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Saarloos Wolfdog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Saarloos Wolfdog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany Netherlands
Other Names
What other names does the Saarloos Wolfdog have? The dog breed also known as...
Saarloos Wolfhound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Saarloos Wolfdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Saarloos Wolfdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Price
How much does the Saarloos Wolfdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Saarloos Wolfdog price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Saarloos Wolfdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Saarloos Wolfdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Saarloos Wolfdog gets to a happy place.

History

The Saarloos Wolfdog’s origins are exactly known because there are many documentations and records about the breeds development process. The Saarloos Wolfdog was created in 1935 by a Dutch dog breeder named Leendert Saarloos. His intention was to develop a breed that is heathy and strong, and that will be capable to work diligently as a service dog, working for the police forces and of being used as seeing-eyes dogs.

The breeding process started with a cross between a male German Shepherd named Gerard van Fransenum, a respected specimen of the breed, whose ancestors served in the First World War, crossed with a female European wolf called Fleur from the Rotterdam Zoo. The first litter was produced in 1936, nonetheless records suggest that presumably all of the puppies died from that batch, due to an infectious disease, such as distemper. In spite of this initial failure, Mr. Saarloos preserved, and over the next few years, he managed to produce multiple successful litters using the specific close inbreeding method. In order to stabilize the breed, and make it more of a companion one, he introduced more German Shepherds to the process. Then, Mr. Saarloos bred the offspring back to their sire, and with that gene pool, he developed the Saarloos Wolfdog we know today. Originally, he had chosen Europese Wolfhond as the official name for this hybrid breed, yet later the dogs were renamed after their creator, in his honour. At first, Mr. Saarloos was quite dissatisfied with the results, for the reason being that most of the dogs’ personalities and behaviour was far from desirable. Many of them was shy, required a lot of attention and training, moreover the dogs possessed a little desire to attack making them unreliable.

Over the next few decades, from the 1940s, the Saarloos Wolfdog got to the edge of extinction on multiple occasions. For example, one instance happened in 1950. Most of the kennels that Mr. Saarloos ran, had suffered a hit by a disease outbreak, from which just few of the dogs survived. Throughout his career, Mr. Saarloos always seek out the possibility to get the breed recognized by the major kennel clubs and authorities, yet, unfortunately, he was rejected constantly by the government bodies, due to the fact that the breeds specimens were not homogenous regarding their looks, physique and behaviour. After his death in 1969, the Saarloos Wolfdog eventually got registered by the Dutch Kennel Club, in 1975 and also by the UKC (United Kennel Club), in 2006, the same time as their breed standard was completely finalized.

There are recent genetic studies made by biologists, confirming that the is a presence of wolf DNA within the breeds gene pool; interestingly the Saarloos Wolfdog possesses more wolf genes than any other dog breed in the world. The breed is still in rarity, they are somewhat known in the United States and in their native land, the Netherlands, but they remained largely unknown in the rest of the world. Moreover, Saarloos Wolfdog puppies can be quite difficult to come by and very expensive.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Saarloos Wolfdog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Saarloos Wolfdog weigh? Saarloos Wolfdog weight:
79-90 pounds (36-41 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Saarloos Wolfdog? Saarloos Wolfdog average weight:
84.5 pounds (38.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Saarloos Wolfdog? Saarloos Wolfdog height:
24-29.5 inches (60-75 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Saarloos Wolfdog average height:
24-29.5 inches (67.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Saarloos Wolfdog have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Saarloos Wolfdog's coat?
Blue WhiteTanSilverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Saarloos Wolfdog and how often?
Easy to groom: The Saarloos Wolfdog doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Saarloos Wolfdog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Saarloos Wolfhound? Saarloos Wolfdog shedding level:
Saarloos Wolfdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Saarloos Wolfdog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
DevotedIndependentProudEnergeticLivelyReliable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Saarloos Wolfdog? Are they intelligent?
Average: Saarloos Wolfdog's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Saarloos Wolfdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Saarloos Wolfdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Saarloos Wolfdog sensitivity:
Saarloos Wolfdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Saarloos Wolfhound need? Saarloos Wolfdog social needs:
Saarloos Wolfdogs are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Saarloos Wolfhound bark?
Average: The Saarloos Wolfdog barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Saarloos Wolfdog good as a watchdog?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Saarloos Wolfdog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Saarloos Wolfdogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Saarloos Wolfdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Saarloos Wolfhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Saarloos Wolfdog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Saarloos Wolfdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Saarloos Wolfdog do?
Saarloos Wolfdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Saarloos Wolfdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Saarloos Wolfdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Saarloos Wolfdog roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Saarloos Wolfdog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Saarloos Wolfdog have high prey drive?
Saarloos Wolfdogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Saarloos Wolfdogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Saarloos Wolfdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Saarloos Wolfdogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Saarloos Wolfdogs handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.
Fighting Dog
Where Saarloos Wolfdog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Saarloos Wolfdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Saarloos Wolfdog and children:
Saarloos Wolfdogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Saarloos Wolfdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Saarloos Wolfdogs good office dogs? Do Saarloos Wolfdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Saarloos Wolfdogs be office dogs?
No
Saarloos Wolfdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Saarloos Wolfhound temperament with senior people? Are Saarloos Wolfdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Saarloos Wolfdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Saarloos Wolfdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Saarloos Wolfdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Saarloos Wolfdog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Saarloos Wolfdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Saarloos Wolfdog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Saarloos Wolfdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Saarloos Wolfdog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Saarloos Wolfdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Saarloos Wolfdog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Saarloos Wolfdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Saarloos Wolfdog be a boat dog?
Not really
Saarloos Wolfdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Saarloos Wolfdog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Saarloos Wolfdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs have health problems?
Saarloos Wolfdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Saarloos Wolfdog be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Saarloos Wolfdog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Saarloos Wolfdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Saarloos Wolfdog have?
Saarloos Wolfdogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Saarloos Wolfdog dogs require per day?
Saarloos Wolfdogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Saarloos Wolfdogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Saarloos Wolfdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Saarloos Wolfdog risk for obesity:
Average. The Saarloos Wolfdog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Saarloos Wolfdog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Saarloos Wolfdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Saarloos Wolfdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Saarloos Wolfdog drool?
The Saarloos Wolfdog is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Saarloos Wolfdog could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Saarloos Wolfdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Saarloos Wolfdog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Saarloos Wolfdog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Saarloos Wolfdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Saarloos Wolfdog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Saarloos Wolfdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Saarloos Wolfdog

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Saarloos Wolfdog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Saarloos Wolfdog is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Saarloos Wolfdogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Saarloos Wolfdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Saarloos Wolfdogs handle alone time quite well.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Saarloos Wolfdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Saarloos Wolfdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Saarloos Wolfdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Saarloos Wolfdog is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Saarloos Wolfdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Saarloos Wolfdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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