Saarloos Wolfdog Dog Breed Facts & Information

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The Saarlos wolfdog is a fascinating breed that's descended from a cross between a dog and a wolf. It's a large breed that can weigh up to 100 pounds. The breed was essentially started by Dutch breeder Leendert Saarloos, who cross-bred a male German shepherd with a female wolf.

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The Basics

The Saarloos wolfdog is a large breed descended from a wolf-dog hybrid. Males stand 65-75 centimeters at the withers, while females stand 60-70 centimeters. The Saarlos wolfdog can weigh up to 100 pounds. Its expected lifespan is not well-documented but is estimated to be about 8-12 years, like most large dogs.

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The History

Dutch breeder Leendert Saarlos was a lover of German shepherds in the early 1900s. However, Saarlos felt that dogs had become too domesticated, and wanted to breed their "natural" qualities back into them, with the goal of producing a better working dog. Saarlos cross-bred a male German shepherd with a female wolf, producing a litter of pups with 1/4 wolf blood. This breed, called the European Wolfsdog, was, in fact, not a good working dog at all, being too independent and wolf-like. Eventually, this breed's descendants became known as the Saarlos wolfdog.


The Personality

Saarlos wolfdogs are as energetic as they are independent. They have boundless energy and love to be active. They tend to be extremely loyal to their owners and might have some reservation with strangers. They can be somewhat willful and need training when they're quite young, to ensure obedience.

The Appearance

Saarlos wolfdogs look quite a bit like a wolf. They have a large, muscular build, with triangular ears, a long snout, and long hair. They have long legs and large paws, and a broad chest. Their coat tends to be a combination of gray, brown, and black. Males stand 65-75 centimeters at the withers, with females standing a slightly smaller 60-70 centimeters at the withers. They typically weigh 80 to 100 pounds.


Saarlos wolfdog essential facts

  • Personality: Active, energetic, independent
  • Energy Level: High
  • Trainability: Trainable, but needs a lot of training early in life
  • Good with Children: Needs supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Needs supervision
  • Shedding: Sheds regularly
  • Grooming: Groom regularly
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Height: Males: 65-75 centimeters at the withers, females: 60-70 centimeters at the withers
  • Weight: 80 - 100 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 years

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