Dog Breeds that Look Like Wolves
The truth is that all dogs descend from wolves, but there are some breeds that have maintained their predecessor’s appearance. Therefore, in this article you can find out which dogs look like wolves. This similarity in appearance is not necessarily genetic or ancestral, but instead related to crossbreeding.
Which dogs look like wolves?
Since they have a common ancestor, wolves and dogs are more than close relatives. They come from the same species, which “divided” in two, centuries ago. One part remained wild, and the other was domesticated. Eventually, domestic dogs bred with each other, which resulted into having about 800 different canine breeds.
Although there are obvious differences in size, snout, ears or fur, some dogs look like wolves. Continue reading to find out which ones they are.
As its name suggests, it is a wolf-dog mix crossbred by people at breeding centers. There are even three sub-breeds defined by the genetic percentage contributed by the wild animal (less than 49%, between 50 and 75%, and more than 75%).
It is a “hybrid” animal banned in many countries. However, in the United States some people have them as pets, for example. Instead of barking, it howls or growls.
2. Alaskan Malamute
This is one of the oldest dog breeds that exists. They were bred in the Arctic circle to pull sleds. It is similar to the Siberian Husky, but its eyes are not light colored. It’s resistant to low temperatures, noble, loyal and very hardworking. It has long fur, and it’s large and sturdy with a wide, broad head. The Alaskan Malamute is fairly calm and sociable.
Out of all the dogs that look like wolves, this is one that lives the most (up to 20 years) because of their genetic purity. Originally from Finland, this breed is a cross between the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky.
It looks quite impressive, and its appearance makes us take a closer look at them before deciding whether it is a dog or a wolf. It measures 70 cm tall and weighs 40 kg (adult males). Ever since this breed has walked the earth, these work dogs have pulled sleds in the snow.
4. Czechoslovakian Wolf Dog
You basically can get a good idea of its appearance by looking at its name.
It is a fairly new breed that was created in 1955, when a German Shepherd was crossed with a European wolf. This hybrid has the temperament, training capacity, and mentality of a German Shepherd, combined with the resistance, strength and physique of a European wolf. They are similar to Eurasian wolves, and can live up to 16 years. They often suffer from hip dysplasia.
5. Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is one of the most famous dogs that look like wolves. This dog of great stature, (although smaller than the Malamute), can measure up to 60 cm tall and weigh 30 kg. Its thick fur allows it to withstand the harsh weather of northern Russia. It needs to be brushed periodically to remove dead hair.
Just like wolves, this breed prefers living in packs and can’t stand being alone. Although it’s not very obedient, the Siberian Husky is very affectionate, friendly and active (it needs a good dose of exercise every day).
This wolf-like dog was created by crossing the German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute, and Siberian Husky. The result is a dog of British origin that has not yet been recognized by any official club. Its name comes from a traditional Amerindian Chinook tribe tale, and means “wolf spirit”. This breed is fairly large (76 cm high and weighs 42 kg), gets along well with children and can live up to 15 years.
Other dog breeds that look like wolves are: Canadian Eskimo or Qimmiq, German Shepherd, Wolf Dog of Arloos (Holland) and Samoyed (Russia).
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