General Information

Dog NameSaarloos Wolfdog
Other NamesSaarloos Wolfhound
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeWolfdog
Breed ForWorking
Country of OriginNetherlands

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male36
Max Ideal Weight for male38
Min Ideal Weight for female34
Max Ideal Weight for male38


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentProtective, Reserved, Independent
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyLow
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyMedium
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialMedium

The Saarloos Wolfdog is a wolf-like dog breed that was bred by crossing the German Shepherd and the Eurasian Grey Wolf. It is a powerful dog with a broad head, powerful neck, long and strong legs. The tail is long and feathered which is set low.

This breed is not for any novice owner or in a family with small kids. They need a strong leader that can build an alpha relationship with it. With proper love and training, this bred makes an excellent family dog, watchdog, and great companion for hiking.

Origin and History

The Saarloos Wolfdog was created by Leendert Saarloos who was a Dutch breeder in 1936. He loved German Shepherd but wanted a dog that has more natural behavior rather than a domesticated nature. So, he crossed the German Shepherd dog with a Eurasian Grey Wolf, and thus Saarloos Wolfdog was born.

However, the attempt to make the Eurasian Grey Wolf hardy, defensive with wolf-like traits failed and it became aloof and reserved. It was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 2006, July 1.

Is Saarloos Wolfdog Child-Friendly?

The Saarloos Wolfdog does not do well in a family with kids. However, if they are raised with them and are trained and supervised, this breed makes an excellent companion for children. With kids outside the home, they can be wary, so close supervision is needed when letting them interact with kids.

A girl with Saarloos Wolfdog in the park
A girl with Saarloos Wolfdog in the park.
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Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Saarloos Wolfdog is aloof, reserved, and independent. They are quite reserved and wary of strangers which makes them a great watchdog. However, proper socialization from an early age is necessary so they do not become aggressive towards any people passing by.

Behavior: The Saarloos Wolfdog is shy, quiet, and has a prey drive. You can see them being shy around new people and also suspicious about them. So a proper soializaation is needed from small age. Some of this dog also have a prey drive which can lead to hurting small animals. So they should be kept ina fenced yard and should be taken out only on a leash.

Personality: The personality of the Saarloos Wolfdog is independent, affectionate, and gentle. They love being around family and engage in various activities with them. They are also gentle and loving if raised with a gentle hand and in a good environment.


The Saarloos Wolfdog is a very smart dog breed so training is not difficult as long as you introduce yourself as the alpha when they are still a puppy. This breed is very independent, so if they do not see you as the leader, they might become one and training becomes hard.

Training should be challenging and fun for Saarloos Wolfdog as they get bored easily. Enroll them in agility, dogs sports and many more activities to stimulate their mind and keep them active.


  • Although it was bred to be fierce as a wolf, it inherited the German Shepherd’s traits more.
  • Saarloos Wolfdog is named after its creater ‘Leendert Saarloos’.

Health Issues

Saarloos Wolfdog is generally a healthy breed with few common health issues.

Saarloos Wolfdog sitting in the forest
Saarloos Wolfdog sitting in the forest.
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Hip Dysplasia: It is a condition where the hip bone of the dog is developed abnormally. It is usually hereditary issue that can affect your dog in their normal walking and running. The treatment of this health problem is not always possible, so before brining a Saarloos Wolfdog puppy home, check for the health problems of its parents.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy: It is an eye related problem that is caused by defective gene of the parents. It affects the eyes and can even cause blindness. It is not quiet treatable so before bring your puppy home, ask for the health history of its parents.


The Saarloos Wolfdog comes in the following colors:

  • Various shades of gray
  • Various shades of brown
  • Silver
  • Cream
  • White

Price of a Saarloos Wolfdog’s Puppy

The cost of the Saarloos Wolfdog is between $2000-$3000 USD. However, if you adopt one, the cost will be much less which is around $300 USD.

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