10 Dog Breeds Closely Related To Wolves

Despite its appearance, the Shih Tzu is genetically closely related to wolves, with origins dating back to ancient China.

Shih Tzu

This lapdog from China, with royal history, is surprisingly close to its ancestral roots.


Hailing from Russia, the Samoyed retains a primitive look and purpose, used for sledding and herding.


Originating around 4,000 years ago in Tibet, this breed is genetically close to wolves, despite its watchdog role.

Lhasa Apso

This Tibetan breed, existing for over 2,000 years, maintains a connection to its wild ancestry.

Tibetan Terrier

An ancient sighthound from the Middle East, Salukis have a genetic resemblance to wolves, dating back to 10,000 BC.


Also an ancient sighthound, Afghan Hounds have retained genetic similarities to wolves.

Afghan Hound

This northern breed, used for sledding, resembles its wild ancestors both in appearance and genetics.

Siberian Husky

Despite its unique appearance, the Shar-Pei has genes closely related to wolves and has roots dating back to 206 BC.


A hunting dog from Africa known for yodeling, the Basenji has a genetic connection to its wild ancestors.


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