Saarloos Wolfdog

Other name: Saarloos Wolfhond

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The Saarloos Wolfdog is a dog of powerful and harmonious constitution, without heaviness. Its limbs are quite elongated, which gives the impression that it is relatively leggy. In addition to its lupoid-like appearance, it also draws its gait and attitude from the wolf, with a light demeanor very characteristic of its ancestor.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Netherlands
Template Big
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 30 kg to 35 kg From 60 cm to 70 cm
Male From 35 kg to 45 kg From 65 cm to 75 cm
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History of the breed

The Saarloos Wolfdog owes its name to the man to whom the breed is historically attributed . This is Leendert Saarloos (1884-1969), a Dutch breeder who had the idea of crossing a European she-wolf of Siberian strain with a German Shepherd . After several unsuccessful attempts, he was able to obtain a viable litter during the 1930s, including a male puppy which will serve as the basis for the development of the breed.

Over the selections, the heritage of the wolf will take precedence over that of the German Shepherd, so that the dog will prove to be less able to work than what Leendert Saarloos had hoped for. The breed was officially recognized in 1975, 6 years after the latter’s death. The Saarloos Wolfdog is very uncommonly found outside the Netherlands. The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI in 1981.

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Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Saarloos Wolfdog is a dog animated by great vivacity and considerable energy. He is also very intelligent and independent . The Saarloos Wolfdog is anything but a submissive animal, but that does not prevent it from being attached to its master, whom he must identify as the pack leader. He inherited fairly strong primitive instincts from the wolf, such as his tendency to distrust and flee from unfamiliar situations . These specificities mean that the Saarloos Wolfdog is not an excellent guard dog , but it remains a very good companion if it is respected and well educated.

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The education of the Saarloos Wolfdog is delicate , because it has retained an important part of the characteristics of the wolf. His independence and mistrust do not facilitate his learning , which must be guided by an experienced master. His upbringing must be firm and consistent and his socialization quite extensive.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Saarloos Wolfdog is definitely not a house dog . Life in an urban environment suits him much less than that in the countryside, where he will feel totally in his element in a house with a large fenced garden. It is mainly aimed at experienced and active people.


Ease of gaining weight

The Saarloos Wolfdog is a dog of the primitive and robust type. He does not fear much health, but the breed is a little more sensitive than others to certain drugs . Before administering treatment, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian who has already dealt with the Saarloos Wolfdog.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 5 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Saarloos Wolfdog dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Saarloos Wolfdog is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Saarloos Wolfdog experiences a potentially significant moult in late winter and early spring. Apart from the moult, it remains very easy to maintain , especially since it takes care of its toilet on its own.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week outside of the moult and every day during it. Baths are not necessary . They are even not recommended, unless the dog is very dirty.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Saarloos Wolfdog is between 900 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Saarloos Wolfdog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Saarloos Wolfdog needs a lot of freedom of movement and exercise . A long daily trip corresponds to his minimum need.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1981


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