Here you will find a list of popular dog breeds that have an appearance very similar to that of a wolf. These dogs, with the exception of the Saarloos Wolfhound, do not have recent wild blood in their heritage.

Photo by Julia Ballarin

Alaskan Malamute

Origin: Alaska (United States)
Colors: White, black and white, wolf gray, wolf sable, red
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Extensive
Grooming: Twice a week
Trainability: A bit difficult to train
Combativeness: Tends to be dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Likes to howl

Image credit: Elżbieta Wojtko

Saarloos Wolfdog

Origin: Netherlands
Colors: Black, tan, red, white, silver, or blue
Size: Extra large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Regular
Grooming: Once a week
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog-aggressive
Noise: Not a barker



Photo by Bigsteeve

Shikoku Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: Sesame, black and tan, cream
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Weekly
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Tends to be somewhat dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Not a barker


Photo by © Cinawa

Siberian Husky

Origin: Siberia
Colors: Black and white, copper-red and white, grey and white, pure white
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: A lot of daily exercise needed
Grooming: Little
Trainability: A bit difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Likes to howl

An active, energetic and resilient breed.


Photo by © Teresa McMobley

Canaan Dog

Origin: Israel
Colors: Solid black, brown, white, or patched
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Very easy to train
Combativeness: Can be a bit dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Average barker


Photo credit: Wikimedia

Hokkaido Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: Red, white, black, sesame, brindle, fawn
Size: Medium to large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Tends to be dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Average barker


Image credit: K&S

Samoyed

Origin: Northwest Russia
Colors: White, cream, buscuit
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Extensive
Trainability: A bit difficult to train
Combativeness: Can be slightly dog-aggressive
Noise: Likes to bark


Photo by iamhenry

Shiba Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: Red, black, tan, sesame
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice (but confident)
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Can be a bit dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Not a barker



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