Dogs have all descended from wild canines, such as wolves, but most breeds have had their more wild features eliminated through many generations of domestication and breeding. However, in the past few years, wolf-dogs have become more popular, in part because of hit TV shows like "Game of Thrones," which feature fictional species of wolves.
The Most Wolf-Like Dogs
If you’ve always wanted to answer the call of the wild and are interested in wolf-dog breeds, you may be interested in the types of dog most closely related to a wolf. These wolf-like dog breeds include:
- Alaskan malamute.This arctic breed is made for pulling heavy loads of cargo and has a thick, pale coat. The malamute is the most wolf-like dog when it comes to appearance. These dogs are loyal and great with people. They are also clever, hard workers and are used to harsh weather conditions, just like actual wolves. If you want a wolf-like dog and can handle the temperament and work involved with an Alaskan malamute, this might be the dog for you.
- Shiba Inu. This Japanese breed dates back to before the 19th century and is considered an attractive, loyal dog. Some Shiba Inu dogs, specifically those with brown and white fur, do seem to resemble the wolf.
- Chow chow. This Chinese dog is considered to be one of the oldest breeds of dog, and many think these dogs may be a direct descendant of wolves or may share some genetics with wolves. Chow Chows are shaggy, medium dogs who are very intelligent and make excellent guardians.
- Akita. This Japanese breed is the same size and sometimes has the same coloring as a wolf. Like the wolf, the Akita has heavy bones and a large, shaggy head. It is an intelligent dog and is territorial.
Should You Get a Wolf-Like Dog?
It can be tempting to choose a dog who looks like they would be at home in a wild forest. Before you pick your furbaby, though, consider why you want a dog that looks like a wolf. Are you prepared for the dog’s temperament and the work involved? Many breeds that are most like wolves have strong personalities and may require an experienced dog person.
While a certain dog may look great, keep in mind you’re entering into a long-term relationship. Choose a dog in terms of personality and your ability to work together. If that means a wolf-like pup, make sure you get good obedience training together and learn to work as a team. Starting lessons early ensures your furry friend knows you’re the leader of the pack.