Dogs That Look Like Wolves

Scientifically it is accepted that a dog’s long-time ancestor is the Canis Lupis, or Wolf. All of the information in this section comes from the article “The Origin of The Dog Revisited.”

Behavior between wolves and dogs are different than most would expect. Although they both thrive in a social setting wolves can survive all by themselves or within the social structure.

Training a wolf can be the activity that proves wolves don’t like to follow humans guide to living life. It is harder to train the independent mind and body of a wolf in comparison to a dog.

Wolves are more likely to live in a pack where there are hierarchy and politics involved. For example, pack leader eats first and other dogs eat after and the same for breeding.

Food possession is big in the wolf world but is not the same for a dog. Humans can begin to dominate the bowl and the dog will move and even share mid meal. Good luck with a hungry full-grown wolf.

Fight and flight elements are different when a wolf is in danger, they will leave even their children. They will make bad guard dogs to say the least in comparison.

Lastly, dogs can have a litter every six months in most cases. Once a year is more likely to happen for a wolf. When they are born dogs and wolves closely resemble each other and changes occur shortly after.

A lot of similarities and differences will be seen when examining the two. One thing that is sure without any doubt according to science the dog comes from the wolf and is an offspring of them from thousands of years ago.

Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky Puppy

Siberian Husky is a large Russian dog that lives in one of the coldest climates in the world. Having a double coat gives them the resemblance to a Wolf.

Working dog that can engage in multiple jobs while performing at a high level. Pulling supplies from one city to another makes the people in their native towns indebted to them forever.

There is no evidence that a Siberian Husky is part wolf anymore than any other dog. Because they look so much like wolves Siberian Huskies will continue to make people question.


Switching gears, we examine how the Samoyed looks like the White Wolf. Samoyed comes from Siberia and again they are from one of the coldest climates we have around.

Another working dog that displays endless energy with the ability to work different jobs. Herding, guarding, pulling, rescues, therapy, and many more jobs they can fill.

Biggest difference in appearance will be in the tail area. White Wolves have the traditional long very fluffy tail. These dogs have a white fluffy tail, but it curls on the dogs back. Facial and body looks similar.

German Shepherd

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are large working dogs that come from Germany. One of the few dogs that have a tail that is like a wolf. Their colors, face, and size makes them an even closer comparison.

Not only is the German Shepherd a great working dog they have excelled and are trusted by police departments and military across the world. Different countries that speak different languages agree on the sound intelligence and decision making of the breed.

After World War II exports for German Shepherds saw an explosion in the United States. This was also the first war where they became the dominant military dog previous wars other dogs were the favorite.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute is a large size working dog that is known for pulling sleds in brutally cold climates. Double coat to last in those weather conditions is what they need for survival.

Some believe this breeds is almost 5,000 years old and are viewed as the oldest of all the dogs from the eastern cold climates. Face and body size look close to many wolves in the wild.

Tail is one of those determining factors again for this breed. It is long and fluffy just like the wolves’ tail, but it is curly on the back while the wolves tail hangs regular.

Northern Inuit Dog

Northern Inuit Dog is a recent dog in world history when it comes to most canines. They were made from crossbreeding several dogs that look like wolves.

Breeders were trying to get a dog that they could get to look just like a wolf. Although these are strong efforts, they have not established any registration from major kennel clubs.

Due to the resemblance to wolves we wanted to make sure we had them on the list.


Most of the other dogs that would have made the list are socially bred to look like a wolf. Others have these appearances because of the climate they come from and their ancestors.

Although we will have plenty of wolves’ people want more dogs to look this way and are forcing the action. We have seen this many times with toy, standard and large size dogs.

We have become fascinated with the idea of creating dogs and this have been an obsession for hundreds of years. The marathon continues when it comes to this aspect.

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