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11 Best Wolfdog Breeds

Updated on January 6, 2018

The Wolf-dog or Wolf Hybrid dogs

The wolfdog breeds (Wolf hybrid dogs)
The wolfdog breeds (Wolf hybrid dogs) | Source

Wolf Dogs

The wolf-dog is created by cross breeding between, wolf and the domestic dog, they are also known as wolf dog or wolf hybrids. But according to some breeders “Wolf hybrid” is not the correct term, because the term hybrid refers the cross between two different species, whether wolves and dogs, both belongs to same species “Canis lupus”, they recommend the term "Wolf Hybrid dogs".

Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog
Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog

If you are looking for a strong, intelligent and uncommon dog that look like a wolf, then wolf dogs are good choice. But they are not suggested for everyone, even they are restricted or banned in many countries. If you are living in apartment or family with small kids and not an experienced owner then wolf dog is not suggested, they need lot of exercise and calories to burn. And sometimes they reveal unpredictable nature also and not reliable with small pets and kids.

11 Wolf dogs (Wolf hybrid dog), that look like wolves
11 Wolf dogs (Wolf hybrid dog), that look like wolves | Source

But if you are an experienced dog owner and looking for a stronger dog with higher levels of energy and stamina. Then wolf dogs are the best choice, read this article to help decide which one would be the best fit for you.

1. Saarloos Wolfhond

Saarloos Wolfhond or Saarloos Wolfdog
Saarloos Wolfhond or Saarloos Wolfdog | Source

The Saarloos Wolfhound dog breed was developed by the, Dutch breeder Leendert Saarloos. He developed them by crossbreeding between a male German Shepherd Dog with a female European Wolf, to get better working dogs. The Saarloos Wolfhound, were first recognised by the Dutch Kennel Club, in 1975.

The Saarloos Wolfhound dogs are strong, energetic and intelligent dogs that have wolf-like expressions, powerful neck, broad head, and long legs. They have lots of stamina and needs a lot of daily exercise.

Physical traits and characteristics of Saarloos Wolfhond

Wolf hybrid dogs
Wolf hybrid dogs | Source

Physical traits

 
Male
Female
Height
25 to 30 inches
23 to 28 inches
Weight
69 to 90 pounds
45 to 74 pounds
Life Span
10 - 12 years
10 - 12 years

Breed info. and characteristics

  • Breeder: Dutch Breeder, Leender Saarloos
  • Native/Originated from: Germany
  • Breed development and recognition:
    1935: First dog of this breed was developed.
    1975: Got recognized by the Dutch Kennel Club
    1990: Late 19's, they got recognized by the most of major kennel clubs
  • Category: Working dog
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Strong, energetic, active, very high stamina and speed, aloof, high separation anxiety, high pack leader tendency.

2. Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog

Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog
Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog | Source

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a newly developed breed that is developed by mixing between German Shepherds and Carpathian wolves. This breed was developed to make a dog with the strength and stamina of a wolf with the temperament and intelligence of the German shepherd.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog looks like a wolf with amber eyes, and erect triangle-shaped ears and yellow- to silver-grey coat. In comparison with other wolf dogs they are friendly and social. But they are aloof to strangers and As such, it's really important to socialize the dog.

Physical traits and characteristics of of Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog

Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog
Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog | Source

Physical traits

 
Male
Female
Height
26 to 28 inches
24 to 26 inches
Weight
54 to 60 pounds
44 to 54 pounds
Life Span
13 - 16 years
13 - 16 years

Breed info. and characteristics

  • Breeder: Karel Hartl
  • Native/Originated from: Czechoslovakia, Slovakia
  • Breed development and recognition: Development started in year 1955 in Czechoslovakia and first dog of this breed was born on born on 26 May 1958.
  • Category: Herding
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Lively, Fearless, Courageous, Sociable, Active, Quick.

3. Utonagan (or Northern Inuit Dog)

Utonagan (or Northern Inuit Dog)
Utonagan (or Northern Inuit Dog) | Source

Utonagans were bred in England with the aim of producing a wolf-like dog. They are a mix of three dogs-the Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky. They got their breed name from a tale passed on by, where Utonagan translates to "spirit of the wolf" and are also known as the Northern Inuit dog.

The Multi-talented Utonagans are easily trainable and can be taught to do any number of tasks. They are the most friendly and playful dogs and tend to get along well with everyone. They are also fairly energetic and require significant exercise and not recommended for apartment dwellers and do best in houses with a high-fenced yard.

Physical traits and characteristics of Northern Inuit Dog

Northern Inuit Dogs
Northern Inuit Dogs | Source

Physical traits

 
Male
Female
Height
23 to 28 inches
23 to 25 inches
Weight
65 to 90 pounds
55 to 80 pounds
Life Span
12-15 years
12-15 years

Breed info. and characteristics

  • Breeder: Edwina Harrison
  • Native/Originated from: United Kingdom
  • Breed development and recognition: in 1980
  • Category: Working/Companion
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Gentle, loyal, companion, friendly

4. The Hierran Wolfdog

The Hierran Wolfdog or Perro Lobo Herreño
The Hierran Wolfdog or Perro Lobo Herreño | Source

The Hierran Wolfdog is an ancient dog breed has a presence since the 15th century, and also known as "Lobito" or "perro lobo". Though their breed history and development is not known, but it is believed they have Wolfdog ancestry. Hierran Wolfdog is a healthy and athletic dog with strong endurance that is a faithful dog to the owner, but wary of strangers. They were best utilized in their native place, Canary Islands (Spain) by local shepherds for herding job.

Physical traits of Hierran Wolfdog

The Hierran Wolfdog or Perro Lobo Herreño
The Hierran Wolfdog or Perro Lobo Herreño | Source

Physical traits

 
Male
Female
Height
Avg. 21.5 Inches
Avg 22.6 inches
Weight
40 to 48.5 pounds
40 to 48.5 pounds
Life Span
12-14 years
12-14 years

Breed info and characteristics

  • Breeder: Naturally developed ancient dog
  • Native/Originated from: Island of El Hierro, in the Canary Islands (Spain).
  • Breed development and recognition: in 15th century
  • Category: Working/Shepherds
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Robust, strongly built, loyal, very active and alert dogs

5. Kunming Wolfdog or Chinese wolfdog

Kunming Wolfdog or Chinese wolfdog
Kunming Wolfdog or Chinese wolfdog | Source

The Kunming Wolfdog, also commonly known as the Kunming dog or Chinese wolf-dog, developed from china. They were developed by mixing between German Shepherd and some Wolfdogs. The aim of developing this breed was to develop a military assistant dog to perform a variety of tasks for the Chinese military. Initially they were trained to work as fire dogs and rescue dogs, but nowadays they are also used as family dogs.

Physical traits and characteristics of Kunming Wolfdog

Kunming Wolfdog or Chinese wolfdog
Kunming Wolfdog or Chinese wolfdog | Source

Physical traits

Height
25 - 27 inches
Weight
66 -84 pounds
Life Span
12-14 years

Breed info and characteristics

  • Breeder: Developed by Chinese dog breeders on demand of Chinese military
  • Native/Originated from: China
  • Breed development and recognition: early 1950s, and the Chinese Public Security Bureau officially recognized the Kunming Dog as a breed in 1988.
  • Category: Working
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Strong, sturdy, extremely intelligent, self-assured, curious and willingness to learn

6. Lupo Italiano

Lupo Italiano
Lupo Italiano | Source

The Italian Wolfdog or Lupo Italiano is also known as Italian wolf dog, they are large dogs that are created by crossing between a female Apennine wolf and a male German Shepherd. The breed was developed by Dr. Mario Messi, to create a true working dog with strength and intelligence of the wolf and friendly with humans. They make an excellent search and rescue dog, and being used by Italian police for sniffing out drugs and explosives.

Physical traits of Lupo Italiano

Physical traits of Lupo Italiano
Physical traits of Lupo Italiano | Source

Physical traits

 
Male
Female
Height
24-28 inches
23-26 inches
Weight
70 - 90 pounds
70 - 90 pounds
Life Span
Up to 16 years
Up to 16 years

Breed info and characteristics

  • Breeder/Developed by: Mario Messi
  • Native/Originated from: Italy
  • Breed development and recognition: in 1966
  • Category: Working
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Sturdy body, strong abdomen, well-built, aloof and shy dogs

7. Galician Celtic Wolfdog or Can de Palleiro

Galician Celtic Wolfdog or Can de Palleiro
Galician Celtic Wolfdog or Can de Palleiro | Source

Can de Palleiro dogs be Spanish wolf-dog that is also known as, Galician Shepherd Dog, Galician Celtic Wolfdog, Galician Palleiro. They have the bloodline of native dogs of Galicia that were brought by the Galicians. They are medium to large, which are strong, naturally healthy and intelligent dogs. But they are introduced to endangered and have a risk of extinction.

Physical traits of Can de Palleiro

Physical traits of Can de Palleiro
Physical traits of Can de Palleiro | Source

Physical traits

 
Male
Female
Height
24-28 inches
23-26 inches
Weight
66 to 83 pounds
55 to 73 pounds
Life Span
~11+ Years
~11+ Years

Breed info and characteristics

  • Breeder/Developed by: Naturally developed
  • Native/Originated from: Galicia (Spain)
  • Breed development and recognition: Recognized as a separate breed since, 1897
  • Category: Working
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Protective, loyal, strong, active and intelligent dogs

8. Shikoku dog or Japanese Wolfdog

Shikoku dog or Japanese Wolfdog
Shikoku dog or Japanese Wolfdog | Source

The Shikoku is an ancient dog of hunting dog from Japan, developed from the Island of Shikoku from where they got their name. They were developed to hunt deer and bore and are also known as deer-hound in Japan or Japanese wolf dog. Shikoku Dogs are very active and athletic dogs and need a moderate amount of exercise. Also, they need a dominant owner otherwise they have a tendency to become dominant and aggressive. They are reserved with strangers and doesn’t welcome other pets.

Physical traits of Shikoku or Japanese Wolfdog

Shikoku dog or Japanese Wolfdog
Shikoku dog or Japanese Wolfdog | Source

Physical traits

 
Male
Female
Height
19.5 to 21 inches
17 to 19.5 inches
Weight
35 to 55 pounds
35 to 55 pounds
Life Span
10 -12 years
10 - 12 years

Breed info and characteristics

  • Breeder/Developed by: Primitive Japanese breed
  • Native/Originated from: Island of Shikoku, Japan
  • Breed development and recognition:
  • Category: Working/Hunting companion
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Alert, active, and sturdy dogs that are reserved and aloof

9. Tamaskan Dog

Tamaskan Dog
Tamaskan Dog | Source

Tamaskans are a very new breed, bred to look like wolves, which are recognized by the American Kennel Club only in 2013. They are developed by breeding between Husky, German shepherd, and Czechoslovakian wolfdogs. Because they're so new, they're quite rare with only 600 certified Tamaskans in the world.

They're very smart, easily trainable and highly social dogs, which are good with children and other pets. but because they have wolf bloodline ancestory, they share some wolf like instincts like, they need quite a bit of exercise and can turn destructive if they don't get enough physical stimulation. Also. they shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time.

Physical traits and Characteristics of Tamaskan Dog

 Tamaskan Dog
Tamaskan Dog | Source

Physical traits

 
Male
Female
Height
25 to 33 inches
24 to 28 inches
Weight
55 to 85 pounds
65 to 95 pounds
Life Span
14 – 15 years
14 – 15 years

Breed info and characteristics

  • Breeder/Developed by: NA
  • Native/Originated from: Finland
  • Breed development and recognition: November 2013
  • Category: Working
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Strong, athletic, Intelligent, Obedient, Agile and friendly

10. Australian Dingo

Australian Dingo
Australian Dingo | Source

Australian Dingos are the wild dogs from Australia, they are well described as a wolf in the form of a dog. Their origin is not clear, but many experts believe they are the primitive type dogs bought in Australia from Asian countries and possibly they mixed with wolves and created Dingo. They live in packs in wild and depends on the hunt, they even eat dead animal meat also. They are naturally healthy, athletic and sturdy dogs, even they are wild animals, but they are friendly animals and make a good pet.

Physical traits of Dingo dogs

Physical traits of Dingo dogs
Physical traits of Dingo dogs | Source

Physical traits

Height
20 to 27 inches
 
Weight
28 to 46 pounds
 
Life Span
10 - 14 years
 

Breed info and characteristics

  • Breeder/Developed by: Naturally developed
  • Native/Originated from: Australia
  • Breed development and recognition: NA
  • Category: Wild dog
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Strong, athletic, Intelligent dogs

11. Wolamute (Alaskan Wolf Dog)

Wolamute (Alaskan Wolf Dog)
Wolamute (Alaskan Wolf Dog) | Source

The Wolamute is a wolf hybrid dog, developed by crossing between Alaskan malamute and Timber wolf (Also known as Gray Wolf). This is an intelligent, powerful, sturdy dog that has wolf like appearance and physical traits. They are relatively new breed and available in USA and Canada only. But this breed is not recognized by any major kennel club and this dog doesn't have any set breed standard.

Physical traits and characteristics of Wolamute (Alaskan Wolf Dog)

Wolamute (Alaskan Wolf Dog)
Wolamute (Alaskan Wolf Dog) | Source

Physical traits

Height
26 to 33 inches
 
Weight
60 to 110 pounds
 
Life Span
NA
 

Breed info and characteristics

  • Breeder/Developed by: NA
  • Native/Originated from: America
  • Breed development and recognition: Yet not recognized by most of the major kennels
  • Category: Working
  • Characteristic and Temperament: Strong, Intelligent, Obedient, Agile and devoted

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      ARADHYA 3 months ago

      @LadySweets

      You have all the rare dog breeds, I would love to know about, the Timber wolf and Border collie mix and Timber wolf with Red nose American pitbull terriers. Their characteristics / behavior and pictures.

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      LadySweets 3 months ago

      I have 11 wolf hybrids 10 Labrador,Timber Wolf,Red-Nose American Pittbull,Border Collie mixed puppies and their mom Lady Sweets who is Red-Nose American Pitbull,Border Collie and Timber Wolf mix

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      ARADHYA 3 months ago

      Thanks Linda C.!

      Most of these dogs are new breeds and less known.

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      Linda Crampton 3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the education. I only knew three of the breeds in your list. I'm glad I learned about the rest.

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      ARADHYA 3 months ago

      Definitely, They are excellent but yes they are not for all.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 3 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      These dogs are super gorgeous!

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