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11 Dogs That Look Like Wolves

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If you long to run with the wolves, I'd suggest getting a dog that looks like a wolf instead.

If you long to run with the wolves, I'd suggest getting a dog that looks like a wolf instead.

Wolf-Like Dogs You Can Actually Live With

Dogs (Canis familiaris) are the descendants of wolves and are classified as a subspecies of the grey wolf (Canis lupus). Recent genetic studies, however, have shown that dogs descend from an extinct genus that diverged from modern-day grey wolves about 40,000 years ago.

Because of their close genetic similarity, dogs and wolves share many physical traits. Wolves, however, are stronger with higher levels of energy and stamina. Wolf instincts and temperament differ quite dramatically as well. Wolves are stubborn, erratic, difficult to train, and a danger to children and other small animals. These qualities make them a poor choice to keep as a guard dog or household pet.

That said, wolves are beautiful, powerful creatures. It's not surprising that many people fantasise about having one as a pet. If you long to run with the wolves, I'd suggest getting a dog that looks like a wolf instead. You can use this article to help decide which one would be the best fit for you.

11 Dogs That Look Like Wolves

  1. Alaskan Malamute
  2. Siberian Husky
  3. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
  4. Kugsha
  5. Samoyed
  6. Tamaskan
  7. Canadian Eskimo Dog
  8. Northern Inuit Dog
  9. Utonagan
  10. German Shepherd
  11. Saarloos Wolfdog
Alaskan Malamute (left)

Alaskan Malamute (left)

1. Alaskan Malamute

Origin: Alaska

Price: $1,200-$1,700 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $500-$750 (USD)

Lifespan: 10-12 years

Originally bred to haul heavy freight over long distances, the Alaskan Malamute is a big and powerful dog, weighing up to 45 kg. Despite its strength, the breed is very friendly. Its friendliness and lack of barking make it a popular choice for pet owners. The Malamute is a very intelligent and loyal dog, but because it was bred to survive in harsh conditions, it is also incredibly resourceful and independent.

The Malamute may not be a great fit for families that have other pets, particularly small ones since the breed does have a fairly developed prey drive.

Physically, the dog has a two-inch-long, thick double coat and facial markings like a wolf. This breed comes in various colours like shades of gray and white, sable and white, black and red.

2. Siberian Husky

Origin: Siberia

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Price: $500-$800 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $500-$750 (USD)

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Siberian Huskies are known for their distinctive thickly furred double coat, erect triangle-shaped ears, and distinctive color markings. They are medium-sized dogs, weighing up to 27-28 kg. They have facial markings that are very similar to wolves. Their color comes in a variety of shades like black and white, red and white, brown, gray and white, silver, wolf-gray, sable and white, red-orange with black tips, and dark gray.

Huskies are a very loyal, intelligent, and sturdy working breed. They were originally bred by the Chukchi Tribe in Siberia to haul heavy loads.

They are a very energetic and active dog that shares many of the same behavioral and temperamental characteristics of their wolf ancestors. For instance, they typically howl rather than bark, are known for being escape artists, and feel a powerful need to belong to a "pack." As such, they often crave the companionship of other dogs and people.

Though the ASPCA lists them as good with children and as good family dogs, Huskies do have special exercise needs. They have a lot of energy and can turn destructive if they don't get enough exercise. Because of their tendency to escape, the ASPCA also recommends having a fence in your backyard.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog (left)

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog (left)

3. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

Origin: Czechoslovakia

Price: $800-$1,500 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $500-$1,000 (USD)

Lifespan: 13-16 years

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a relatively new breed, a hybrid between German Shepherds and Carpathian wolves. The goal was to create a breed with the strength and stamina of a wolf with the temperament and intelligence of the German Shepherd.

The breed's build and hair very closely resemble that of wolves. It's distinguished by its amber eyes, and erect triangle-shaped ears. Its thick fur ranges in color from yellow- to silver-grey.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are very social and develop strong bonds with their families. While good with other pets, you will need to watch them when encountering strange animals. As such, it's really important to socialize the dog.

4. Kugsha

Origin: United States

Price: $5,000-$8,000 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $500-$1,000 (USD)

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Kugsha, or Amerindian Malamutes, are native to the United States and are wolf hybrids.

They are very strong, larger and longer than Siberian Huskies but not like Alaskan Malamute. They are born travellers. Their long legs and strong body make them well-suited to carrying heavy loads across long distances.

Because they're only recently domesticated, they are very independent with lots of spirit. While Kugshas are very loyal and develop strong relationships with their owners, they are not a good dog for families with small children due to their predatory nature. Also, they need a lot of exercise and can get destructive if they do not get enough physical activity.

5. Samoyed

Origin: Russia

Price: $5,000-$8,000 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $600-$1,000 (USD)

Lifespan: 12-13 years

Samoyeds are Russian breed of dog they get their name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. They are strong, well-built and broad-headed. They are very lively and good companions. One of their distinguishing characteristics is the "Sammy smile," which very noticeable because of the contrast between its white coat and black lips.

Samoyeds are calm, devoted, very friendly and pleasant dogs and love everyone. Their colours are, white and shades of white with long and thick fur. They were bred to hunt. They love hiking, tracking and keeping their owners warm by sleeping on top of them at night.

They are great family dogs and are very good with children and are very playful.

Unfortunately, Samoyeds have a number of congenital health problems including hip dysplasia, diabetes, and kidney disease.

6. Tamaskan

Origin: Finland

Price: $600-$800 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $600-$1,000 (USD)

Lifespan: 14-15 years

Tamaskans are a very new breed, recognized by the American Kennel Club only in 2013. They were bred to look like wolves, with a thick coat that comes in red-grey, wolf-grey, and black-grey. Because they're so new, they're quite rare. There are only 600 certified Tamaskans in the world. However, they are growing in popularity.

Tamaskans are good family dogs and particularly good with children. They're very smart, easily trainable and highly social, so they shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time. They also require quite a bit of exercise and can turn destructive if they don't get enough physical stimulation.

Canadian Eskimo Dog (left)

Canadian Eskimo Dog (left)

7. Canadian Eskimo Dog

Origin: Canada

Price: $800-$1,200 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $500-$1,000 (USD)

Lifespan: 10-15 years

Also known as Qimmiq, Canadian Husky, and Canadian Inuit Dogs, this breed is a working dog that used to pull sleds and hunt. They are large dogs, weighing up to 66 and 95 pounds (30 to 43 kilograms). The breed is currently endangered, with only 300 registered purebreds in 2008.

These dogs are smart, energetic, strong, tough, and very loyal. However, they are not great fits for families with other small dogs, because they have fairly high prey drives. They also do best in cold weather and are prone to heat stroke.

They also require an enormous amount of exercise, often much more than the typical owner can give. So think carefully before getting one.

8. Northern Inuit Dog

Origin: United Kingdom

Price: $800-$1,000 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $600-$1,000 (USD)

Lifespan: 12-14 years

The Northern Inuit dog is an unrecognized crossbred dog, developed in the U.K. with the intent of creating a domesticated working dog that looks like a wolf. This dog originates from crosses between German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, and Inuit dogs. This dog has a medium build and its shape and coloring very much resembles that of a wolf.

The Northern Inuit Dog is not for an inexperienced owner. They're very smart, but also stubborn and difficult to train. They also tend toward having separation anxiety, but training at a young age can take care of that. They are also better fits for families with more than one dog.

Utonagan (left)

Utonagan (left)

9. Utonagan

Origin: England

Price: $400-$1,000 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $500-$1,000 (USD)

Lifespan: 10-15 years

Utonagans were bred in England with the aim of producing a wolf-like dog. They are a mix of three dogs-the Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky.

While not bred for any particular task, Utonagans are easily trainable and can be taught to do any number of tasks. They are very friendly and intelligent dogs and tend to get along well with people, including children. They are also fairly energetic and require significant exercise—at least a daily walk or job. That said, be careful about exercising them in the heat: this breed does best in colder weather.

They are not recommended for apartment dwellers and do best in houses with a high-fenced yard.

German Shepherd (left)

German Shepherd (left)

10. German Shepherd

Origin: Germany

Price: $325-$500 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $4000-$900 (USD)

Lifespan: 9-13 years

The German Shepherd Dogs are one of world's most recognized and popular breeds. They are also known as Alsatians in Great Britain and parts of Europe. They are the second most popular breed in the United States and the fourth most popular in the U.K.

They are bred especially for their intelligence and are ranked as the third most intelligent breed. Their intelligence makes German Shepherds excellent working dogs and they are often employed as police, guard, and search-and-rescue dogs.

They are very energetic, eager to learn, and very much need a job or task to perform. Otherwise they get bored and can become destructive. If not adequately socialized, they can become over-protective of their family. They are a bit aloof socially, but very loyal to their owners.

Saarloos Wolfdog (left)

Saarloos Wolfdog (left)

11. Saarloos Wolfdog

Origin: The Netherlands

Price: $800-$1,000 (USD)

Yearly Cost: $500-$1,000 (USD)

Lifespan: 10-12 years

Dutch breeder Leendert Saarloos started cross-breeding a German Shepherd Dog male to a female European Wolf, to get better working dogs. The Saarloos Wolfhound is strong and energetic and has a powerful neck, broad head, and long legs. The Dutch Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1975.

It has wolf-like expressions, as well as a wolf-like head. This dog is not recommended for apartment life. It has lot of stamina and needs a lot of daily exercise. It’s a strong-willed dog and needs a very experienced owner capable of providing it the necessary exercise and discipline.

Characteristics of Dogs Bred to Look Like Wolves


Alaskan Malamute

58-64 cm

34-39 Kg

Friendly, loyal, devoted

Canadian Eskimo Dog

50-70 cm

20-40 Kg

Friendly, gentle, playful

Czechoslovakian Wolf Dog

55-70 cm

20-36 Kg

Tolerant, alert, energetic

German Shepherd

55-65 cm

22-40 Kg

Alert, courageous, intelligent

Kugsha Dog

60-76 cm

25-40 Kg

Suspicious, alert, intelligent

Northern Inuit Dog

63-76 cm

36-50 Kg

Friendly, dependable, calm


46-60 cm

22-30 Kg

Friendly, gentle, devoted

Saarloos Wolfdog

60-75 cm

36-41 Kg

Aggressive, lively, energetic

Siberian Husky

51-60 cm

16-27 Kg

Friendly, alert, intelligent


60-84 cm

25-40 Kg

Tolerant, sociable, intelligent


57-68 cm

25-41 Kg

Friendly, patient, intelligent

What Do Wolf-Like Dogs Eat?

Captive wolves and wolf-dogs usually do best eating diets like those of wolves in the wild. Wild wolves survive on meals of deer, elk, moose, bison, and other natural prey. In fact, even captive wolves and wolf-dogs are capable of, and benefit from, eating pounds and pounds of raw meat.

More generally, the more wolf that is in the mix, the more feral the dog will behave. This aggressive behavior also depends on the number of generations that your wolf dog is away from its first breeding. These wolf dogs don't thrive on the typical dog food. Ideally, you should feed these wolf dogs several pounds of raw meat per day, though it's fine to feed them chicken and turkey. In fact, bones are not an issue for these wolf dogs, because they will actually enjoy and benefit from eating these raw, whole bones. In addition to these raw meats and raw bones, your wolf dog will need access to fresh grass and other vegetation. Many wolf dogs enjoy fruit. That said, you should check with your vet to see that the fruit you offer is safe for your pet.

Typical Health Problems of Wolf-Like Dogs

These breeds need lots of regular exercise. Without regular exercise, these dogs can become destructive and depressed. They also undergo what some might call "normal wear and tear"; they'll experience joint pain as they get older, especially if they are eating an unhealthy diet.

The Evolutionary History of Dogs and Wolves

All modern dogs are descendants of wolves. This domestication may actually have happened twice, producing groups of dogs descended from two unique common ancestors. Wolves began to adapt to human society long before humans settled down and began practicing agriculture. Since the first dogs settled with humans, their relationship has been an evolving phenomenon, resulting in many new breeds and new behaviors. Since dogs are a part of our everyday lives, it's good to know where they come from.

What animal did dogs evolve from?

It's amazing that there is a genetic connection between a wolf that roamed the tundra 35,000 years ago to modern dogs, but it's true. While scientists once thought that dogs descended from gray wolves, now, through genetic studies, researchers discovered that dogs and wolves share a common ancestor instead of a direct lineage.

The common ancestor between dogs and wolves was a prehistoric wolf that lived in Europe or Asia sometime between 9,000 to 34,000 years ago. Several subgroups of prehistoric wolves went extinct about 10,000 years ago. This was the same time as the mammoths, giant sloths, and saber-toothed tigers. Still, no one knows exactly what kind of wolf gave rise to all of the amazing dog breeds living today.

How have wolves changed over time?

Wolves have evolved into numerous species that span the globe. Some species are faster than others. Some species are larger than others. Some are more pack-minded. Some are more powerful. And, some are more clever. Over the last 30,000 years, wolf DNA, through natural selection, has been tweaked little by little to make them successful in nearly every environment.

What do wolves eat?

Wolves are carnivores, which means they primarily eat meat. Their favorite prey is large hoofed mammals, such as deer, elk, moose, caribou and bison. Since many of these animals are larger than wolves, the only way wolves can catch them is to live and hunt in groups. That said, wolves (especially when desperate) will hunt smaller prey as well. For example, grey wolves hunt mostly large, hoofed animals including different kinds of deer, mountain goats, moose, elk, and bison, but they will also hunt hares, beavers, birds, and fish.

What adaptations have helped gray wolves survive?

  • Their coats are made up of wooly fur to provide insulation and long guard hairs to keep out moisture.
  • The gray wolf's large paws have fleshy pads and claws for traction and can spread to provide better support in snow.
  • Wolves developed powerful jaws for hunting.
  • Wolves have terrific hearing and an incredible sense of smell.
  • Most importantly, wolves developed cooperative hunting in order to bring down large prey.

How Did Humans Domesticate Wolves?

The hypothesis that humans used wolves to hunt doesn't hold up anymore. Humans were already successful hunters without needing wolves. In fact, humans were more successful than every other large carnivore. One more reason it's unlikely that humans used wolves to hunt is that wolves eat a lot of meat. Wolves eat as much as one deer per ten wolves every day. This would be too much meat for humans to share.

Most likely, it was wolves that approached us, rather than the other way around. They likely approached us when scavenging around garbage dumps on the edge of human settlements. Wolves that were too aggressive would have been killed by humans. Therefore, only the ones that were friendly would have been tolerated.

In fact, friendliness caused odd things to happen in the wolves. They started to look different. Domestication gave them splotchy coats, floppy ears, wagging tails. In only several generations, these wolves become more and more distinct from their more aggressive relatives.

How do different cultures view wolves?

Cultures around the world have many different views when it comes to the meaning of wolves. In fact, Native American cultures have long seen the wolf as both a powerful animal and a source of inspiration. The Ojibwe believed that a wolfman spirit made the Great Plains for them and for the other animals, too. Also, the Hopi honor a wolf katsina, a spiritual being who serves as a guardian for sacred dancers. These are but a handful of the many views about wolves held by cultures around the world.

What does the symbol of a wolf represent?

Wolves are symbols of guardianship and loyalty. Wolves have the ability to make quick and firm emotional attachments. They need to trust their own instincts. Thus, wolves teach us to trust our hearts and minds, and to have control over our own lives.

What is the spiritual meaning of a wolf?

The wolf is an incredible spirit animal, which has an important symbolic meaning. The wolf totem symbolizes strong connection with your instincts or intuition. High intelligence. Loyalty and communication.

What does a wolf symbolize in a dream?

Dire wolves in dreams represent gangs or intimidating groups. Wolf dogs represent people around you that are loyal and will fight for you. Dreaming that a wolf is protecting you means that you are receiving help or support from an unexpected or unlikely source.

Where Do Wolves Live?

When we talk about wolves, we often refer to the iconic gray wolf. In the lower 48 states, gray wolves were hunted to near extinction, though some populations survived and others have since been reintroduced. Few gray wolves survive in Europe, though many live in Alaska, Canada, and Asia. Wolves live and hunt in packs of around six to ten animals.

The gray wolf lives today in a diverse range of environments, including tundra, mountain areas, woodlands, forests, grasslands, and deserts. There are many species of wolves that span nearly the whole planet. Canis have adapted to numerous environments and are, inarguably, one of the most successful mammal genus on the planet.

What should you do if you encounter a wolf?

Stand tall and make themselves look larger. Calmly but slowly back away and maintain eye contact. If the wolf does not run away immediately, continue making yourself large, keeping eye contact, and backing away. Do not turn your back on the wolf or run away.

Are wolf attacks common?

Although wolf attacks do occur, their frequency varies with geographical location and historical period. Gray wolf attacks are rare because wolves are often subsequently killed, or even extirpated in reaction by human beings. There are only a few wolf attacks on humans in the U.S. and Europe. Frankly, wolves are more interested in eating your pets or your livestock than they are in eating you.



The coyote is a canine native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf, and slightly smaller than the closely related eastern wolf and red wolf.

United States


Jackals are medium-sized omnivorous mammals of the genus Canis, which also includes wolves, coyotes and the domestic dog.

Sub Saharan Africa


The dingo is a type of dog that is native to Australia. Its taxonomic status is debated and it is classified as Canis familiaris or Canis familiaris dingo or Canis lupus dingo or Canis dingo.



The dhole is a canid native to Central, South and Southeast Asia. Other English names for the species include Asiatic wild dog, Indian wild dog, whistling dog, red dog, and mountain wolf.


Red Fox

The red fox is the largest of the true foxes and one of the most widely distributed members of the order Carnivora, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, North America and Eurasia. It is listed as least concern by the IUCN.

Northern Hemisphere

Raccoon Dog

The raccoon dog, also known as the mangut or tanuki is a canid indigenous to East Asia. It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes. Despite its peculiar appearance, it is a close relative of true foxes.

Native to east Asia

Kit Fox

The kit fox is a fox species of North America. Its range is primarily in the Southwestern United States and northern and central Mexico. Some mammalogists classify it as conspecific with the swift fox, V. velox, but molecular systematics imply that the two species are distinct.

Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico.

Arctic Fox

The Arctic fox, also known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and common throughout the Arctic tundra biome. It is well adapted to living in cold environments, and is best known for its thick, warm fur that is also used as camouflage

Arctic Circle

Fennec Fox

The fennec fox or fennec is a small crepuscular fox found in the Sahara of North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, South West Israel and the Arabian desert. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat.

Northern Africa

Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is the largest canid of South America. Its markings resemble those of foxes, but it is not a fox, nor is it a wolf. It is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon.

South America/brazil


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Franco Torroni on June 07, 2020:

La lista non è completa e non capisco su che tipo di basi scientifiche è composta. Comunque una delle 3 razze canine che per DNA ed aspetto fisico si avvicina di più a quello del lupo grigio è l'Akita giapponese o meglio conosciuto come Akita Inu e nella lista manca del tutto!!! Le somiglianze estetiche lasciano il tempo che trovano, secondo me possono essere un tipo di valutazione ma gli aspetti fondamentali sono quelli caratteriali che rendono un cane dometico più simile al lupo.

ARADHYA (author) on June 06, 2020:

Dear Dat,

I dont think they are available freely. Also, you need to have licence to pet them.

Jessica lee bond on May 18, 2020:

Wolf big bad litter three pig

Dat boi on May 08, 2020:

Free wolves? Foxes? Pls?

DaJhon Allison on September 19, 2019:

Can I get a free wolf ?????

rfdobbs on July 10, 2019:

german shepereds do not look anything like wolves.

maxpower83 on April 20, 2019:

thanks for including a yearly average cost of owning these beautiful breeds. sadly, for most people (like me) this is something to take into account before committing to owning a dog for 10 or hopefully more years. of course, i'm aware that these are only averages.

Animal on April 19, 2019:

This list has some facts wrong. The Tamaskan isn't even recognized as an AKC (American Kennel Club), although it is recognized by the ARBA (American Rare Breeds Association). Not to be confused with the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

ScubaSaunders on April 15, 2019:

Siberian Husky, my all time favourite dog. Thanks for the wonderful article.

Daniel Baxley on April 02, 2019:

You forgot Akita

Nicholas Briar on January 02, 2019:

Loved the compare and contrast photos. Good information!

Ashley on November 27, 2018:

i am able to own a wolf

ARADHYA (author) on August 21, 2018:

All the Pups are cute and adorable!

Ranjith on August 18, 2018:

I just want to love puppy I feel so lonely ever time I don't know why but when I see any puppies I feel so happy deep inside of my heart...

Lora on June 18, 2018:

I just love wolves and I was browsing for pics for my infographic (about endangered wolves) and came across this picture with the title saying "11 dogs similar to wolves" and HAD to check it out. OMGOSH I am totally begging my mum for a Utanogan dog style XD

sarah on April 25, 2018:

l absolute love Alaskan malamute dogs and l wish to have one some time. l have a chocolate Labrador at the moment but she is great with big dogs.

l was hoping to buy a german shepherd but they require extra time and attention with you. these comments are great and we have to hope we get more coming in.

kiran on April 02, 2018:


Aaden Arce on February 04, 2018:

oh, and lone white wolf, to buy my husky, i went to this lady's house and bought the piebald husky for 1200, it costed 1500, but we didnt want it to have birth cuz we couldnt take care of them so we got her for 1200 since no babies.

ARADHYA (author) on January 28, 2018:


karam veer singh on January 25, 2018:


James Zachmann on January 21, 2018:

Norwegian Elkhounds look wolfish.

LoneWhiteWolf on December 13, 2017:

where to buy them??

WolfgameerX on November 30, 2017:

I heart wolves!

ARADHYA (author) on November 25, 2017:

Thanks Olivia!

Olivia on November 22, 2017:

I love wolves and dogs that is why I was looking at this

Dalia on November 04, 2017:

I love dogs and I want to have a dog

ARADHYA (author) on October 27, 2017:

@Randy Melick

These are rare breeds and not available easily.

Also some of these dogs are banned in other countries, So first check if the breed you are looking for is allowed to your place.

Meghan Usrey on October 26, 2017:

Could you add links to breeders and adoptions?

Taimachan on October 14, 2017:

This is a very informative and detailed article, but the picture for the kugsha dog actually shows a Shikoku dog, which should also be on the list as it is basically a wolf-coloured shiba inu.

ARADHYA (author) on October 13, 2017:



I dint au orice experiență, cunoștințe despre "Alieu". (Cred că menționați numele rasei nu numele câinelui). Dar îmi place să văd imaginea dacă nu te deranjează? De asemenea, câte pui aveți?

ARADHYA (author) on August 08, 2017:

@ Samuel

Swiss shepherds are less popular, but definitely, they are excellent dogs.

Samuel on August 08, 2017:

Hi! I have white swiss shepard and it definitely looks like white wolf:) That was one of the reasons i chose it :) Btw I am from Slovakia and czechoslovak wolfdog is slovak breed.

SBF Rudy and Jack Jack on June 28, 2017:

Rott and Schnauzer. Best dog I've ever had

ARADHYA (author) on June 05, 2017:

Hi, Deffinitly it's difficult to guess - which animal was that?

But usually Wolves doesn't runaway so easily, by dogs chase and they are not 3 times are more bigger than dogs.

Lind on June 05, 2017:

Last night I was sleeping on the tramp with my friend. I have a dog (black lab) that is really big. If it stood on its back legs it would be as tall as 5'3. We were talking when we heard my dog begin to bark Feroshisly. My dog only barks like that when there is something seems threatening. We look up to see this wolf like looking dog. standing inches away from my dogs house. My dog came out of her house and the wolf like creature began to growl. My dog being as big as she is, this animal was at least 10xs bigger. Thinking they were gonna fight, we knew who would win. But my dog chased this massive beast away. We don't know what this animal was. It looked exactly like a black wolf but where we live wolves have only been spotted once or twice. We live on near a forest but have never seen any animal like it. I also don't know of anybody in our neighborhood with a massive black dog. Does anybody have any ideas of what it could be?

ARADHYA (author) on May 31, 2017:

Hi SeoukMoonLi,

You may think in other way, "ALL THE DOGS ARE SUCCESSOR OF WOLF". Which were domesticated before ~4000 years.

And at some respect all the dogs have some part of wolf!

SeoukMoonLi on May 31, 2017:

German shepherds don't look like wolves. also I don't think wolf hybrids should even be included in this list since they are actually genetically part wolf whether it's low- to high content

ARADHYA (author) on May 24, 2017:

@Anubrata Das!

If you like a wolf-like dog in India, then not easy to get. Also they need couple of aaprovals and certificate to own them.

In that case, you may like "Husky" or the best recommended "Thai Bangakaev Dog". That's naturally created Jackal dog. And most suitable for Indian Climate.

Anubrata Das on May 24, 2017:

I love wolf type dogs.Their eyes are very bright .They are white,black grey in colour .They live in cold places.Me and my father want to buy a wolf type dog but, we can not buy because they live in cold places.

ARADHYA (author) on April 16, 2017:


That's great!

Usually when we get a dog comes to our family and not a specified breed. That's a gamble, and sometimes they do much better than expectation and better than pedigree breeds dogs.

Your specification sounds that can be a NAID dog or mixed breed.

Best wishes, have a great experience!

Nancy Schultz on April 16, 2017:

We had a dog out of Oregon that looked just like a wolf!! He was red like a malmute, had short ears like a wolf, but had long legs and long hair like a german shepherd. The most loveable , great with children, dog we ever had. PS He chose us. We didn't chose him. Came to us through an adoption family. Awesome dog.!!

ARADHYA (author) on March 16, 2017:


Definitely Dog :)

Sue on February 04, 2017:

Excellent summary! Great pictures; really liked comparison and "cautions" to help educate potential owners. Many years ago my parents bought a husky and didn't know the traits and needs of the breed. Our previous dog had been a golden lab/Retriever mix who had died the year before. so imagine their surprise when the new puppy stated digging holes etc due to lack of exercise and training. Luckily they were able to find a good home with our uncle in the country. If they had seen an article like this I doubt they would have purchased the dog.

Sanyam on January 25, 2017:

Is there any dog of this type suitable for Indian climate (tropical) and tiny or toy in size .

TamrielTamaskan on November 22, 2016:

I have a Tamaskan and they are lovely! I'm on the committee for the breed and glad to know they're becoming more popular.

Sarid Kennel on October 23, 2016:

German shepherds don't look anything like a wolf.

Kei on October 02, 2016:

#4 is a picture of a Shikoku Inu aka Kochi-ken, Japanese breed of dog. or check

They were bred for hunting boar, deer and sometimes bears. They are stubborn to train, but potty train easily. Aloof with strangers and independant. They need a lot of exercise and socialisation.

ARADHYA (author) on September 11, 2016:

Hi Graham,

I agree with you they look like Wolf and I had added them in video presentation. But NAID Dogs are still not accepted by many major clubs.

ARADHYA (author) on September 11, 2016:

Hello Jeff,

I agree they were bred to look like dire wolf and at certain level that looks like Dire wolf.

Graham on September 11, 2016:

You forgot one. Native American Indian Dogs.

Jeff on September 11, 2016:

I apologize.....the American Alsatian was bred to look like the dire wolf. Sorry for the misinformation.

Jeff on September 11, 2016:

Great article! Just a small side note.....after some reading/research on the Tamaskan, it appears it may have actually been breed to mimic the appearance of the actual dire wolf (not Game of Thrones....the actual extinct species). Since researchers can't agree on its appearance....i thought this slightly humorous. But it is beautiful nonetheless!

ARADHYA (author) on August 14, 2016:

Hi Gail F,

Thanks! Yes i agree, Tamaskan are new breed .. they just became famous from movie "Game of thrones".

Its too short time for any dag to get recognized by AKC or any major kennel.

Gail F on August 12, 2016:

Interesting article; loved the photos of the beautiful dogs and wolves. The Tamaskan is not, and to my knowledge, has never been, recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club).

pedantic biologist on June 28, 2016:

You say genus but I think you mean taxa. Genus is a taxonomic rank above species - e.g. dogs and wolves both belong to the ~4-3.5 million year old genus Canis. Given the age of the lineage maybe you mean there is evidence that the species diverged 40 000 years ago?

A genus is also capitalized (in addition to italicization).

Aroosa Hermosa on May 31, 2016:

I like wolves.

ARADHYA (author) on April 16, 2016:

Hello Robert,

Thanks for your observation and information.

Though i visited again, the details for both of those breeds ..

Also i have an article where i collected details about Japani Shikoku dogs

_ I may be confused, but I think Shikoku dogs must have the little furry and curly tail and this dog (In Picture of Khugsa) looks like , has a blended tail.

Robert Baker on April 16, 2016:

Good article but I caught one mistake. The dog you call a Kugsha is really a picture of a Shikoku a Japanese breed. I've seen that picture in many a dog magazine. It's from a Canadian kennel.

D jena on April 12, 2016:

Where is the's the most popular dog on the planet...

Lillian Schaeffer on February 08, 2016:

I really like the look of the Tamaskan. I think that breed looks the most like a wolf. Do you know on average how much they would cost?

Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on December 11, 2015:

You are very welcome. And thanks a million for responding. Take care. And enjoy your day.

ARADHYA (author) on December 11, 2015:

Hello Linda, Thank you very much for your comment and appreciation.

Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on December 10, 2015:

Wow, what a tremendous read and fascinating hub, I really loved it, so well written and entertaining and helpful. So nice meeting you, you are an excellent writer. Look forward to reading all of your creative work. Linda

ARADHYA (author) on December 05, 2015:

Alaskan Malamute are great, giant and most adorable dogs.

greeneyedblondie on December 04, 2015:

Maybe one day I'll get an Alaskan Malamute, they're so beautiful!

ARADHYA (author) on September 05, 2015:

Hello Desi786,

I don't think so.

ARADHYA (author) on September 04, 2015:

Hello Carla,

Thanks for information, as i was really not aware about them.

From where I can get more details about them and some pictures?

Carla Ferrier on September 03, 2015:

The only breed you forgot was the Native American Village Dog. They are also a wolf look alike that has been around since 2008 but is not well known. I think they are worth making the list too.

Desi786 on September 03, 2015:

I don't think these dog would be good to have at least in the United States. Not because of them personally, but because people will shoot them thinking they are a real wolf unfortunately.

ARADHYA (author) on August 19, 2015:

Hi TenFeet2Hands,

I agree, these dogs are not well suitable for everyone.

But this article will be useful for them, who are interested to have a pet like wolf .Wish you happy time with your short coated Hounds :)

TenFeet2Hands from Cambridge, MA on August 19, 2015:

I love the GSD, and could live with any dog breed yet, I voted no 'I would not like to own one of these dogs' because I am too old to groom and my heart is solidly, and totally with short coated Hounds. :)

ARADHYA (author) on August 10, 2015:

Hello Dragonfly,

You can check for Siberian Husky and German Shepherd and American Alsatian, they will be allowed.

You can explore more options from

dragonfly on August 09, 2015:

Three of those breeds you can't legally own in Michigan because they are part wolf. But, I'd consider getting a tamaskan dog. They look so much like wolves. They're about the closest thing to a wolf you're allowed to have in Michigan.

ARADHYA (author) on July 06, 2015:

Hi Jay,

German Shepherds are very common and suitable.

Siberian Husky and Alaskan malamute are only other available option from that list. Apart from these 3 it's very difficult to get any other.

Jay Amin on July 03, 2015:

Hi are any of these suitable to be kept as.pets in India?

Moderate climate areas.

ActualHuskyOwner on March 23, 2015:

I'm not sure where you gather your facts, but in NO circle is a husky recognized as a good watch dog. Please reference the Siberian Husky Club of America site below and read the first 3 paragraphs. The foremost experts in the breed are very clear about Siberian behavior. Do not get a husky if you want a watch dog!

ARADHYA (author) on March 10, 2015:

Hi Connor: All dogs are friendly if well trained and educated and any dog can be aggressive.

So it depends, how we treat and teach them.

But still they are kept in different category. [We can't compare Pit bull / Rottweiler with pug and poodle].

Huskies are from working/sports category and very energetic dogs, though they are friendly but morerecognised as a good watch (working category) dog, for they are bred


Connor on March 07, 2015:

You listed Huskies as good watch dogs? I don't think so, they are too friendly!

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