with children and kind to old people.

3. Czecholovakian Wolfdog

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog carries that name for a very good reason – it looks like a wolf to the freakish level, but it’s a dog in fact. It was developed in former Czechoslovakia as a police dog, aiming at German Shepherd character features.

Czechoslovakian wolfdog

If trained properly, the Czechoslovakian wolfdog is very family-oriented and a playful dog, but it does require a strong, and even tempered pack, leader.

2. Siberian Husky

Probably the first breed that crosses one`s mind when it comes to wolf-like dog breeds is the Siberian Husky. Husky`s head and body features match those of the wolf in many aspects.

The Husky is, however, very popular and commonly kept as a pet, for being intelligent and cheerful, active and loving, but with a tiny bit of hardheadedness to add to that special charm.

One more thing to bear in mind regarding Huskies – don’t undermine its need for exercise! The lack of it may cause it to become destructive, noisy or even aggressive.

1. Northern Inuit Dog

The Northern Inuit Dog gained a lot of attention by appearing in the insanely popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Darewolfs all Stark kids have are in fact Northern Inuit Dogs whose resemblance to actual wolfs is incredible.

northern inuit

However, like most of the previously mentioned breeds, this strong and active breed requires a lot of attention and care when it comes to regular exercise and activity.

This article has been medically reviewed by Dr Margarita Boyd, BVSc MRCVS.

Margarita graduated from the University of Liverpool, earning a Bachelor in Veterinary Science with distinction. She worked in small animal and equine practice for a few years, before choosing to focus solely on companion animals. She has developed a special interest in internal medicine and ophthalmology.

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