Although all the dogs descend from the wolf, the truth is that there are some races that have maintained the appearance of their predecessor. Therefore, in this article, we tell you which dogs look like wolves. A similarity that is not necessarily genetic or ancestral, but is related to the different crosses.
What are the dogs that look like wolves?
With a common ancestor, wolves and dogs are more than close relatives. It is the same species that has been “divided” centuries ago. One part remained wild and the other was domesticated. With the passage of time, man-trained people crossed each other, and today we have about 800 different dog breeds.
While the differences are visible in terms of size, snout, ears or fur, there are also dogs that look like wolves. Which are? The following:
1. Wolf dog
As the name implies, it is a wolf-dog combination made by man in hatcheries. There are even three sub-terraces according to the genetic percentage contributed by the wild animal (less than 49%, between 50 and 75%, and more than 75%). It is a “hybrid” animal prohibited in many countries, but that, for example, in the United States is chosen as a pet. Instead of barking, howl or growl.
2. Alaskan Malamute
It is one of the oldest dog breeds that exist, and they were raised in the Arctic area to drag sleds. It is similar to Siberian Husky, but its eyes are not clear. It is a dog resistant to low temperatures, noble, loyal and hardworking. With long, large, sturdy hair and a broad, deep head, the Alaskan Malamute is quite calm and sociable.
It is one of the dogs that look like longer-lived wolves (they can live 20 years) due to their genetic purity. Originally from Finland, it is a cross between the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky. It has a really impressive appearance, and its appearance makes us think twice before deciding whether it is a canine or a wolf. It measures 70 cm at the cross and weighs 40 kg (adult males). It is used since its inception to pull sleds and as a working dog in the snow.
4. Czechoslovakian Wolf dog
With its name, we can define it quite a lot. It is a fairly new breed, more precisely from 1955, when they crossed the German Shepherd with the European Wolf. This hybrid has the temperament, training capacity and mentality of the first along with the resistance, strength, and physique of the second. It looks quite like the Carpathian Wolf, can live up to 16 years and usually suffers from hip dysplasia.
5. Siberian Husky
Among dogs that look like wolves, the Siberian is one of the most famous. Of great texture (although smaller than the Malamute), it can measure 60 cm at the withers and weigh 30 kg. The thick fur allows it to withstand the adverse climates of northern Russia. You need to brush regularly to remove dead hair. He prefers to live in a pack (like wolves) and can’t stand loneliness. Although he is not too obedient, the Siberian Husky is very affectionate, friendly and active (he needs a good dose of exercise every day).
To create this wolf-like dog, three breeds were crossed: German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute, and Siberian Husky. The result is an animal that has not yet been recognized by any official club, of British origin, and whose name comes from a traditional story of the Amerindian Chinook tribes, which means “wolf spirit.” It is a fairly large pet (76 cm tall and 42 kg in weight) that 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 from Saarloos (Holland) and Samoyed (Russia).