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7 Dogs That Look Like Coyotes: Pictures, History, Facts

Written by: Chantelle Fowler

Last Updated on February 23, 2024 by Dogster Team

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog standing on grass

7 Dogs That Look Like Coyotes: Pictures, History, Facts

While dogs and coyotes are part of the same genus (Canus), there are many differences between the two species. Coyotes have never been domesticated, so they not only have different diets and habits than their domesticated canine counterparts, but their physical attributes are different, too. So, while it may be easy to mistake a dog for a coyote at first glance, it’s important to know that they’re two wildly different animals.

However, if you’re hoping to one day adopt a dog that looks like a coyote, you’re in luck. There are a handful of breeds that can look nearly identical to coyotes, so come along with us as we take a look at the seven most coyote-like dog breeds.

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How Are Dog Breeds That Look Like Coyotes Classified?

Wild Heritage

Most dogs with a coyote-like appearance have some degree of wolfdog in their heritage. Wolfdogs are those produced by mating a domestic dog with a gray, eastern, red, or Ethiopian wolf.


Dogs and coyotes can share many of the same physical attributes, including coat color (brownish, gray, black, or blonde), eye color, and size. Coyotes have thick coats with an undercoat that grows thicker in cooler weather, just like many dog breeds.

The 7 Dog Breeds That Look Like Coyotes

1. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog standing outdoor
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Origin: Czechoslovakia
Height: 24 to 26 inches
Temperament: Dominant, independent, loyal, energetic

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a breed of wolfdog first developed in Czechoslovakia (modern-day Czech Republic and Slovakia) in the 1950s by crossing a Carpathian Grey Wolf with a German Shepherd. The Czech Wolfdog is a working dog with great stamina and high energy levels. They may have aggressive tendencies toward smaller animals. Training can be challenging as these dogs generally lose motivation and grow tired quickly of repetitive exercises.

2. Saarloos Wolfdog

saarloos wolfdog standing on rocks
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Origin: Netherlands
Height: 24 to 30 inches
Temperament: Lively, independent, reserved, aloof

The Saarloos Wolfdog is a cross of a German Shepherd and a Siberian grey wolf. They originated in the Netherlands in the 1930s and were eventually further crossed with German Shepherds to give us the Saarloos Wolf Dogs we know today. Despite continually being evolved with German Shepherds, DNA studies from 2015 show that this breed has more genetic associations with the grey wolf than other breeds. The Saarloos Wolfdog is highly devoted to their humans, forming very tight bonds with them.

3. Utonagan

Utonagan dog standing in snow
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Origin: England
Height: 23 to 28 inches
Temperament: Intelligent, friendly, alert, active

The Utonagan is a relatively new breed, first developed in the 1980s by a breeder looking to create a dog that looked like a wolf but had the well-tempered attitude of a domesticated dog. The breed is a cross of several similar-looking breeds, including the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, and German Shepherd, among others. Though they don’t have wolf blood like some of the other coyote-like breeds we’re looking at today, they have similar sizing and facial structures to coyotes.

4. Tamaskan

Tamaskan dog standing on sand
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Origin: Finland
Height: 24 to 28 inches
Temperament: Intelligent, alert, friendly, outgoing

The Tamaskan was selectively bred with arctic breeds like Alaskan Huskies, Canadian Eskimo Dogs, and Labrador Huskies to resemble a wolf. The breed founders were members of Utonagan societies but believed that that breed was becoming too closely related to each other. They set out to create genetic diversity, using working husky crosses from Finland to develop the Tamaskan.

5. Kugsha

Origin: United States
Height: 20 to 27 inches
Temperament: Hyper intelligent, independent

The rare Kugsha is a Spitz-type dog with a coyote-like head shape, size, coloring, and coat. These dogs are not yet recognized by any kennel club, so not much is known about their origins or personality. They are believed to be part wolf and part Malamute.

6. Siberian Husky

siberian husky dog standing on grass
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Origin: Siberia
Height: 20 to 23.5 inches
Temperament: Independent, playful, active, powerful

Siberian Huskies are working sled dogs that are easily recognizable thanks to their thick coat, distinctive markings, and coyote-like faces. The breed originated in Siberia for both sled pulling and companionship. The modern Siberian Husky is typically kept as a house pet, with many redeeming personality traits that make them great for families.

7. Coydog

Origin: Mexico
Height: 22 to 27 inches
Temperament: Independent, aloof, unsocial, fearful

The Coydog, as you may have been able to guess by its name, is a hybrid between a female domestic dog and a male coyote. These dogs are much rarer than you might think, as they aren’t particularly playful or outgoing. They require a firm and confident pack leader, and even then, they may not grow to be well-rounded pets. Fun fact: A female coyote mixed with a male domestic dog is known as a Dogote.

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