A popular trend with dog owners is to find dogs that look like other animals. While some dog breeds naturally resemble other animals—like wolves and foxes—others are more catlike and resemble leopards, tigers, or even lions. Some are groomed or dyed to look like other animals. Some naturally look like lions. As with any dog, these breeds each have their own characteristics and should be studied carefully before any purchase or adoption. An animal cannot be judged exclusively by its fur coat!

1. Tibetan mastiff

Tibetan mastiffs are ancient domesticated dogs. They are large, strong, and powerful. Their traditional purpose was to protect livestock and help with herding. Tibetan mastiffs look like lions, which makes them one of the most sought-after pets in parts of Asia and Europe. Tibetan mastiffs are courageous, fearless, tempered, and intelligent dogs who are very loyal to their human families. However, they are not very friendly toward other pets and strangers. Along with that, they are stubborn, strong-willed, and dominant. They need a lot of physical exercises and a daily walk.

Tibetan mastiff compared to a lion.

2.Chow chow

This is an aloof, reserved, bold, and proud-looking dog. They originated in the arid steppes of northern China and Mongolia, though some people believe they came from the Siberian regions of Asia. Chow dogs are also known as the tang quan, or the “dog of the tang empire.” chows can be aloof or quite aggressive with strangers.

Chow chow and a lion.
Chow chow and a lion.
Chow chow and a lion.

3.Nepali mountain dog

Brown Nepali mountain dog

They are very friendly, intelligent and make excellent guard dogs. Are also known as a Himalayan sheepdog or Pahari kukur. Like their ancestor, the Tibetan mastiff, they also need a lot of outdoor exercises. Nepali mountain dogs are ancestors of Tibetan mastiffs. They are native to Nepal but are also found in some parts of India, Pakistan, and Bhutan. Though they are known as herding dogs, they also used as working or companion dogs. They are also dominant and territorial dogs and not suitable for apartment living.

Nepali mountain dog versus a lion

4.Indigenous mastiff (himalayan guard dog)

Himalayan guard dogs.

They are courageous warriors, who are known to fight until death. A full-grown male Himalayan mastiff is capable of taking down two wolves by himself. They have long, dry, double-coated fur and available in black, black with tan, red, dark grey, or grey-black. Their long coat and broad muzzle give them their lion-like look. These dogs can be located in the Ladakh region of Himalaya. Himalayan mastiffs are native Indian dogs from the Himalayan regions and are thus also known as Himalayan guard dogs.  They have an intimidating and aggressive look, but they are calm and lovable and love to please their masters and his family. Though they are friendly and gentle dogs, if something goes wrong they can be very ferocious.

Indigenous mastiff.
Indigenous mastiff vs. lion.

5.Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundlands are obedient and responsive dogs. They are good swimmers, strong, and sturdy. This strong and big dog breed was created and groomed as a working dog, basically to use for pulling nets for fishermen and hauling wood from the forest. Newfoundlands are giant and gentle water dogs from Newfoundland, Canada. Newfoundlands make good family pets and usually, they are good with strangers and children.

Brown Newfoundland.
Tan Newfoundland dog and lion.
Newfie and lions.
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