Saarloos Wolfhound

The Saarloos Wolfdog is a breed of dog created in the Netherlands that combines the appearance of the wolf with a more manageable temperament. They are characterized by being loyal, independent and reserved dogs.

General details

The breed has a strong constitution and usually weighs approximately 45 kilograms. The height in males is between 65 and 75 centimeters, and in females between 60 and 70 centimeters. The average life expectancy of the Saarloos Wolfdog is approximately 10 to 12 years. They belong to Group 1 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes shepherd dogs and cattle dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).

Breed history in brief

The Saarloos Wolfdog is a breed of dog created by Leendert Saarloos in the Netherlands in the 20th century. Through selective crosses between European wolves and German Shepherds, Saarloos sought to combine the appearance and characteristics of the wolf with a more manageable temperament for human coexistence. After decades of selective breeding, he succeeded in establishing the Saarloos Wolfdog breed, which was officially recognized in 1975. Today, the breed has gained popularity as a pet and also in working roles such as tracking, rescue and service, although it is not suitable for all owners due to its specific needs.

Breed characteristics

The Saarloos Wolfdog is a strongly built dog that physically resembles a wolf. It has a balanced build with long limbs but without the appearance of excessively long limbs. The head should be wedge-shaped, the eyes are yellow, almond-shaped and slightly slanting. The ears are of medium size, erect and triangular. The tail is broad, set slightly low and carried sabre-shaped or almost straight, reaching at least to the hocks. The coat varies with the seasons. In winter, the coat is abundant and is characterized by a distinctive collar on the neck. During the summer, the hair of the outer coat predominates. Coat colors range from light to dark shades, with the tip of the coat being black or brown. The Saarloos Wolfdog is an energetic and lively dog that can be reserved and avoid contact with strangers. This breed shows a proud and independent character, but they are also loyal and show great devotion and devotion to their owner.

Common health problems

Information on the most common diseases in the Saarloos Wolfdog breed is very limited. Even so, it is likely to be predisposed to some of the most common disorders in dogs such as hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, epilepsy and volvulo-gastric dilatation.

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