Although all the dogs descend from the wolf, the truth is that there are some races that have maintained the appearance of their predecessor. That's why in this article we tell you what are the dogs that look like wolves. A similarity that is not necessarily genetic or ancestral, but is related to the different crosses.
What are the dogs that look like wolves?
With a common ancestor, wolves and dogs are more than close relatives. It is the same species that has been "divided" for centuries. One part remained wild and the other domesticated. With the passage of time, those trained by man crossed each other, and today we have about 800 different dog breeds.
Although the differences are visible in terms of size, snout, ears or fur, there are also dogs that look like wolves. Which are? The following:
As its name suggests, it is a wolf-dog combination made by man in hatcheries. There are even three sub-races according to the genetic percentage contributed by the wild animal (less than 49%, between 50 and 75%, and more than 75%). It is a "hybrid" animal that is banned in many countries, but which, for example, in the United States is chosen as a pet. Instead of barking, howls or growls.
2. Alaskan Malamute
It is one of the oldest breeds of dog that exists and were bred in the Arctic area to drag sleds. It is similar to the Siberian Husky, but its eyes are not clear. It is a dog resistant to low temperatures, noble, loyal and hardworking. With long, large, sturdy hair and a wide, deep head, the Alaskan Malamute is quite calm and sociable.
It is one of the dogs that resemble wolves longevity (can reach live 20 years) due to its genetic purity. Originally from Finland, it is a cross between the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky. It looks really imposing, and its appearance makes us think twice before deciding whether it is a canine or a wolf cub. It measures 70 cm at the withers and weighs 40 kg (adult males). It is used from the beginning to pull sleds and as a working dog in the snow.
4. Czechoslovakian Wolf Dog
With his name we can define it quite. It is a fairly new breed, more precisely from 1955, when the German Shepherd crossed with the European Wolf. This hybrid has the temperament, the training capacity and the mentality of the first together with the resistance, the strength and the physical of the second. It looks a lot like the Wolf of the Carpathians, can live up to 16 years and usually suffer from hip dysplasia.
5. Siberian Husky
Among the dogs that look like wolves, the Siberian is one of the most famous. Of great build (although smaller than the Malamute), it can measure 60 cm at the withers and weigh 30 kg. The thick fur allows it to withstand the adverse climates of northern Russia. It is necessary to brush periodically to eliminate dead hair. He prefers to live in a pack (like wolves) and can not stand loneliness. Although not very obedient, the Siberian Husky is very affectionate, cordial and active (needs a good dose of exercise every day).
To create this wolf-like dog, three breeds were crossed: German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky. The result is an animal that has not yet been recognized by any official club, of British origin, and whose name comes from a traditional story of the Amerindian tribes Chinook, which means "spirit of wolf." It is a fairly large pet (76 cm tall and 42 kg in weight) that gets along well with children and can live up to 15 years.
Other breeds of dogs that look like wolves are: Canadian Eskimo or Qimmiq, German Shepherd, Wolf Dog of Saarloos (Holland) and Samoyed (Russia).
Source of the main image: SCMW.