Alaskan malamutes and Siberian huskies are two the dog breeds that have strong wolf-like features, and they can be obtained either through reputable and licensed breeders or by adoption. Both Alaskan malamutes and Siberian huskies are officially recognized dog breeds by the American Kennel Club, with the huskies recognized in 1930 and malamutes in 1935.
Alaskan malamutes and Siberian huskies were originally bred as sled dogs for transportation in the perpetually snow covered regions in Siberia and the Arctic. This is why both these breeds require daily exercise to keep them stimulated and occupied. Because they are bred for cold climates, malamutes and huskies tend to shed a lot, which means their coats require special grooming and maintenance. Malamutes and huskies may not be suitable for inexperienced owners.
There is also a controversial practice of breeding wolves with domesticated dog breeds, resulting in a hybrid called wolfdogs. The practice is controversial because some believe that wolfdogs have unpredictable temperament and can be aggressive.
Some dog breeds, however, were bred with actual wolfdog ancestry. The most notable of these dog breeds is perhaps the German Shepherd, which are descendants of a quarter-wolf dog named Hektor Von Grafrath. Other dog breeds that have wolfdog ancestry include the Saarloos wolfdog, Kunming wolfdog, Czechoslovakian wolfdog and the Lupo Italiano.