I’m in a similar situation myself. I’ve only looked into Tamaskans a little more than I’ve looked into Utonagans and I definitely prefer them to the latter, but I haven’t made a solid decision yet about what would do best in my home. The breed I’ve looked into the most is the Northern Inuit Dog, the breed used in Game of Thrones as their “Dire Wolves”, though they’re not super wolfy, they just have a look and personality that I enjoy. I’ve put a lot of thought towards a GSD/husky mix as well but the prey drives coming with the husky make me a bit nervous. There are tons of homes with huskies and cats that do just fine but that doesn’t make it any less risky… Also, same goes for their looks, they don’t really appear all that wolfy to me(lots of people think they do though) but I think they are very beautiful dogs.
Honestly, I’m torn between a NID and a shepherd/husky mix so those would be my recommendations! (some people really like the Utonagans but they don’t look wolfy at all to me and they’re waaaayy too fluffy for me, I prefer medium to short coats.)
Female Norther Inuit Dogs from the same breeder I linked above and here as well:
And a couple pretty GSD/husky mixes: