Top 10 Dogs That Look Like Wolves
1. Black Labrador Retriever – Northern Inuit Dog
The black Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in North America. They are very intelligent and loyal pets.
They have a friendly nature and love attention from their owners. These dogs make great companions for families with children or adults that need someone to take care of them all day long.
2. Siberian Husky – Arctic Wolfdog
Siberian huskies are the best known breed of dog in Russia. They are extremely powerful and strong animals that can weigh up to 300 pounds!
Their fur is thick and glossy, making them stand out from other dogs. They are very intelligent and obedient. The Siberian husky’s coat is black with white markings along its body, legs, tail, ears and paws. Its eyes are grayish brown.
3. Greenland Skua – Polar Bear Dog
Greenland skuas are very smart and affectionate animals that can live up to 25 years old. They have a large head, big round eyes, a short muzzle and dark colored coats with spots around their necks.
They have a distinctive call which sounds like “Gruh Gruh”. They are very social animals and stick together in groups or packs when they are out and about.
4. Tamaskan Dog – Wolfdog
The Tamaskan Dog is a strong, powerful dog that looks a lot like an ancient wolf. It has a rectangular shaped head with pointy ears and a long, slender body with well-developed muscles.
The coat of the Tamaskan Dog is very thick and can be black, dark red, brown or white. They can grow up to 30 inches tall and weigh as much as 75 pounds. This dog is one of the best animals to have around children because it is very friendly and playful.
5. Dogo Argentino – Grey Wolf
The Dogo Argentino is a large, muscular breed of dog that loves to run long distances in wide open spaces. It has a strong, rectangular shaped head with a broad forehead, big round eyes, a short muzzle and a black nose.
The body is slightly longer than it is tall and it has a strong jaw that comes equipped with large teeth. The Dogo Argentino can weigh up to 150 pounds and stand as tall as 32 inches. It has a short, smooth coat that can be grey, brown or brindle.
6. Akita Inu – Alaskan Wolf
The Akita Inu is a large breed of dog that was originally bred in Japan over 1,000 years ago. It has a distinct white coat that masks all of its skin and fur.
The fur around the neck forms into thick curls, giving it a mane. Its eyes are usually dark but in some cases they can be blue or yellow. The head is large, with a broad forehead, small eyes, strong jaws and a pronounced stop. This dog stands 24-27 inches at the shoulder and can weigh as much as 130 pounds.
7. Otterhound – Albino Wolf
The otterhound is a very old breed of dog that is originally from the island of Great Britain. Its name comes from its original purpose, to hunt water mammals like European Otters.
This dog has a large head, a strong body with broad back and well-developed muscles. The otterhound’s coat is made up of waterproof, thick fur that traps air between hairs to keep the animal warm when it dives underwater. It also has a large, slightly crooked nose that helps it to breath when underwater.
8. Mudi – Sheepdog
The Mudi is a small breed of dog that originates in Hungary. It has a distinctive, sturdy body with well-developed muscles and a thick, stiff, water repellent coat.
The coat can be either black or brown, with or without white markings on the chest and tips of the paws. It has a wedge-shaped head with small, V-shaped ears and dark eyes. The Mudi is an energetic, playful animal that barks a lot but is very obedient when trained.
9. Elkhound – Gray Wolf
Elkhounds are very strong animals that have thick, water repellent coats, strong jaws and powerful necks. They were originally bred in Norway as hunting dogs, to chase down and grip the necks of elk and other large prey.
The Elkhound has a very intelligent expression and stands 23-27 inches at the shoulder, with males weighing as much as 45,5 pounds.
10. Norwegian Elkhound – Gray Wolf
The Norwegian Elkhound is a very old breed of dog that was used for hunting Elk in Norway. It has large paws that act like snowshoes to keep its body perpendicular to the ground, no matter what the conditions.
This dog can weigh anywhere between 55 and 71 pounds and stands 22-24 inches tall. It has a thick coat that is both water repellent and weatherproof, made up of a combination of stiff, thick hairs and wooly hairs.
11. Finnish Spitz – Gray Wolf
The Finnish Spitz is an active dog with a very strong hunting instinct. It has a small, triangular head with large ears that help to radiate excess body heat when the animal is active.
It has a thick coat that is used to protect it from the cold weather, and can be fawn, wolf gray, black or white. The breed originally came from Finland, via the Sami People. The breed almost became extinct in the 20th century but has made a comeback since then.
12. Estrela Mountain Dog – Caucasian Wolf
The Estrela Mountain Dog is an agile dog with strong paws that give it good grip on the mountainside. It is a strong animal with a thick, weatherproof coat, that is fawn, black or gray in color.
The breed’s name comes from the Estrela Mountains in Portugal and has been used for many years to protect flock of sheep from predators. It also has great endurance and can travel large distances without difficulty.
13. Norwegian Buhund – Mutt
The Norwegian Buhund is an agile breed of dog that has strong instincts to chase animals. It is very friendly towards its owners but is wary of strangers.
The Buhund has a thick double coat that is weather resistant and comes in a variety of colors, including black, brown, white, red and yellow. It was bred in Norway as a general purpose farm dog and has strong hunting instincts.
14. Black Russian Terrier – WILD FOX
The Black Russian Terrier is a large, powerful dog that has strong instincts to dig and chase. It has a short, shiny black coat with strongly developed muscles.
The breed has a very serious nature and is generally not regarded as suited to children. It was originally bred in the Soviet Union during the Cold War as a guard dog for military installations.
15. Belgian Shepherd – WILD CHEESE
The Belgian Shepherd is a large, powerful dog bred to herd sheep and other livestock. It has a strong instinct to chase and bite and needs a lot of exercise to stay happy and healthy.
It was originally bred in Belgium as a multi-purpose farm dog and was used widely across Europe for herding, rescuing downed soldiers from no man’s land, wartime search and rescue, among many other things. It has a very healthy appetite and can eat a lot, but it is a poor guard dog and will happily welcome strangers.
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