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The Saarloos Wolfdog, a wolf in a dog's body

A wolf in a dog's body is what characterizes the Saarloos Wolfdog. This wild, powerful and muscular looking breed impresses by its physique. Beyond that, it is a trustworthy and faithful animal that plays its role as a companion dog wonderfully.

Characteristics of the Saarloos Wolfdog

The Saarlos Wolfdog is a large, tall, leggy animal that is especially distinguished by its powerful bones, yet without any heaviness. It has an imposing, muscular and harmonious body and measures between 60 and 70 cm for females and 65 to 75 cm for males with a weight of 30 to 45 kg depending on the sex. This breed resembling the wolf develops a broad and flat skull with a harmonious size and constitution in comparison to the body.

The almond-shaped eyes are yellow in color, a characteristic that recalls that of the wild animal. His gaze is reserved, attentive, but without fear. The ears are triangular and have rounded tips. They are placed at eye level. In addition, the Saarlos Wolfdog reveals a beautiful coat that can have different colors: light beige, gray, white, dark brown ... The coat depends on the seasons. In summer, the top coat is denser. And in winter, it is the undercoat which is more important and becomes abundant with the top coat.

History of the Saarloos Wolfdog breed

The Saarlos Wolfdog was born in the Netherlands under the impulse of the breeder Lendeert Saarloos. He wanted the domestic dog to regain its natural characteristics. He then decided to cross a European wolf with his German Shepherd Dog. The first results were a failure since the descendants of the couple died in turn. Then finally, one specimen resisted and it was from there that reproduction began. In 1975, the breed was recognized by the Dutch Kennel Club. The International Canine Federation (FCI) officially recognized the Saarlos Wolfdog in 1981.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Saarloos Wolfdog

Having no attacking instinct, the Saarlos Wolfdog cannot take on the role of defense and hunting dog. He will rather be a companion dog affectionate towards his masters and a great hugger. They are independent and reserved especially towards strangers. However, he is very tolerant of children and remains sociable towards his fellow dogs. He also has an active and energetic nature and adapts himself to sporting masters. In addition, it is a dog with a strong capacity of observation and a sharp intelligence. As he is at the same time very distrustful, independent and a bit stubborn, his education remains complicated.

Diet and main health problems of the Saarloos Wolfdog

The Saarlos Wolfdog is known for its robustness. It is a dog that rarely gets sick. However, he is not spared from certain hereditary diseases such as hip dysplasia, dwarfism, eye diseases or degenerative myelopathy. He needs a preferably natural diet based on bones, raw meat, fruit and cereals.