Saarloos Wolfdog

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Life span

12 Years


35 Kg


Hybrid Dogs

Saarloos Wolfdog Overview

The Saarloos wolfdog is a rather large dog breed that measures up to 76cm in height at the shoulders and weighing in the region of 45 kg. They have an athletic build, medium boned and muscular type body.

This dog breed is known to be very light on their feet. Their coat is dense and short and comes in a variety of three colours; red and white and wolf-grey.

The Saarloos wolfdog requires a strong leader as their pack-oriented. They’re not suitable to be around small children and don’t do too well in seclusion as this intensifies naughty behaviour. The owner must establish the dominant position during their puppy years. They’re a relatively quiet dog breed and will only bark if they sense danger.

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Saarloos Wolfdog Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Saarloss Wolfdog originated in Holland by Mr Leendert Saarloos back in the 1930s. The bred was first bred to become an established service dog because of their strength and diligence. 

Saarloos Wolfdog Temperament

The Saarloos Wolfdog is not an aggressive dog despite their wolf origins. however, they do have some of the traits associated with wolves such as being shy and avoidance of strangers. They have a strong pack instinct and require professional training and firm handling from an experienced dog owner. They're not suited to a first-time owner because of personality. 

Saarloos Wolfdog Training

The Saarloos Wolfdog requires experienced training from an experienced dog owner. Training must be consistent and reward-based. They are known to be stubborn and therefore owners must be patient when training. A gentle but firm approach should be applied when training your Saarloos Wolfdog.


The Saarloos Wolfdog requires moderate levels of grooming to help keep their coat in optimum condition. Brushing them 2-3 times a week is enough and they need extra brushing during the shedding season. Regular trimming of their nails is important as well as regular cleaning of their eyes, ears and paws. 


The Saarloos Wolfdog is prone to a few health conditions and breeding should only be undertaken by a professional breeder. The health conditions are:

  • Eye problems
  • Hip dysplasia 
  • Spinal abnormalities 

Saarloos Wolfdog Exercise Needs

The Saarloos Wolfdog requires lots of exercise and time spent outdoors walking and exploring. When outdoors they should be supervised at all times when off their lead. They require moderate levels of exercise along with plenty of endurance training to let off their steam. 

Children and other pets

The Saarloos Wolfdog is great with children of all ages but must always be supervised during playtime to prevent rough play. They're not so good with other small household pets like a cat because of their prey-drive.