The Saarloos Wolfdog is a Dutch breed that developed from a wolf and a German Shepherd through human intervention. Not bred for any particular purpose, this dog is known for their large, fluffy looks and loyal nature. Saarloos Wolfdogs have a relatively large stature and an athletic body. They have a large, wolf-like head with wide, triangular ears, almond-eyes, a broad muzzle, and a stocky neck and shoulders. Their feet and chest are strong, while the furry, straight tail hangs downwards.
|Other Names||Saarloos, Saarloos Wolf Dog, Saarloos Wolfhond (Dutch), Saarloos Wolfhound, European Wolfdog|
|Coat||Long, short, dense, smooth|
|Colors||Wolf gray (most standard), wolf brown, red, white (uncommon)|
|Group (of Breed)||Hybrid|
|Weight||79-90 pounds (full grown male/female)|
|Height (Size)||Large; 24-30 inches|
|Personality Traits||Loyal, shy, active, independent, social, lively|
|Good with Children||No|
|Good with Pets||No|
|Good for New/First-time Owners||No|
|Shedding||Once a year|
|Climatic Conditions||Well adapted to cold weather|
|Litter Size||4-6 puppies at a time|
|Country of Origin||Germany; The Netherlands|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||UKC, FCI, DRA, ACA, ACR, APRI, CKC, NKC
Breed Standards (UKC)
Interestingly, the Saarloos Wolfdog was not bred to serve any particular purpose or for work, but to create a strong and hardy household companion.
It was back in 1932 that a breeder from the Netherlands, Leendert Saarloos, after whom the dog got its name, mated a captive female European wolf (from the Rotterdam Zoo) with a male German Shepherd dog (AKA Alsatian).
The resultant issue was then made to pair with the sire. The pairing gave birth to the first line of the Saarloose Wolfdog, which the creator initially named as the European Wolfdog. The dog retained its old name even after the death of Sarloos, until in 1975, the Dutch Kennel Club while giving recognition to this breed, renamed it as the Saarloose Wolfdog to honor its creator. On July 1, 2006, the Saarloos Wolfdog got recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC).
The Saarloose wolfdogs are lively animals, extremely reliable and devoted to their family members. They have a natural urge to roam around which is necessary to release their excess energy. They have a wolf-like trait of being shy and avoiding unknown situations. They might not be too good with kids if not socialized from a very early age. Suspicious of strangers, the Sarloos makes an excellent watchdog. They wouldn’t hesitate to start barking aloud the moment they find an unknown face close to its territory or just find something suspicious. This dog is not suitable for apartment living.
Like other ‘large’-category dogs, 3-4 cups of kibbles (including brunch and dinner) per day is recommended for the Saarloos.