A Wild Experience
Shepherd dogs and Huskies are the closest in characteristics to wolves. Thus, it is like owning a wolf in a dog's body!
Wolves are the ancestors of dogs. Both these animals appear to be quite similar in the looks department. But it seems like some breeds have taken this fact a bit too seriously. The following paragraphs list the names of those breeds that resemble wolves a little too much; so much so that it can lead to confusion at times.
Wolves are giant animals. Despite their lineage, all these dogs have been domesticated and raised by people for generations. They have many purposes in life, but most of them are working animals. Despite their large sizes, they make the best of pets. Read on to know more about these 'wolfy' pooches.
This pooch is the first among the list of wolf-like dog breeds. Also known as the Tamaskan Husky or Tam, this breed originated in Finland, and is a working dog. It is not a thoroughbred, but a combination of the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and other Husky-like dogs. It is a thorough family-oriented breed that loves kids and needs company. It is intelligent and always high on energy, needing a good amount of exercise.
It is not a huge dog, but it isn't exactly small either. Its wolfish appearance is due to its long muzzle, pointed ears, and bushy fur and tail. It is usually gray in color, mixed with black or red, and has eyes in varying shades of brown.
This Siberian native is both a working dog and a family dog. This breed has been regularly used in sledding. Don't go by its wolfish looks, it is loving, playful, friendly, patient and loyal (Except for being a guard or watchdog). He is smart too. Training is easy, but that won't stop the dog from giving you a hard time. The Siberian Husky has a wolf-like face, dark or blue eyes, and various coat colors and patterns.
Be assertive, be the pack leader, be consistent, be nice, be respectful, and this pooch will do whatever you want it to.
Mal, Mally, Alaskan Malamute, call it what you want. The Malamute breed was first used by Alaskan eskimos for sledding. It is a working breed that is commonly used for pulling sleds. Although a wonderful family dog, it has boundless energy and needs an active bunch of people around. It is a complete sweetheart that will love its family to no end. Loyal, friendly, and social, it is good around kids.
It can experience separation anxiety and boredom if left alone, which can have undesirable consequences. This dog generally has a high-set tail, and a thick coat that may either be completely white, or black and white, gray and white, red and gray, or red.
Also known as Lapinkoira, the Finnish Lapphund originated in Finland. This dog is very fluffy and really cute. Although it is very loving, friendly, loyal, playful, quiet, courageous, and pretty smart, it is not known to be very good around small kids. It belongs to the herding and working group, and is very easy to train. Its intelligence gives it the ability to follow commands and learn new ones quite easily. It has beautiful, expressive eyes and pointy ears.
Its fluffy coat comes in black, brown, tan, cream, and many more colors and patterns. The insulating coat helps keep the dog warm in cold weather.
Also called the NI dog, the Inuit is not a thoroughbred, but rather a cross between various Huskies, the Alaskan Malamute, and the German Shepherd. It is currently an unrecognized breed. It was developed in England in the 1980s. It is an active working dog that requires a fair amount of exercise. Although it is friendly, it is not very family-oriented, as it likes being independent. It is highly intelligent and requires an owner who won't fall for its tricks.
First-time dog owners should not opt for this breed. This dog looks almost exactly like a wolf, with a black, gray, white, or sable coat, and a very wolfy face.
Canadian Eskimo Dog
Also known as the Qimmiq or Canadian Husky, this dog is a native of Canada. It used to be a very popular sled dog, but with advancements in technology, its requirement and consequently its numbers are declining. It is a very courageous, hardy, loyal, and alert breed. It tends to become emotionally close to its owners, and is quite affectionate. It is a medium-sized breed with wolf-like features, a thick, dense, and soft double coat, and pointed ears.
There is no specification in coat color or pattern. And yes, it loves both barking and playing in the cold weather.
Also known as Shiba, this cute doggy is Japanese at heart. It was originally used as a hunting dog in areas where there was thick undergrowth. This dog is loving, friendly, and very loyal. It is also quite brave and alert. It makes for a good watchdog and an excellent companion. It is very intelligent and easily trainable. It requires regular grooming as it sheds quite a bit. This dog is high on energy and requires a walk every day.
It has upright ears, a wolfy face, dark eyes, and a double coat. The coat colors can vary from black and tan to red, cream, or gray.
This dog is a cuteness overload. It is also called smiley because its mouth curves upward, making the dog look perpetually happy. This breed originated in Russia and is a working dog. It can herd, pull weights, hike, and basically loves to keep busy. It is a useless watchdog as it is just too sweet! It loves people and is quite friendly, gentle, and affectionate. However, it needs early socializing. It has a very fluffy and thick coat that requires regular grooming as it sheds.
Coat colors are white, yellow, light brown, and cream. Remember that if you have a Samoyed as a pet, keep it occupied. A bored dog equals destruction!
This big dog is quite ancient, and was present in the Arctic regions since time immemorial. Nowadays, though, it is not that commonly found. This is basically a pack dog and loves to keep working. It is very loyal and affectionate towards its owner, but is also very independent. It needs to have a job to do. It requires regular exercise, and a consistent and assertive owner.
It needs to know that its human parent is the pack leader. It is a tall and powerful dog that has pointed ears, sturdy legs, and a thick coat. The tail is very thick and bushy, and the dog has feathering on its legs.
Also called the Slovak wolfdog, this handsome dog originated in Czechoslovakia. It is a working dog that is quite friendly, playful, active, courageous, alert, and loyal. It is independent yet loves to be with its owner. It needs an assertive owner who will let the dog know the hierarchy of the pack. It needs a lot of exercise which involves daily walks or jogs. It requires a lot of space to move around, and is unsuitable for apartments.
It has a medium-length, thick coat that is typically gray mixed with silver or cream. It is good for places where the climate is cold.
Some More Wolfies!
Lapponian Herder, Utonagan, Saarloos Wolfdog, Shikoku Inu, Canaan Dog, American Tundra, Shepherd, Hokkaido Inu, West Siberian Laika, Shiloh Shepherd, American Eskimo Dog.
These were the dog breeds that look a lot like wolves. It is sad that many times, these dogs are killed as they are mistaken for wolves. The reality is that these pooches are very gentle and loving creatures that just happen to look a lot like their ancestors!