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Saarlooswolfhond – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 79 to 90 pounds
Height: 24 to 29½ inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Medium to High
Compatibility to other pets: Low

Adopt a Saarlooswolfhond, Dog Breed Guide


The Saarlooswolfhond is famously called the Saarloos Wolf Dog outside The Netherlands.

Official Name



Date – 1921
Country – The Netherlands
Family / Group – Herding

Recognized By:
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.


The Saarlooswolfhond is a dog breed that originates in The Netherlands and started being developed as a different and more trainable breed from the German Shepherd Dog. The pioneer breed by a Dutch named Mr. Leendert Saarloos and this breed was named in his honor.

Mr. Saarloos started the breed’s development by crossing the German Shepherd dog with a wolf. A diligent and a very selective breeding program that underwent decades of studies and experiments were done to successfully produce the perfect specimen. The program only saw success when Mr. Saarloos used the Canadian Timber Wolf to cross with the German Shepherd dog. The initial program used the Carpathian Wolf to cross with the GSD, producing various genetic disorders. The result of the Canadiant Timber Wolf and GSD cross is a highly trainable dog that can adapt to urban life. It is also believed to be more responsive compared to the Czech Wolfdog breed, also a product of a domesticated dog to wolf crosses. In 1975, several years after Mr. Saarloos’s death, the Saarlooswolfhond was recognized as a separate and distinct breed.

Today it is recognized as a competent small-game hunter and considered to be rare outside of its native country. The breed’s rarity is due to the restriction of the Holland based The Saarlooswolfhond Club that aims to control and limit the breeding of these dogs within a 500-mile radius.


The Saarlooswolfhond is not for the casual dog lover. This is a dog that is 50% wolf and will display wolf-like traits that will include a very intense pack mentality, very aloof behavior and the tendency to roam. They are strong willed dogs that are not recommended have around young children, live in a kennel with other dog breeds. This is a very quiet dog breed that will seldom bark. They will alert their masters in other ways if strangers or intruders are seen.

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The Saarlooswolfhond developed as a different and more trainable breed from the German Shepherd Dog


The Saarlooswolfhond is not a dog for the casual dog lover. These are not dogs that should be kept as apartment dogs. They will not be good to have as pets in the city. These are rural dogs that will do best in rural areas with ample space to move about. They are dogs not suited to have around children. These dogs will prefer areas with cold climates.


The Saarlooswolfhond is covered with a weather-resistant coat that will require regular combing and brushing.


These are dogs that will be very difficult to train even by an experienced dog handler. It is advised to have them train by a professional with a deep understanding of how dog-wolf hybrids think and react.


The Saarlooswolfhond Association currently restricts the breeding of this breed to avoid the tendency to acquire medical issues such as spondylosis of the spine, hip dysplasia and other issues that may affect the dog’s health and unwanted temperament.


The Saarlooswolfhond will require lots and lots of exercise every day. This dog will also require adequate space to run and move about. They should be taken on long and brisk walks every day.