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Breed Organization
United Kennel Club
Native Country
Other Names
Saarloos Wolfdog
Life Expectancy
Approximately 10-12 Years
Litter Size
No Information Available
Breed Group
FCI Cattledogs
Breed Appearance
The Saarloos wolfdog is a fairly large dog. It is an athletic dog in build, with medium bone, and a strong and muscular body. They move lightly on their feet and have an elegant march. Its coat is short and dense, providing good protection from the weather. There are 3 colors: wolf-grey, red and white. Because the wolf-grey genes are dominant, this is the most common color. Genes for white color are recessive, making this uncommon although this color is accepted. The Saarloos has wolf-like expressions, as well as a wolf-like head.

Breed Description
Head: Wolflike, well-balanced in relation to the rest of the body. Wide, flat skull. Slight stop. Broad muzzle. Black or liver nose, depending on the color of the coat. Tight-lipped jaws.
Ears: Medium size. Thick, pointed, held erect.
Eyes: Medium size, almond. Preferably yellow color.
Body: Powerful. Slightly longer than tall. Smooth, muscular neck. Ribs well sprung. Powerful, muscular rump. Slightly sloped croup. Straight, massive back.
Tail: At rest, carried in the shape of a saber.
Hair: Harsh and straight (in the shape of a baton). Thick, wooly undercoat.
Coat: Light to dark black (wolf gray), light to dark brown, cream to white. Any other color is a disqualification.
Size: Dog: 65 to 75 cm. (25.6-29.5 in).Bitch: 60 to 70 cm (23.6-27.5 in).
Weight: 30 to 35 kg (66-77 lb).

Around 1930 in Rotterdam, L. Saarloos crossed a German Shepherd with a Russian wolf in an attempt to increase the German Shepherd’s endurance and hardiness. In 1975, the Saarloos Wolfhond was recognized in the Netherlands. In 1981, the FCI officially recognized the breed. The Saarloos Wolfhond is rare outside its country of origin.

This attentive, affectionate dog is reserved toward strangers. When with other dogs, his pack instinct is still strong. Independent and stubborn, this dog needs a handler capable of dominating him mentally without resorting to physical blows. It is vital to socialize this dog well during the first two years of his life.

The Saarlooswolfhond Association is very strict in its requirements against hip dysplasia, spondylosis of the spine and other health and temperament problems. Casual breeding is discouraged.

The Saarloos Wolfhond is not suited for urban life. Even in the country, he needs regular walks. The coat does not require any special care.

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