There are a number of different dog breeds that look like wolves available these days. Although they have been steadily increasing in popularity over the dire wolves in Game Of Thrones has helped to increase their popularity exponentially.
In this post, we will be taking a look at twelve different dog breeds that look just like wolves. One thing to keep in mind is that the majority of these breeds have been bred as working dogs and have a very high amount of energy. Our articles linked below may be able to offer some advice on how you can burn off their excess energy and prevent them from turning it towards potentially destroying your furniture.
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Wolf Dog Breed List:-
Wolf Dog Mixes
Wolfdog mixes are the most wolf-like due to them being either half or quarter wolf. Breeders will usually breed a wolf-like dog such a Northern Inuit, a Husky or a Malamute with an actual wolf. Usually, the wolf breeds will be either a grey wolf, a timber wolf, an arctic wolf, a red wolf or an Ethiopian wolf although they are rarely done.
Due to these “dogs” being part wolf they have extremely high energy levels as they are meant to be covering miles and miles of their territory each day. Due to this, if you fail to burn off this excess energy in some way then there is a high chance that your pet will begin to take its frustrations out on your home and destroy furniture.
Depending on your country or state, wolf-dog mixes may actually be against the law or have very strict rules about their parentage. Some states ban them outright, others will allow a 50/50 or 75/25 ratio between domestic dog and wolf but you will have to read up on it for your particular state.
The below video is a good example of what its like to live with a wolf-dog hybrid as a pet.
Northern Inuit Dog
Northern Inuit Dogs have exploded in popularity since the release of Game Of Thrones due to them being used as the dog actors of the dire wolves. At the time of writing, they are only recognized as a purebred dog by their own individual society, no other major organizations or kennel clubs currently have them on their registers.
The breed originated in the 1980’s by Canadians cross breeding German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies. The breed was further developed by breeders in the United Kingdom with numerous attempts to get the breed recognized by kennel clubs starting from 2014 to the current day.
The video below is a good example of just how much fur is lost when this breed shed their coats.
Siberian Huskies are one of the most recognizable and popular wolf-like dog breeds in the world. They have been the been ranked between the twelfth and fourteenth most popular dog breeds in the USA for the past few years now and have a loyal and dedicated owner base who truly love the breed.
The video below is an excellent source on information for Siberian Huskies.
A Pomsky is a cross between the Siberian Husky above and a Pomeranian. The end product is a small dog that looks similar to a husky or wolf but is much smaller. Some people who live in apartments will choose to get a pet Pomsky as they are much smaller than the other wolf-like dogs on this list and require less exercise.
The video below goes into more detail of the Pomsky breed and what you can expect from it.
Often confused with the Siberian Husky the Alaskan Malamute looks very similar to a wolf. Similar to the husky, the malamutes were bread for as sled dogs to move heavy freight across the arduous terrain of Alaska. Due to this, they have extremely high energy levels and require plenty of exercises.
The video below goes into more detail of what you can expect from an Alaskan Malamute.
An Alusky is a cross between the Alaskan Malamute above and the Siberian Husky covered early. Similar to the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky you can expect to have to put a lot of effort into exercising an Alusky to burn off its excess energy levels.
Canadian Eskimo Dog
The Canadian Eskimo Dog is another dog breed that looks similar to a wolf, as you may have guessed from its name, the breed was bred by Canadian Eskimos to help them in their harsh environment.
The video below shares some excellent information on the Canadian Eskimo Dog.
The Finnish Lapphund has a wolf-like appearance depending on how you cut its fur. It is one of the most popular dog breeds in Finland as well as a few other Nordic countries but does not have much representation elsewhere in the world. They are a friendly, medium-sized dog that has been bred to herd reindeer.
The video below goes into detail on this particular dog breed.
The Tamaskan is another Finnish dog breed. It has been specifically bred from the start to have similar features to a wolf. Its lineage is usually credited to the Alaskan Malamute, the Siberian Husky as well as various wolves or wolf-dog hybrids. They are excellent working dogs with high levels of obedience.
The Utonagan is another dog breed that has been specifically bred from the start to look as much like a wolf as possible. It is an offshoot of the Northern Inuit breed mentioned earlier in the article and is originally bred by crossing Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamutes, and German Shepherd.
The video below covers the Utonagan in greater detail.
The Saarloos Wolfdog is Dutch dog breed that originated in the 1930’s. Originally it was created by cross-breeding German Shepherds with wolves but unlike the modern wolf-dog hybrids, many of the feral characteristics have faded.
The video below goes into more detail on the Saarloos Wolfdog.
A Kugsha is another dog breed with very similar features to that of a wolf. They are a much rarer breed than the others on this list and can be hard to find a reputable breeder depending on your location.