The wild beauty of wolves has inspired tales as old as the founding of Rome, legends of shapeshifters, and modern hits like Game of Thrones. What’s more, wolves are the ancestors of every dog breed from the toy poodle to the Great Dane. Despite their beauty and legendary status, however, wolves should never be pets. They’re wild animals first and foremost.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have a wolf-like dog at home. While many breeds (say, Chihuahuas) don’t look much like the enigmatic predator of their past, these dogs that look like wolves sure do. Prepare to fall in love with eleven breeds that still bear a striking resemblance to their wolf ancestors.
11. Czechoslovakian Vlcak
The wolf-like appearance of Czechoslovakian vlcaks, or CSVs, is no coincidence. This breed began with an experiment crossing a German shepherd with a Carpathian wolf during the 1950s. Intended to combine the best qualities of a wolf with the characteristics of a domestic dog, these experiments eventually gave us the Czechoslovakian wolfdog or Czechoslovakian vlcak.
CSVs were popular as border patrol dogs in the beginning, but their intelligent and independent nature has made them excellent candidates for other work. They find joy in everything from herding to search and rescue.
Coming in at close to 50 pounds and 24 inches tall, this wolfdog’s endless energy can make them a challenge to train. Because of this, they do best with experienced owners and require plenty of stimulation.