As someone who has spent the bulk of his life caring for non-domestic animals, I certainly get the appeal of wolves and other wild canines.
Were it legal (and in the animals’ best interest) to do so, I’d already have a pack of African wild dogs living in my home (though I’m sure my Rottie – not to mention my wife – would strongly reject this idea).
But unfortunately for those who like wolves, 175-pound apex predators are not exactly well-suited for life in the suburbs. While wolves are not vicious animals, they are too intelligent, wary, independent, and predatory to be considered good pets for the average animal lover.
While we all may dream of having our own direwolf that we share a spiritual connection with, most people will have to settle for a domestic dog that looks simply like a wolf.
Fortunately, there are a handful that do superficially resemble wolves, without representing the danger and difficulty that a pet wolf would.
The Wolf-Dog Connection
I’m guessing that you clicked on this article because you want a dog that looks like a wolf, and you aren’t interested in a biology lesson about canine evolution and taxonomy. But, it’s important to note that dogs and wolves are closely related species, who share common ancestors.
For a long time, domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) were considered the direct descendants of gray wolves (Canis lupus). However, recent research has muddied the waters a bit, and it appears that your beagle is more likely to be a cousin of gray wolves, as they evolved directly from a now-extinct ancestor of living wolves.
No matter the precise phylogeny of the group, dogs and wolves are very closely related critters, who exhibit a number of similarities. In many ways, dogs are akin to wolf puppies, given their juvenile facial features, a predilection for play and vocal ways.
Domestic dogs still possess much of the DNA that made them wolves in the first place, but most of these wolf-like traits have been “switched off.” This means two things:
1) Dogs and wolves can interbreed and produce fertile wolf-dog hybrids.
2) Some of these wolf-like traits can be “re-activated” through selective breeding efforts, which will make them resemble their wolf-like ancestors. This doesn’t make them wolves; it just makes them look like wolves.
Before we get started looking at wolf-like breeds, check out this photo of an actual wolf to help calibrate your eye.
Eight of the Most Wolf-Like Breeds
The eight breeds below all resemble wolves to varying degrees. Some are the product of dog-wolf hybridization, but others are simply dogs who’ve been selectively bred to resemble wolves.
Photo courtesy of 101dogbreeds.com
Kughsas – also known as Amerindian malamutes – are a hybrid breed with an enigmatic history.
Accounts of their precise origin vary from source to source, and none appear especially authoritative. However, they look like big huskies and exhibit the drive, love for running, and stamina that huskies do, but, like many other wolf hybrids, they have quite an independent streak and assertive personalities.
Some report (although without much in the way of citations or documentation) that the breed name came about as a way to get around laws banning wolf hybrids.
2. Siberian Husky
The Siberian husky is a familiar and lovely breed, who is well-suited for homes that are prepared to accommodate a heavily shedding, high-energy dog who loves to play, roam, and explore. Not to mention these vocal dogs can be quite noisy when they get in the right mood!
Accordingly, they are great for active families, runners, and bikers (that’s Lance-Armstrong-style bikers, not Jax-Teller-style bikers).
3. Alaskan Malamute
Although not as popular as the husky, the Alaskan malamute is another familiar but ancient dog breed, which you may encounter from time to time. Handsome, fluffy and bigger than the husky, the malamute was also developed as a sled-pulling breed (and for hunting polar bears, of all things).
Malamutes are pretty, lovable, and very trainable when compared with some of the other dogs on this list. Like huskies, they have high energy levels, playful personalities and the ability to coat your entire home in a layer of their fur.
4. German Shepherds
German shepherds possess a distinct wolf-like aesthetic, but some clearly resemble wolves more than others do.
For example, German shepherds with long hair tend to look more like wolves, and the larger, bulkier individuals also project a more wolf-like image than the small, lean ones do.
German shepherds are sometimes clad in very wolf-like colors, including lots of gray, white and black, which helps further strengthen the resemblance. Both German shepherds and (less commonly) wild wolves occasionally exhibit jet-black coats, which is also pretty neat.
Like many of the other breeds on this list, German shepherds are shedding machines, but they’re also loving, loyal, bright, and protective, so it is easy to understand their popularity.
5. Saarloos Wolfdog
Photo courtesy of Pets4homes.co.uk
The Saarloos wolfdog line was initially developed by Dutch breeder Leendert Saarloos in the 1930s. Although they were originally created by crossing European wolves with German shepherds, they have been recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (the world’s leading international dog registry) as a distinct breed since 1981.
One of the breeds that is most distantly related to other domestic dogs, and likely the most wolf-like breed in the world, Saarloos wolfdogs not only have a wolf-like build, their facial expressions are said to closely mimic those of wolves.
These dogs are said to be loving and smart, but, like most other wolf-hybrids, not particularly interested in pleasing their non-fur parent.
6. Utonagan / Northern Inuit Dog
Photo courtesy of Nisociety.com
The Utonagan and Northern Inuit Dog are names applied to one or more breeds of domestic dogs who’ve been bred to look like wolves. There isn’t a ton of fantastic information available about them, and several sources contradict each other. Adding to the confusion, the term “Utonagan” means “Northern Inuit.”
However, this big white dog breed appears to have been created by mixing husky, malamute, and German shepherd lines. They were apparently created in the early 1980s, so they aren’t terribly common. However, those who are familiar with the breed describe them as fairly husky-like in terms of personality and temperament.
Fun Fact: The direwolves from HBO’s series Game of Thrones are Northern Inuit dogs.
Photo courtesy of Petguide.com
Tamaskans are another breed that was reportedly produced by crossing – wait for it – malamutes and huskies, as well as a few other sled dogs. They may also have wolves in their recent family trees. Tamaskans aren’t recognized by any of the major breed registries, but there are a number of breed clubs around the world dedicated to these wolf-like dogs.
Tamaskans are pretty similar to huskies in terms of temperament and abilities, and they reportedly make good pets for families that can handle high-energy pooches. Tamaskans – like some wild wolves – occur in both grey and black color forms.
8. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
Photo courtesy of Pedigreedatabase.com
Another wolf-hybrid that is recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale, Czechoslovakian wolf dogs were initially developed for the Czech military. However, they’ve been used for search-and-rescue, tracking and herding work in subsequent years.
Because this breed was deliberately created as part of a scientific study, their history is a little better documented than some other wolf-hybrids and mixed breeds.
Czechoslovakian wolfdogs are said to be trainable, although they aren’t border collies, and they require a dedicated owner, who is willing to spend plenty of time working with their pooch.
A Few Words of Caution
While there aren’t many laws preventing people from owning huskies or malamutes, some of the other breeds on this list are the target of bans and special regulations. This is especially true of those breeds and hybrids that directly descend from wolves.
Different jurisdictions enforce these rules and regulations in different ways, but hard-ass municipalities may not only fine you for owning a wolf-hybrid, they may confiscate and euthanize your pet as well. Accordingly, you’ll always want to check out the local legal environment before adding a wolf-like dog to your family.
It is also important to understand that many of these wolf-like breeds are very challenging to manage. For one, these dogs are on the big size, you’ll need to pony up cash for larger-than-average dog crates and beds to match.
Many of them have incredible exercise requirements, and they get bored (and therefore destructive) very easily.
Even huskies and malamutes – two of the more suitable pet breeds detailed above – are a handful, and many owners are disappointed with their aloof demeanor. They’re lovely dogs for those who understand their nature, but they can be difficult to train, and they are often maddeningly stubborn.
So, be sure that you do your homework before running out and buying a wolf-like breed. You don’t want to go to all of the effort and expense of adding one to your family, only to find that they drive you crazy.
Just remember: No matter how much you love the aesthetic of wolves, you probably wouldn’t care for their personality very much at all. If wolves made good companions, we’d never have developed dogs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog that looks a heckuva lot like a wolf.
Any of the breeds listed above should fit the bill, just be sure to pick the one that has a personality and temperament that is compatible with your own.
Have you ever owned a wolf-like dog? Tell us about the breed (particularly if you owned one of the less-common varieties – we know what huskies are like) and your experiences in general. We’d love to hear all about them.
August 19, 2022
I was told my dog of 28 breeds ( DNA test) who is 13% German shepherd and middle eastern dogs among other breeds looks like a wolf. He is a beautiful boy and smart and loving we bought him home from the Middle East. Great doggie ❤️
August 19, 2022
Wow, Joyce! 28 breeds is quite the gene pool!
Thanks for telling us about him.
December 26, 2020
Nice article! Enjoyed it a lot.
My wife and i are proud owners of a beautiful Hokkaido Ken lady. She is as wolf-like as most of the breeds mentioned above.
I would suggest to explore all the less known Japanese breeds for everyone who loves wolf-like breeds.
Here’s the list:
– Japanese Akita ( American Akitas are less wolf-like in my opinion)
– Shiba Inu
– Hokkaido Inu
– Kai Ken
– Kishu Ken
– Shikoku Ken
January 4, 2021
Thanks for sharing, Istvan!
December 3, 2020
My dog is a 4 month old Alusky. She is half Alaskan Malamute and half Siberian Husky. Currently, when standing up on her hind legs, she’s almost as tall as me, and I am 5’0. She looks a lot like a wolf, but she is all white.
December 4, 2020
She sounds wonderful, Natalie! Thanks for sharing.
June 20, 2020
My dog is 75% Alaskan Malamute and 25% White German Shepherd and he looks like a wolf. I think crossing Malamutes and Shepherd is a good idea and develope a new breed that is very wolf like. This is a large breed that looks like a wolf better than other dog cross breed.
May 4, 2020
I have a Czech wolfdog had her from 4 months as a Bulgarian rescue (mixbreed appaerntly) had her dna tested (Eastern European breeds which showed 30% wolf, 40% gsd 10% karakachan and 20% village dog
She’s fast, agile, very intelligent and good sniffer dog. She straining well but stubborn. Just had first seAson and temperament defo changed great with kids very clean, moults everywhere and a good guard dog. Unfortunately she is incredibly nervous of strangers and has begun to show aggression to people entering the house. She has been socialised but due to covid19 this is less so atm
She loves water and her job as chief rock collector.
April 25, 2020
We currently own a workline Samoyed. He basically is the fluffball with a lot shorter hair and, if you ignore the tail, looks nearly exactly like a white wolf of legends. His real name is Nimbus, but we like calling him Ghost, ‘caus he’s our own personal (a little less scary) dire wolf.
March 6, 2020
I now have a Doberman/G.Shepard he weighed 97 lbs at 6 mo when l first got him … I wish l had not got him fixed so soon because he is just starting to pee like an adult at 2 and 1/2 yrs..still like a puppy loving play and now 145 lbs… But very athletic loves to rat hunt can jump in air to catch bird…no trespassing of any kind and saved me from crazy the 2 nd day l had him… Was not trained at all when l got him…a bit stubborn, but training well, l would normally start my dogs at birth like my horses…l Handel touch, bath,potty train, collar, toy from birth…they are pad trained and house broke by weaning…
March 2, 2020
I been looking for the last 5 to 6 years for another wolf / malamute female puppy. They are the best, greatest most intelligent creature/ best friend I have ever had . So if you could let me know where I could get me another one . I would so appreciate it more then I could ever Express to you . Please I haven’t had any luck on my own .
February 23, 2020
I have two loyal to the bone akitas that resemble a wolf. My female Japanese akita gave in to me being owner at a small puppy stage but my American male akita challenged me up until 6-7 months of age it started getting quite scary but now he knows whose leader of the pack. Both are every loving, loyal, and protective but still stubborn wolf like animals. I’m surprised akita didn’t make this list, shocker!!
February 13, 2020
I have owned three malemutes still have one. He’s 135 lbs. All of my mails have been wonderful pets. They need exercise but nothing like a husky. All were good with small kids and other non aggressive dogs. I originally was drawn to this breed for their looks, they don’t bark, they don’t smell even when wet. Shedding happens spring and fall good brushing is the answer. Mine have been gentle loving pets. They need firm training but accept consistent rules. A Malamute attracts slot of attention as they be are not a common breed .
February 13, 2020
I bought a wolf dog they said 30%wolf German Shepard husky and other artic dog its alot like they been saying sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t high energy destructive wants to be free but I like him
February 4, 2020
I had a high content wolf/gsd for years, raised from a pup, best dog I evet owned, excellent with my kids wonderful watch dog, and howled at every siren she heard
February 2, 2020
good afternoon like to tell you about my kid… Wapikisoltia was a 135lb Alaskan grey wolf… had her since she was a pup.. she passed away September 2016.. when she was younger I thought she was going to be indoors but the snowfall wapiki was hooked became an outside kid.. where I lived we had a root caller that came with the property made a wonderful dog house with some hay for the winter all the comforts of home.. the only thing is couldn’t dry my wash outside my clothesline was next to her compound they never made it.. lol.. I had to rewash clothes.. ok enough of her.. I be here talking about her all day long.. raising wolves make wonderful pets they r pack oriented they consider ur family pack.. but unless u know the raising and care of a wolf.. just don’t go out and think because it is a wolf easy to care for.. nope.. wapiki wasn’t the only wolf I raised besides her brother lobo who max out at 260.. we use to had wildlife conservation would drop off wolves people had picked upto make a pet out of it and realized they couldn’t handle them.. also like it was stated some areas will not allow them.. and it not just state regulations u have to follow u always have to watch ur neighbors u live around there is a lot negatively against them .. wolves r wonderful animals and hybrids too but in that u need to research that also cause u r looking at there temperament too… in doing so u will find a lifetime and welcome addition to ur family…
January 18, 2020
German Shepherd? What? You could add the Calupoh instead which is a dog that comes from the gray wolf. You should look it up! It’s awesome and it does look like wolf! A real one
January 16, 2020
Yes. My boy was a wolve hybrid. He was mixed with an Alaskan Malamute.
He was loyal, smart and loving. I miss him dearly. I am tired of hearing that wolve hybrids are unpredictable. It’s not true. He was more predictable then my ex-husband. I wish I had him back.
January 14, 2020
I have an elder female Siberian Husky/Grey Wolf mix (75 lb runt of the litter) with all the coloring of the wolf. I’ve owned her since she was a few months old, bought from a guy who was busted a few times for breeding wolf-dogs. The vet had checked her out, saying that she was enough to identify, but not enough were she could be taken from me. This dog not only became my pet, but my medical needs animal, my shadow, my comforter-stealing bedpig. She’s never attacked a child (babies have crawled all over her and pulled ears and tail, and she lets them until she’s had enough, then simply gets up and wanders away). She’s been an amazing guard dog and companion. She’s 15 1/2 years old now, having some health troubles, and age is really catching up to her, but she doesn’t let that slow her down when she plays with her “kitten” (3 yr old half Maine Coon cat).
January 12, 2020
It’s to bad you didn’t know about the American Alsatian, direwolf product.
Lois Schwarz kennels white city Oregon
January 3, 2020
Thank you for the article. Great read. This contained several breeds that I was not familiar with. A little surprised that there is no mention of the Akita Inu or Shiba Inu. Of course DNA similarity does not always equate to “most like” because of other factors. https://www.grunge.com/181098/the-dog-breed-that-is-closest-to-a-wolf/
We have one of each of these breeds. Note the Akita is the Japanese Akita not the more common Americanized version. They both will exhibit that independent side like many mentioned here. Lots of fun stepping out into the Colorado cold to convince them they want to come back inside.
December 30, 2019
I got an Alaskan Malumute without reading up on the breed.. Lol… I already had a Pomeranian and the Malumute pounces on him, tries biting his neck sitting on him and just plain intimidation…
What can I do ??? PLEASE HELP…
December 30, 2019
We’d recommend you start by giving our article about socializing older dogs a read. Try to implement the tips provided there, but if those don’t prove helpful, you’ll likely need to work with a private trainer to help ensure canine harmony. In the meantime, we’d suggest that you keep them separated anytime you can’t supervise them (and keep them separated at all times if you don’t feel like you could intervene quickly enough).
Best of luck!
December 18, 2019
What advice can you give me if I was getting a husky
December 17, 2019
I have a American Indian dog from Song Dog kennels in Oregon. He is a AKC good citizen dog, therapy dog as well. He is the smartest pup, needed a seasoned trainer,me.! I trained service dogs, so had the experience. He loves to run off leash in the woods and has a incredible personality.
December 12, 2019
I found this article very informative and enjoyed the pictures. I have had the good fortune to own two wolf hybrids. Husky/ wolf mixes. They were brother and sister,same parents, different litters. They had totally different personalities. He had the husky look and she the wolf traits and looks.
December 10, 2019
I own a 10 month old grey wolf-hybrid mid content (under 50%) and she is just about the sweetest dog I’ve ever had. I have three kids ages 2-9 that she loves to play with. The only real trait she has from her wolf side is skittishness. She doesn’t take kindly to new adults and will run Away or pee herself when cornered. If you are under 4feet tall she has realized you are more likely to feed her and will quickly become your best friend. She has bonded the closest with my oldest and treats her like one of her pack mates. My two year old chases chases her around the house and they play tag until she has had enough and sits by the back door to go out. All in all I would say with the right temperament and training wolf dogs are one of the most fun breeds I’ve ever raised.
December 9, 2019
I currently own 2 wolf/ malamute I trained them as puppies no matter what u never bite a child, they have never bitten anybody,my babies were born with teeth so it was kinda hard to bottle feed them.They play with my 4 yr old pitt bull she tiny compared to them and I have 2 cats they live with but they still have wildness to them but they are well trained and I love them as they do me.
March 2, 2020
Hello I been looking for a wolf/ malamute female puppy.please text me info where I can get me one please
9705602495. Thank you
November 24, 2019
Wolf dogs are best for a guardian in farm house…
November 2, 2019
You left off my two favorite breeds – Samoyed and Keeshond. Kees have the wolf/spitz aesthetic, but were bred to live on barges, so have minimal exercise needs. They shed a fair amount, but no one is perfect. Bred as companions, they look like wolves with smiles!
November 1, 2019
I have a german shepherd- grey wolf mix. Hes 10 months old now and is almost 80 pounds. I love him to death but hes the worst dog ive ever met!! It was easier to raise a baby (human). Also the smartest dog ive ever met. I have to take him on 2 walks per day minimum just so he doesn’t rip apart my whole house when he gets bored. I just wanna warn everyone that reads this. DO ALOT OF HOMEWORK ON WOLF DOG HYBRIDS BEFORE YOU GET ONE BECAUSE THEY ARE A HANDFULL!! and thats putting it lightly.
January 15, 2020
I agree fully about being a handful! One night are Shepherd we’re having a fit. I went out and there was a Siberian husky puppy trying to get in the yard. Got him some food and water for he was skin n bones. Went out there next morning he was still there, he’s been with us since. So far he’s torn out all my sprinklers, holes all over the yard. He climbs like a cat! There nothing he can’t get in to. One day he chewed up a $300.00 Grate plus the beding in it. We gave him 2 new beds within hours had them chewed up. I gave him a old moving blanket and told him it he tore it up he’d be sleeping on the cold cement! It’s still there by the other dogs beds, which he sleeps on. He’s the most destructive dog I’ve ever had. We’ve got a appointment for him to have his shot and to be neuter. We’ve started training him which he does beautifully. You take him off the leash it like he can’t heard you. We named him Shane but his real name is Satan! He’s finally lets me pet him. Only when he wants me too. Noticed he’s getting jealous of our Black Shepherd pup which is around the same age. He’s really a different dog. Can’t trust him around my cat or kittens I’ve raised from a bottle. Yes, he’s been a handful. Cost us a lot of repairs and not a good Example for my GSD pup. Time will tell if our love will help! Every Morning I say please give me patience ….
October 20, 2019
My husband and I own two pomskys, the new pomeranian/husky designer breed. They topped out at 35 and 45 pounds, look like Alaskan malamute dog you show but with short hair. They have the best temperment ever, loveable, are very intelligent and very trainable with voice and repetition. They love to go on 5 mile hikes with my husband on trails and in the mountains. Both were rattlesnake aversion trained and have saved my husband 4 times from going ahead where a snake was coiled on the side of the trail. They stop and pull him backwards. We just love our boys and they return that affection with lots of pup kisses and tail wagging.
October 21, 2019
That’s great, Linda!
I’m actually quite interested in hearing more about the rattlesnake aversion training.
If you have the time and inclination, drop me an email at Ben(at)K9ofMine.com.
Thanks for reading!
July 1, 2019
June 16, 2019
Really enjoyed the piece on wolf-like breeds, very informative.
June 13, 2019
Top of the list should be the American Alsatian, a new breed being developed in the Dire Wolf Project.
Dire Wolf Project on Facebook:
June 10, 2019
that interesting, the one that looks most like the grey wolf is the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
May 23, 2019
Check out the native american indian dog.
April 23, 2019
Loved your descriptions and plain speaking humor. Very informative. Thank you.
April 13, 2019
You missed tShiba inu which should be first on the list
January 26, 2020
Shibas are a bit small but I was definitely expecting Akitas to be on the list.
April 9, 2019
Great article! Mostly, I was thrilled to know of others having a hankering for African wild dogs in their life.
I had wished to chronical their lives in Tanzania. Anyway, thanks.
April 10, 2019
Glad you liked the article, Carolyn. And yeah — African wild dogs are super cool. 🙂
April 9, 2019
Great article! Mostly, I was thrilled to know of others having a hankering for African wild dogs in their life.
I had wished to chronical their lives in Tanzania. Anyway, thanks.
March 25, 2019
I’d like to know if my dog is part Wolf
February 15, 2019
This was helpful, now I know why my huskies are always howling back and forth in the middle of the night!
January 11, 2019
Ive never owned a wolf dog. But, I knew one. Huskey, shephard and timber wolf mix. He looked exactly like a timber wolf but with brown eyes. He was sweet, playful, like a big puppy. And gentle. He could be some what stubborn, though. And no chain, not even cable, could hold him for long
November 29, 2018
A friend of mine has a Czech wolf dog,female 18months old.
He went fishing and while there she ran away…..this was 5 days ago. I live near the fishing spot and have seen her a few times. I called the owner but she doesn’t go to him,she keeps running. How do we go about getting her? Is there a special method? If anyone can help us please……thank you
December 3, 2018
Regrettably, there isn’t really much you can do. Rule # 1 with most husky-type dogs is NEVER let them off a lead when away from home. Rule #2 is ALWAYS keep dogs of this type in a secure, enclosed and escape-proof yard. Husky type dogs that were acquired as puppies will still take a few years to bond to you well enough to return to you and obey some commands (but only if trained) and even then their nature is a bit capricious, stubborn and independent. Once they are off-lead they tend to wander and run and have a very poor sense of how to return to wherever ‘home’ is. 18 months is still a ‘youngster’, so I fear you will have much difficulty getting your pup back. Good luck, however.
January 9, 2020
Patience is the key sit down let them come to you, stop Softly As you would have child hold a pleasant tone tell a pleasant story, repeat this many times and you will have a positive response on an unexpected visit. You may leave an offering but not each time just as they come closer within four feet you’re welcome 414-793-9078 I can send you a
November 27, 2018
We’re can I get a hybrid wolf puppy.
December 17, 2018
I have one for sale if you are interested
March 2, 2020
I’ve been looking for the last 5 to 6 years for another wolf / malamute female puppy. They are the best, greatest most intelligent creature / best friend I have ever had. So if you could let me know where I could get me another one, I would so appreciate it more then I could ever express to you. Please I haven’t had any luck on my own.
March 5, 2020
I’m interested in a second wolf hybrid. Do you know where I can get one? Thanks.
January 12, 2020
Lois Schwarz kennel.
The direwolf project
White city Oregon
Also on Facebook.
November 5, 2018
I had a very beautiful timber wolf German shepherd mix who I didn’t raise from a pup. But still was very friendly a d patientbwith my son..at that time only 4 and he would ride on her and play.. she never once bit him .she did have fee wild tendencies like going to catch her a live chicken. From my neighbors coop. I had bail her out many times. I’m not sure how old she was when she jumped out the back of her owner’s truck and into our yard but she lived happy with us for 8 more years. Until we learned she was already so far gone with heartworms that we had to let it take its course. She was never aggressive to me…my child or anyone as long she knew we felt ok around them. Greatest dog …wolf or not…that we ever had. RIP Frenchie
October 31, 2018
We gained ownership of this mistreated matted malnourished scrappy 1 year old. We had no idea what she was .She now is in full glory looks beautiful full fluffy Maine browns greys and white and very large powerful muscular neck& chest oh she howls when the phone rings or a child cries and loud bark no need for door bell three feilds down she is a 130lb and the local german germanshepard looks like a pup stood next to her .she very good at herding children and protective of her people and property.very aggressive defender no unwanted visitors here but we would like some visitors lol
October 30, 2018
I have a dog that looks almost exactly like a brown wolf, as far as stature, coat, and posture go. He even howls, and he never barks. But he acts like a snuggly puppy with zero prey drive and his mask is gray where a brown wolf’s would be black. But it’s exactly the same shape as most brown wolves’ masks. People usually ask me if he’s a wolf. His actual breed is unknown.
August 23, 2018
My dad owned two siberian huskies that he got fairly big but only grew up with the girl dog and I was a baby and she was friendly towards me
April 19, 2018
Yes, you are Right J . I want a dog looks like a wolf. I checked out eight of the most wolf-like breeds and it is just awesome. I like “Siberian Husky” the most – it’s so cute! After going through your review on Siberian Huskies, I have come to know they are highly energetic dogs and they love to play and explore. “Alaskan Malamutes” are the most handsome among the big wolf-like dogs. Thank you for all of your hard work! You’ve covered many of wolf-like dog breeds I’ve often wondered about. Hope to see more great stuff from you soon.
February 18, 2018
Well I have a Gerberian Shepsky (GSD/Husky) that many people have said looks like a wolf. So many in fact that my wife purchased a DNA kit and sent it off to be checked. Zero Wolf but 50% GSD and 50% Husky… right down the middle. And he has a somewhat split personality. I have read up on both breeds on the Net and sometimes he is a lot like a Husky and other times a lot like a GSD and other times just his own way. He is not aggressive but he is wary of strangers.
For the most part he is a good, friendly and loving dog.
February 24, 2019
Chuck Taylor – Did you get an expensive DNA kit or a Walmart $39 one? I ask because I have a similar situation. We own a supossed pure bred Husky (no papers) that is not like our other pure bred husky. Yes, similar but we swear dog 2 has wolf – if not a lot of wolf in him. I would like to test but not spend $200. Reading here and other articles it seems almost unlikely he has wolf. But dang if he does not look and have chatacters of. Even our vet assumes he does. For example he is under weight (though fed well) and our vet says, “I am not to concerned because the male wolf does not start gaining weight until after 2”. He is actually just under 2. But he has an awesome personality. Stubborn like the Husky but not as much as our other Husky (who will NEVER come if called (even if she wants to) just to spite you). The dogs history getting to us is intersting, I won’t bore uou but truth be told we are not sure what he is. Gorgeous and great personality though (lover!!!). Our other Husky does too though.
December 4, 2019
We had 2 wolf-hybrids that were like night & day. Male (wacko) was big 125+ fairly good natured. Good with indoor cats, would kill anything outdoors. Our female (keona) was smaller 85lbs, but was wild. She would kill anything. I would tell our 2 sons they were like romulos & remus. They were both good with us, female was tough to have around others. We had them 15 & 9 years respectively. They were truly different. We found out the hardway about zoning. No hybrids. We had just paid off our house and where told we had to get rid of them. Moved them temp. to a friends & sold our house. Reunited with them in new digs & lived out their lives with us happy! They were a hand full. Our oldest son asked when we got the first one why? My reply was cus we’re crazy. He asked if we were crazy with first what about second? Reply, certifable! If you’re up to a challenge, try it. They are unbelievable!
December 20, 2019
Where did you live that wouldn’t allow you to have your dogs?
March 6, 2020
My wife and I are on our sixth malamute (we love the breed) .
A couple of things:
First they are bred for life outdoors in the arctic circle. They tolerate the cold w/o complaint but when summer comes they want to be inside where the ac is, usually right on top of a register.
Next, they remain “puppies for life” and even make up their own games which they will teach you and actually have malamute rules. If you live in a small home you should know that malamute rules occasionally call for couches and chairs to be knocked over. They are big (100 lbs) and EXTREMELY STRONG!
Next: They can scare the b-jeezus out of the neighbors – we had a male years ago and the neighbor had a “labradoodle” that constantly woofed at our dog under a chain link fence and a wooden privacy fence. He got stuck once with a front leg under the chain link and in panic cut his leg trying to pull free. Even tho our malamute was absent on leave, he was blamed for the injuries: “See what he makes our dog do!”
Last (for now): we once ran out of malamutes at our house so we decided (independently) each to surprise the other with a new puppy.
Much to our amazement we ended up with a brother and sister from the same litter, even tho she got the female 70 miles south and I got the brother puppy 15 mi north.
Long story short, they bonded. Tight. Didn’t think they needed to obey us as long as the sibling wasn’t.
I wouldn’t advise littermates…
March 6, 2020
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Big Jake!
Incidentally, this is one of the cutest things I’ve ever read: