19 Existing Dog Breeds That Closely Resemble Wolves

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The Kugsha is a dog breed that is bigger than a husky but not quite as large as an Alaskan malamute. They tend to have a high energy level and need a lot of outdoor exercise.


Samoyed is a very popular dog breed. These dogs are known to be great with kids. They may not resemble wolves as much as the other dogs on this list, but one look at that signature “sammy smile” and you are sure to fall in love. Because of their friendly nature, a Samoyed makes a poor guard dog and aggressive behavior is hardly ever noticed with this breed.

Greenland Dog

The Greenland dog is a perfect working dog and can be used for anything such as hunting or herding. They need to be constantly working as they become destructive if bored.

Seppala Siberian Sleddog

This rare working dog breed is affectionate and hardworking at the same time. Like many dog breeds on this list, they do require a lot of exercise and should be active at all times.

Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai is a spitz-type dog that strongly resembles a smaller wolf. They are so tiny they weigh between 9.9 and 15 lbs and are easy to take care of. They come in three recognized color varieties: black and white, gray and white, or red and white.


The Shikoku inu is a Japanese dog native to the island it was named after. They are smart, courageous, loyal, and energetic medium-sized dogs that enjoy the outdoors.

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