Dog breeds: Saarloos Wolf Dog

Dog breeds: Saarloos Wolf Dog

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Holland.
F.C.I classification: Group 1 - shepherd dogs and cattle dogs (excluding Swiss cattle dogs).

The Saarloos Wolfdog (Saarloos Wolfhound) originated from the mating between a she-wolf and a "German Shepherd", made by Leendert Saarloos in 1923. With the repetition of the cross I came to get 28 puppies, of these only three were deemed suitable to become the official progenitors of the new breed. L. Saarloos managed to activate a careful selection of the most characteristic subjects and, given his excellent knowledge of genetics, in the meantime he also indulged in creating new crossings, for example that between a "Spitz" and a Jackal. After years of selection he obtained genetically stable specimens. It is a breed that has only recently had its international recognition. Its breed standard was officially approved in 1981. In the 1970s, this breed became known as the Dutch civil protection rescue dog. The official recognition of the breed has contributed a lot to make the breed known and to increase people's interest in this dog.

The breed was imported into Italy by Mr. Papini Carlo in 1996, and the first breeding recognized in our country was that of Mrs. Sara Rosa Dioguardi, with the Fossombrone affix, already known for other breeds.
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General aspect

Morphologically classified as Lupoid types. It is a tonic dog, covered with hard and erect stick-shaped hairs. Its skeleton is oval and powerful, it must never be heavy. Harmoniously built breed, which has rather long limbs, but without giving the impression of being a dog disproportionate in the vertical sense. Males are easily distinguished from females by their evident sexual dimorphism and movement. The dog gives the impression of being an intelligent dog and attentive to everything.
The breed aesthetically possesses many features of its wolf ancestor.


His behavior is casual and extremely independent. This way of behaving is one of the characteristic traits of his personality. He is considered a highly skilled dog. He is very cautious and also very fond of the master. In front of strangers he shows reserve but not nervousness. He loves to take long walks with his master. It requires being in the open air daily and doing a lot of motion.

Saarloos Wolf Dog - Champion Giulia Dolce de Louba-Tar - age in the photo 20 months

Saarloos Wolfdog - Giulia Dolce de Louba-Tar - young female of Saarloos Wolfhound


- males between 65 and 75 cm
- females between 60 and 70 cm.

Trunk: the total length of the trunk slightly exceeds the height at the withers. The back is straight and massive, the muscular loins and the rump, which is slightly inclined, is not too narrow. The sternum, broad and with well-circled ribs, no longer descends down the elbows.
Head and muzzle: must be lipoid and in harmony with the size of the body. The skull is broad and flat and has a slight convexity between the ears. It gradually becomes wedge-shaped towards the eyes. Equally the lateral faces of the skull are flat and the cheeks are not salient. The occipital crest should not be detected. The muzzle must not end at the tip. The lips are tightly closed and do not overlap.
Truffle: with large and strong nostrils, they can be black or red-brown in color, according to the color of the coat.
Teeth: sharp, complete and powerful teeth.
Neck: dry, muscular and gradually widens by inserting itself into the trunk.
Ears: erect, medium-sized, have a broad base and end almost pointy. They are fleshy, covered with fur even inside and attached a little obliquely.
Eyes: almond-shaped, medium-sized, slightly slanted, they are preferably golden yellow in color. The gaze is attentive and reserved but not shy.
Limbs: straight limbs and with pronounced angles. The central foot pad is very elastic. A slight left-handedness is allowed. Very muscular hindquarters with normal angle. A slight vaccination is admitted.
Shoulder: the shoulder blades are long, angled and close to the trunk.
Pace: rather fast in the gallop. Cool and loose.
Musculature: rather well developed.
Tail: it is attached at the bottom. In a state of rest it takes the form of a saber. Not too mobile, it is carried high when the animal is in action and intimidating.
Hair: composed of a strong and woolly undercoat and covering hair, with a characteristic stick shape, very resistant which, around the neck, form an evident collar.
Allowed colors: they can range from light black to dark wolf gray, from light brown to dark dead leaf color and from very light cream to white. Other colors are not allowed. In the wolf gray specimens, the truffle must be black and in the white ones the black truffle is always preferred, but flesh-colored is also allowed.
Most common defects: drooping ears, tail with a rigid hook, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, open foot, high attacked tail, incorrect movement, defective rear end, underdeveloped muscle masses, shy character, fearful or aggressive behavior.

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Video: LARGE NORWEGIAN WOLVES - BITE, FIGHT u0026 FLIGHT (September 2021).