What dog breed is genetically closest to wolves?

Asked By: Kale Stark
Date created: Thu, Apr 22, 2021 2:12 PM
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Dog Breeds Closely Related to Wolves

  • Afghan Hound.
  • Alaskan Malamute.
  • Siberian Husky.
  • Shih Tzu.
  • Pekingese.
  • Lhasa Apso. Another hard to believe breed is the Lhasa Apso.
  • Shiba Inu. This Japanese breed may be small, but it is also very similar to the ancient wolf ancestors.
  • Chow Chow. The Chow Chow is very similar looking to the wild ancestors of wolves.
Answered By: Camylle Altenwerth
Date created: Fri, Apr 23, 2021 4:15 PM
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Dog Breeds Closely Related to Wolves

  • Afghan Hound.
  • Alaskan Malamute.
  • Siberian Husky.
  • Shih Tzu.
  • Pekingese.
  • Lhasa Apso. Another hard to believe breed is the Lhasa Apso.
  • Shiba Inu. This Japanese breed may be small, but it is also very similar to the ancient wolf ancestors.
  • Chow Chow. The Chow Chow is very similar looking to the wild ancestors of wolves.
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They found that the four dogs closest to their wolf ancestors are the Shiba Inu, chow chow, Akita and the Alaskan malamute.

However, this study was done on 85 breeds.

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Although wolf-like in appearance, huskies are no more closely related to wolves than poodles and bulldogs are. While they're all dogs, some huskies may be crossed with wolves, producing a wolf hybrid. That's an entirely different animal from a purebred Siberian husky or its cousin, the Alaskan Malamute.
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Instead, genetic analyses tell us that all dogs are the same species, Tseng said.

But, by those standards, dogs and gray wolves (Canis lupus) are also the same species, as the two share most of the same genes.

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Although wolf-like in appearance, huskies are no more closely related to wolves than poodles and bulldogs are. While they're all dogs, some huskies may be crossed with wolves, producing a wolf hybrid. That's an entirely different animal from a purebred Siberian husky or its cousin, the Alaskan Malamute.
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Although wolf-like in appearance, huskies are no more closely related to wolves than poodles and bulldogs are. While they're all dogs, some huskies may be crossed with wolves, producing a wolf hybrid. That's an entirely different animal from a purebred Siberian husky or its cousin, the Alaskan Malamute.
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National Geographic – Shiba Inu is Most Wolflike.

The chart states that the Shiba Inu breed is genetically closest to the wolf.

Chow Chow and Akita came in second and third, Malamute 4th.

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