Basics of Dog Breed: Saarloos Wolfhond

Posted on December 03 2018

Basics of Dog Breed: Saarloos Wolfhond

The Saarloos Wolfhond is a dog of powerful and harmonious constitution, without heaviness. Its members are quite elongated, which gives the impression that it is relatively leggy. In addition to its lupoid-like appearance, it also draws the wolf's gait and attitude, with a light look very characteristic of his ancestor.

Race history

The Saarloos Wolfhond owes its name to the man to whom the paternity of the race is historically attributed . This is  Leendert Saarloos (1884-1969), a Dutch breeder who had the idea of crossing a Siberian-born European wolf with a German Shepherd . After several unsuccessful attempts, he was able to obtain a viable litter during the 1930s, including a male puppy that will serve as a basis for the development of the breed.

Over the selections, the wolf's legacy will take precedence over that of the German Shepherd, so that the dog will prove less fit to work than what was hoped by Leendert Saarloos. The breed was officially recognized in 1975, 6 years after his death. The Saarloos Wolfhond is only very rarely met outside the Netherlands. The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI in 1981.

Physical characteristics

Its hair: changing depending on the season. Undercoat predominant in winter, forming, with the hair cover, abundant fur all over the body. Predominant cover hair during the summer.
Its color: sand or tawny light to dark coal (dress "wolf gray"), sand or fawn light to dark shaded brown (dress "brown forest") or whitish cream (sand) clear to white.
Its head: of construction and dimensions harmonious with respect to the body, the appearance close to the wolf. The skull is flat and broad, but without exaggerated width. The stop is not very marked.
Its ears: triangular in shape, with rounded ends, medium size, thick and attached at eye level. Very active, showing the mood and the
Its eyes: almond shaped, yellow in color, displaying a reserved and reserved expression, but without being fearful.
Its body: longer than tall, with a slender figure, his back straight and strong, the line underneath stretched and slightly raised.
Its tail: thick at its base and well covered with hair, carried straight to almost sword, higher when the dog is awake.

Behavior with others

The Saarloos Wolfhond is a dog animated by great vivacity and considerable energy. He is also very intelligent and independent . The Wolf Wolf of Saarloos is anything but a submissive animal, but that does not prevent him from being attached to his master whom he must identify as the pack leader. He inherited primitive instincts strong enough from the wolf, as his tendency to mistrust and flight to situations he does not know . These specificities mean that the Saarloos Wolfhond is not an excellent watchdog , but he remains a very good companion if he is respected and well educated.


The education of the Wolf Wolf of Saarloos is  delicate because it has retained a significant share of the characteristics of the wolf. His  independence and mistrust do not facilitate his learning , which must be guided by an experienced master. His education must be firm and consistent and his socialization quite advanced.

Living conditions

The Saarloos Wolfhond is definitely not a house dog . Life in an urban setting is much less important than living in the countryside, where he will feel totally at home in a house with a large fenced garden. It is mainly aimed at experienced and active people.


The Saarloos Wolfhond is a dog of primitive and robust type . He does not fear much health, but the race is a little more sensitive than others to certain drugs . Before administering a treatment, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian who has already dealt with the Saarloos Wolfhond.

Maintenance and hygiene

The Wolf Wolf in Saarloos is experiencing a significant moult in late winter and early spring. Outside the moult, it remains very simple to maintain , especially as it ensures its toilet alone.

It is recommended to  brush the dog once a week  outside the moult and every day during it. The  bathrooms are not necessary . They are even discouraged unless the dog is dirty.

Physical activity

The Saarloos Wolfhond needs a lot of freedom of movement and exercise . A long daily outing corresponds to his minimum need.

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