11 Dogs That Look Like Wild Animals
A popular trend with dog owners is to find dogs that look like other animals, specifically wild animals. While some dog breeds naturally resemble other animals (the Tibetan Mastiff, for example, which has the mane of a lion), others must be groomed or dyed. As with any dog, these dog breeds each have their own characteristics and should be studied carefully before any purchase or animal adoption. An animal cannot be judged exclusively by its fur coat!
Read on to find out which specific breeds resemble lions, leopards, tigers, pandas, raccoons, and wolves.
1. Dogs That Look Like Lions: Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan mastiffs are native to Tibet, where they are known as "Do-Khyi". They can be spotted in the northern part of Nepal, India, and Bhutan. In Nepal, they are known as "Bhote Kukur". Bhote means "outsiders to Nepal that represent Tibet" and kukur means "dog". These giant Himalayan mountain dogs have strong, broad heads and sturdy bone structure, long bodies, and heavy trunks. Their size and long coats give them the look of lion. They are fearless but loyal and protective to their family. But be careful: Tibetan Mastiffs are stubborn and won't always obey.
- Origin: Tibet
- Height: 61 -72 cm.
- Weight: 48 - 82 kg.
- Coat and Colour: Long, double coats in a wide variety of colours, including solid black, black and tan, and various shades of red.
- Temperament: Strong-willed, protective, aloof, tenacious, stubborn, and intelligent.
- Category: Working.
- Lifespan: 10-14 years.
Mastiffs are protective like lions, too!
2. Dogs That Look Like Leopards: Louisiana Catahoula Leopard
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dogs are very intelligent. The name "Catahoula" is actually taken from an Indian word meaning "clear water". These dogs have strong muscles and deep chests, blue eyes, and coloured patches on their fur. These coloured patches and eyes give them the appearance of a leopard. American and Canadian farmers developed this breed by combining native American dogs, Spanish Mastiffs, and Greyhounds as hunting and guard dogs.
These athletic dogs need a fair amount of running. They are very intelligent and active and become destructive if they don't get enough exercise. In general, Catahoula are gentle and loving with children but not with other pets. They may become aggressive with unfamiliar dogs so this breed is not recommended for homes where there is already a dog or for an owner who has never owned a dog. They are good dogs, however, with masters who are steady and firm.
- Origin: Louisiana
- Height: 51 - 61 cm.
- Weight: 16 - 36 kg.
- Colour: Striking, short to medium-length fur that may be spotted, brindled, patched or solid.
- Temperament: Loyal, independent, protective, and territorial.
- Category: Sporting, hunting, and herding.
- Availability: North America, France, and Europe.
- Lifespan: 10-13 years.
Loyal and territorial, Catahoula were bred to be guard dogs.
This Dog Also Looks Like Leopard: Peruvian Inca Orchid Dog
The Peruvian Hairless Dog is another breed of dog that look like leopards, The Peruvian Inca Orchid has dark, round eyes that tend to squint in the sunlight due to over sensitivity, The ears have some wisps of hair. It can have some hair on top of the head. You can find pups that have hair and are hairless in the same litter.
3. Dogs That Look Like Tigers: Tiger Dog
Tiger dogs are not naturally occurring. They are Golden retrievers that are painted or dyed to look like tigers. The trend to paint dogs began in China and has since spread to the West. Dogs painted to look like tigers and panda bears are now received positively in dog shows, but many think it’s not a good practice to paint animals and shouldn’t be encouraged.
4. Dogs That Look like Pandas: Dog Panda
Like the so-called tiger dog, dog pandas are also painted. White Chow Chow dogs are dyed with black paint. During a dog show in China, these dogs were the main attraction. It soon became popular in the U.S. to paint poodles to look like other animals.
International organizations have spoken out against this practice, expressing concern over the toxicity of the dye that is used.
5. Dogs That Look Like Bears: Bush Dog
Bush dogs, also called savannah or vinegar dogs, are very different from other breeds. Native to the Amazon basin, they are darkest when they are puppies. Adult Bush dogs have long, soft brownish-tan fur with highlights.
Spotting a Bush dog in the wild is difficult as they are very shy. They are top-notch swimmers and can even dive underwater. The unique combination of a shy nature and extraordinary swimming talent makes them very special.
- Origin: Central and North America
- Height: 55–75 cm.
- Weight: 6-9 kg.
- Coat and Colour: Long, brown, and tan fur with lighter reddish tinges on the head, neck, and back.
- Temperament: Wild.
- Category: Endangered, wild dogs.
- Lifespan: 6-8 years.
6. Dogs That Look Like Sheep: Bedlington Terrier
The Bedlington terrier is small and appears to be innocent and quiet, but this breed is actually good at fighting and hunting. They are energetic dogs, good athletes, and swimmers. They love water, are very friendly, and are good with children and other pets. Bedlington terriers have a tendency to be barkers and need to be trained not to bark irrationally.
- Origin: Northumberland, England
- Height: 15 - 17.5 inches.
- Weight: 17–23 pounds (7.7–10.4 kg).
- Coat and Colour: Curly with blue, liver, or tan colours.
- Temperament: Loyal, playful and very friendly.
- Category: Sporting.
- Lifespan: 12-14 years.
7. Dogs That Look Like Monkeys: Silver Wolf Sable Keeshond/Pomeranian
Keeshonds and Wolf Sable Pomeranians are small, toy-sized dogs. Their undercoats are grey and their outer coats are a deep shade of gray and longer around the chest and neck. Their dark, shaded, furry faces resemble Indian Langur monkeys.
These playful dogs are Intelligent and friendly but have "small dog syndrome" and are barkers. They not considered good with children and are not good watch dogs.
- Origin: Germany and Poland
- Height: 7 - 12 inches.
- Weight: 31 – 40 lbs (Adult)
- Coat and Colour: Long, thick, double coat with sable colours.
- Temperament: Intelligent, eager to learn, but barky.
- Category: AKC Toy.
- Lifespan: 11-15 Years
8a. Dogs That Look Like Wolves: Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan Malamute descended from the Arctic wolf. They are big, powerful sled dogs and are quite friendly. A Malamute rarely barks, has a strong build, and has great stamina. Malamutes are exceptionally intelligent and loyal. As snow dogs, Malamutes cannot tolerate warm weather. They need daily exercise and regular outings and are not fit for apartment life.
- Origin: Alaskan/Nordic region
- Height: 23-25 inches.
- Weight: 32-43 kg.
- Coat and Colour: Long, thick, double coat with facial markings like a wolf.
- Temperament: Very friendly, loyal, and calm.
- Category: Working.
- Lifespan: 12-15 years.
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8B. Dogs Like White Wolves: Samoyed
Samoyeds are a Russian breed that get their name from the Samoyedic people of Siberia. They are strong, well-built, and broad-headed. They are very lively and good companions. They are known for the "Sammy smile" they make with their petite, curved mouths. Samoyeds are calm, devoted, very friendly, and pleasant dogs. They were bred to hunt and they love hiking, tracking, and keeping their owners warm by sleeping on top of them at night.
- Origin: Northwestern Siberia
- Height: 46-60 cm.
- Weight: 22-30 kg.
- Coat and Colour: White and shades of white with long, thick fur.
- Temperament: Friendly, gentle, and devoted.
- Category: Working.
- Lifespan: 11-14 years.
9. Dogs That Look Like Raccoons: Tanuki
The tanuki is a member of the canid family but is not a true dog. Because of their resemblance to raccoons, they are known as raccoon dogs. They are native to Asia and they live in pairs or small groups. Male tanukis are helpful fathers, bringing food to their pregnant mates and helping to raise the young. In China and Finland, raccoon dogs are killed for their fur, which is widely faked as the fur of other species. Raccoon dogs feed on insects, rodents, amphibians, birds, fish, reptiles, mollusks, and carrion. Apart from their extensive fur and resemblance to raccoons, they have another quality that makes them to unique: they do not bark, but rather growl.
10. Dogs That Look like Foxes: Dhole
The dhole is a wild Indian dog, also known as a red dog or fox dog. Their physical structure is similar to an Australian Border Collie. Dholes can kill prey up to 10 times their own size and run very fast. African wild dogs can run up to 37 miles per hour and dholes can run 34 miles per per hour. Dholes are classed as endangered by the IUCN. This dog is very social and lives in large clans, which occasionally split up into small packs to hunt.
- Origin: Southeast Asia and India
- Height: 17-21 inches.
- Weight: 12-18 kg.
- Coat and Colour: Short, thick, and dense red fur.
- Temperament: Social wild dogs.
- Category: Wild dogs.
- Lifespan: 8-10 years.
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11. Dogs That Look Like Hyenas: African Wild Dog
African wild dogs are the largest of the African dogs and are very dangerous. These wild dogs live and hunt in large packs and are known for their excellent hunting skills. They can run up to 37 miles per hour. Their jaws and muzzles are similar to a hyenas, but hyenas are much stronger than African wild dogs.
- Origin: African Savannas
- Height: Up to 30 inches at the shoulder.
- Weight: 55-70 pounds.
- Coat and Colour: Dark brown, black, and yellow patched fur.
- Temperament: Wild, highly intelligent, and social.
- Category: Wild.
- Lifespan: 10-12 years.
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