15 Dogs That Look Like Wolves
These dogs are truly wolf doppelgangers.
All dogs descend from wolves, but the wolves you know from the wild are certainly not suited to be pets. Wolf-dog hybrids do exist, but they are only recommended for experienced pet owners as they require lots of training and are unpredictable in behavior. Fortunately, there are many dog breeds out there that bear a striking resemblance to their wolf ancestors without carrying their wild animal instincts. Warning: you will definitely fall in love with these dogs that look like wolves—and they may even inspire a trip to the shelter. For even more cuteness, check out these puppies that could be easily mistaken for teddy bears.
Siberian huskies have earned a reputation of being our own version of reindeer, pulling sleds at unbelievable speeds over mounds of snow for great distances. While this is true, this breed has also gained immense popularity as playful, loyal companions for pet owners. Huskies are incredibly easy to train and will remain by your side no matter what. Like their wolf ancestors, huskies like to howl instead of bark and feel a strong need to belong to a pack. Don’t miss the real reason why dogs howl.
German shepherds typically serve as military and police dogs but have also secured a spot as one of the most popular household breeds. They are one of the most intelligent dogs known to mankind as they are able to learn quickly and excel under the stress of competition. German shepherds can exhibit aggression if they are afraid and not appropriately socialized, but generally, they are very loving towards families. Make sure to check out our guide on choosing the best dog for you and your family.
Kugsha dogs have many wolf-like features like their pointed ears, large size, and wide face. Unfortunately for allergy-prone individuals, the kugsha sheds a lot and requires brushing daily, but this purebred will make the best companion. Their long legs and sturdy physique make them suitable for carrying heavy freight across long distances. Need a hand pulling your toddler in the wagon? The kugsha has you covered! As they have only been recently domesticated, kugsha are very independent creatures and require a ton of exercise, leading to possible damage if they aren’t able to get enough physical activity. Learn how much exercise your dog really needs every day.
Part of the husky family, Alaskan malamutes have been used to haul hefty loads over long distances. But despite their size and strength, they are one of the most affectionate breeds on this list. Alaskan malamutes are truly gentle giants. They prefer to be around family and suffer from severe separation anxiety if left alone for too long. Since Alaskan malamutes have a very strong prey drive, they are not typically recommended for families that own other animals. Check out more of the world’s biggest dog breeds you will instantly fall in love with.
The Saarloos wolfdog is robust and vigorous. With their wolflike facial features and head shape, they have a ton of endurance, requiring a variety of daily exercises. Saarloos are recommended for experienced pet owners who live in a home that has lots of property for the dog to run around. Perfect for those who don’t want a lapdog, these pups prefer to sit at your feet. Similar to wolves, they avoid contact with strangers and foreign environments. Before you let your dog run free in your yard, make sure to clear out these common backyard dangers.
Northern Inuit dog
You may have recently seen the Northern Inuit dog breed on a popular television show on HBO. The rumors are true: this breed stands in as the direwolves on Game of Thrones! The Northern Inuit dog was bred in the United Kingdom with the idea of having a domesticated working dog that resembles a wolf. Although they have been bred to be tame, these dogs are not for an inexperienced canine owner. While this breed is very clever, they remain stubborn and challenging to train. For experienced pet owners, they are better suited for families with more than one dog. Don’t miss these training secrets dog trainers won’t tell you for free.
Originating from Finland, Tamaskans are large and lanky. With beautiful yellow eyes and long legs, these canines may come across as intimidating, but they are truly amicable creatures who will be there to give you kisses at any time of day. They love physical challenges but are generally more laid-back than some of the other wolf-like breeds—except when left alone. Tamaskans can suffer from separation anxiety if they are by themselves for more than a few hours, which can lead to destructive behavior. See how long it’s OK to leave your dog home alone.
These tiny canines with a face that resembles a wolf are full of energy and cheer. While many other breeds on this list are built for athletics, Swedish Vallhunds will feel most at home lounging on the couch with you. They love to entertain themselves when bored, but also love to entertain humans as well. This includes lots of barking at anything that moves, including a stray mosquito, a curtain blowing in the wind, or the UPS delivery man. But have no fear, this behavior can be corrected with training at an early age. Learn why dogs seem to hate the mailman so much.
These fluffy pups resemble Arctic wolves with their bushy white fur and stature. Samoyeds began pulling sleds for the Samoyedic people in Siberia, but Queen Alexandra’s love for the breed back in the late 1800s spread their popularity around the world. They are very smart, love to be social, and are very affectionate. Samoyeds need to be kept athletically stimulated and love to voice their feelings with lots of barks, but don’t be intimidated! The iconic (and adorable) Samoyed smile shows just how loveable they really are. Don’t miss this trick to get your dog to stop barking—without yelling.
Canadian Eskimo dog
The Canadian Eskimo dog is strong, resilient, and disciplined after years of fending for itself in harsh arctic environments. They require more activity than other breeds as they were bred to pull sleds and hunt, but today are very loveable pups. These canines exist solely as a family dog now, but they need to be supervised around young children and other pets due to their predatory nature. As one of the rarest dog breeds in the world, there are less than 300 of them left in the world today. Check out more rare dog breeds you probably didn’t know about.
Shikokus are one of the smaller wolf-like pups on the list, but they certainly make up for it in strength and energy. This Japanese breed was raised for hunting wild boar in the mountain ranges of Japan in the toughest of environments. If socialized from birth and reliably trained, Shikokus do very well with children. Their aggression is typically geared towards other dogs, but with proper training, they can be tamed. See which dog breeds are best for children and their families.
Finnish Lapphunds absolutely love children. They are extremely temperate and compassionate in nature, typically fleeing instead of fighting in a threatening environment. This breed is incredibly curious, hardworking, and is comfortable with life outdoors. They are a great choice for first-time dog owners. Not into big dogs? Learn more about these medium-sized dog breeds that just may be perfect for you.
The Shiloh shepherd was originally bred to expand the German shepherd breed. They tend to resemble German shepherds except they have a distinctly longer and fluffier coat. The Shiloh shepherd typically has lower energy levels than the average German shepherd, but does require a substantial amount of physical activity. If you want to take them somewhere to play other than the backyard, try one of these dog friendly beaches.
Did you just do a double take? The American Alsatian can truly be mistaken for a wolf, but unlike wolves, this breed is incredibly calm. They are a cross between an Alaskan malamute and a German shepherd. The American Alsatian is extremely affectionate and is overall quiet, but they do need lots of room to run around in order to remain in good health. Don’t miss the cutest mixed breed dogs you’ll want to bring home.
Yakutian Laikas were first found in Siberia and used predominantly for pulling sleds and hunting. Their dense fur and striking eyes serve as a reminder of their wolf ancestors. This breed is extremely gentle and forms tight bonds with humans, especially children, but their friendly nature doesn’t diminish the need for socialization at an early age. The Yakutian Laika can be somewhat reserved but will never say no to a new friend. Although they do have sensitive noses and ears, their friendliness would hinder their ability to be a good guard dog. Next, check out these popular dog facts that are actually false.